Documentary on San Francisco Trans Movement Premieres Online (VIDEO)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, one of the first recorded transgender riots in United States history. In a recent NPR story, it was called “the transgender community’s debut on the stage of American political history” by Susan Stryker, one of the directors of the 2005 documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.

KQED’s Truly CA has announced that Screaming Queens is now available online in its entirety. You can watch the film above or here.

Screaming Queens introduces viewers to a diverse cast of former prostitutes, drag entertainers, police officers, ministers, and neighborhood activists, all of whom played a part in the events leading up to the Compton’s Cafeteria riot. The film sets out to foster a better understanding of the experiences of transgender people and to inform a broad audience of their often-difficult lives and unheralded accomplishments.