Remembering Sylvia Rivera – The Mother Of The Riot

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Sylvia Rivera outside the Stonewall Bar

For all of our talk about “community,” LGBT people rarely achieve anything resembling a community unless faced with oppression and injustice. Even under these circumstances, much energy is wasted searching for the “right” messenger: one who can allow heterosexuals to forget that the messenger doesn’t share their sexual orientation. 

While this makes perfect sense for marketing a media-friendly LGBT movement, it also undermines efforts to build authentic communities.