July 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm EDT | by Staff reports
LGBT Civil Rights Summit slated for Philadelphia
Democratic National Convention

HRC President Chad Griffin and professor and commentator Melissa Harris-Perry are slated to speak in Philadelphia later this month. (Washington Blade photo of Griffin by Michael Key; photo of Harris-Perry courtesy MSNBC)

Major players in the LGBT rights movement will convene for a series of panel discussions and other events in Philadelphia during the week of the Democratic National Convention, July 25-28.

The events are sponsored by the Equality Forum, a leading LGBT civil rights summit. Equality Forum 2016 will bring together prominent national voices for discussions on the state and future of the LGBT movement, and hold two historic marker dedications and award ceremonies, according to a statement from the organization released Wednesday.

On July 26, there will be a historic marker dedication at the residence of iconic LGBT rights activist Barbara Gittings at 21st and Locust streets at 11 a.m. A second historic marker dedication is slated for July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House to commemorate a 1979 meeting of activists who planned the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights.

A panel of legal experts convenes at 2:30 p.m. on July 25, including the ACLU’s James Esseks and Roberta Kaplan, counsel to Edie Windsor, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

A discussion of national politics is scheduled for July 26 at 2:30 p.m., also at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Panelists include Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), commentator Richard Socarides, the Gill Foundation’s Gautam Raghavan and Mira Patel, former Obama administration senior adviser.

Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff will moderate a panel on the future of the LGBT movement on July 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The panel will feature HRC President Chad Griffin, former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, Kevin Jennings of the Arcus Foundation and Evan Wolfson, formerly of Freedom to Marry.

For more information, visit equalityforum.org.

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