Subject: Compton’s Riot Forged Bruce Jenner’s Path
Great educational facts about the early gay rights movement. There was a law on the S.F. books that if women wore slacks, they could not wear men’s pants and that the zipper had to be on the side,so others would know that they were not men. There was another law that if a man dressed in drag, they had to wear a lapel tag I AM A BOY, or they could be arrested,even on Halloween! It was those courageous drag queens that fought back to change the laws. There were quite a few gay bars in the tenderloin area in the 1960s.
Jerry Pritikin- ChicagoFiled under: Letters to the Editor