The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall

The queens had finally had enough: In August 1966—fifty years ago this month—transgender and gender-nonconforming customers at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria stood up to years of abusive, discriminatory treatment by the San Francisco police. The all-night restaurant in th…

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