"Nothing was ever accomplished by hiding in a dark corner. Why not discard the hermitage for the heritage that awaits any red-blooded American woman who dares to claim it?" - Del Martin, who married her spouse of 55 year yesterday, in a piece in the very first issue of the pioneering lesbian magazine, The Ladder, in 1955. Martin was one of the founders of the Daughters Of Bilitis, the kernel for today's civil rights movement for gays and lesbians.

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