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Compton's Cafeteria Riot

UPTOWN TENDERLOIN 
Lost Landmarks 
COMPTON'S 
CAFETERIA RIOT 
~ 1996 ~ 

ONE AUGUST EVENING IN 1966, 
TRANSGENDER WOMEN AND GAY MEN 
BANDED TOGETHER TO FIGHT BACK 
AGAINST OPPRESSION AFTER A POLICE 
OFFICER HARASSED ONE OF THEM AT 
GENE COMPTON'S CAFETERIA. THIS 
CONFRONTATION WAS THE FIRST KNOWN 
FULL-SCALE RIOT FOR TRANSGENDER
AND GAY RIGHTS IN U.S. HISTORY. IT 
GALVANIZED THE COMMUNITY, 
PROMPTING NEW PUBLIC POLICIES AND 
SOCIAL SERVICES THAT IMPROVE THE 
LIVES OF LOCAL TRANSGENDER PEOPLE.

UPTOWN TENDERLOIN HISTORIC DISTRICT


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