Friday, June 08, 2007

Fave Foto Friday: (gay history month edition)

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Long before the Stonewall Riots, groups of gay men and women met up every Fourth of July at Philadelphia's Independence Hall to quietly march for the rights of lesbians and gays.

These pioneers were members of The Mattachine Society. One of their rules was to always dress conservatively in public, hence the men in somber suits and the women in sensible mid length dresses.

These demonstrations would occur around noon time, and last for about an hour, after which the assembled packed up their signs and went home.

Still, imagine the guts it took to do this back in the mid 60's?

The above photo is from the march on Independence day, 1966.

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