Advancing LGBT Civil Rights

2017 Programs


Equality Forum "25th" Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Equality Forum for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in celebration of 25 years of LGBT civil rights activism. Equality Forum will present the 22nd Annual International Role Model Award to U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and the Frank Kameny Award to the pioneering AIDS activist and LGBT History Month Icon Peter Staley.

The International Role Model Award is this nation’s longest-standing recognition of activists and allies who have advanced LGBT civil rights. Previous recipients include Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard, David Boies and Ted Olson, Barney Frank, and Martina Navratilova. The 2017 award is presented by David Cohen to U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

The Frank Kameny Award is named for the father of the LGBT civil rights movement. Among other monumental accomplishments, Frank Kameny led the fight to overturn Eisenhower’s Executive Order 10450, which prohibited the employment of gays and lesbians by the federal government. The award is presented by Romy Diaz to AIDS Pioneer and 2017 LGBT History Month Icon Peter Staley.


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AIDS Library of Philadelphia Historic Marker Dedication

Tuesday, October 3, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Begun in 1987, the AIDS Library of Philadelphia was the nation’s first library to provide HIV/AIDS information and to help combat society’s fears about the epidemic. In stark contrast to the government’s negligible response, LGBT communities nationwide provided information and rallied to develop social services, support research and demand action. This advocacy changed the course of the epidemic and societal attitudes toward gays and other people affected by HIV. While it propelled the early LGBT civil rights movement, it came with the loss of nearly a generation of gay men.
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John Fryer Historic Marker Dedication

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us for the dedication of the historic marker for John E. Fryer, M.D., who challenged the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness at the 1972 convention of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Seated on a panel and disguised as Dr. H. Anonymous, he announced his homosexuality at a time when a medical license could be revoked on that basis. Fryer declared himself a proud member of the APA and explained that homosexuality was not the illness, but rather the toxic effects of homophobia.
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