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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thank you, Del Martin

For all you have done. For all you have been. For the ways you will continue to inspire.

So many of us would not be where we are today without your witness and courage, the love you shared with your beloved Phyllis, your bride of 72 days.

You not only made us think about 'the love that dare not speak its name,' you drew deep from that Well of Loneliness and nourished us to find our own voice and add our voices to yours.

The consolation and hope I have is that you and my mother - and so many other mothers and fathers - are having crucial conversations in heaven about the truth in front of the One who is The Truth.

May you rest in peace and rise in glory, dear woman.

You will never be forgotten.


Mary Jane said...

the first I ever knew of women loving women came from reading her book (and I was in my mid 20's!)That's just how it was in the small world I lived in back then.
May she rest in peace and joyous conversation with the Sisterhood.

Katie Schwartz said...

Such a beautiful post. I'm so forlorn she died. How long were they together?

I'm bluejewin' it hard now.

C.W.S. said...

Del and Phyllis met 55 years ago. They were married a few years ago when Mayor Newsom allowed wedding in SF, but all those unions were invalidated by the courts. It was so good to see them as the first couple married under the new court decision. I never met them, but living in SF for several years you were aware of them and in awe of their accomplishments and their example.