August 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm EST | by Staff reports
Philly LGBT historical markers dedicated
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Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker speaks at the dedication of a historical plaque outside Barbara Gittings’ home in Philadelphia on July 26, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention provided the backdrop for LGBT activists to dedicate two historical markers in Philadelphia.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Preservation Alliance Executive Director Paul Steinke, Anna Crusis Women’s Choir and Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin attended the dedication of a marker outside Barbara Gittings’ Philadelphia home on July 26. Dustin Lance Black on July 27 delivered the keynote address during the dedication of a marker outside the Arch Street Meeting House that commemorates the 300 activists who met in February 1979 to plan the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

The march took place less than a year after the assassination of then-San Francisco City Commissioner Harvey Milk.

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