Huge Gay Rights March in Washington, D.C.
Up to 1,000,000 people marched for lesbian and gay rights in Washington, D.C. on this day, making it the largest such march in the nation’s capital up until that time. The first national march occurred on October 14, 1979, and drew between 75,000 and 125,000 people.
The first lesbian and gay rights movement in the world originated in Berlin, Germany, in the 1860s. This included the invention of the word “homosexuality.” Read Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (2014).
Read Urvashi Vaid’s Speech at the March: http://www.famous-speeches-and-speech-topics.info/famous-speeches-by-women/urvashi-vaid-speech.htm
Visit the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco: http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/
Learn more at a valuable documentary history: Jonathan Katz, ed., Gay American History: Lesbian and Gay Men in American History, A Documentary (1976)
Learn about the history of marching on Washington: Lucy Barber, Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition (2002)