del martin, 1921 - 2008

Del Martin, a pioneer of equality and freedom, has died at the age of 87.

In 1955, Martin and her partner, Phyllis Lyon, founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first social and political organization for lesbians in the US. Fifty-three years later, they would become the first same-sex couple to marry legally in California.

In between, Martin and Lyon never stopped fighting for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

You can read about Martin's life and work here at Equality California; the New York Times obit is here.

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