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The National March on Washington
For Lesbian & Gay Rights,
October 14, 1979

Okay, yes I know this is not music related, but since these pics are part of our gay & lesbian
history, I wanted to share them. In 1979 I was living in Norfolk, Virginia, and at the time
I was editor of the local gay newspaper, "Our Own Community Press." I feel blessed that
I did this role during the time of the March, as I went to it, with my Norfolk friends, with a
special desire to take lots of photos, to "cover" it for the newspaper. Some are of Norfolk
folks, mostly not. All photos are by me except where indicated. Hope you enjoy them...

New Addition: As I was Editor I still have copies of all the issues of the newspaper
leading up to the March, and have scanned every article from that year.


Click for Our Own Community Press Articles on The 1979 March

1

2 Jayr Ellis  

Jayr Ellis, one of Norfolk's greatest gay leaders

3 photoghrapher unknown    4 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

5 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   23 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

7 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

8 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   9 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

10March on Washington pic by JD Doyle    11March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

12March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   13March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

14queer Texans    15 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

16 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

17 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   18 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

19 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   20 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

21 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

22 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle 

6 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   29 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

I must have found the L.A. Gay Freedom Band quite photogenic, got three of them.

   26 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

 27 Tony & Chip, two of Norfolk's cuties,; both died of AIDS   25 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

28 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   24 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

The guy above got his photo taken a lot.

30 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   31 Daniel Gary

32 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   33 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

34 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

35 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

36 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle   37 Doug Thompson

38 March on Washington pic by JD Doyle

39 photoghrapher unknown   40 photoghrapher unknown

41 photoghrapher unknown   42

43   44 photoghrapher unknown

[above 6 images scanned from Our Own, as opposed to the photos, so lesser quality, sorry]

45 Norfolk group

46

and, finally, me....most of these pics were used in our newspaper in a collage,
I decided then it was time to use my own pic, as sort of a coming-out statement,
another step along the road...

47 JD Doyle

and, yes, there actually is a record album that I can tie in with this page...it was mostly
clips from the speeches from both the March and the Gay Freedom Train that crossed
the country on its way there

March on Washington LP, 1979

[pass cursor over LP image to see flip side]

Click to Download the Album, 35:42

And, this is the only pic from the March I took from the net. The photographer (from Flickr) is just
credited as RamDriver. That's Jayr Ellis in the front left ,and I think it might be me with the
sunglasses above the letter SB in Lesbians, dunno...:)

More Norfolk......

Below, I believe it was my idea to feature in this Norfolk area bar guide, actual photos of the bars, glad I did.

I am sure it would be hard to find on the internet photos of these Norfolk area bars:

The Continental
The Cue
The Ghent Society
The Late Show
Mickey's
Nickelodeon
Nutcracker
Oar House
Paddock
Shirley's

And, I recently found a copy of Ciao Magazine, from October 1973. To my mind their best practice
was doing features on the bars in different cities, with actual photos of the bars. I'm glad
to share their Norfolk feature.