Library of Congress acquires films, papers of gay rights pioneer Vincenz; protested in 1965

The Library of Congress has acquired the papers, photographs, films and memorabilia of gay rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz.

Vincenz is a longtime resident of Arlington, Va. She was one of the first lesbian members of the Mattachine Society of Washington, a gay rights organization. She was the first editor of its newsletter, The Homosexual Citizen.

Vincenz joined the first gay rights protest in front of the White House in 1965 with group leader Frank Kameny. Kameny's papers were donated to the library in 2006.

The library says her collection includes 10,000 items. It includes rare 16-mm films Vincenz made of an early gay rights protest in Philadelphia and the first gay pride parade in New York City in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. Her footage has appeared in other films.