Day One: Del Martin
A public celebration of the life of Del Martin open to the public packed San Francisco's City Hall rotunda yesterday afternoon as speakers and performers remembered the gay rights pioneer who in 1955 helped found the Daughters of Bilitis, which would become one of the nation's first gay rights organizations. Her longtime partner, Phyllis Lyon sat next to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom during the ceremony.The SF Chronicle reports: "Martin, 87, died in San Francisco on Aug. 27 - less than three months after she and her partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, were among the first same-sex couples to legally wed in California, putting a public face on a social and political battle being waged in statehouses, courtrooms, voting booths and at the pulpit.(source: TowleRoad)
The rest of Equality Forums' list of honorees can be followed daily.
F6 is only going to highlight particular queer heroes especially those whom have have passed on from this life. They truly know equality and freedom within the Divine, and share with us that glimmer of hope by the successful legacy of their own sacrifices while here with us. May their merits and prayers bring us to a true understanding of whom truly is our brother and that we are his keeper. May their souls be at peace and may we one day be free to love anyone we choose!