Del Martin, 1921-2008

Del Martin

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Lesbian feminist activist Del Martin passed away today in San Francisco at age 87. She and her partner Phyllis Lyon were early members of San Francisco’s Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and Del was the first openly lesbian woman elected to the National Organzation for Women. She was instrumental in the campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association to stop considering homosexuality a mental illness.

In 1979, the couple founded Lyon-Marton Health Services “as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care. Named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care…. Since 1993, Lyon-Martin also has provided case management and primary healthcare in programs specifically designed for very low-income and uninsured women with HIV . In 2007, the organization added sliding-scale mental health services.”

Martin and Lyon, who had been partners for 55 years, were the first same-sex couple married in June after the California Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Info from Wikipedia.

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