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Film Screening at Ithaca College Focuses on Resistance to LGBT Oppression

ITHACA, NY — The next showing in the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will focus on a little-known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States. “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria” will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. It is free and open to the public.

“Screaming Queens” introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the 1966 riot in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which took place three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn. Integrating the riot’s story into the broader fabric of American life, the Emmy Award–winning 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.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services, the theme for this year’s series is “History and Heroes of the LGBT Movement.” For more information, visit