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  Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria  
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Victor Silverman, co-creator of this documentary, is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the American Studies at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University. Silverman has written extensively on the American labor movement and sustainable development. He will be on-hand to lead a discussion of this award-winning film.

This compelling documentary traces the origins of the transgender rights movement to the August 1966 riot at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco, three years before the Stonewall riots that have traditionally marked the beginning of the LGTB struggle for equality. Drawing on interviews with a broad array of eyewitnesses, including prostitutes, drag entertainers, clergy, police officers, and neighborhood activists as well as newly unearthed archival footage, the documentary focuses on the resistance of transgendered San Franciscans against the long history of discrimination and police harassment. By placing the riot within the context of the civil rights and sexual liberation movements of the mid-sixties, the film illustrates the battle for recognition and dignity among a complex group of historical actors. And as transsexual activist and former prostitute Amanda St. Jaymes explains, it tells the story of a individuals "determined to make something of themselves." The documentary "sets out to foster a better understanding of the experiences of transgender people and to inform a broad audience of their often-difficult lives and unheralded accomplishments."
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Location: Lyric Theatre
Price: Free
Sponsor: Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
Contact: Robert Stephens
E-Mail: rosteph1@vt.edu
230-8956
   
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