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First Five Now: Remembering Stonewall with LGBTQ Pioneer Mark Segal
June 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDTFree
To mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, LGBTQ pioneer Mark Segal shares his memories of the event and reflects on his 50 years of activism.
The program follows the June 26 opening of the Freedom Forum’s traveling exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.
The exhibit explores the modern gay rights movement in the United States and chronicles the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.
Segal was a witness at Stonewall, a founding member of New York’s Gay Liberation Front, a founder of the first national LGBT youth organization and a member of The Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee , which created the first Gay Pride March in 1970.
He is the founder and publisher of The Philadelphia Gay News, which in 2018 was named the best weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania by The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
He is also the author of the memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality.”
This program will premiere June 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern on our YouTube channel.
First Five Now is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.