October 14, 1979

 

The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights takes place.  In draws an estimated 75,000-125,000 individuals marching for LGBT rights.   Speakers and artists who spoke at the main rally included Harry Britt, Charlotte Bunch, Alan Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Flo Kennedy, Morris Kight, Audre Lorde, Leonard Matlovich, Kate Millett, Troy Perry, Eleanor Smeal, first PFLAG President Adele Starr, and Congressman Ted Weiss.  Mayor Marian Barry  gave a welcome to the marchers on behalf of the city of Washington, DC