1979 March on Washington
for Lesbian & Gay Rights
October 14, 1979
Photo Gallery - Page 1

The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1979. The first such march on Washington, it drew between 75,000 and 125,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, and straight allies to demand equal civil rights and urge the passage of protective civil rights legislation. (from Wiki)

These photos were borrowed from the Botts Collection, and then digitized. They were taken
by Larry Butler. I need some help in identifying some of the people in them, which is why I have numbered them. If you can ID someone, please
email me with the name and photo number. Thanks!


While I attended the first three Lesbian & Gay Marches on Washington, including the ones in 1987 and 1993, the 1979
one is the most special to me. I was only out of the closet a little more than a year and was living in Norfolk, Virginia.
I somehow found myself Editor of the gay newspaper there, Our Own Community Press, so not only was I attending my
first March, and basking in the overwhelming empowerment that came with being there, I was also "covering" it
for the paper, and I wrote about my own memories of the weekend which you can read here.

This Page: Day of the March - Houston Contingent Getting Organized
The March on Washington - Part 1, Houston
The March on Washington & Rally - Part 2, Los Angeles
The March on Washington - Part 3- Everyone else
The March on Washington - Part 4 - More Everyone Else
The pre-March Rally, the day before
Ray Hill & Houston Rally Shots
Robin Tyler & Maxine Feldman
Holly Near & Meg Christian
Blackberri
Gotham
Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky
Casselberry & Dupree, and Mary Watkins
Kate Millett and Charles Law
Rally Crowd Shots
Other Speakers/Performers
Misc--Houstonians at the Hotel
Color Photos
Photos I took of the MOW

and mostly for researchers, three pdf files of organizing correspondence and clippings from the March
File 1-Planning Correspondence
File 2-More Planning Correspondence
File 3-Clippings of MOW coverage
79 March coverage from TWT

Boston's Gay Community News Guide to the March, 10/14/79

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above, members of the Salsa Soul Sisters, a NYC lesbians-of-color group, help carry the banner;
Anna T Ortiz (not a Sisters member) is above the L in National and M in March, with glasses

  
                                    Download the Program                                  Click for The Banner Project info        

Listen to exerpts of a meeting between Harvey Milk, Ray Hill, Howard Wallace, and David Lamble,
discussing whether a March should be held. This was a meeting the weekend of June 9-11, 1978, in Dallas,
held the same weekend as a Texas Gay Task Force conference. Courtesy of the Pacifica Foundation.
Listen, 29 Minutes   

Short prize-winning documentary from 2014 about the March,
made by high school students. They used a number of photos taken
by me at the March, like, hey, the one below
VIEW Video
We Are Everywhere


There was a record album associated with the MOW...
it was mostly clips from the speeches from both the
March and the Gay Freedom Train that crossed
the country on its way there

When I googled this March I was surprised at actually how very few photos of it have been uploaded to the net,
and I believe this will be the most extensive collection to be found. This is also why I am displaying them larger
than you might expect, to see all those proud faces. As the photographer, Larry Butler, was from Houston,
the photos are very Houston-centric, but there are plenty showing folks from everywhere, and a large number
showing the speakers and performers.

Click to Download the Album, 35:42

And, see MUCH LARGER scans of complete LP


Extensive Coverage of the March, from Pacifica Archives & Internet Archive

LINK 33:53, with Ray Hill (...), Charles Law (...)

KZ0754.02A starts with Holly Near, JT Thomas and Meg Christian performing
"There's something about the women" (begins midway through the song) and a
rendition of "We are a gentle angry people." A female announcer (not named)
speaks about money and solicits donations from the audience. Holly Near then
performs "Over the rainbow." Ray Hill from Houston, TX talks about incarceration
of gay men and lesbians and introduces the Reverend Dr. Charles Law. Law speaks
on how "integration, and not assimilation" is the main challenge for gay activism in
the 1980s. Hill then introduces Paula Gunn Allen from the American Indian Gay
Movement, who speaks on how she represents the people with the longest gay
history in the Western hemisphere. Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Song" and
sends a warning to Congress, and Peter Orlovsky reads "Someone liked me
when I was twelve."

LINK 32.41

KZ0754.02B begins with Ray Hill introducing Juanita Ramos and Armando
Gaetan, representing Third World gays and lesbians (Ramos speaks in English
and then Gaetan summarizes the speech in Spanish). Congressional
Representatives Ted Weiss (D-NY) and Phil Burton (D-CA) speak briefly.
Hill makes some brief announcements and then another female announcer
introduces the disco band Gotham who perform "(I'm your) AC/DC man."
Lucia Valeska from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force speaks.
Audre Lorde speaks about the necessity to address racism, classism and
sexism in the LGBT movement. BlackBerri speaks briefly and performs his
song "Eat the rich."

LINK 28:27

KZ0754.02C starts with Hill making more announcements, then introduces
Tom Robinson who sings "Glad to be gay" and "Stand together." Howard Wallace,
who organized the boycott of Coors, speaks on behalf of the gay labor movement.
Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics, speaks about the "threat" of gay love.
More announcements, then Florynce "Flo" Kennedy is brought on stage and sings
"Nothing could be sweeter than to find out that Anita [Bryant] is a lesbian" with
a chorus, and then addresses
the crowd.

LINK 17:16

KZ0754.02D begins with Margo Carl from Lambda Legal speaking about
violence towards and incarceration of LGBT people. Anthony Sullivan, one of
the first same-sex marriage applicants in the US, speaks about LGBT people
and immigration law. Reverend John Kuiper, the first gay man to adopt a child
in the US, speaks about his case. Sandy Schuster and Madeleine Isaacson,
lesbian mothers, speak of their struggles. Supervisor Harry Britt from San
Francisco speaks about Harvey Milk. The final speaker of the day is Arthur
McCombs of the Gay Atheist League of America, who decries religion as the
source of gay oppression.



LINK  59:05


Day of the March - Houston Contingent Getting Organized

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3, Bruce Herman in center

below, the Montrose Marching Band, getting ready

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17, left and center Art Kelly and Al White and Wes (last name unknown); 18, left, Billy Ramsey

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above right, on right, Gerald Hagan   

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above on left, Steve Shiflett and Billy Ramsey;
24, Fanny Farmer

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25, Billy Ramsey; 26, Steve Sigmon

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above right, he brought his own copy of Houston newspaper Upfront

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26, 29 , 30, Steve Sigmon (tended bar at Venture N and then at the Drum)

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above, Fanny Farmer

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35, 36 above and below, Steve Shiflet in dark shirt, Don Hrachovy in center

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Color photo courtesy of Steve Sobota

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37, on left, Emery Daly-Lingwood; 38 Linda Jones, Mark Firner; Dennis Bergen, center with cowboy hat

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above, with gloves, Steve Shiflet, Billy Ramsey (middle), Jeff Baggett on right

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46, center is Roy Ourso And to his left is Bobby Lovell
Gene Oliver
in right background


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above & below, Andy Mills in center

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51, Dennis Bergen

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54 at left, Gerald Hagan, and center David, of the Venture-N (last name?)
55, at left, Steve Shiflet, Guy Amadee, Larry Bagneris

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56, Billy Ramsey, and on right, Sidney Brandenberger

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57, David of Venture-N on right
58, on right, Steve Shiflet

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59, 60 center, John Schillinger

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above center, Dennis Dunwoody

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62, Billy Ramsey

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64, Bruce Herman, lover of Warren Duncanson, seen in #65

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70, with arm up, David, of Venture-N

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On the right above is, I have been told, Rose Vecchio

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77, center, David, co-owner of Venture-N (last name?)

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79, Steve Sigmon,
80 and 81, Fanny Farmer

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84 left, Mark Firner

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86, Linda Jones in back, holding flagpole

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88, Jeff Baggett, wearing an Upfront press badge

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89, left Steve Sigmon

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90, Dennis Bergen, and at right front, Sid Brandenberger


and, a few more, from Texas, not necessarily from Houston

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96, on right, I believe this is Richard Rogers, of Dallas

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The Day of the March - Houston Contingent Getting Organized
The March on Washington - Part 1, Houston
The March on Washington & Rally - Part 2, Los Angeles
The March on Washington - Part 3- Everyone else
The March on Washington - Part 4 - More Everyone Else
The pre-March Rally, the day before
Ray Hill
& Houston Rally Shots
Robin Tyler & Maxine Feldman
Holly Near & Meg Christian
Blackberri
Gotham
Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky
Casselberry & Dupree, and Mary Watkins
Kate Millett and Charles Law
Rally Crowd Shots
Other Speakers/Performers
Misc--Houstonians at the Hotel
Color Photos
Photos I took of the MOW