The Journey of A Social Movement - Sylvia Rivera

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  • Sylvia Rivera was born July 2, 1951. Né Ray Rivera Mendosa.
  • Her mother committed suicide when Sylvia was only 3 years old.
  • I will raise you now.
  • She left home at the age of 10 or 11 and lived in the streets.
  • Her time in the streets inspired her drive to help others like her.
  • June 27, 1969 - Greenwich village gay bar is raided
  • Sylvia was one of the instigators of the riot
  • Let's fight back!!
  • YEAH!!!!
  • Police would often beat up and randomly arrest trans people.
  • Police raids on gay bars were common at the time.
  • Sylvia fought for those who were sidelined as the gay rights movement became mainstream (i.e., trans people, POC, low-income LGBTQ+ members)
  • Equal rights for everyone!
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