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National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration: National Legal Panel

Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Program will also be simulcast in an overflow room.

Can't join us in person? Watch live online here.

With the recent Supreme Court marriage equality decision just announced, we are thrilled to host a panel of leading legal activists and scholars who will explore the past, present, and future of LGBT rights, examining these timely issues in depth - from the first Supreme Court brief for LGBT equality filed by Gay Pioneer Frank Kameny in 1961, to this latest landmark ruling.

Featuring Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Esq., Lead Counsel in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case, Obergefell v. Hodges, just decided on Friday, June 26, which guarantees the right to same-sex marriage under the Constitution.

In conversation with James Esseks, Director ACLU LGBT & AIDS project; Jennifer S. Goldstein, Associate General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law; and moderated by Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute.

This program is presented in collaboration with the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, organized by Equality Forum, and sponsored by PECO. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Related programming:
The Museum is joining institutions across the Philadelphia region to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder demonstration on July 4, 1965 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. We have an exciting array of programming planned — including an artifact installation, an online story collecting project, and new additions to the core exhibition — focusing on the role of Jewish Americans in the barrier-breaking movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights.

You can explore and share LGBT Stories through the Museum’s online collecting project on our tumblr site  and join us for related public programs:

And more to come!

NMAJH’s Reminder Day project has been generously supported by the Allen A. Stein Family Foundation, Inc. Public programs presented in conjunction with the installation were generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Event type:Lectures & Discussions, NMAJH in the Community