“Out of the closets and into the streets.” So went one of the rallying cries of the gay rights movement in the early 1970s. In 1971, two years after the Stonewall riots, LIFE featured a story on the movement, with photos of activists making their voices heard, and often clashing with police, in New York City. See more: http://ti.me/1wolVNW (Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Womyn's Herstory Month: Sylvia Rivera
As March is Womyn's Herstory Month I plan to feature one Latina each week that you must know about. Last week it was Latinegra/Afra-Cubana Magia MC. Today it is activist Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia was an activist, radical woman of Color, and a survivor in all ways you can imagine. A Puerto Rican-Venezualen transgender woman and self-identified drag queen living in NYC who at the age of 3 was raised in kinship-care, she was vocal, persistent, and demanded that the rights of all people be granted…
Transvestites having drinks in the Eldorado club that was not hidden away but celebrated in the golden age of the gay bar and club scene in Weimar Berlin. It was a hot spot for high society and partying until dawn was the norm.