The riots that gave birth to the LGTBIQ liberation movement

On the night of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar, the riots that gave rise to the LGTBIQ+ liberation movement began. Marsha P. JOHNSON (1945-1992) was a black trans woman who worked as a prostitute and was one of the first to face police harassment that night. Together with Sylvia Rivera, she founded S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), a house that sheltered LGTBIQ+ youth disowned by their families. Later, she also fought for the rights of HIV-positive and AIDS patients. She herself was diagnosed with HIV in 1990. In 1992, her lifeless body washed up floating in the Hudson River. The case was never solved.

LGTBIQ+ activism is one of the issues we are working on in the Learning Community of the University of Salamanca. From the HELCI project we claim the day working to create more inclusive universities.