Advancing LGBT Civil Rights


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
CONTACT:  Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media | 202-812-8140 (mobile)

MEDIA ADVISORY for Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

National LGBT Politics Panel to Discuss State and Future of LGBT Movement 

Day’s Events Kicks-Off w/ former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Dedicating Historic Marker to “Mother of the LGBT Movement”

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Equality Forum, the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, will begin today’s events with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly LGBT mayor of a major American city, dedicating a historic marker to Philadelphia native Barbara Gittings, the “Mother of the LGBT Movement”. 

Following the historic marker dedication, LGBT political leaders, including the first openly gay parent in Congress, will convene at the National Museum of American Jewish History for a panel discussion on the state and future of the LGBT movement.

The Equality Forum 2016 National LGBT Politics Panel will explore the LGBT political agenda that lies ahead, including: 

  • Passage of the Equality Act,
  • LGBT’s community’s “place at the table”,
  • Efforts to repeal and fight off discriminatory, so-called “religious freedom” statutes,
  • Promotion of transgender equality,
  • The elimination of reparative therapy practices,
  • Thwarting bullying of LGBT youth, and
  • Ways to promote the quality of life of LGBT seniors.

TUESDAY at 11:00AM


Barbara Gittings Residence Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony


Locust Commons
241 South 21st Street (intersection of 21st & Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19103


TODAY, Tuesday, July 26th, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  


  • Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Keynote Speaker
  • Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director, Equality Forum
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Paul Steinke, Executive Director, Preservation Alliance
  • Special performance by the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, oldest
    feminist choir in the United States of which Barbara Gittings was a member




Equality Forum’s National LGBT Politics Panel


National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)
101 South Independence Mall East (5th and Market Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106


TODAY, Tuesday, July 26th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.


  • Richard Socarides, Democratic Strategist and Commentator (moderator)
  • Gregory Angelo, President of the Log Cabin Republicans
  • Mira Patel, former Obama Administration Senior Advisor, U.S. Agency for
    International Development and U.S. Department of State
  • Jared Polis, U.S. Representative, State of Colorado
  • Gautam Raghavan, Vice President of Public Policy, Gill Foundation



Equality Forum 2016

About Equality Forum

Participants in Equality Forum 2016

LGBT Champion Awards

Biography of Malcolm Lazin


The full schedule (including dates, times, locations and participants) of Equality Forum 2016 events throughout the week can be viewed at

MEDIA RSVP:  Media looking to cover Equality Forum 2016, convening the LGBT community’s leading voices during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25th – 28th, should RVSP by emailing Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media,


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About the Equality Forum

Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.  

Equality Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights with an educational focus.  For more information on the Equality Forum, please visit:



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