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Phyllis Lyon 1924-2020

"Phyllis was a uniquely and remarkably courageous, passionate and humble leader who never lost her sense of humor, compassion or generosity. We are deeply indebted to her for her trail blazing, risk taking and for the opportunities she created for all of us."
— Donna Hitchens, NCLR Founder


Survivors are her beloved sister Patricia Lyon, called Tricia by Phyllis, her devoted daughter, Kendra Mon and son-in-law Eugene Lane, dubbed by Phyllis an honorary lesbian, granddaughter Lorri Mon, grandson Kevin Mon, his wife Ellen and Phyllis’ great granddaughter Kexin Mon. 


In addition to her family, a community of millions mourns the loss of this fierce “Lyon” who made the freedom of women and LGBTQ people her life’s work. 


The family requests that gifts in honor of Phyllis be made to the Lyon-Martin Health Clinic:


A celebration of life honoring Phyllis is being planned.


The Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Papers, 1924-2000, are archived at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco.

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