NYU OCCUPATION: STREET TRANSVESTITES FOR GAY POWER STATEMENT

i found this document -the first statement released by STAR during the NYU gay liberation front occupation- at the new york public library in Arthur Bell’s papers.

for more context i wrote about it last year here for Sylvia Rivera’s ten year memorial blog

OCTOBER 1970

GAY POWER WHEN DO WE WANT IT? OR DO WE?

 

This is the question that is running through our minds.  Do you really want Gay Power or are you looking for a few laughs or maybe a little excitement.  We are not quite sure what you people really want.  IF you want Gay Liberation then you’re going to have to fight for it.  We don’t mean tomorrow or the next day, we are talking about today.  We can never possibly win by saying “wait for a better day” or “we’re not ready yet” If you’re ready to tell people that you want to be free, then your ready to fight.  And if your not ready then shut up and crawl back into your closets.  But let us ask you this, Can you realliy live in a closet? We cant.

 

So now the question is, do we want Gay Power or Pig Power.  We are willing to admit that we need pigs.  But we only need t hen for crime control. We do not need them to beat and harass our gay brothers and sisters.  The pigs are not helping the people who are being robbed on the streets and being murdered.  How can they when theyre to busy trying to bust a homosexual over the head.  Or theyre to busy trying to catch someone hustling so they can arrest t hem.  But they do give us an alternative.  All we have to do is commit sodomy with them and they’ll forget they were saw us.  Until next time that is.  So again we ask you, do you want pig power or gay power?  This is up to each and every one of you.

 

If you want gay power then youre going to have to fight for it.  And youre going to have to fight until you win.  Because (striked through) once you start youre not going to be able to stop because if you do youll lose everything.  You wont just lose this fight, but all the other fights all over the country.  All our brothers and sisters all over the world will return to their closets in shame.  So if you want to fight for your rights, then fight till the end.

 

We would also like to say that all we fought for at Weinstein Hall was lost when we left upon request of the pigs.  Chalk one up for the pigs, for they truly are carrying there victory flag.  And realize the next demonstration is going to be harder, because they now know that we scare easily.

 

You people run if you want to, but we’re tired of running.  We intend to fight for our rights until we get them.

 

                                    Street Transvestites

                                    For Gay Power

 

[images of trans symbols on bottom)

 

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