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Phyllis Lyon

A pioneering lesbian activist, Phyllis Lyon was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She met her life-time love and partner, Del Martin, in 1950. In 1955, along with a few other women, they founded the Daughters of Bilitis in San Francisco, which became the first national lesbian organization in the U.S. It had chapters in several cities, and for years published a magazine, The Ladder, that circulated around the country. Lyon and Martin together helped found the Council on Religion and the Homosexual in 1964; were early members of the National Organization for Women; and were active in the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, the first such organization in the U.S. On June 16, 2008, Lyon and Martin became the first legally married same-sex couple in San Francisco.