Few social groups have made such rapid strides in equality as the LGBTQ community during the fifty years following the Stonewall uprising. Leading up to and beyond that seminal moment, D.C.’s own courageous men and women made invaluable contributions to the cultural and social history of the nation’s capital:
Walt Whitman celebrated “the love of comrades” in his groundbreaking poetry and his intimate relationship with Pete Doyle in the 1860’s.
Georgia Douglas Johnson hosted Saturday Night salons in the 1920’s that nurtured Harlem Renaissance luminaries Langston Hughes and Richard Bruce Nugent.
Frank Kameny protested federal employment discrimination in the 1960’s and campaigned for Congress on a “Gay is Good” platform.
The Gay Liberation Front of the 1970’s provided communal housing for activists.
Following Stonewall, Deacon Maccubbin founded Lambda Rising bookstore and the city’s first Gay Pride festival.
See the sites associated with these figures and events while walking through the Dupont Circle and Strivers Section Historic Districts. The walk will conclude on vibrant 17th Street NW, a short walk back to the Dupont Circle Metro station.