On This Day: LGBTQ activists hold the first Annual Reminder demonstration in Philadelphia

On July 4, 1965, more than two dozen LGBTQ activists demonstrate in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia in one of the earliest gay rights demonstrations in the United States. The “Reminder” demonstration, held annually through 1969, drew scant mainstream media coverage at the time but is now seen as an important precursor to the wider gay liberation movement.

“Across the street from the national shrine, a group of some 30 neatly dressed men and women picketed in a circle,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “Their signs asked for equal rights for homosexuals.”

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