July 4, 1965
First Annual Reminder Day demonstration takes place at Independence Hall. 7 women and 33 men participate.
July 4, 1966
Second Annual Reminder Day demonstration takes place at Independence Hall. Approximately 50 people march.
July 4, 1967
Third Annual Reminder Day demonstration at Independence Hall . Approximately 30 people march.
July 4, 1968
Fourth Annual Reminder Day demonstration at Independence Hall. Approximately 75 people march.
August 14, 1968
NACHO, the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations, adopts Frank Kameny’s “Gay is Good” as its slogan.
June 28, 1969
The Stonewall Riots take place in New York City, marking the escalation of the LGBT rights movement. The riots last for three days and draw thousands of protesters.
July 4, 1969
Fifth and last Annual Reminder Day demonstration at Independence Hall. Approximately 150 people march. In November, activists meet to reassess the focus of the LGBT movement. As a result of the Stonewall Riots, they decide to move the annual demonstrations from Philadelphia to New York City.
February 19, 1970
A Federal Grand Jury indicts Philadelphia activist Clark Polak on 21 counts of using the mail to distribute obscene material.
June 28, 1970
America’s first gay pride event, the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade in New York, commemorates the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots .
October 10, 1971
Seven lesbians, including Philadelphian Barbara Gittings appear on the nationally televised David Susskind Show.
June 11, 1972
Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride Parade begins in Rittenhouse Square and ends in a rally in front of Independence Hall.
August 1, 1973
Bernie Boyle, Tom Wilson Weinberg and Dan Sherbo open Giovanni’s Room book store at 232 South St.
October 15, 1973
The National Gay Task Force is formed.
April 5, 1974
The first issue of the Weekly Philadelphia Gayzette, edited by Tom Wilson, is published. It sells for 10 cents.
April 9, 1974
After the trustees of the American Psychiatric Association remove homosexuality from the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” by a 13-0 vote, the decision is confirmed by a vote of the membership.
May 12, 1974
The Inquirer publishes a sensationalistic article called “The Gay Revolution in the Cradle of Liberty.” Gay community protests lead to the formation of the Gay Media Project.
August 15, 1975
The Gay Activists Alliance rallies at Philadelphia City Hall to protest police harassment.
December 4, 1975
Lesbian activist group Dyketactics forms to push for the passage of Bill 1275 to outlaw discrimination in Philadelphia based on sexual orientation.
February 28, 1975
The Gay Community Center of Philadelphia is incorporated. The first center building opens a year later at 325 Kater St.
January 3, 1976
Mark Segal begins publishing the Philadelphia Gay News.
August 27, 1976
The first organizational meeting of Parents of Gays is called at the Gay Community Center. In June of 1985, the organization changes its name to PFLAG, “Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.”
July 11, 1977
Rev. Don Borbe of the Metropolitan Community Church debates gay rights with fundamentalist Rev. Carl McIntire at Independence Park before the Liberty Bell.
October 2, 1979
Walter Lear and others from the Gay Community Center organize Lavender Health to address the needs of the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. In 1981 Lavender Health becomes Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives and in 2003, PCHA becomes the Mazzoni Center.
October 14, 1979
The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights draws about 100,000 participants.
December 3, 1979
In the spring of 1978, four lesbians and four gay men form the Philadelphia Gay Task Force with a grant from the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania. In December of 1979, Rita Adessa becomes Executive Director of what is now the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force.
August 5, 1982
Philadelphia City Council adoptss an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation .
October 11, 1987
The Second National March on Washington on Washington protests the government’s inaction to the AIDS crisis and the Supreme Court decision in Bowers v. Hardwick. Events include the first public display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
June 18, 1989
After a hiatus of more than 10 years, Philadelphia’s Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade is revived. Later that year, community members form Lesbian & Gay Pride of the Delaware Valley. It continues today as Philly Pride Presents which organizes Pride Day in June and Outfest in October.
May 7, 1993
The first PrideFest is celebrated, co-chaired by Donna Gallagher and Malcolm Lazin. In 2003, it becomes Equality Forum.
September 21, 1996
President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act.
April 24, 1998
The first Philadelphia Dyke March goes from Kahn Park to Independence Park.
April 22, 1999
Philadelphia’s first Black Gay Pride event.
June 26, 2003
With the Lawrence v. Texas decision, the Supreme Court strikes down all state anti-sodomy laws.
November 13, 2003
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Management Corp. and the Gay Tourism Caucus launch the country’s first gay tourism campaign using the slogan “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay.”
July 1, 2005
A state historical marker is dedicated at 6th and Chestnut Streets near Independence Hall to commemorate the Reminder Day demonstrations.
April 18, 2007
Mayor John Street dedicates 36 rainbow street signs in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood to symbolize the city’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. 32 more were added in 2010.
October 8, 2011
Philadelphia’s first Trans March assembles at Love Park.
October 1, 2013
The City of Philadelphia dedicates the section of Locust Street from 12th to 13th Streets as Barbara Gittings Way to honor this gay pioneer.
June 26, 2013
The Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act.
May 20, 2014
Marriage equality becomes the law in Pennsylvania.
50th anniversary celebration of the first Reminder Day demonstration. The Gay Community Center of Philadelphia, now operating as the William Way Community Center, celebrates its 40th anniversary.