Lisa Ben was born on November 7, 1921 in San Francisco, California. She passed away on December 22, 2015.

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Lisa Ben was like a gem: multifaceted, glamorous, bright. Her talents were vast in breadth and depth, and her successes have been woven into histories: the largest stich for writing Vice Versa, the first lesbian magazine in the United States in 1947-1948; other stitches on other textiles: Ben was a skilled science fiction writer, she was a quick-witted musician and lyricist, she was a dedicated caretaker for cats and kittens.

I invite you to join me in celebrating Ben today by listening to her her lovely voice singing “Cruisin’ down the Boulevard” and “Frankie & Johnnie.”