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The Legacy of Sylvia Rivera

From the Stonewall riots to the gay rights movement, the Hispanic activist has led the fight for equality

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Sylvia Rivera , a 17-year-old Puerto Rican-Venezuelan transgendered woman, played a key role in the Stonewall riots. — Photo by: Kay Tobin Lahusen

En español | A 17-year-old Puerto Rican-Venezuelan transgendered woman named Sylvia Rivera helped kick off the Stonewall riots when she and other patrons of the Greenwich Village gay bar refused to sit quietly during one of its periodic police raids. The fight against the police included "anything and everything the crowd outside could get its hands on: garbage, garbage cans, pieces of glass, fire, bricks, cobblestones, and an improvised battering ram," according to David Carter, author of "Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution." … Back to Article

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