The Reel Queer Film Series presents: Screaming Queens with a talkback with Susan Stryker
The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of Screaming Queens on October 19, 2017 at 7pm. The screening is followed by a talkback with film director Susan Stryker.
EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States—a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.
Screaming Queens introduces viewers to street queens, cops, and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Integrating the riot’s story into the broader fabric of American life, the documentary connects the event to urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights, and sexual liberation. With enticing archival footage and period music, this unknown story is dramatically brought back to life.
About Susan Stryker:
Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at University of Arizona. She is a multiple award-winning author, editor, and filmmaker whose credits include the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, the massive, two-volume Transgender Studies Reader, the introductory textbook Transgender History, and popular nonfiction works such as Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback and Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan also worked for several years as the Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.