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File #: 160315    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/14/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/21/2016
Title: Calling for the installation of a City Historic Marker in front of the Quaker Meetinghouse at 4th & Arch Streets and for the dedication of this marker to occur during the Democratic National Convention, July 25 to 28, 2016, when over 400 LGBT activists from every state will be in Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 16031500.pdf, 2. Signature16031500.pdf
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Calling for the installation of a City Historic Marker in front of the Quaker Meetinghouse at 4th & Arch Streets and for the dedication of this marker to occur during the Democratic National Convention, July 25 to 28, 2016, when over 400 LGBT activists from every state will be in Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, The LGBT civil rights movement has its roots in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Annual Reminders each July 4th from 1965 to 1969 at Independence Hall helped launch the organized LGBT civil rights movement; and

WHEREAS, The initial Annual Reminder at Independence Hall on July 4, 1965 had 40 activists from New York, Washington and Philadelphia making it the largest-ever demonstration for gay equality; and

WHEREAS, The Annual Reminders laid the groundwork for Stonewall; and

WHEREAS, There is a historic marker across from Independence Hall commemorating the Gay Pioneers and the Annual Reminders; and

WHEREAS, Gay Pioneer Barbara Gittings from Philadelphia is recognized as the Mother of the LGBT civil rights movement and Frank Kameny were the principal organizers of the Annual Reminders; and

WHEREAS, Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings and others helped organize the June 1970 gay pride march in New York to commemorate the first anniversary of Stonewall; and

WHEREAS, Gay pride parades proliferated in major cities across North America in the 1970s; and

WHEREAS, In the mid-1970s Harvey Milk, among others called for a national march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights; and

WHEREAS, Those efforts were thwarted by those who believed an insufficient number of activists and allies would attend; and

WHEREAS, In November 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was working on a plan for a National March on Washington; and

WHEREAS, Supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978, the LGBT community was galvanized to hold a demonstration on the National Mall; and

WHEREAS, In December 1978, San Francisco acti...

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