50 Philadelphia moments in LGBT history

Eric Walter
June 13, 2019 - 1:50 pm
Detail of the "Pride and Progress" mural by Ann Northrup, covering the west wall of the William Way Center LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia

Holli Stephens / KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Presented here is a timeline of 50 moments in American LGBT history that came before and after the Stonewall uprising.

That signature event, in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when members of New York City's queer community resisted a police raid at a Greenwich Village dive bar, is popularly understood to be the starting point of the LGBT rights movement in the United States — though it is more accurate to say it was a turning point. The seeds of the movement were sown years before, in cities across the country. And Philadelphia's queer community did significant and essential work to contribute to that continuum of history.

Click the right and left arrows to move forward and backward in the timeline.

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Fifty years after the uprising at Stonewall that marked a turning point in the fight for equality, KYW Newsradio examines the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ rights movement through voices from the Philadelphia region in the series "Stonewall Uprising 50th Anniversary."

Special thanks to Bob Skiba, curator of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, for his research.

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