May 27, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Forum to highlight D.C. Gay Liberation Front
Nancy Tucker, gay news, Washington Blade, Gay Liberation Front

Nancy Tucker, pictured here in 1987, was a founding editor of the Blade. (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

D.C.’s Rainbow History Project and the Historical Society of Washington are co-hosting a public panel discussion on June 7 entitled, “Gay Power to Gay People: The Gay Liberation Front-D.C.”

A statement released by Rainbow History Project says the panel will reunite four former members of the long defunct GLF-D.C., who will talk about the organization’s role as a radical manifestation of the fledgling gay rights movement in the nation’s capital.

“The impact of the GLF on the local community, and the countless organizations which its members founded, are a key part of the history tracked by Rainbow History Project,” the statement says.

“In a time of rising assimilation by the LGBT community, it’s crucial to remember the radical roots of our equality movement, as exemplified by Gay Liberation Front-DC,” said Rainbow History Project board member Philip Clark, who will serve as moderator of the panel.

The panelists include GLF members or participants Brian Miller, Kent Jarratt, Michael Yarr, and Nancy Tucker. Tucker served as founding editor of the Gay Blade, which later became the Washington Blade.

Items related to GLF-DC from the Rainbow History Project collections will be on exhibit during the panel, which is scheduled to take place 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, 801 K Street, N.W.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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