Friday, August 24, 2012

March Honors 46th Anniversary of Compton's Cafeteria Riots

In the 1960s, Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin neighborhood was virtually the only place in the city where transgender folks could congregate publicly, as they weren't allowed in gay bars at the time. Cross-dressing was still illegal in the city, and the local police often used the presence of trans women as a pretext for raiding and closing gay bars.(continue reading in The Advocate).

In the history section of  there is a full account of this -- the nation's first transgender protest -- which occurred three years before the legendary Stonewall Riots in New York city that spawned the gay rights movement.  Read about people in transgender history

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