Photo Review of Trans Activism

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Photo Review of Trans Activism

Katy Stewart from the Texas Transgender Education Network asked me for some trans activism images for a project she’s working for. I thought I’d share them since (IMHO) they’re all interesting and some of them have not seen the light of day for 40 years:

Queens Liberation Front

Queens Liberation Front


Queens Liberation Front

The Queens Liberation Front was an action arm of the NY trans community in the early 1970s. These are the folks who paid for the queer community’s post-stonewall legal battle. These are the folks who paid the bills for the¬†Mattachine Society. These are the folks who fought early anti-trans RadFem (TERF) bullshit (RadFems were trying to have trans folk barred from the City Hall restrooms). These are the folks who paid for and helped organize the National meetings of Homophile Organizations before StoneWall. These are the folks who were legally challenging and conducting actions against anti-queer laws in New York prior to Stonewall.

When was the last time you heard of these people? These 2 images are 40 years old. Have you ever seen them before?

Why did the queer community choose to edit out these civil rights heroes? Check out these links and you tell me:


1978 march against Anita Bryant anti-queer “Save The Children” campaign. That’s America’s first out trans judge and grandmother of “transgender law,” Phyllis Frye, who spoke.


The 1st March on Washington, trans woman in the front, 1979


March on Washington, 1993


The first Camp Trans 1994


The first Camp Trans 1994


First Transgender Lobby Day, 1994

All of these images come from the Transgender Archive in Houston, Texas. If you find that you want to reuse them, please be sure to give a H/T to the Transgender Archive. Without that archive, would some of these images have ever seen the light of day?


  1. Via @cristanwilliams Photo Review of Trans Activism #girlslikeus #trans

  2. @cristanwilliams Re this article, I believe Vicki Kolakowski was a judge before Phyllis Frye.

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