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Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR)Research Guide: Origins

A guide on Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries we made for 2016 Pride. STAR made a huge impact in the Gay Liberation movement, advocated for gay rights and was one of the first attempts to address the needs of homeless trans youth in New York.

Articles

Articles

1970: Youth of color form STAR

Remembering Stonewall: Soundportrait Transcript

 

 

 Search for more articles about STAR at NYU in these news archives

Village Voice 

The New York Times

Trigger Warning: In some articles, journalists misgender members of S.T.A.R and use language that is, at best, antiquated and offensive

 

 

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Marsha P. Johnson hands out flyers for support of gay students at N.Y.U." New York Public Library Digital Collections.

 

Comic

Read Mike Funk's comic about Sylvia and Marsha at Stonewall

Stonewall 1969

OneFromTheVaultspodcast: STAR House, STAR People

One from the Vaults Podcast S.T.A.R. House STAR People

Quotes

From Reina Gossett's Sylvia Goes To College & STAR Takes Over

"Following the Stonewall Rebellion and the first annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March -which held a rally at the Women’s House of Detention where Panther 21 members where being held- Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera formed STAR in order to create a revolutionary organization that started with a political analysis centering gender self determination and homeless trans people of color, most of whom did sex sex work.  Sylvia and Marsha knew it wasn’t enough to convince gay & lesbian political formations to center radical politics *or trans people* or convince revolutionary organizations to center trans people.  It didn’t work.  So they started their own organization out of Gay Activist Alliance sit ins at NYU."

 

Read the statement S.T.A.R released during this occupation 

Street Tranvestites For Gay Power Statement

 

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Sylvia Ray Rivera (front) and Arthur Bell at gay liberation demonstration, New York University, 1970" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 30, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-57b4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99