Joy D. Griffith, 1935,
won the Del Martin Old
Lesbian Pride Award at
the July 2012 OLOC
and her dog, Nicky, were
there, along with her
partner and several other close friends.
Here is a condensation of what Judy Ross,
1942, and Christine Pattee, 1941, wrote when
they nominated her:
Joy was born February 22, 1935, and took
over Golden Threads when Christine Burton
suffered a severe stroke. Joy was 61 at the time
and ran the Annual Golden Threads Celebration
for 12 years. She also edited the Golden
Threads quarterly publication and personally
answered every letter she received.
Joy, as part of a lawyers‟ group in
Burlington, helped make civil unions happen in
Vermont. Asked to join an equality group at the
Department of Health, she helped develop a
safe and positive level of understanding and
acceptance for the health/medical needs of
LGBTs, especially for Old Lesbians.
At age 65, Joy flew to Washington, DC,
with her partner, Judy Ross, for the Million March
to be married on the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial by Rev. Troy Perry, assisted by a
Catholic priest and a female rabbi. Finally, on
July 1, 2004, the two were legally married in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As a resident member of the Linden Ponds
retirement community, Joy found a way to help
Old Lesbians by bringing LGBT events to the
1,200 seniors at Linden Ponds. In response, Old
Lesbians started to come out of the closet!
Joy Griffith has brought happiness and
empowerment to the lives of hundreds, maybe
thousands, of Lesbians for over two decades.
Especially in this part of the country, the
Northeast, no one comes close to doing
what Joy has done for Old Lesbians.