The Pursuit: 50 Years In The Fight for LGBT Rights

Independence Visitor Center Corporation



A group of activists held the first organized civil rights demonstrations in front of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965. Photo © Mattachine Society.


Barbara Gittings picketing Independence Hall July 4, 1966. Photo © Kay Lahusen.


Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny, the Father and Mother of the LGBT civil rights movement at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 2005. Photo © Equality Forum.


Film still from Ilana Trachtmen’s The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights. Safiya Washington, 22, who experienced housing insecurity because of her sexual identity is now thriving in her own apartment.

Independence Visitor Center Corporation will collaborate with WHYY and Equality Forum to produce The Pursuit: 50 Years In The Fight for LGBT Rights, a documentary film project that will illuminate the 50-year history and progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. The film will highlight the powerful experiences of Gay Rights movement pioneers and feature interviews, archival images, and footage of such leading LGBTQ figures as Michael Palumbaro, founding member of the Gay Activist Alliance, and John James who marched in the first 1965 peaceful demonstrations at Independence Hall. Both the persistent discrimination against and the triumph of earned tolerance of the LGBTQ community will be explored through footage of 40 acclaimed LGBTQ activists, organization leaders, celebrities, and original protesters who will reenact the demonstrations at Independence Hall in July of 2015, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.