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Fighting Back Conference: Overview on the Medicalization of Homosexuality and Psychiatric Practice before 1970

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center  collaborated on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference held on October 18th & 19th, 2015.

Before Stonewall: The Gay Pride Movement in Philadelphia

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first organized gay rights demonstrations in the country.


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Abolition and the Liberty Bell: Dr. Emma Lapsansky

Emma Lapsansky presents the changing meaning and scope of historical symbols, celebrations, and collections over time.

“Remember the Women”: Holly Holst

Holly Holst considers how people in the Women's suffrage movement made symbolic use of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. By so doing, the leaders of the suffrage campaign were able to link their pursuit of the vote back to the ideals of the American Revolution.

Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement in the North: Dr. Tom Sugrue

Thomas Sugrue tells the story of the civil rights movement in the North and comments that, while it was similar to the movement in the South, the nature of the struggle for equality in the North was vastly different. This lecture was given on the second floor of Independence Hall, an important site of protests during the civil rights movement.