To mark the opening of the Newseum’s newest exhibit “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” LGBTQ pioneer Mark Segal shares his memories of the Stonewall uprising and reflects on his 50 years of activism.
“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” an exhibit that explores the modern gay rights movement in the United States, marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.
Segal was a witness at Stonewall, a founding member of New York’s Gay Liberation Front, a founder of the first national LGBT youth organization and a member of The Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day Committee, which created the first Gay Pride Parade in 1970.
He is the founder and publisher of The Philadelphia Gay News, which in 2018 was named the best weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania by The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
He is also the author of the memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality.”
A book signing will follow the program.
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Presented by Wells Fargo.
Generous support provided by The Reef Team, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Contributing support provided by Altria Group. Additional support provided by the Freedom Forum, Capital Pride Alliance, Washington Blade and the Stonewall Circle.