Sunday, July 05, 2015
Visit to the LGBT History Exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
Today, I visited the LGBT History Exhibit at the National Constitution Center on Arch and 6th Streets in Philadelphia. A parking lot, though expensive, was available on block to the west on Arch.
The was part of the 50th anniversary (to organizing in 1965) LGBT history celebration. I walked the gayborhood and to Washington Square but seemed to miss the end of the festival.
The formal title was “Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights and the Supreme Court.
The internals of the exhibit did not allow photography. The biggest emphasis was on the very early days, in the 1950s and 1960s, when flagrant discrimination was rampant. The Supreme Court history includes Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), Lawrence v. Texas (2003), DOMA, and Obergefell v. Hodges.
There was a letter from the State Department in 1960 to Frank Kameny, which restated the government’s circular reasons for firing homosexuals at the time.
There was also a replaying of Mike Wallace’s horrific 1967 hour long documentary “The Homosexuals”.