Marching Mad: The 1987 March on Washington

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Virtual Panel

Event Description:

In 1987 — as rightwing politicians attacked LGBTQ+ people and the AIDS epidemic raged — more than half-a-million queer people and their allies gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand their full civil rights and immediate action to address the AIDS crisis. Around the United States, LGBTQ+ people gathered in local communities to plan for the march, building organizations that drove the movement in the years ahead. The 1987 March on Washington was a landmark, galvanizing event in the history of LGBTQ+ civil rights. On October 11th, a panel of movement activists, Leti Gomez, Joyce Hunter, and Steve Ault, will join moderator Ann Northrop, to discuss the march, their roles in organizing it, and its impact.

Optional Film Viewing:
In addition to the panel discussion, the museum has organized a rare virtual screening of JEB’s 1990 documentary on the 1987 march: “For Love and for Life: The 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.” Registrants for the event will receive a link to view the documentary on their own schedule, at any time in the month of October.

To view the archive of this panel, and for details on streaming the march documentary, click the button below.