Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin and the Daughters of Bilitis, Part I

Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin and the Daughters of Bilitis, Part I

As outspoken lesbian organizers for civil rights, civil liberties, and human dignity whose personal relationship fueled decades of political activism,Phyllis Lyon (b. 1924)  and Del Martin (1921-2008) created and helped shape the modern gay and feminist movements. They are stellar examples ofengaged citizens: women of extraordinary courage, persistence, intelligence, humor, and decency, who refused to be silenced by fear. Not only werethey founders in 1955 of the first lesbian rights organization in U.S. history, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), but they also were instrumental in theformation and growth of other related social movements, including the contemporary women’s rights movement. This collection is unique in that itpresents the personal papers of two nationally-recognized lesbian political activists.While there are a few local and regional LGBT organizations’ papersin digital form, this is the largest personal papers collection available.

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