Three years before the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, San Francisco's Tenderloin district erupted with one of the first-known moments of collective queer resistance to persecution by law enforcement. The exact date is lost to history, but on an August night in 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and gay street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what has come to be known at the Compton's Cafeteria Riot.
The GLBT History Museum and the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco are teaming up in July through September 2016 to host a series of programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riot. Events will take place at the two museums and the Roxie Theater.
Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour & Kickoff Reception
On July 28th, starting at the Tenderloin Museum at 6:00 p.m., Cruzin d'Loo (the drag alter-ego of performer Kevin Wisney) will give an hour long walking tour of the LGBTQ history of the Tenderloin, centering on the Compton's Cafeteria Riot that took place at the now-famous intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets. The tour will return to the museum at 7:00 p.m. for a kickoff reception. Trans historian and award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Stryker and original "screaming queen" Felicia Elizondo will speak briefly to mark the occasion.