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.
In the midst of weeks of rebellions in cities and towns across the country and the world, the majority conservative US Supreme Court finally decided to prohibit job discrimination against the LGBTQ2S+ communities on the basis of sexual preference and gender identity (protecting transgender status). But at the same time, SCOTUS refused to hear cases challenging legal immunity for killer police. We will not be divided in the struggle to abolish the police and this entire racist, oppressive system.
Join us 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 70’s. “Stonewall Means Fight Back.”