Philadelphia dedicates street to LGBT pioneer Barbara Gittings

Philadelphia kicks off LGBT History Month by dedicating Locust St between 12th and 13th streets to LGBT rights pioneer Barbara Gittings.

Via press release:

Known as the Mother of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, Gittings (July 31, 1932 – February 18, 2007) resided in Philadelphia. She was the editor of the first lesbian publication. With Frank Kameny, she organized the Annual Reminders at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which launched the LGBT civil rights movement. Gittings spearheaded the successful initiative to have the American Library Association include gay and lesbian books in the nation’s card catalogues and libraries. Kameny and Gittings challenged the American Psychiatric Association, resulting in homosexuality being removed from the list of mental illnesses.

Frank Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011), the Father of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, resided in Washington. There is a Frank Kameny Way in the nation’s capitol. Barbara Gittings Way will be located on Locust Street between 12th and 13th Streets in the heart of the gayborhood. Collaborating organizations include: Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Equality PA, Independence Business Alliance, Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus, and the William Way Community Center.

From what I’ve read so far, it was a beautiful dedication. Glad to hear it!

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Posted on October 1, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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