Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Compton's Cafeteria Riot

Pomona's very own Victor Silverman directed a documentary with his grad school friend and an author from our syllabus, Susan Stryker, about a transgender riot against police oppression that took place in San Francisco, years before Stonewall. You can check out this clip from the film, or watch the full thing on Amazon.

More than anything, I felt that the documentary highlighted how new a lot of the research we've read for our class actually is. In the film, Stryker describes stumbling across this almost-forgotten episode in queer history. It makes you wonder what other stories are out there that have yet to be found.

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