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LGBTQ Cancel and Postmark Gallery

Below are images of special cancels and postmarks known to us. The images are divided into two sections, first for pride events and celebrations, and second for LGBTQ personalities and miscellaneous. Note that official first day cancels for LGBTQ related stamps are not included here as they are readily available on various philatelic websites. Refer to the stamp gallery on this website for suggestions on stamps that have first day cancels.

Images of American special cancels appear in the U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Bulletin, provided event organizers and local post offices request them in sufficent time for publication, which is sometimes not the case. Please help make this compendium more comprehensive by sharing with us items that are not listed, especially those from the U.S. and Canada. Foreign special cancellations are welcome as well. To contribute, contact the Webmaster whose e-mail address appears on the “Contact Us” page of this website.

Available below is a checklist for the pride cancels cancels shown here.

Pride Cancels and Postmarks Checklist (Last revision date 08.06.2021)

LGBTQ PRIDE EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Stockholm Gay Pride Week

August 20, 1983, Stockholm, Sweden.
The first known LGBT cancel.

Stockholm 1983

 

Stockholm Gay Pride Week

August 16, 1986, Stockholm, Sweden.
The second known LGBT cancel.

Stockholm 1986

 

20 Years Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 25, 1989, New York, NY.
The earliest known LGBT cancel from the U.S. Postal Service.

New York 1989

 

Avon Pride

June 11, 1991, Bristol, England.
The earliest known LGBT cancel from the United Kingdom.

Bristol 1991

 

Pridefest '92 & Pride March

June 28, 1992, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The first in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1992

 

Pridefest '93

June 19, 1993, Hartford, CT.
The first of two cancels for Hartford, with GLHSC logo.

Hartford 1993

 

Twin Cities GBLT Pride

June 26-27, 1993, Minneapolis, MN.
The first of three cancels for Twin Cities Pride.

Minneapolis 1993

 

Pridefest '93 & Pride March

June 27, 1993, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The second in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1993

 

San Diego Pride

July 17, 1993, San Diego, CA.
The only cancel for San Diego.

San Diego 1993

 

New Jersey 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Parade

June 5, 1994, Ashbury Park, NJ.
The only cancel for New Jersey.

Ashbury Park 1994

 

Pridefest '94 & Pride March

June 5, 1994, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The third in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1994

 

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride

June 5, 1994, Jackson Heights, NY.
The first in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights 1994

 

Gay Games IV & Cultural Festival

June 17-24, 1994, New York, NY
Games were held June 18-25, 1994.

New York 1994

 

Christopher Street Day

June 18, 1994, Berlin, Germany.
Christopher Street Day is the European equivalent of American Pride events.

Berlin 1994

 

Stonewall 25th Anniversary

June 26, 1994, New York, NY.
The only cancel for this event.

New York 1994

 

11th Annual Gay & Lesbian Square Dance Convention

July 1-2, 1994, Washington, DC.
The only cancel for this annual event.

Washington 1994

 

International Association of Gay and Lesbian Pride Organizers meeting

October 9, 1994, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The only cancel for this event.

Fort Lauderdale 1994

 

Discover Pride Festival

June 2-3, 1995, Tempe, AZ.
The first of three cancels for Tempe.

Tempe 1995

 

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 4, 1995, Jackson Heights, NY.
The second in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jaskson Heights 1995

 

Pridefest '95

June 17, 1995, Hartford, CT.
The second of two cancels for Hartford.

Hartford 1995

 

Pridefest '95 & Pride March

June 24, 1995, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The fourth in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1995

 

Christopher Street West

June 25, 1996, Los Angeles, CA.
The only cancel for this event.

Los Angeles 1995

 

20th Womyn's Music Festival

August 8-?, 1996, Walhalla, MI.
The only known cancel from the festival, held from 1976-2015.

Walhalla 1995

 

Arizona Central Pride

May 31-June 2, 1996, Tempe, AZ.
The second of three cancels for Tempe.

Tempe 1996

 

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 2, 1996, Jackson Heights, NY.
The third in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights 1996

 

Pride Day

June 9, 1996, Philadelphia, PA.
The only cancel for this event

Philadelphia 1996

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride

June 15, 1996, Portland, ME.
The only cancel for this event.

Portland 1996

 

Pridefest '96 & Pride March

June 23, 1996, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The fifth in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1996

 

Outfest

October 6, 1996, Philadelphia, PA.
The only cancel for this event.

Philadelphia 1996

 

 

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt,

October 11, 1996, Washington, DC.
This was the last time the quilt was displayed in its entirety.

Washington 1996

 

Arizona Central Pride

May 30-June 1, 1997, Tempe, AZ.
The third of three cancels for this event.

Tempe 1997

 

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 1, 1997, Jackson Heights, NY.
The fourth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jackson Height 1997

 

Pridefest '97 & Pride Parade

June 15, 1997, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The last in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale 1997

 

Twin Cities Pride

June 28-29, 1997, Minneapolis, MN.
The second of three cancels for Minneapolis.

Minneapolis 1997

 

Origins of the Gay Movement in Italy

November 17, 1997, Rome, Italy.
The only cancel for this event.

Rome, Italy 1997

 

Gay Alliance of Morris County 25th Anniversary

September 22, 1997, Morristown, NJ.
The only cancel for this event.

Morristown 1997

 

5th Annual Gay & Lesbian Business and Consumer Expo

April 25-26, 1998, New York, NY.
The first of three sporadic cancels for this event.

New York 1998

 

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 7, 1998, Jackson Heights, NY.
The fifth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights 1998

 

Baltimore Pride '98

June 14, 1998, Baltimore, MD.
The first of four cancels for Baltimore.

Baltimore 1998

 

Celebrating Pride and the Lavender Line

June 20, 1998, Syracuse, NY.
The first of three cancels for Syracuse.

Syracuse 1998

 

Twin Cities Pride

June 27-28, 1998, Minneapolis, MN.
The last of three cancels for Minneapolis.

Minneapolis 1998

 

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride

June 6, 1999, Jackson Heights, NY.
The sixth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights 1999

 

LGBT Pride Festival

June 12, 1999, Baltimore, MD.
The second of four cancels for Baltimore.

Baltimore 1999

 

LGBT Pride Festival

June 19, 1999, Syracuse, MD.
The second of three cancels for Syracuse.

Syracuse 1999

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride

June 4, 2000, Jackson Heights, NY.
The seventh in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights

JacksonHeights 2000

 

LGBT Pride Festival

June 10, 2000, Baltimore, MD./
The third of four cancels for Baltimore.

Baltimore 2000

 

Capital Pride 2000

June 11, 2000, Washington, DC.
The first of two Capital Pride cancels.

Washington 2000

 

Got Pride Festival

June 16, 2001, Syracuse, MD.
The third of three cancels for Syracuse.

Syracuse 2001

 

LGBT Pride Festival

June 17, 2001, Baltimore, MD.
This last of four cancels for Baltimore.

Baltimore2001

 

Burlington Pride

June 14, 2003, Burlington, VT
The only cancel for this event.

Burlington 2003

 

11th Annual Gay & Lesbian Business and Trade Expo

March 20, 2004, New York, NY.
The second of three sporadic cancels for this event.

NYC 2004

 

30th Anniversary Capital Pride

June 12, 2005, Washington, DC.
The second of two Capital Pride cancels, previous one appeared in 2000.

Washington 2005

 

14th Annual LGBT Expo

March 24, 2007, New York, NY.
The last of three sporadic cancels for this event; the Expo was discontinued after 2017.

New York 2007

 

Pridefest

June 13, 2010 Milwaukee, WI.
The only cancel for this event.

Milwaukee2010

 

Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride

June 15, 2019, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The only special cancel noting the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Fort Lauderdale

 

LGBTQ PERSONALITIES AND MISCELLANEOUS

 

200th Birth Anniversary of President James Buchanan

May 25, 1991, Harrisburg, PA.

James Buchanan

 

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary

August 27, 1994, Holland Patent, NY.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

 

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary

August 28, 1994, Remsen, NY.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

 

Bessie Smith stamp

September 17, 1994, Chattanooga, TN.

Bessie Smith

 

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary

November 28, 1994, River Edge, NJ.
This is the actual day of his death.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

 

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary

February 27, 1995, Steuben, ME.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

 

Susan B. Anthony 75th Annivesary 19th Amendment Ratification

August 27, 1995, Rochester, NY.

Susan B. Anthony 19th Amendment

 

James Dean stamp

June 24, 1996, various cities.
This cancel was available at 118 Warner Brothers Stores locations

James Dean

 

The Art of Robert Indiana

September 14, 1999, Portland, ME.

Robert Indiana

 

Langston Hughes stamp

February 28, 2002, Allentown, PA.

Langston Hughes

 

Walt Whitman stamp

July 2, 2005, New York, NY.

Walt Whitman

 

Greta Garbo stamp

December 3, 2005, New York, NY.

Greta Garbo

 

Barbara Jordan stamp, First Day of Sale

September 16, 2011, Houston, TX.

Barbara Jordan

 

Barbara Jordan stamp, Houston Stamp Show

September 16-18, 2011, Houston, TX.

Barbara Jordan

 

Harvey Milk stamp, First Day of Sale

May 22, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

San Francisco 2014

 

Harvey Milk stamp

June 24, 2014, West Hollywood, CA.

Los Angeles 2014

 

Sally Ride stamp

May 24, 2018, Suffern, NY

Suffern 2018.

 

Billy Jean King Library Opening

September 21, 2019, Long Beach, CA.

Long Beach 2019

 

Great Britain Pride Month 2021

mid-June 2021 (spray cancel), various mail centers.

UK Pride 2021
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