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Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's Home Is First Lesbian Landmark in the West

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San Francisco Chronicle.The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to designate the hilltop home at 651 Duncan St.

landmark status. The one-bedroom house was the place where Lyon and Martin founded the political group the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955.“The Daughters of Bilitis didn’t have an office space, so 651 was really ground zero for the lesbian rights movement at the time.

It was a place where people could be safe and reveal their sexuality,” said GLBT Historical Society Executive Director Terry Beswick, according to the Associated Press.“They provided a place for lesbians who were really, really, really in the closet to hang out and dance, have holiday potlucks so they wouldn’t have to go home and hang out.

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