Mayor Michael A. Nutter participated in the announcement of the National Constitution Center’s upcoming exhibit Speaking OUT for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights & the Supreme Court.  The exhibit, which will open this summer, will illustrate the 50 year struggle for gay rights and that led to LGBT equality being questioned before the Supreme Court.


Speaking OUT for Equality will be the centerpiece of a series of events highlighting the 50th anniversary of the start of the LGBT rights movement in Philadelphia, which began in 1965 with an annual peaceful protest on July 4th at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  The events are organized by the William Way LGBT Community Center and its John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives and will feature programs co-hosted by the National Museum of American Jewish History, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


“When you consider Philadelphia’s role in the LGBT Civil Rights movement, it seems only right that our great city, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, will host one of the largest LGBT Rights Anniversary celebrations in the nation this July,” said Mayor Nutter.  “From the Annual Reminders protests to our City government’s LGBT protections, Philadelphia embraces the diversity within our communities as what makes us a great city.  I am honored to be an LGBT advocate and ally every day, but especially in this important anniversary year.”


Additionally, Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of LGBT Affairs, will participate in the 2015 LGBT Media Journalists Convening, which is being held in Philadelphia March 13-15 and is sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLJGA). 


Ms. Fitzpatrick will address the convening on Saturday with a presentation entitled Fighting for Equality from Within: How Government Officials Are Advancing LGBT Rights.  Her presentation will focus on Philadelphia as a strong example of government supporting and working to bring about greater equality for sexual and gender minorities. 


To follow along with the convening on Twitter, use @nlgja and #LGBTmedia15.



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