In 2004 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the the City of San Francisco would grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The first same-sex wedding to take place at City Hall was between Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. The couple, who had lived together more than 50 years, were longtime activists in the San Francisco lesbian and gay community having formed the Daughters of Bilitis, one of the first national lesbian organizations in the US in 1955.
Color photograph of Helen James in her home, holding a photo album of her time in the Air Force. Six decades after the Air Force kicked her out for being a lesbian, James was finally awarded the honorable discharge. Approximately 100,000 lesbian and gay veterans were dishonorably discharged from the military since World War II; they were stigmatized, harrassed and denied crucial veterans’ benefits.
Black and white photo by Cathy Cade of marchers in San Francisco carrying banner "Asian/Pacific Lesbians, for the love of women/bagi cinta pada wanita/sa pag-mahal ng babae/tình yêu của phụ nữ/kealoha o wahine/女への愛のために/[chinese characters]/for the love of ♀".
Archive of photographic negatives, work prints, project files, exhibition prints, and personal papers of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Cathy Cade. Cade's work documents lesbian and gay life, particularly in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco, chiefly in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Black and white photo of Helen Harder in her Link Instrument flight simulator during her service with the Fourth Army Air Corps. Harder served in the Women's Army Corps (WACS) as a flight instructor during World War II.
World War Two (WWII) Project Records [1892-1996], courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society