Advancing LGBT Civil Rights


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
CONTACT:  Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media | 202-812-8140 (mobile)

MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Oscar-Winner Dustin Lance Black to Dedicate Philadelphia Conference LGBT Historic Marker 

Openly LGBT Elected Officials Panel with Congressmen, State Attorney General and Florida’s only Out State Rep.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Equality Forum, the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, will begin today’s events with Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the Harvey Milk biopic MILK and LGBT activist, Dustin Lance Black, keynoting the Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker Dedication.

The Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker will designate where 300 activists from around the country met in February 1979, in response to Harvey Milk’s assassination, to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  For the LGBT civil rights movement, the Philadelphia Conference is akin to Seneca Falls.

Following the historic marker dedication, openly LGBT state and national elected officials will convene at the National Museum of American Jewish History for a panel discussion on the state and future of the LGBT movement.



Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker Dedication


Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


TODAY, Wednesday, July 27th, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  


Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winner of Harvey Milk’s biopic MILK
Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director, Equality Forum
Mark Squilla, Philadelphia City Councilman
Paul Steinke, executive director, Preservation Alliance
Wally Evans, Clerk, Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust



LGBT Elected Officials Panel


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


TODAY, Wednesday, July 27th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.


Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Pres. & CEO, Victory Fund & Institute (moderator)
Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative, State of New York
David Richardson, State Representative, State of Florida
Mark Takano, U.S. Representative, State of California
Maura Healey, Attorney General, State of Massachusetts


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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