This very important event in our history was almost lost from memory! I am often asked: “How did you ever learn of these things – I never heard of them”. For me, in the case of Compton's Cafeteria's Riots, was the mention of a 2005 documentary: “Screaming Queens; The Riot at the Compton’s Cafeteria”. That presentation by Susan Stryker almost never happened. Before it's debut, the riots had been all but erased from the history books.
“As soon as a we got that interview,” Stryker says, “we were like, that’s it, we have it.”
Other people are coming forward and their 50 year old memories being recorded now. Felicia Elizondo came to the Tenderloin district of San Francisco in 1963. “Everybody hung out at Compton’s,” Elizondo says. “It was the center of information. You could come in, when all the girls were sitting down in Compton’s, and strut your stuff, or show off your husband. It was just utopia. We could be who we were.”