This historic marker, one of many in Philadelphia, was erected to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder, a demonstration led by gay activists on July 4 from 1965-1969. (Photo by K. Ciappa for GPTMC)
For the second time in the history of Philadelphia, the rainbow flag will fly alongside the stars and stripes in honor of LGBT History Month.
Join Mayor Michael Nutter as he hosts the 2nd Annual City of Philadelphia LGBT History Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony, Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. in front of City Hall (Northeast side).
The flag will fly from October 6 through the end of the month as a visual demonstration of the city’s partnership with LGBT community organizations. This year’s event will highlight several key organizations that are marking significant anniversaries this October: 40th Anniversary of Metropolitan Community Church, 20th Anniversary of The COLOURS Organization and the inaugural year of the Philly Trans March.
Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will sing the National Anthem and there will be hand-held rainbow flags for everyone to wave in support. This weekend also brings Outfest 2011, during which there will be Historic Marker Dedication at Giovanni’s Room, 2:30 p.m.
As with last year, the LGBT History Month Celebration aims to inspire us all through the work of strong community organizations that help give meaning to the fight for equality.
2nd Annual City of Philadelphia LGBT History Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony
When: Thursday, October 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, northeast corner, facing JFK Boulevard
More info: www.phillygaycalendar.com