Much of STARs work was not recognized and preserved by major archives and local history collections. Thus there is no central video collection however below are examples of footage that can be found through careful research on blogs, library collections, and popular video sharing sites like youtube.
'Y'all Better Quiet Down': Sylvia Rivera goes OFF
In 1973, during the fourth annual Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally in Washington Square Park, Rivera challenged the community. After all, her exclusion was not only at the hands of middle class white gay men, but she was also pushed to the margins by lesbian feminists. She took the stage amidst a chorus of boos. In her well-known speech, “Y’all Better Quiet Down,” she shouts at the crowd: “You all tell me, go and hide my tail between my legs. I will no longer put up with this shit. I have been beaten. I have had my nose broken. I have been thrown in jail. I have lost my job. I have lost my apartment. For gay liberation, and you all treat me this way? What the fuck’s wrong with you all? Think about that!”
This project is a collective, community archive working to document transgender resistance and resilience in New York City. NYC Trans Oral History Project seeks to confront the erasure of trans lives and to record diverse histories of gender as intersecting with race and racism, poverty, dis/ability, aging, housing migration, sexism, and the AIDS crisis. We privilege the insights of vulnerable trans communities fighting the structural dismantling of public benefits, housing insecurity and homelessness, policing, and surveillance. NYC Trans Oral History Project does not specifically focus on STAR, however, their work is still deeply rooted in conversations about resistance within in NYC's queer community