Compton’s Cafeteria 50th anniversary series

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Headline discussing the July 18, 1966, protest outside Compton’s Cafeteria that preceded the riot the following month.

Three years before the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, San Francisco’s Tenderloin district erupted with one of the first-known moments of collective queer resistance to persecution by law enforcement. The exact date is lost to history, but on an August night in 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and gay street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what has come to be known at the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

The GLBT History Museum and the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco are teaming up in July through September to host a series of programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riot. The programs are made possible by additional support from the Roxie Theater and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Grant. The full series is open to the public. Events will take place at these San Francisco venues:

The GLBT History Museum. 4127 18th Street in the Castro district.
The Tenderloin Museum. 398 Eddy Street in the Tenderloin district.
The Roxie Theater. 3117 16th Street in the Mission district.

For detailed information on each program, watch our website and like our Facebook page.

Thursday, July 28
6 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour and Kickoff Reception
Thursday, August 4
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Cruising the Tenderloin in the 1960s: A Talk by Felicia Elizondo
Tuesday, August 16
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Compton’s 50th Anniversary Art Launch and Artist Talk
Thursday, August 18
7 p.m.
Roxie Theater Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
Thursday, September 1
7 p.m.
GLBT History Museum Sex Work in the Tenderloin Then and Now Cancelled
Thursday, September 8
8 p.m.
Tenderloin Museum Vanguard Revisited with Rev. Megan Rohrer