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Historic Home of Lesbian Rights Movement Will Be SF Landmark

The home of the first lesbian couple to legally wed in SF & HQ of Daughters of Bilitis is now a landmark
By - posted 5/6/2021 No Comment

Thanks to CBS News for sharing the story that San Francisco will have a new historical landmark.

The first lesbian couple to legally wed in San Francisco, late lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin formed the Daughters of Bilitis, a political and social organization for lesbians in 1955.

Their home located at 651 Duncan St., which served as the unofficial headquarters and meeting space, was just unanimously granted landmark status this week by SF’s Board of Supervisors.

The one bedroom home served as a secretive meeting place for the lesbian community to safely gather.

Sadly, the couple has passed away, but “Friends of Lyon-Martin” formed soon after their passing in hopes of preserving the home from demolition. The home’s current owner is said to be supportive of the designation. The group aims to install a sidewalk plague to denote the home’s landmark status and historical significance.

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