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Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) Research Guide: Work

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.

STAR's work addressed a wide range of needs. The group focused on survival -- offering shelter, free food, and collective space at STAR House and the Gay Community Center on 3rd Street. STAR also developed a powerful platform to address institutional violence. Members organized for incarcerated queer people, advocated for GAA's gay rights bill, worked with the Young Lords, and published articles for the gay liberation press



STAR People are Beautiful People

STAR Trek: Sylvia & STAR House leave the Lower East Side


“Still at the back of the bus”: Sylvia Rivera’s struggle

Memories of Sylvia Rivera: A Pioneer in the LGBT Rights Movements

Trans Power! Sylvia Lee Rivera’s STAR and the Black Panther Party

Demonstrations of anti-racist solidarity

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Kady Vandeurs and Marsha P. Johnson at gay rights rally at City Hall." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 6, 2016.

Find original articles and interviews from STAR members by requesting these journals through Pratt's Interlibrary Loan Service

Gay Flames

Gay Liberation Front bulletin

GLF News

Gay activist.

Gay Power


Sylvia Rivera writes in Come Out! Magazine 

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