22 February 2017

Faces of LGBT History Month: Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rae Rivera (1951 - 2002) co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young trans women of colour. Sylvia was the first ‘trans activist’ to call for a Gay Liberation movement inclusive of trans and queer people. "Sylvia’s political, as well as personal, life was framed in the discrimination she and her fellow Black and Latino trans community experienced," said Professor Stephen Whittle of Manchester Metropolitan University. 

A factsheet giving a wealth of detail about Sylvia Rivera's life and achievements can be found here.