Stormé DeLarverie was a butch lesbian whose scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall uprising, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father.
Not surprising that she has been literally erased from the new Stonewall film and that the people who started the movement have become secondary characters in an important tale. Two transgender women of color; Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are the two main heroins in the Stonewall riots, that have become secondary characters in their own film. On the positive side, the LGBT community has come out against the film strongly. If you don’t support us all, then you don’t support us at all.
Marsha P. Johnson was an African American drag queen and gay liberation activist. A veteran of the Stonewall riots, Johnson was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and was a popular figure in New York City’s gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Sylvia Rae Rivera was an American drag queen, gay liberation and transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance.