Why 50 years in Philly’s gay-rights fight is a ‘remarkable and heroic story’

John James was one of the original participants in the 1965 demonstration for gay rights in Philadelphia. He said at the time he could have never imagined that gay marriage would be legally recognized in the United States 50 years later. Here he is pictured on the rainbow crosswalk at 13th and Locust streets in the Gayborhood on June 26. (Hillary Petrozziello / Photographer)
Hillary Petrozziello

Philly’s LGBT community this weekend commemorates the 50 th anniversary of one of America’s first major gay-rights demonstrations. On July 4, 1965, about 40 gay and lesbian Philadelphians held signs demanding equal rights and marched in front of Independence Hall. City Paper recounts that historic march from the eyes of John James, who protested even though he feared it would cost him his job. Read about this the challenges still facing the LGBT community at citypaper.net.

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