There’s a great teaser of an interview with the widow of legendary activist Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, by Amy Cavenaugh at the Wash Blade:

But the 83-year-old widow said she’s “doing all right” despite Martin’s death Aug. 27, in part because she has “an awful lot of friends around” and has received “incredible” support.

“I’ve gotten cards from people we knew, and then some from people we didn’t know from anywhere,” she said. “This response just goes to show that there were a whole lot of people who knew about her even if they didn’t know her.”

In her first interview since Martin’s death, Lyon talked exclusively with the Washington Blade about her 55 years with Martin, from their 1950 meeting in Seattle to their 2004 wedding in San Francisco.

Lyon said she fondly remembers meeting Martin at the Seattle newspaper where the two worked.

“We became good friends, and at some point Del and I and another woman that we worked with went to get a drink,” Lyon said. “We were sitting there chatting, and how it even came up I have no recollection, but we got on the subject of homosexuality. One of us said to Del, ‘How come you know so much about this subject,’ because we didn’t know anything. And Del said, ‘Because I am one.’

There’s more at the site, with a full interview appearing in the 9/19 edition of the publication.

Pam Spaulding

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