Billye Talmadge passed today [October 24, 2018] at 7:25 a.m. in Portland, Oregon. You may not know her name but you know her work. She was one of the founders of Daughters of Bilitis, She, Del Martin, Phyl Lyons, Helen Sandoz and more were at the forefront of LGBT liberation in the 50s and 60s. They sheltered young lesbians, hired an attorney to help extricate lesbians from jail (it was a jail-able offense in most states to be a lesbian). Held private gatherings in their homes so lesbians had a safe place to meet. Her wise counsel helped many young women to accept them self. With two Ph.D.s in education she was at the foremost a teacher. She won the Golden Apple award for her work with blind and deaf children. Anyone who ever heard her speak will never forget her velvet voice and ability to reach the very soul of those who would hear.
Peaceful crossing Billye… Thank you for all you gave us.