Sadly, Del Martin died today:
*** STATEMENT ***Having met Del and Phylis in person numerous times, I recognize the courage it takes to help lead a subjugated population out of the closet. That I would wish us all to have a small amount of her courage; it would certainly raise humanity another level.
MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM’S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF DEL MARTIN
Today, San Francisco lost a local and national leader, Del Martin.
For over half a century, Del Martin, along with her loving spouse, Phyllis Lyon, served as an activist for women’s rights and the LGBT community. The marriage of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon on June 16, 2008, marked an historic milestone on our country’s road to true freedom and equality. Del laid the groundwork for all those who want a life of dignity, and we are forever in her debt. The greatest way we can honor the life work of Del Martin, is to continue to fight and never give up, until we have achieved equality for all.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Del’s family, her spouse, Phyllis, her daughter, Kendra, and all those who mourn the loss of this great and pioneering woman.
As a mark of respect for Del Martin, I have ordered the flags at City Hall and the LGBT Pride Flag on Market and Castro Streets to be flown at half-staff from now until sunset, on Thursday, August 28, 2008.