25 Photos from The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation of 1993

25 Photos from The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation of 1993

By Jacob Miller

The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was a large political demonstration in Washington D.C. on April 25, 1993. With an estimated one million attendees, it was one of the largest protests in American history.

The organizers of the events agreed upon seven primary demands:

  • We demand passage of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights bill and an end to discrimination by state and federal governments including the military; repeal of all sodomy laws and other laws that criminalize private sexual expression between consenting adults.
  • We demand a massive increase in funding for AIDS education, research, and patient care; universal access to health care including alternative therapies; and an end to sexism in medical research and health care.
  • We demand legislation to prevent discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the areas of family diversity, custody, adoption and foster care and that the definition of family includes the full diversity of all family structures.
  • We demand full and equal inclusion of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the educational system, and the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies in multicultural curricula.
  • We demand the right to reproductive freedom and choice, to control our own bodies, and an end to sexist discrimination.
  • We demand an end to racial and ethnic discrimination in all forms.
  • We demand an end to discrimination and violent oppression based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, identification, race, religion, identity, sex and gender expression, disability, age, class, AIDS/HIV infection.

These marchers helped shape the inclusive society we live in today.

April 25, 1993- March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. wearinggayhistory
25th April 1993- Marchers standing on a pile of signs and waving some of them during the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights. Photo by Howard Sachs. Getty Images
Hundreds of thousands of gay-rights demonstrators march down Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington D.C. 25 April 1993. The march, which is expected to attract one million people, aims at prompting legislation prohibiting all forms of anti-homosexual discrimination and a surge of new support for AIDS research. Getty
Participants carry a banner during the Gay Rights March April 25, 1993, in Washington, DC. Over 500,000 gays, lesbians and bisexual activists and their friends and families participated in the largest gathering of gay men and lesbians in history organized to end discrimination. Getty
“ASIAN/PACIFIC QUEER -n- PROUD!,” National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, Washington, D.C., April 25, 1993. Photo by William Tom
Joe Herzenberg, the first openly gay elected official of North Carolina and the former Confederacy speaking at AIDS quilt display on Washington Mall, April 25, 1993. Photo courtesy of Mark Donahue.
“We made it up as we went along at the March on Washington–and we accomplished a great deal. The next generation needs to know that–and rise to the occasion.” Queerty
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change A group of women carry an OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) banner during the March on Washington for Gay, Lesbian, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, Washington DC, April 25, 1993. Source- Getty
View of the banner held by demonstrators during the March on Washington for Gay, Lesbian, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, April 25, 1993. Getty Images
RuPaul performs at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, Washington, D.C., April 25, 1993. Photo by Porter Gifford, © Getty
Nicholas Cardello and Kurt English at the1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in Washington, D.C. ABC News
Marchers addressed: Inclusion of LGBTQ+ history in the classrooms, support for same-sex adoptions, and the end of systematic discrimination, not only for LGBTQ+ folks but for women and people of color that included ending racism and police brutality. Confessionsofaboytoy