The Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative

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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.


Philly Pride Fest
Your own personal story is within the frame of history. Help save this history by participating in the Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.


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 preserved, 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. We aim to work with local museums, businesses and community centers to share their stories with a national audience. Success of the initiative relies on the expertise of the local community. We depend on the many voices of the Philadelphia LGBTQ communities to guide the initiative and our preservation efforts.

We would love to hear about the ways you are exploring and recording LGBTQ history and heritage. Please email us and let us know what you're doing.
The NPS gathers ideas from the public at the 2016 Pride Fest.
Get involved with the LGBTQ Initiative!

A man places his opinion on an idea board. The Initiative will have several opportunities for you to give feedback and to share your story.

The cover sheet and provocative drawing of Walt Whitman's 1855 edition of "Leaves of Grass."
National Park Service LGBTQ Theme Study

Check out the theme study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in America.

Blue Stonewall National Monument banner hanging on the outside wall of the Stonewall Inn
Stonewall National Monument

Catch up with our friends in New York at the Stonewall National Monument.

Stonewall Inn taken from Christopher Park on a sunny afternoon
William Way LGBT Center of Philadelphia

The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBT community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year.

Gay Pride Parade in downtown Philadelphia, 1972
Philadelphia LGBTQ History

The John J. Wilcox LGBT Archives is one source to learn how brave Philadelphians supported LGBTQ rights and culture.

A park ranger explains the Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.
Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative

This PowerPoint tells you about the Philadelphia LGBTQ Heritage Initiative and its work with partners.

Last updated: January 16, 2017