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The Pursuit: 50 Years In The Fight for LGBT Rights,

Thursday June 16, 2016, WHYY, Equality Forum and Independence Visitor Center Corporation hosted the national premiere of The Pursuit: 50 Years In The Fight for LGBT Rights,

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a documentary film produced and directed by Ilana Trachtman at the Indepence Visitor Center across from historical Independence Hall.

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Ilana Trachtman, Producer/ Director at Ruby Pictures, Inc. who directed – The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight For LGBT Rights, Naomi Levine, and Karen Pinsky, Corporate Sponsorship / Revenue Generator at WHYY

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Norm Gasparro and Brian Tomlin.

The Pursuit is a reflection on the fight for LGBT rights, more than 50 years since protesters gathered in front of Independence Hall and called for an end to discrimination against homosexuals. Contrasting stories from LGBT experiences past and present, a complex and vibrant picture emerges that demonstrates both how far the community has come and how far there is left to go.

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Maxine Jones and John Jones.

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Donald Carter and David Fair, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Turning Points for Children – ‎Turning Points for Children

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Naomi Levine and Nellie Fitzpatrick from the Mayor’s office.

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Thom Bernardo and John Petsinger.

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Thanks to PhillyChitChat Mike Hirata for shooting this event.

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Trudi Brown, Ilana Trachtman, and Naomi Levine.

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Norm Gasparro, Philadelphia Sketch Club and Brian Tomlin, Problem-Solving Communicator

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T.S. Hawkins, International Author|Performance Poet|Actor|Officiant|Educator and Adrienne Smith.

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Maxine Jones and John Jones.

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Naomi Levine and Ilana Trachtman.

Andrea C. Anastasi and Catherine Libertz.

Andrea C. Anastasi and Catherine Libertz.

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Joe Salerno, Paul Kuntzler, Malcolm Lazin, and Alan Urek.

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Christina Brunkel and Marta Herrera.

 

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Elizabeth Williams and Michael Palumbaro.

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The film highlights the powerful experiences of Gay Rights movement pioneers and feature interviews, archival images, and footage of such leading LGBTQ figures as Michael Palumbaro, founding member of the Gay Activist Alliance, and John James who marched in the first 1965 peaceful demonstrations at Independence Hall. 77_2711 (Custom)

Both the persistent discrimination against and the triumph of earned tolerance of the LGBTQ community will be explored through footage of 40 acclaimed LGBTQ activists, organization leaders, celebrities, and original protesters who will reenact the demonstrations at Independence Hall in July of 2015, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders. The Pursuit: 50 years in the Fight for LGBT Rights will air on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. on WHYY-TV.

Check out the preview video HERE