Sylvia Rivera


Age: 50

Summary: civil rights pioneer and transgender activist who as a 17-year-old drag queen was in the crowd that gathered outside the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 27, 1969 when the Greenwich Village gay bar was raided by the police and became one of the first instigators of the Stonewall uprising during an event that helped launched the modern gay rights movement, who was a founding member of the advocacy groups Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance, and who with her close friend Marsha P. Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color.

Cause of Death: Complications from liver cancer

Born: July 2, 1951

Died: February 19, 2002

New York City, New York