The legacy of Sylvia Rivera

8Apr

Samy Nemir Olivares and I talk about the legacy left by Sylvia Rivera, a transgender activist who dedicated her life to helping gay and transgender youth. 

She was a part of the Stonewall Riots that was a six day protest against law enforcement. She was one of the founders of STAR, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, which helped aid homeless and jailed gay and transgendered youth. 

She also famously took the microphone during a 1973 gay pride parade, where she called out the crowd for their privileged position. Sylvia was completely ahead of her time and a a fundamental part of the gay and transgender fight for equality. 

 

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