That Time in 1979 When 100,000 LGBT People Took Over Washington to Demand Civil Rights

 

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Washington, DC had never seen anything like it. Nor had the world: The National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, held October 14, 1979, almost 40 years ago, was truly groundbreaking.

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In 1919, the First Pro-Gay Movie Was Made. A Year Later, It Was Banned.

“Different from the Others” was a haunting film made 50 years before Stonewall.

In 1919 – half a century before Stonewall – the first known film that was sympathetic to gay people was produced.  Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern) is a German movie about a relationship between a master violinist and his student.

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How Drag Has Been Part of Mainstream Philly Culture Since the Early 19th Century / LGBTQ Nation

A Mummers’ Parade participant (center) in 1902. uncredited

When Philly started sponsoring the Mummers parade there was an award for drag queens.

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19 years later: A memorial tribute to Matthew Shepard / LGBTQ Nation

Today we still live in a society that proclaims we don’t have a right to exist, but exist we do, everywhere, in all walks of life.

Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet. Courtesy the Matthew Shepard Foundation

In the words of Judy Shepard, Matt’s mother, “Go home, give your kids a hug, and don’t let a day go by without telling them you love them.”

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