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Love: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin

This week, we remember the lives of three Bay Area icons: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin — and drag legend Heklina, who passed away earlier this week.

First, we share an excerpt from Eric Jansen's interview with Heklina that aired on Out in the Bay in 2013.

Then we honor the love and activism of lesbian pioneers Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who co-founded the first lesbian organization in the United States in 1955.

  • Making Gay History revisits an interview with the couple from 1989.
  • To mark the 3rd anniversary of Phyllis’s passing, we share a piece from Crosscurrents contributor Evan Roberts about the friends who cared for the lesbian icon in her final years.
David Boyer is KALW's Director of Programming and former Managing Editor of KALW News. He is also the producer/host of the Murrow Award winning podcast THE INTERSECTION, which looks at our changing cities, one street corner at a time.