PRIDE ICON SPOTLIGHT – SYLVIA RIVERA

Sylvia Ray Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) was a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist significant in the LGBT history of New York City and of the United States as a whole. Some claim Rivera, who identified as a drag queen, was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front.

With her close friend Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens, gay kids, and trans women. Rivera said she was a regular patron of the Stonewall Inn and was present during the Stonewall Riots in 1969, when gay men, lesbians, bisexual people, drag queens, street people and trans people rose up against what started as a routine raid by the police.

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