This Day in History

July 4, 1965: First Annual Reminder Demonstration for Gay and Lesbian Rights

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBTQ, Organizing

Only July 4, 1965, 40 gay and lesbian activists held the first Annual Reminder demonstration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, symbolically held in front of Independence Hall, meant to draw attention to the civil rights still due to the LGBT community.

The second annual Reminder Day at Independence Hall in 1966. Credit: John F. Urwiller

Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings were the principal organizers of this event, one of the many pre-cursors to the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 that ignited the LGBT movement on a national level. Read more at

Visit the Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen Gay History Papers and Photographs collection at the New York Public Library.