…and the rest of us, let’s not rest until we finish the job in her name.
Del Martin, lesbian civil rights pioneer, died in San Francisco today at the age of 87. She is survived by her partner of 55 years, and legal spouse of 71 days, Phyllis Lyon.
I know for a fact that I have been able to become as fully myself as I am, thanks to the work she either did, or inspired, or cleared the way for. And that goes for all of you lesbian women out there. Hell, since none of us are free ’til all of us are free, I’m going to say that, by making more space for LGBT people, she has made more space for our hetero friends and family to be truly themselves as well. Which winds up meaning: she has touched all of us.