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The “Screaming Queens” Riot 50 Years Later
The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of 1966 is rarely discussed as a major event in LGBT history. The Screaming Queens Riot marks a major moment for the history of transgender rights in America. The Stonewall Riots three years later gained national recognition for the gay community. However, it was the Screaming Queens Riot that marked the first time members of the “queer” community fought back against police brutality and abuse.
But within the community, the riot remains largely forgotten, even as transgender individuals continue to fight for equal rights and freedom from persecution.
As reported by The Advocate in an article about the 50th anniversary of the riot, one reason for the disappearance may be the lack of press at the time. “No San Francisco publication would touch the Compton’s Cafeteria riot,” the piece says. Coverage was so scarce, in fact, that the actual date of the riots in unknown.
What is known is that in August of 1966, the situation for transgender individuals and drag queens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood was dire. Even as the area’s reputation as a gay neighborhood grew, transgender individuals and drag queens were excluded and mistreated. They were denied entrance to gay bars and targeted by area police for violating the city’s law against cross-dressing. Sex workers were similarly targeted and brutalized, creating an environment of violence and hostility.
The Screaming Queens Riot and the Aftermath
The Screaming Queens Riot erupted one August night as a local drag queen was being arrested. As it’s described in The Advocate, “the ‘screaming queens’ erupted one night after one of their own was being hauled away from the cafeteria. After she emptied her steaming cup in the police officer’s face, all hell broke lose. Chairs, dishes, and sugar shakers went airborne and the restaurant’s dirty windows were smashed; outside, queers broke the windows of a squad car and lit a newsstand on fire.” In the days that followed, the restaurant banned drag queens, and demonstrations erupted in the streets. Compton’s Cafeteria installed new windows, which protesters quickly smashed.
The riot wasn’t an organized event. It was the moment when a community decided it would no longer tolerate abuse of power and targeted harassment.
Although the riot is now largely unknown, overshadowed by Stonewall and the emergence of the LGBT rights movement later in the decade, the injustices the drag queens and trans people of the Tenderloin faced remain relevant today.