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LGBT 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 LGBT personalities and miscellaneous. Note that official first day cancels for GBLT 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 07.20.2019)

LGBT PRIDE EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Stockholm 1983Stockholm Gay Pride Week, August 20, 1983, Stockholm, Sweden

The first known LGBT cancel.

Stockholm 1986Stockholm Gay Pride Week, August 16, 1986, Stockholm, Sweden

The second known LGBT cancel.

New York 198920 Years Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 25, 1989, New York, NY

The earliest known LGBT cancel from the U.S. Postal Service.

Bristol 1991Avon Pride, June 11, 1991, Bristol, England

The earliest known LGBT cancel from the United Kingdom.

Fort Lauderdale 1992 Pridefest '92 & Pride March, June 28, 1992, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The first in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Hartford 1993Pridefest '93, June 19, 1993, Hartford, CT

The first of two cancels for Hartford, with GLHSC logo.

Minneapolis 1993Twin Cities GBLT Pride, June 26-27, 1993, Minneapolis, MN

The first of three cancels for Twin Cities Pride.

Fort Lauderdale 1993 Pridefest '93 & Pride March, June 27, 1993, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The second in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

San Diego 1993San Diego Pride, July 17, 1993, San Diego, CA

The only cancel for San Diego.

Ashbury Park 1994New Jersey 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Parade, June 5, 1994, Ashbury Park, NJ

The only cancel for New Jersey.

Fort Lauderdale 1994 Pridefest '94 & Pride March, June 5, 1994, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The third in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Jackson Heights 1994Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride, June 5, 1994, Jackson Heights, NY

The first in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

New York 1994Gay Games IV & Cultural Festival, June 17-24, 1994, New York, NY

Games were held June 18-25, 1994.

Berlin 1994Christopher Street Day, June 18, 1994, Berlin, Germany

Christopher Street Day is the European equivilent of American Pride events.

New York 1994Stonewall 25th Anniversary, June 26, 1994, New York, NY

The only cancel for this event.

Washington 1994 11th Annual Gay & Lesbian Square Dance Convention, July 1-2, 1994, Washington, DC

The only cancel for this annual event.

Fort Lauderdale 1994 International Association of Gay and Lesbian Pride Organizers meeting, October 9, 1994, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The only cancel for this event

Tempe 1995 Discover Pride Festival, June 2-3, 1995, Tempe, AZ

The first of three cancels for Tempe.

Jackson Heights 1995Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 4, 1995, Jackson Heights, NY

The second in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Hartford 1995 Pridefest '95, June 17, 1995, Hartford, CT

The second of two cancels for Hartford.

Fort Lauderdale 1995 Pridefest '95 & Pride March, June 24, 1995, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The fourth in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Los Angeles 1995Christopher Street West, June 25, 1996, Los Angeles, CA

The only cancel for this event.

Walhalla 199520th Womyn's Music Festival, August 8-?, 1996, Walhalla, MI

The only known cancel from the festival, held from 1976-2015.

Tempe 1996 Arizona Central Pride, May 31-June 2, 1996, Tempe, AZ

The second of three cancels for Tempe.

Jackson Heights 1996Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 2, 1996, Jackson Heights, NY

The third in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Philadelphia 1996Pride Day, June 9, 1996, Philadelphia, PA

The only cancel for this event.

Portland 1996Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride, June 15, 1996, Portland, ME

The only cancel for this event.

Fort Lauderdale 1996Pridefest '96 & Pride March, June 23, 1996, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The fifth in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Philadelphia 1996Outfest, October 6, 1996, Philadelphia, PA

The only cancel for this event.

Washington 1996 The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, October 11, 1996, Washington, DC

This was the last time the quilt was displayed in its entirity.

Tempe 1997 Arizona Central Pride, May 30-June 1, 1997, Tempe, AZ

The third of three cancels for this event

Jackson Height 1997 Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 1, 1997, Jackson Heights, NY

The fourth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Fort Lauderdale 1997 Pridefest '97 & Pride Parade, June 15, 1997, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The last in a series of six cancels for Fort Lauderdale.

Minneapolis 1997Twin Cities Pride, June 28-29, 1997, Minneapolis, MN

The second of three cancels for Minneapolis.

Rome, Italy 1997Origins of the Gay Movement in Italy, November 17, 1997, rome, Italy

The only cancel for this event.

Morristown 1997Gay Alliance of Morris County 25th Anniversary, September 22, 1997, Morristown, NJ

The only cancel for this event.

New York 19985th Annual Gay & Lesbian Business and Consumer Expo, April 25-26, 1998, New York, NY

The first of three sporadic cancels for this event.

Jackson Heights 1998Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 7, 1998, Jackson Heights, NY

The fifth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Baltimore 1998Baltimore Pride '98, June 14, 1998, Baltimore, MD

The first of four cancels for Baltimore.

Syracuse 1998Celebrating Pride and the Lavender Line, June 20, 1998, Syracuse, NY

The first of three cancels for Syracuse.

Minneapolis 1998Twin Cities Pride, June 27-28, 1998, Minneapolis, MN

The last of three cancels for Minneapolis.

Jackson Heights 1999Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride, June 6, 1999, Jackson Heights, NY

The sixth in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Baltimore 1999LGBT Pride Festival, June 12, 1999, Baltimore, MD

The second of four cancels for Baltimore.

Syracuse 1999LGBT Pride Festival, June 19, 1999, Syracuse, MD

The second of three cancels for Syracuse.

JacksonHeights 2000 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride, June 4, 2000, Jackson Heights, NY

The first in a series of seven cancels for Jackson Heights.

Baltimore 2000LGBT Pride Festival, June 10, 2000, Baltimore, MD

The third of four cancels for Baltimore.

Washinton 2000Capital Pride 2000, June 11, 2000, Washington, DC

The first of two Capital Pride cancels.

Syracuse 2001Got Pride Festival, June 16, 2001, Syracuse, MD

The third of three cancesl for Syracuse.

Baltimore2001LGBT Pride Festival, June 17, 2001, Baltimore, MD

This last of four cancels for Baltimore.

Burlington 2003Burlington Pride, June 14, 2003, Burlington, VT

The only cancel for this event.

NYC 200411th Annual Gay & Lesbian Business and Trade Expo, March 20, 2004, New York, NY

The second of three sporadic cancels for this event.

Washington 200530th Anniversary Capital Pride, June 12, 2005, Washington, DC

The second of two Capital Pride cancels, previous one appeared in 2000.

New York 200714th Annual LGBT Expo, March 24, 2007, New York, NY

The last of three sporadic cancels for this event; it was discontinued after 2017.

Milwaukee2010Pridefest, June 13, 2010 Milwaukee, WI

The only cancel for this event.

Fort LauderdaleWilton Manors Stonewall Pride, June 15, 2019, San Francisco, CA

So far, the only known special cancel noting the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

LGBT PERSONALITIES AND MISCELLANEOUS

James Buchanan200th Birth Anniversary of President James Buchanan, May 25, 1991, Harrisburg, PA

Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary, August 27, 1994, Holland Patent, NY

Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary, August 28, 1994, Remsen, NY

Bessie SmithBessie Smith stamp, September 17, 1994, Chattanooga, TN

Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary, November 28, 1994, River Edge, NJ; this is the actual day of his death.

Friedrich Wilhelm von SteubenFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Death Bicentenary, February 27, 1995, Steuben, ME

Susan B. Anthony 19th Amendment Susan B. Anthony 75th Annivesary 19th Amendment Ratification, August 27, 1995, Rochester, NY

James DeanJames Dean stamp, June 24, 1996, various cities; this cancel was available at 118 Warner Brothers Stores locations

Robert IndianaThe Art of Robert Indiana, September 14, 1999, Portland, ME

Langston HughesLangston Hughes stamp, February 28, 2002, Allentown, PA

Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman stamp, July 2, 2005, New York, NY

Greta GarboGreta Garbo stamp, December 3, 2005, New York, NY

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan stamp, First Day of Sale, September 16, 2011, Houston, TX

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan stamp, Houston Stamp Show, September 16-18, 2011, Houston, TX

San Francisco 2014Harvey Milk stamp, First Day of Sale, May 22, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles 2014Harvey Milk stamp, June 24, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Suffern 2018Sally Ride stamp, May 24, 2018, Suffern, NY

Long Beach 2019Billy Jean King Library Opening, September 21, 2019, Long Beach, CA

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