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Compton's Cafeteria Riot - 1966

Uptown Tenderloin

 

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Compton's Cafeteria Riot<br>1966 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2015
1. Compton's Cafeteria Riot
1966 Marker
Inscription. One August evening in 1966, transgender women and gay men banded together to fight back against oppression after a police officer harassed one of them at Gene Compton's Cafeteria. This confrontation was the first known full-scale riot for Transgender and Gay rights in the U.S. history. It galvanized the community, prompting new public policies and social services that improved the lives of local transgender people.

Uptown Tenderloin Historic District

 
Erected by Uptown Tenderloin Historic District.
 
Location. 37° 46.996′ N, 122° 24.657′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Turk Street and Taylor Street on Turk Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Turk Street, San Francisco CA 94102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gene Compton's Cafeteria Riot 1966 (here, next to this marker); Warfield Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bulldog Baths (within shouting distance of this marker); Dahlia Hotel (within shouting distance of this
Compton's Cafeteria Riot<br>1966 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2015
2. Compton's Cafeteria Riot
1966 Marker
marker); Original Joe's (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Drake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dalt Hotel c. 1910 (about 300 feet away); B'nai Brith (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. by Autumn Sandeen, Gay and Lesbian Times, Oct. 17, 2010. (Submitted on November 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Lost Landmarks. This marker is one of 9 Lost Landmark sidewalk plaques authorized by the Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2011. “These ‘Lost Landmark’ sites will greatly illuminate the forgotten history of these San Francisco sites of historic significance; now, therefore be it” (Submitted on December 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gay Rights
 
Categories. Civil Rights
 
111 Taylor Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2015
3. 111 Taylor Street
The building that housed Compton's Cafeteria was built in 1907, A.M. Edelman architect. It was the Hotel Hyland in 1907, Hotel Young in 1908, Hotel Empire in 1911, Chapin Hotel in 1920, Hotel Raford in 1923, the Tyland Hotel, and the Hotel Warfield in 1982. Today it's The 111 Taylor Street Apartments.
The Land of Oshun image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
4. The Land of Oshun
Marker can be seen in the sidewalk on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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