PHOTOS: Original Gay Pioneers Tour “Speaking Out for Equality”

This morning, the National Constitution Center, William Way Community Center, and the DMH Fund hosted a very touching private tour of their exhibit “Speaking Out for Equality” for several of the original “gay pioneers,” John James, Paul Kuntzler, Randy Wicker, and Ada Bello. William Way’s Executive Director Chris Bartlett provided a curated walk through of the moving collection at the Constitution Center, while James, Kuntzler, and Wicker gave insightful comments about the exhibit. We were there to capture some of the really wonderful moments of the event.

FIRST LOOK: Wreath Laying Ceremony With James Obergefell

James Obergefell, the recent plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s marriage equality case, was on hand as dozens attended a wreath laying ceremony at Independence Hall at the Gay Pioneers Historical Marker. The commemoration kicked off the weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of LGBT civil rights in Philadelphia. We were there to capture the intimate ceremony.

Photos by Alyssa Mutryn and Kelly Burkhardt.

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From ACLU.

From ACLU.

James Obergefell, the Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff, has had a busy few days. Besides the landmark victory with the Court in his favor, he’ll be here in Philadelphia this afternoon for a wreath laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers Historical Marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets.

Also on hand will be Samantha Giusti, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Malcolm Lazin, chair of the LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, and a host of other LGBT leaders from the region.

The ceremony begins at 2:15 pm at the NW corner of 6th and Chestnut, with Independence Hall in the background, and is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes.

PHOTOS: Independence Business Alliance Annual Meeting

Over 120 attendees took to the Top of the Tower last week for the Independence Business Alliance‘s annual meeting, where the greater Philadelphia LGBT chamber of commerce introduced new board members Katrina Aikin, Michael Albany, Stacia Fisher, Stacey Moore, and Danielle Ryan. Drexel University student Robert Reid, recipient of the 2015 IBA/DVLF scholarship, spoke to the crowd about the influence of IBA on young professionals. DVLF’s Executive Director Samantha Giusti also presented some exciting news: DVLF is offering a $15,000 matching grant, which, according to the IBA, “gives everyone the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to support the annual scholarship and double their donation while continuing to foster opportunities to tomorrow’s LGBT business leaders.” Our friends from the event shared some of the great moments of the evening.

PHOTOS: Hip Hop for Philly Concert with Philadelphia FIGHT

Philadelphia FIGHT held their third-annual Hip Hop for Philly concert on Saturday night, which featured Teyana Taylor as the headline artist. Philly youth ages 13 to 24 who took a HIV test at a number of local agencies received free access to the jam session at the Trocadero. Our friends from Philadelphia FIGHT shared some great shots of the performers and the crowd. For more information on the great work going down at FIGHT, visit their website.

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