PHILADELPHIA -- March 18 -- Robert Gant, an out cast member of "Queer as Folk," has been named Master of Ceremonies for the Gay Pioneers & 40 Heroes Tribute at the National Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the GLBT Civil Rights Movement. The Tribute is on Sunday, May 1 in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
"Robert Gant is committed activist. He has lent his name and prestige to many important causes in our community," said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum. "We are delighted to welcome him as Master of Ceremonies for our version of the Gay Icon Academy Awards," Lazin said.
"I am honored to host the Gay Pioneers & 40 Heroes Tribute at the National Celebration," Gant said. "This historic event will be remembered like the 1963 demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial. I am thrilled to appear on stage in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, where the movement started 40 years ago."
The Gay Pioneers & 40 Heroes Tribute honors the Gay Pioneers, who organized the first Gay and Lesbian civil rights demonstration in 1965 at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell; and 40 Heroes who have made a defining difference in the GLBT Movement between 1965 and 2005. Gant joins Cyndi Lauper, who will perform at the National Celebration Concert.
Equality Forum 2005 features over 100 programs, including 14 parties and 40 special events. More than 105 local and national non-profit organizations and 28 national and international GLBT Executive Directors will be participating. Thirty-two (32) states and the District of Columbia will hold State Receptions on Saturday, April 30.
The 16-hour National Celebration also includes the National Celebration Concert with Cyndi Lauper, an Interfaith Service at historic Christ Church with Bishop Gene Robinson, Conversations with Gay Leaders at the National Constitution Center, screenings of Gay Pioneers, a Gay Icons Pavilion at Independence Visitors Center, celebrities, the SundayOUT street festival, and three parties, including one at the Real World Philadelphia House. There is no registration fee for Equality Forum 2005 and all substantive events including the National Celebration are free.