The Road to Equality: Philadelphia's LGBTQ Community, 1950-2022

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The Road to Equality: Philadelphia's LGBTQ Community, 1950-2022

presented by Bob Skiba

This presentation examines what it was like to be queer in 1950s and 1960s America, an America where anyone who did not conform to social norms and expectations was ostracized. It continues with Philadelphia’s response to this relentless oppression – the Annual Reminder demonstrations that occurred every 4th of July from 1965 to 1969 in front of Independence Hall, the first organized, regularly recurring protests for gay rights in the country. Finally, it tells how the Stonewall riots changed that paradigm for good, morphing those Annual Reminders into and Gay Pride marches and giving birth to the modern LGBTQ movement in Philadelphia and across the country


Bob Skiba is the Curator of Collections for the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia. He leads tours throughout Center City and the Gayborhood and served as the President of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides for six years. Bob is the co-author of two books on Philadelphia history: "Lost Philadelphia" and "Philadelphia Then and Now." In 2015, Bob curated "Speaking Out for Equality" at the National Constitution Center, the first exhibit on LGBT rights in a national venue. Currently, he teaches a “Queer Culture and Community” course at Jefferson University


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