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Date: August 27, 2008

Godspeed, Del Martin

I just saw on the CNN Wire that Del Martin passed away at the age of 87. She and her wife, Phyllis Lyon, co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis, as well as the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club. Because of Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Lyon, I have rights in Wisconsin I wouldn’t have had without those who came before me. We still have a long way to go, but we’re moving in the right direction.

Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Lyon exchanged vows of matromony on June 16th of this year, becoming legally married. However; apparently the copy writer didn’t refer to Mrs. Lyon as Mrs. Martin’s wife, the article refers to her as partner — like it was some sort of business relationship.

I’ve posted the article below.

So, Godspeed Mrs. Martin and thanks for all you did for me. Bless you, Mrs. Lyon. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose your wife of 55 years.

And, to the small minded people who can’t seem to type wife and type partner instead, kiss my lesbian ass.

And, if you’re waiting for the normal God Bless, I don’t feel like sending blesses to straight people today.

So, God Bless the Lesbians and Gays who came before me.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) – Lesbian activist Del Martin, at the forefront of the battle for same-sex marriage in California, died Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 87.

Martin’s partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side at the UCSF hospice, the National Center for Lesbian Rights said. Martin and Lyon, 84, tied the knot on June 16 in a ceremony officiated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Long before Massachusetts and then California legalized same-sex marriage, Lyon and Martin were integral parts of the early movement for lesbian and gay rights.

In 1955, they founded the nation’s first lesbian organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, and launched the first lesbian publication, The Ladder. Martin co-founded the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, and was also a founding member of several other organizations, including the Lesbian Mother’s Union, the San Francisco Women’s Centers and the Bay Area Women’s Coalition. She and Lyon were co-founders of the first gay political group in the United States, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, named for author Gertrude Stein’s long-time partner.

Race

This week — for the first time in history — a black man will become a major party’s candidate for President of the United States of America. Forty years ago, another black man stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke about his dream. With Obama’s nomination, you would think that Martin Luther King’s dream has come true.

It hasn’t.

Last week, a young white woman (20 years old) was talking to me and said (and I’m quoting): There’s two sides to every story, unless they’re black. They always lie.

Yesterday, a white 40 year old male said to me (and I’m quoting, again): If Obama wins, blacks will start thinking they have power.

Now, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t say or do anything that would counter these quotes. Truth be told, I was shocked speechless. Racist remarks, especially by someone younger than I am, still stuns me. I cannot believe that in the year 2008 that people still feel this way about other races.

I’m not going to proclaim that a great many of my friends are black because it isn’t true. I have a couple black friends. I attended a mixed race schools and the one thing I’ve learned about blacks is they’re really just like whites. So, how could it be that there are still people – under the age of 60 – that do not believe in the equality of the races?

With Barack Obama making history, you would think that Martin Luther King’s dream of a world where the races lived together in harmony would be reality.

Too bad it isn’t.

God Bless

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