President Barack Obama eulogy at John Lewis funeral

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Linking Trans Rights to Gay Rights Wasn’t an Easy Sell in the ’90s

Stonewall wasn’t about “Trans-Rights”.  It wasn’t in a particularly hip part of the Village like MacDougal Street or St. Marks Place.  It was next to the Sheridan Square Subway Station, across from a small park where older men went to pick up young male hustlers.

Until the second half of the 1970s what has now become a string of initials was the “Gay Liberation Movement’.  We had our own movements and they weren’t all Kumbaya, “We are all Transgender”  No…  Transsexuals had their movements and queens had theirs as did cross dressers.

On the West Coast in the early days when I went to leadership conferences I was generally the only trans-person there.

Riki is right.  I remember the 1990s.  I was there too.

From The Advocate:  https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2020/6/16/linking-trans-rights-gay-rights-wasnt-easy-sell-90s

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