Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

1972 Philly Pride: Historic Photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 17, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: gay history, gay pride, LGBT history, LGBT politics, Philadelphia Pride, Pride History, Stonewall

Awesome private photo of a contingent Gay Pride Parade in Philadelphia 39 years ago - a touching reminder of the passion and bravery of the people who fought for rights at a time when Gay Rights seemed like an impossible dream. It took incredible courage to stand up and be counted back then.


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Cool picture! Mine start in the late 1980/s but I have many of them from Indy and Chicago.

They were marching months before I was born. Puts it in perspective, eh?

Atlanta first Pride March was sponsored in 1971 by Georgia's Gay LIberation Front. The organizers could not get a permit from City Hall, so 125 activists soldier forth on the sidewalk. The following year, the crowd grew to about 300.

Leading the 1972march is Gay Liberation Front co-chair Bill Smith, and behind him holding the banner is Stuart Strenger, who's now a psychologist at Georgia Tech.

I have pictures of this if you want to post... I'll email if you wish.

Juliana, I'd love that, thank you!! It'll be Pride before you know it, and I'd love to start archiving vintage images of old parades. If you want to mail 'em to me, it's

Kathy Padilla | March 18, 2011 3:48 PM

You can see a few more pics of this event in:

Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia
By Thom Nickels

City Of Sisterly And Brotherly Loves: Lesbian And Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972
Marc Stein

Including the Radical Queens marching under their banner. It was founded by Cei Bell & Tommi Avicolli Mecca.

And read a chapter by Cei in:

Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation
Tommi Avicolli Mecca