A Look Back at the T in the 1979 “Gay March” on Washington

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A Look Back at the T in the 1979 “Gay March” on Washington

Official Souvenir Program of the 1979 National March on Washington, Page 40

It should be noted that the organizer of the 1st MOW was Ray Hill from Houston, Texas.

Trans Leader from Houston, Phyllis Frye (center, holding American flag)

Phyllis Frye, leading the Texas contingent

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Official Souvenir Program of the 1979 National March on Washington, Page 1

“Gay is Good”

This slogan came out of the 1968 North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO). This meeting was largely funded by transperson, Lee Brewster (a forgotten trans badass who also funded the Mattachine Society, founded the Queens Liberation Front, funded and coordinated the NY anti-GLBT legal challenges that overturned NY anti-gay laws, published most of the early national trans magazines and newspapers, and fought early anti-trans RadFems like Jean O’Leary and Jill Johnston who wanted to erase trans folk from the queer rights movement). The meeting was attended by Houston activist, Ray Hill (who planned the March with Harvey Milk… Hill was the lead organizer of the March on Washington) along with several other transpeople – including Transgender Foundation of America’s Vice President, Alexis Melvin.

(I can’t help but snicker at – yet again – Houston’s fingers being all over queer history. BTW, that term “transpeople”… That was from Phyllis – who was using it before Prince, BTW.)

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In 1967, NACHO wrote:

Official Souvenir Program of the 1979 National March on Washington, Pages 10 – 11

Official Souvenir Program of the 1979 National March on Washington, Page 3

 

 

 

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