Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Remembering Compton's riot


(Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)
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A group of transgender people and allies held a memorial march Monday, August 20 to mark the 46th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria riot, widely viewed as the beginning of the LGBT rights movement in San Francisco. The 1966 riot, the exact date of which is unknown, saw transgender patrons of the restaurant stand up against the police, who were called to Compton's to quell a disturbance. It preceded the more famous Stonewall rebellion in New York City by three years. Two of the people at Compton's that night, Dee Dee Yubeta, right, and Felicia ("Flames") Elizondo, center, took part in the anniversary march, which started at City Hall and ended at Turk and Taylor streets, where Compton's once stood. A documentary about the event, Screaming Queens, directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, was released in 2005.

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