The Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative

Pennsylvania state marker commemorating Annual Reminder demonstrations in front of Independence Hall
July 4, 1965 through 1969 citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall to protest the discrimination gay and lesbian individuals faced throughout the United States.

NPS Photo.

Recognizing Philadelphia's LGBTQ Heritage


The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (LGBTQ) is a vital part of the history of our city and our nation. The Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative encourages citizens to ensure that this chapter of history is not only preerved, but celebrated.

The initiative is a collaboration of the LGBTQ community, the National Park Service, the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, Independence National Historical Park and the Organization of American Historians. For more information and to share your stories, visit the Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.

Last updated: February 9, 2017