[Post referred to by anon.]
Sure! Stonewall was a series of demonstrations by the LGBTQ community in 1969. Many consider it the kickoff of the American gay rights movement. The Stonewall Inn (after which the event was named) was one of the most popular gay bars in New York City, but, like all LGBTQ establishments at the time, it was often raided by police. (Remember, homosexuality was illegal in NYC until 1980, and it wasn’t until 2003 that all laws criminalizing homosexuality in the United States were repealed.)
In June of 1969, though, the LGBTQ community decided they’d had enough. This led to protests and rioting against police and the unfair treatment of LBGTQ people. Trans people in particular were targeted, and members recall being required by police to wear at least four pieces of “gender appropriate garb.”
Unfortunately, trans people, POC, and trans POC have often been excluded from accounts of Stonewall. Sylvia Rae Rivera, a trans woman of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan descent, was one of the main instigators and activists at Stonewall. However, she was dismayed to find that once the LGBTQ rights movement became more mainstream, the gay community was highly reluctant to include trans people, for fear of scaring off hetero people. Still, she continued to fight for transgender rights until her death in 2002 and was an important voice in criticizing failings of some of the more mainstream gay and lesbian organizations.
That’s why Jenner’s acknowledgement of POC trans history is so important. Despite their invaluable contributions to the LGBTQ rights movement, racism and transphobia within the gay community has effectively erased them.
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