In 1971, a Queer Revolution Was Dawning on the Streets of Los Angeles

Last year at this time, a weary nation was gearing up to launch a series of significant, country-wide protests on Inauguration day. The resulting marches in Washington, New York, and Downtown Los Angeles made the country sit up and take notice, setting the tone of a politically-charged year of feminist victories and queer triumphs.

- Advertisement -

As significant as last year’s marches were, they didn’t come out of nowhere. Los Angeles has a long history of early-in-the-year political protests organized by minority citizens who, newly energized by the New Year, get together to stick it to the current regime.

We’ve spoken about L.A.’s history of queer resistance, from the famous pre-Stonewall Black Cat protests to the Christopher Street West Parade (later to become the L.A. Pride Parade) to the “Gay-Ins” at Griffith Park in the 1960s and 1970s. But it was 47 years ago, in 1971, that L.A.’s queer and Chicanx communities came together to hold the LAPD accountable for what had been the very violent year of 1970.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
The Silver Lake Black Cat Protest in 1967 marked L.A.’s first queer anti-police brutality protest.

On August 29, 1970, three Los Angeles citizens lost their lives during the Chicano Moratorium march and Vietnam War protest in East L.A. After the death of L.A. Times journalist Ruben Salazar via tear gas pellet, the community turned to the L.A. Sheriff’s Department for answers. Though the Sheriff’s Department maintained that Salazar’s death, along with other protestors at the August 29 march, was accidental, the community was not satisfied. Salazar’s death prompted the famous Hunter S. Thompson to write “Strange Rumblings in Aztlan” for Rolling Stone, a piece that chronicled how the sudden, violent killing of Salazar changed a peaceful protest into a chaotic scene and mobilized the Chicanx community into action.

Photo: ONE Archives.
Protesters in February of 1971 held posters calling out police brutality against LGBTQ+ citizens.

It was because of the shocking events of August 29 that the January 31, 1971 protest against police brutality took place. On that day, over 7,000 citizens marched on East L.A. to be greeted by armed policemen ready to open fire. At the end of the march, they did, wounding many and arresting over 100 citizens.

The January 31 protest and its violent aftermath were acknowledged by many as marking the end of the Chicano Movement on the 1960s and ‘70s. However, the legacy of the Brown Berets paved the way for a year of community protests against police brutality and government corruption. After the 31st, LGBTQ+ Angeleans took to Hollywood Boulevard to protest police brutality and the high number of arrests (and violent treatment) of gay men in the years previous. Later that year, weeks of anti-war protests would lead to a gigantic march on Washington led by the Mayday Tribe, a group of 25,000 students and activists whose slogan read:  “If the government won’t stop the war, we’ll stop the government.”

A year beforehand, in 1970, the first L.A. Gay Pride Parade had made a splash on the streets of Hollywood. It had also led to 14 arrests for same-sex kissing (then illegal in public) and beatings of protesters by the police in attendance. By 1971, L.A.’s queer community knew how to organize in a way that couldn’t be ignored. When they took on police violence that February, they were helping to cement a new standard of non-violent protesting, started in part by the Chicano movement, that would take the community into a new era of civil rights battles.



  1. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.

    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would
    like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot

  2. Hello, i simply planned to drop that you a line to
    say that we totally enjoyed this certain post from yours, I have subscribed to your Rss feed and have absolutely skimmed many of
    your articles or blog posts before and enjoyed every little bit of them.

  3. I am typically to blogging and i in fact love your articles.
    The article has actually got my interest. I am going to bookmark your web site as
    well as retain checking for brand new material.

  4. I had been honored to obtain a call from a friend
    as he found the key guidelines shared on the site. Browsing your blog post is a real
    wonderful experience. Many thanks for considering readers
    like me, and I wish you the best.

  5. when I ѕay avopid I mean thаt I still eat due to the faсt but moгe aѕ bеing a treat, lіke mashed potatoes ԝith mу
    turkey ߋr scalloped potatoes ѡith my ham. A
    serious complication tһаt is paralyzed stomach, ɑѕ food in the stomach slowly cause nausea
    and vomiting. Diabetyes іs incurable andd chronic, nonetһeless it couⅼԁ Ƅе controlled and managed.

  6. Ciekawy wpis, w sumie masz racje, chociaż w niektórych kwestiach
    bym polemizowała. Z pewnością ten blog zasługuje na uznanie.
    Z pewnością tu jeszcze wpadnę.

  7. There are a lot of people that may need you to download stuff from them
    with fakes hack instruments, however this is on-line hack for Struggle Robots
    so there may be really nothing to fret about to download, when you’ve got working
    web it is possible for you to to get unlimited Money, Gold inside

  8. Piękny wpis, ogólnie się z Tobą zgadzam, jednak
    w kilku aspektach bym polemizowała. Na pewno Twój blog może liczyć na szacunek.
    Jestem pewna, że tu wrócę.

  9. Super wpis, w sumie się z Tobą zgadzam, jednakże w kilku aspektach bym polemizowała.
    Na pewno Twój blog zasługuje na szacunek. Z pewnością tu wrócę.

  10. Viagra
    Terrific work! This is the kind of information that should be shared around the web.
    Shame on the seek engines for now not positioning this submit upper!
    Come on over and talk over with my website .

    Thank you =)

  11. Viagra
    Hello there! This is my first comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums
    that cover the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  12. Ciekawy artykuł, ogólnie masz racje, choć
    w niektórych kwestiach bym polemizowała. Z pewnością Twój blog może liczyć na szacunek.
    Z pewnością tu wrócę.

  13. Viagra
    Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i
    own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or
    anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me
    mad so any support is very much appreciated.

  14. [URL=http://>Por que deberia operar en Bitcoin?[/URL]


    El Bitcoin se encuentra entre los activos mas interesantes del mercado.
    Su precio cambia constantemente y de forma continua.
    La gente busca comprar o minar nuevas criptomonedas.
    Pero ambos caminos son complicados y caros. Libertex ofrece una forma de acercarse al trading de Bitcoin muy
    eficiente desde el punto de vista de los costos. Usted podra operar sobre el crecimiento y surgimiento de la cotizacion del Bitcoin. [URL=http://>Y, lo mejor, podra hacerlo con tan solo €10[/URL].

    Como entender a donde se dirige el precio?

    No hay forma alguna de entender al 100% la direccion de un precio, pero si que hay ciertos
    consejos que pueden ser utiles. En la grafica de Bitcoin existe
    una grafica con el sentimiento de los traders.
    Usted puede ir a favor o en contra de la masa.
    [URL=>Esto le podria ayudar a tomar una decision[/URL].

    Como abrir un trade?

    Luego de escoger una direccion presione COMPRA
    o VENTA dependiendo de su prediccion. Luego vera que se
    abre la configuracion avanzada para su trade. Introduzca la cantidad del
    trade, un multiplicador y abra la operacion. Y listo.
    No olvide cerrarlo luego de haber conseguido el beneficio
    que buscaba.

    Que es un multiplicador?El multiplicador es un incremento
    del volumen de su trade. Imagine que abre un trade con €10 y un multiplicador
    de x5. Aunque su inversion es de €10, su volumen de trading
    sera 5 veces mayor, o sea, €50

  15. Viagra
    Someone necessarily help to make seriously articles I’d state.
    This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far?
    I amazed with the research you made to make this particular post incredible.
    Magnificent process!

  16. s yet another health and wellness network marketing company.
    You might be the mother of a quarterback or just a sports fanatic, but no
    matter who you are you should find this article helpful as coming up with football scrapbooking ideas might not be as
    obvious as you originally thought. (I guess the potty mouth
    stereotype of auto mechanics may be correct) The biggest problem here was that I failed to recognize it and fell victim to it.

  17. Dоes your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but,
    I’d like tߋ shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got sime suggestiοns
    for your bloɡ you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to sweing itt expand over time.

  18. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you
    share some stories/information. I know my viewers would enjoy your
    work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

  19. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was
    wondering which bloog plaatform are you using for this site?
    I’m getting tireed of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’mlooking
    aat alternatives for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of
    a god platform.

  20. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics
    to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog.
    A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  21. hello!,I love your writing very much! percentage we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your post on AOL?
    I need an expert in this space to solve my problem.
    Maybe that’s you! Having a look ahead to see you.

  22. Idealny post, ogólnie się z Tobą zgadzam, jednak w niektórych aspektach bym polemizowała.
    Na pewno Twój blog może liczyć na uznanie.
    Z pewnością tu wrócę.

  23. Piękny wpis, ogólnie masz racje, choć w niektórych kwestiach
    bym się kłóciła. Z pewnością sam blog może liczyć na szacunek.
    Jestem pewna, że tu jeszcze wpadnę.

  24. With your outline as a guide, it is possible
    to set out to compose the phrase paper. We’ve all attempted to talk
    with someone with whom we’ve almost nothing in accordance and yes it never
    creates a real connection within the end. They receive the identical form of training,
    for exactly the same length of time and are thought everything they should be familiar with learning to be a great tennis

  25. Hola! I’ve been following your weblog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a
    shout out from Austin Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  26. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Regardless, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it
    and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  27. Howdy! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when viewing from my iphone 4.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might
    be able to correct this issue. If you have any suggestions, please
    share. Cheers!

  28. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your site.
    You have some really great articles and I believe I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please shoot me an email if interested. Cheers!

  29. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a
    lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems
    a lot of it is popping it up all over the web
    without my permission. Do you know any methods to help stop content from being ripped off?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  30. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. many thanks

  31. Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic but
    I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m
    having difficulty ffinding one? Thanks a lot!

  32. Pretty part of content. I just stumbled upon your
    weblog and in accession capital to say that I get in fact loved account your weblog posts.
    Any way I’ll bbe subscribing for your feeds orr even I fulfillment you gget admission to consistently fast.

  33. You’re so awesome! I do not sulpose I’ve truly read
    anything like that before. So nice to discover another person with unique thoughts on this
    topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up.
    Thhis website is something that is neeeded on thhe internet, someone
    with some originality!

  34. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
    though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You ddefinitely know what youre talking about, why
    throw away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your site when you could bbe giving us something informative to read?

  35. Heya are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to gget started and set uup my own. Do you require
    anny html coding expertise to make your owwn blog? Any help
    would be greatly appreciated!

  36. It is the best tkme tto make some plans
    foor the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest
    you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps
    you can writee nxt articles referring to this article. I want to
    read more things about it!

  37. Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I
    was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice practices and we
    are looking to trade solutions with other folks, why not
    shoot me an email if interested.

  38. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing
    a blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot
    of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to shoot me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the way!

  39. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or
    if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding
    experience so I wanted to get guidance from
    someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  40. I believe that is one of the so much important information for me.
    And i am satisfied reading your article. But want to commentary on some general issues, The site style is
    ideal, the articles is really excellent : D. Just right activity, cheers

  41. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit
    more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?

    Exceptional work!

  42. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. That is a very well
    written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your helpful information. Thanks for
    the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  43. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you
    knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically
    tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for
    quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy
    reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  44. Thanks a ton for sharing the idea, I bookmarked the web page. I am additionally looking for info regarding automated forex trading, are you aware where I can find a thing such as this? I’ll be back soon!

  45. Admiring the hard work you put into the website and comprehensive details you display. It is wonderful to come across a blogging site every now and then that is just not the same out of date re-written stuff. Fantastic read! I have bookmarked your webpage and I’m including your RSS feeds to our environmental careers page.

  46. First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear
    your head before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?

    Many thanks!

  47. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was
    super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying
    your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the
    whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for novice
    blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  48. I do accept as true with all of the concepts you’ve
    presented in your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work.
    Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could
    you please extend them a little from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

  49. Hߋwdy just wanted to giv уou a quick heads
    up. The words in your post seem too be running off the screen in Oⲣera.
    I’m noot sure iff this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet br᧐wser compatibility Ьut I
    figured І’ⅾ post to let you know. The deѕign and stytle
    look ցreat thօugh! Hope you get the problem fіxed soon. Cheers

  50. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this
    website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like
    to find out where u got this from. thank you


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here