Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon got married last evening at San Francisco City Hall. Gavin Newsom himself officiated. These women have been waiting since 1953 to have their relationship validated.
Maggie has a very detailed history of their lives and activism up. These women are really inspirational. And to those gender essentialists who think that women are calm and nurturing and never aggressive, here's a little nugget:
"Del would leave her shoes in the middle of the room, and I'd throw them out the window."
Last night, my mom pointed out that when Gavin Newsom was elected, I really didn't like the idea of him as mayor. He was too much of a rich white boy to really get what San Francisco needed. He seemed like he was pandering to yuppies, and he was voting for incredibly unpopular legislation that San Franciscans hated ("Care not Cash" anyone??).
Then he seemed to get it together and try his hardest to work for the City and for human beings in general. He managed to change my mind very quickly. No, he's not perfect, and there are still major issues in SF. It was really heartening, though, to see the new mayor not only work towards equal rights for all Americans, but also really investigate the issues of violence and poverty that, despite being less visible and sound-bite-y than marriage equality, are just as prescient.
Changing my mind is hard, so good job Gavin.