November 15, 2004
Forum: 40 years, 40 heroes
The 40th Anniversary Celebration also includes entertainers, speakers, collaborative programs at major institutions on Independence Mall (Independence Hall to National Constitution Center), continuous screenings of "Gay Pioneers," a large street festival, 40 Equality Forum rainbow flags on Independence Mall and a concert.
"We invited over 80 organizations and leaders to nominate the Heroes. We are grateful to the national leaders and organizations for the 40 Heroes nominations and to Bruce Steele, Editor-in-Chief, The Advocate and Heather Finlay, Editor-in-Chief, Girlfriends Magazine, who served as Co-Chairs, 40 Heroes Selection Committee," stated Joe Farrell, Chair, Board of Directors, Equality Forum.
Equality Forum's mission is to advance national and international GLBT civil rights. Equality Forum undertakes high impact initiatives, produces documentary films and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum. Equality Forum in collaboration with WHYY/PBS produced "Gay Pioneers", a documentary about the start of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement with annual demonstrations from 1965 to 1969 in NY, DC and Philadelphia.
Gay marriage advocates Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell participated in panel discussions during Equality Forum 2004, and they were awarded Equality Forum's Distinguished Leadership Award in 2003 for their advocacy work on behalf of marriage equality.
Equality Forum 2005 from April 25 to May 1 will have 60 programs, parties and special events with 100 regional, national and international organizations participating.
For additional information, please contact Michael Pomante, Communications Associate at (215) 732-3378 x15 or Michael@equalityforum.com.