Seven picket signs from the earliest public demonstrations in the United States advocating for gay and lesbian rights, organized
by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, among others. The original protests and subsequent "Annual Reminder" demonstrations
were held in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia from 1965-1969, and were attended by east coast members of
the Mattachine Society, Janus Society, and Daughters of Bilitis.
In 1965, a group of gay and lesbian activists, including Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, and Craig Rodwell, organized a series
of public demonstrations in Washington, D.C., which were some of the earliest public demonstrations in the United States advocating
for gay and lesbian rights. The demonstrations culminated with a group of approximately 70 activists picketing in front of
the White House in April of that year. The demonstrations were organized, in part, to protest employment discrimination regarding
gay and lesbian federal workers. Subsequently, between 1966 and 1969, similar demonstrations known as the "Annual Reminder"
were held every year on July 4 in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
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