Film and discussion: “Screaming Queens”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes and Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will cosponsor a film and discussion of “Screaming Queens” on September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the UUFES Meetinghouse at 30 Tamworth Road in Tamworth, NH. Laura Hodgman will introduce this hour-long documentary, and lead a discussion following the film. This program is one of the One Book One Valley series of programs taking place this fall.

“Screaming Queens,” directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, paints a vivid portrait of the transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Three years before the famous uprising at Stonewall, oppression of the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District produced violent, collective resistance at Compton’s Cafeteria, a one-time haven for marginalized communities. Through archival footage, period music, and interviews with those involved, this documentary situates the riot at Compton’s within the broader questions of urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights, and policing characteristic of the time.

Laura Hodgman, Professor Emerita of History at Eastern Washington University, moved to Tamworth about 18 months ago. Her academic work includes oral history interviews and publications on LGBT history.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 603-323-8510.

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