Speaking Out For Equality (http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/speaking-out-for-equality-the-constitution-gay-rights-and-the-supreme-court) is an exhibit opening on June 5th (time TBA) to commemorate the Annual Reminder demonstrations - beginning in 1965, Philadelphians pioneered the gay rights movement in front of Independence Hall by taking the considerable risk of being visible and demanding their right to constitutional protections. The opening will feature a mini-concert by Philadelphia Voices of Pride!
Okay, that was the business part, now let's get to the party part!
I'm creating this event because it will be very important for the National Constitution Center to see an outpouring of community support for this exhibit. Visitorship at the NCC has been very low for a while, and skewed heavily toward the 65+ conservative end of the spectrum - wouldn't it be awesome if the decision-makers saw that creating "controversial" exhibits, featuring populations not typically represented in museums, would bring in a WHOLE NEW demographic of visitors?
YES IT WOULD BE AWESOME.
So, bring your glittery gay selves, bring your awesome ally selves, invite ALL YOUR FRIENDS, and Let's Party Like It's 1965. Because we can still be fired for being gay in Pennsylvania, and that shit needs to change. This exhibit is a small part of that change.
Stay tuned for details!
Photo credit: 1970 Rodwell Gay is Good - Craig Rodwell from NYC holding up Frank Kameny's "Gay is Good" slogan, adopted by ECHO and based on "Black is Beautiful"