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Jo Daly
(June 6, 1946 - September 1997) U.S.A.

Jo Daly

Police commissioner


Daly's short life spanned a rich and turbulent history of San Francisco politics. In 1975, she was appointed as a staff member on the city's Human Rights Commission and noted as the first government official anywhere whose salaried job was to serve the gay community.

An early organizer of the Alice B. Toklas Club, an influential gay and lesbian Democratic club in San Francisco, Jo(sephine) Daly was one of the few openly gay delegates to the 1976 Democratic Convention.

Jo Daly, whom Feinstein - then San Francisco's mayor - named a police commissioner in 1980: she was the first ful-time paid liaison between San Francisco's Human Rights Police Commission and the gay community. Jo Daly was also a cab driver and lesbian activist.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1988, Daly had become an outspoken medical marijuana advocate by the time she died, after a long battle with cancer, with her longtime friend Jill Ramsey at her side, in San Francisco General Hospital. She was 51.


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