we didn't take no shit from nobody (Sylvia Rivera, 2018)

$55.00

Melanie Cervantes
16" x 20"
Giclée, Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte, 10.3 mil think, archival paper
2018

The Stonewall Uprising was started by trans women of color, Sylvia Rivera was on of those women. Boriqua Sylvia was only 17 years old when police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City. “The night of the Stonewall, it happened to be the week that Judy Garland had committed suicide. Some people say that the riots started because of Judy Garland’s death. That’s a myth. We were all involved in different struggles, including myself and many other transgender people. But in these struggles, in the Civil Rights movement, in the war movement, in the women’s movement, we were still outcasts. The only reason they tolerated the transgender community in some of these movements was because we were gung-ho, we were front liners. We didn’t take no shit from nobody. We had nothing to lose.Yoall had rights. We had nothing to lose. I’ll be the first one to step on any organization, any politician’s toes if I have to, to get the rights for my community.”-Sylvia Rivera