Lyon, Phyllis

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Lyon, Phyllis Gender: F
Phyllis Ann Lyon
born on 10 November 1924 at 09:38 (= 09:38 AM )
Place Tulsa, Oklahoma, 36n09, 96w00
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 17°59' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°12 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°40'

Phyllis Lyon (with Del Martin at their wedding)
photo: NickGorton, license gfdl


American author and lesbian-feminist activist, she and her life partner Del Martin founded Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, the first activist group in the US fighting for rights for lesbians. She and Martin had met in 1950 while Lyon was working as a reporter. The women moved in together in 1953 and through Daughters of Bilitis and other organizations, they continued to fight for lesbian rights. They were key members of NOW (National Organization for Women) as well as the Council of Religion and Homosexuals. Lyon and Martin worked to combat the homophobia they perceived in NOW, and encouraged the National Board of Directors of NOW's 1971 resolution that lesbian issues were feminist issues.

They were married on 12 February 2004 in the first same-sex wedding to take place in San Francisco after Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the city clerk to begin providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but that marriage was voided by the California Supreme Court on 12 August 2004. They married again on 16 June 2008, in the first same-sex wedding to take place in San Francisco after the California Supreme Court's decision in In re Marriage Cases legalized same-sex marriage in California. Two months later on 27 August 2008, Martin died from complications of an arm bone fracture in San Francisco at age 87.

During the 1940s, Lyon worked as a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record, and during the 1950s, she worked as part of the editorial staff of two Seattle magazines. She died in San Francisco on 9 April 2020 at the age of 95.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Martin, Del (born 5 May 1921). Notes: 2008


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1950 (Del Martin)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1952 (Del Martin)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1955 (Established Daughters of Bilitis with her partner)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1972 (Co-wrote "Lesbian/Woman" with Del Martin)
  • Relationship : Marriage 12 February 2004 (Del Martin, marriage later voided)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes her/birth certificate; returned info form in hand.


  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (58 years with Del Martin)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Del Martin)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 95)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Lesbian activist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Author)
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter ("The Ladder")
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction ("Lesbian/Woman" and two other books)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Daughters of Bilitis)
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker