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Barbara Gittings
Birth: Jul. 31, 1932
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death: Feb. 18, 2007
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil rights activist. The daughter of a US diplomat, she attended Northwestern University and in 1958 founded the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, later editing DOB's national magazine "The Ladder". In 1965 she took part in the first marches at the White House and other federal sites in Washington to protest discrimination against gays and lesbians. She also joined demonstrations each July 4 from 1965 to 1969 at Philadelphia's Independence Hall. These protests were the forerunner of the 1969 Stonewall protests and New York City's first Gay Pride Parade in 1970. Gittings also successfully campaigned to have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders. In addition she crusaded to make gay literature available in public libraries, and in 2003 she was recognized with an honorary lifetime membership in the American Library Association. Gittings' recollections were a key part of the documentary "Before Stonewall". Since 2001 the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has presented an annual Barbara Gittings Award. The sign she carried in 1965 -- "Sexual preference is irrelevant to federal employment" -- is now on display at the Smithsonian, a gift of fellow activist Frank Kameny, who was fired from his job as an Army astronomer because he was gay. Gittings died of breast cancer and was survived by her partner of 46 years, fellow activist Kay Tobin Lahusen. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
Congressional Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
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Record added: Feb 24, 2007
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