Stonewall: Sylvia Rivera and the Legacy of Resistance

UPDATE: While I was away on a bicycle camping retreat, the US Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in all 50 states. The Guardian UK reports. I am going to visit my family in Massachusetts in July. Frankly, I’m quite concerned about being in the US at this time. Whenever a minority gets significant civil rights in the US, there is usually a violent backlash. I expect a HUGE increase in the number of gay bashings and violent crimes against queer people in the US. As a visibly trans*queer person that makes me very vulnerable and very nervous.

Sunday, June 28 is the 46th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. In this video, Queer Revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, a Venezuelan and Puerto Rican drag queen, screams REVOLUTION NOW! and GAY POWER! to a crowd at a Stonewall march in 1973. Sylvia was a veteran of the NY Stonewall Riots of 1969. Sylvia spearheaded the Gay Liberation Front, and Gay Activist Alliance. Sylvia was at the forefront of many movements for trans, feminist, prisoners, people with AIDS and people of colour empowerment, including the Latino Young Lords and the Black Panthers. With her friend Marsha P. Johnson, she founded STAR house, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, a home for street drag queens and trans women of colour. Viva la Revolucion!

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