Susan Stryker - Screaming Queens

A rare historical photo from Susan Stryker’s Screaming Queens of Lousie Lawrence, a biological male who lived as a woman and began organizing San Francisco's transgender community in the 1940s.

Screaming Queens coming to Vancouver campus

October 1, 2007

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In celebration of women’s history month, Susan Stryker, this year’s Ruth Wynn Woodward visiting professor, is hosting a screening of her film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria at SFU’s Vancouver campus Oct. 4.

The Emmy Award-winning documentary tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of homosexuals in the U.S. – a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin district, three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.

Screaming Queens introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco.

Integrating the riot’s story into the broader fabric of American life, the 2005 documentary connects the event to urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights and sexual liberation. With enticing archival footage and period music, the obscure riot is dramatically brought back to life.

Stryker is an internationally recognized independent scholar of sexuality and gender. She earned a PhD. in U.S. history from the University of California at Berkeley, and later held a postdoctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University.

Seating for the one-hour film, which airs at 7 pm in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Rm 1900), is free and open to the public.
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