In addition to her activism, Lyon was a journalist, and worked as a police reporter in Fresno and as a reporter at the Chico Enterprise-Record, the AP reported. She and Martin reportedly met while working at a magazine in Seattle in the early 1950s.
The women also teamed up to launch The Ladder in 1956, the first lesbian newsletter, which “became a lifeline for hundreds of women isolated and silenced by the restrictions of the era,” according to the NCLR release.
“She and Del are dancing again,” friend and former executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Kate Kendell wrote on Twitter.
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