Understanding Sylvia Rivera

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September 13, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Biography, Chicana/o History / Studies, Sexuality Studies

Join historians Julio Capó, Jr., author of “Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940” (2017), and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, author of “Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance” (2021), as they discuss Latinx transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. Although a veteran of the Stonewall Riot, a turning point in the modern LGBTQ+ struggle for equal rights, Rivera fought to be included in the Pride marches that followed. This conversation will celebrate her accomplishments while documenting the exclusion she faced and challenging the myths surrounding her life and work. Moderated by Portrait Gallery historian Mindy Farmer, this program is part of the Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia Conversation Series in LGBTQ+ Portraiture.

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