Later this month, people all over the country will remember the June 1969 Stonewall rebellion in NYC, when queer people, led mainly by black and Puerto Rican drag queens, physically defended themselves in the streets against police repression. The history of Stonewall is closely associated with the figure of Sylvia Rivera, Latina transgender activist, organizer of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), and member of the Young Lords, the revolutionary Puerto Rican organization.
This month is also a time to commemorate the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria rebellion in San Francisco, which predated Stonewall by almost three years and was the first militant transgender uprising of the 1960s. During the rebellion, people who were part of the heavily multinational queer community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District responded with street-fighting when the regular brutality they suffered at the hands of the San Francisco Police Department reached a breaking point. It is an event little-known today.
Here are photos of a mural located in Clarion Alley of San Francisco’s Mission District on the subject of the Compton’s Cafeteria rebellion.
For more on the Clarion Alley Mural Project, click here.
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