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Nominations must be postmarked by February 1, 2022, if mailed, and received by February 7 if emailed.

Martin-Lyon Old Lesbian Pride Award

Created to honor Phyllis Lyon, 1924-2020, and Del Martin, 1921-2008—activists, pathfinders, and OLOC members—the $500 Award will be presented to a Lesbian 70 years or older whose life and work have impacted and will continue to impact the lives of Old Lesbians.

Del and Phyllis were out, proud, and unapologetic when few were. They forged an enduring image that continues to inspire generations of Lesbians around the globe. In 1955, with others, they co-founded The Daughters of Bilitis, the first US Lesbian organization, and they also published the groundbreaking monthly newsletter, The Ladder, the first nationally-distributed Lesbian publication. In 1972, they co-wrote the equally groundbreaking book Lesbian/Woman. Their writing and tireless activism on behalf of women earned much praise, many awards, and an invitation to the White House, and drew upon the great strengths of Lesbian tradition, advancing our visibility and pride and carrying that heritage forward.

In April 2020, following Phyllis’s death, the Award was renamed from the Del Martin Old Lesbian Pride Award to the Martin-Lyon Old Lesbian Pride Award to reflect the fact that their work was done together as partners.

The Martin–Lyon Old Lesbian Pride Award will be presented at the 2022 National Gathering in Tempe, Arizona (Phoenix Area). We are now seeking nominations.

Along with the cash award, OLOC will pay the registration fee, travel (US only) and lodging, excluding meals not covered by registration, for the winner and her partner or caregiver, if any, to attend the Gathering which will be held October 26–30, 2022.

Guidelines for nominations:

  1. Nominations should describe the outstanding accomplishments and/or achievements of the nominee in 500 words or less. Send by email to (preferred) or regular mail to PO Box 100129, Cranston, RI 02910.
  2. Nominations must be postmarked by February 1, 2022, if mailed, and received by February 7 if emailed.
  3.  Nominations are worldwide and for an Old Lesbian in any field of endeavor.
  4. Nominee’s life and work must positively impact the lives of Old Lesbians.
  5. Nominees must be alive at the time of nomination.
  6. Only OLOC member/supporters may make nominations.
  7. Those who have been nominated before (except winners) may be nominated again.

Thank you for helping to ensure that we keep Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon’s legacy alive!

Coming Up Next On Zoom

End White Dominance —Topic: Anti-Semitism
Stop AntisemitismFriday, January 28, 2022, 4:00-6:00 P.M. ET; open to all National OLOC supporters
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How anti-Semitism and racism are connected historically and currently. The roots of Anti-Semitism and racism in the rise of European nationalism and the colonialism which the Northern Europeans brought to America. The current political battle over the definition and nature of Anti-semitism today. Timeline of Anti-Semitism in the United States.

For more information about this event and to see the entire list of Zoom programs go to Zoom Schedule.

OLOC Mission Statement

To eliminate the oppression of ageism and to stand in solidarity against all oppressions.

OLOC Vision Statement

OLOC will be a cooperative community of Old Lesbian feminist activists from many backgrounds working for justice and the well-being of all Old Lesbians.

OLOC in Action

We are a national network of Old Lesbians in our 55th year or older, and our supporters, working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.

Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that works to keep OLOC thriving and running as smoothly as possible.

OLOC works to form and support local groups that will work in their own communities.

We hold biennial National Gatherings allowing us to come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.

We believe that we have a great deal of wisdom, experience, and strength to share with our communities as well as among ourselves.

We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility in a world that stifles it and threatens to erase it.

OLOC Works for Change by Supporting:

  • comprehensive immigration reform
  • elimination of violence against women
  • enactment of universal single-payer healthcare for all
  • an end to corporate “personhood”
  • an end to any curtailment of voting rights
  • the Black Lives Matter movement
  • the Say Her Name! movement
  • the civil rights of all indigenous people
  • efforts to achieve net zero CO2 emissions
  • efforts to reduce climate crisis impacts that fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable

Say Her Name
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: An International Community of Lesbian Elders stands with #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName and all involved in the work for racial, economic, and social justice, including protesters all over the world calling for accountability in every country.