Friday, August 17, 2012

46th Anniversary of Compton Cafeteria Riot March & Rally - San Francisco

46th Anniversaryof Compton Cafeteria Riot March & Rally

5:oopm - August 20, 2012 - San Francisco, California

Meet at City Hall at 5:00pm on the Polk St. side to march, 

or join us at 5:30pm at the corner ofTurk & Taylor.

via the Facebook Event Page:

Join in celebrating the legacy of LGBTQ homeless youth in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. 

March from City Hall to Gene Comptons' Cafeteria (former site) on the corner of Turk and Taylor, where we will have speakers (more to be revealed as we get closer to the event), refreshments and use sidewalk chalk to leave remembrances on the sidewalk.

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot was spurred by a group of transgender women and the Vangaurd youth (queer street 
hustlers). The contemporary group of LGBTQ homeless youth known as Otro Vanguard will participate in this event with some of the heroes of the movement including Felicia Flames who was featured in the Screaming Queens documentary.

Clergy are invited to wear collars or a sign of their faith.

Confirmed speakers include: Felicia Flames, Pastor Megan Rohrer, Supervisor Scott Wiener and Trans Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis.

While most GLBTQ historians cite the Stonewall riots in 1969 as the start of the gay liberation struggle, in 1995 a new slice of LGBTQ history was brought to light by transgender historian Susan Stryker while she was researching her now best-selling book, “Gay by the Bay.” Stryker discovered an article in the 1972 Gay Pride program about a riot that took place in San Francisco at Gene Compton's Cafeteria in August of 1966.

Tired of the constant harassment by the SFPD, the drag queens refused to leave the cafeteria and rioted against the police. This event marks the first time in history where LGBTQ people fought back against the police and took a stand for themselves.

Susan Stryker, a transgender historian, author, professor, and filmmaker co-directed the 2005 documentary "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria" which profiles these courageous women.

You can watch the first 24 minutes of the film here:

There are also several clips from the film available on YouTube:

1 comment:

  1. To call an MtF a "woman" is an insult to all of us REAL women who get a nice, red reminder, every single month between menarche and menopause, that we are NOT a "castrated male!" We are human beings who, unlike males, can actually CREATE life with our bodies, rather than just destroy it!!! The whole concept of "transition" was dreamed-up by wicked, straight MALES who wanted to disguise their secret vendetta to eradicate the "gay/lesbian" population by offering them the seemingly "merciful" option to transition at the expense of their health and longevity.

    Well, I happen to believe in a God who did NOT create a "gay gene," and that even if something like that WERE possible, it most certainly wouldn't affect a woman like myself who has NEVER had a shortage of Estrogen, hence my large breasts and the fact that I reached menarche before age 12. Therefore, it has to be SOCIETY that is the problem, not my physical body. There is nothing "male" about me, and when I read Genesis 1:27, it makes perfect sense!!! God either creates you male or female from CONCEPTION, and there isn't a damn thing you can do to change that, so THERE!!!

    "irisom" from the early days of YouTube

    P.S.: Happy 29th Birthday, CHRISTINA!!!