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In the mid-1950s, she and longtime partner and fellow journalist Del Martin co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). They subsequently published the DOB newsletter The Ladder and in 1972, their book “Lesbian/Woman” became exceedingly influential in the lesbian feminist movement.

They came to national prominence in the LGBT civil rights movement again in 2004 when Kate Kendell, the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, working in conjunction with Geoff Kors, Executive

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