The Annual Reminder events were some of the earlier organized public demonstrations for LGBTQIA+ rights. Held outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Annual Reminders began on July 4, 1965, and were held yearly until the final event on July 4, 1969. Participants dressed in formal business attire to communicate "respectability", and they carried signs with messages such as "Homosexuals Ask For Equality Before the Law".
The events were held during a period now known as the "lavender scare". So-called "sexual deviants"— "homosexuals"—were barred from federal government employment in 1953 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450. Thousands of people lost their jobs for having a sexual orientation that was not heterosexual.
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