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National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 4 Ceremony At Independence Hall With Wanda Sykes, Edie Windsor, Jim Obergefell, Judy Shepard, Bishop Gene Robinson, LGBT Leaders And Entertainers

Four Days Include Concert, Parties, Panels, Street Festival, Wreath Laying At Gay Pioneers Historical Marker, National Interfaith Service, Fireworks, LGBT History Exhibits And VIP Events

JUNE 8, 2015, Philadelphia, PA - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced four days of events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration will be the first national event after the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Said Malcolm Lazin, chair of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, “The Annual Reminders at Independence Hall each July 4th from 1965 to 1969 were a landmark and transformative turning point for the LGBT civil rights movement. It is inspiring to hold the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony at the internationally iconic location selected by the Gay Pioneers.”

For more information about specific events go to lgbt50th.org

All Week


Five LGBT History Exhibits

(Times Vary, please look at lgbt50th.org or on venue sites for more information)

African American Museum

Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Library

Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park

National Constitution Center

National Museum of American Jewish History

FREE (most exhibits)

Thursday, July 2


Christ Church Religious Freedom Tour

Thursday, July 2, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Christ Church

Wreath Laying at Gay Pioneers Historical Marker

2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Independence Mall

FREE

National Legal Panel

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History

FREE

National Politics Panel

8:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Congress Hall

FREE

50th Anniversary Party

10 to 11:30 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History

Parties

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Gayborhood

FREE

Friday, July 3


National Interfaith Service with sermon by Bishop Gene Robinson

4 to 5 p.m.

Historic Christ Church

FREE

“Gay Pioneers” Screening With Special Guests

6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHYY

FREE

Live Nation 50th Anniversary Concert

7 to 11 p.m.

Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Parties

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Gayborhood

FREE

Saturday, July 4


50th Anniversary VIP Lunch: Honoring Edie Windsor and Judy Shepard

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Independence Visitor Center

For tickets go to: http://lgbt50.org/vip-lunch

National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony with MC Wanda Sykes

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Independence Hall

FREE

VIP Cocktail Reception: Honoring Marriage Equality Plaintiff James Obergefell

4:30 to 6 p.m.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Monaco

Wawa Welcome America Concert

7 to 11 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

FREE

Parties

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Gayborhood

FREE

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks

11 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

FREE

Sunday, July 5


Street Festival

Noon to 6 p.m.

The Gayborhood

FREE

Parties

Noon to 2 a.m.

The Gayborhood

FREE

The organized LGBT civil rights movement was galvanized when activists from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia staged demonstrations at Independence Hall for equality each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. When 40 activists picketed in front of Independence Hall in 1965, it was the largest demonstration for gay equality in world history.

Organized by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, the father and mother of the LGBT civil rights movement, these “Annual Reminders” laid the groundwork for the Stonewall riot in 1969. After Stonewall, the Gay Pioneers suspended the Annual Reminders and turned their energies to help organize the 1970 march from Greenwich Village to Central Park marking the first anniversary of Stonewall.

There is no registration fee and most programs are free.

For more information, visit www.lgbt50th.org and www.gaypioneers.com.


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