San Francisco’s famed Transgender District just got a “Black Trans Lives Matter” mural at Turk and Taylor Streets for the 54th anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riot, an important pre-Stonewall protest over police brutality against trans people and other sex and gender minorities.
Via The Advocate:
The story of the Compton’s Cafeteria riot begins in 1966, when a group of trans women fought back against police inside the cafeteria, a 24-hour restaurant popular with queer folks. As officers began to verbally and physically harass its LGBTQ+ patrons, one very fed-up trans woman threw a cup of coffee at a policeman’s head, sparking a riot led largely by trans women and drag queens.
According to Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman’s documentary film Screaming Queens (2005), the riot ended with several queer people being taken into custody — only after a police car was destroyed, a newsstand was set ablaze, and numerous tables and windows were smashed.
Decades later, the Transgender District was established in 2017.
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