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. That time in 1979 when 100,000 LGBT people took over Washington to demand civil rights / LGBTQ Nation


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. In 1919, the first pro-gay movie was made. A year later, it was banned. / LGBTQ Nation

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. How drag has been part of mainstream Philly culture since the early 19th century / LGBTQ Nation


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