The LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two Spirit+) movement arose from two bicoastal rebellions -- the 1966 Compton Cafeteria Riots in San Francisco, and the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. Both rebellions after decades of police attacks, raids, harassment, and violence were led by transgender people (mostly transwomen) and queer street youth who fought back. Since 1969, June has been celebrated as “Pride” month all over the country.
This June, LGBTQ2S+ organizations and activists have dedicated pride to the Black Lives Matter Movement. In New York City, Reclaim Pride will hold its second year in the streets challenging the police terror and murder of Black and Brown people, including the recent murders of Black Trans people.
Join this Thursday to explore the militant, anti-racist, anti-police roots of the LGBTQ2S+ struggle. The early slogan of the youth group of Workers World Party -- Youth Against War and Fascism -- it is as relevant today as it was in the early ’70s. “Stonewall Means Fight Back.”