The Mattachine Society of Washington: Celebrating 50 Years
Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Despite Dr. Franklin Kameny's tragic passing today (Tuesday) at the age of 86, the Rainbow History Project will continue with this program. We intend to honor Dr. Kameny's life and legacy by carrying on with discussion and memories of his pioneering work.
--Philip Clark / Chair, Rainbow History Project / email@example.com
Fifty years ago, in November 1961, Dr. Frank Kameny and Jack Nichols founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, “dedicated to improving the status of the homosexual citizen through a vigorous program of action.” MSW worked tirelessly in pursuing legal and social change for gays and lesbians: fighting the U.S. civil service employment ban, working with religious organizations to improve understanding, challenging the homophobic views of psychiatrists. These activities culminated in Frank Kameny’s run for Congress in 1971.
On Thursday, October 13th, the Rainbow History Project is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Mattachine Society of Washington (MSW), Washington D.C.’s oldest gay rights organization, with a panel discussion featuring MSW founders and activists Frank Kameny, Lilli Vincenz, and Paul Kuntzler. They will discuss the history, activities, and enduring legacy of MSW in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments to follow.
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Rainbow History Project
The mission of the Rainbow History Project is to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington DC.