Issue 7 of HEY LADY features Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002). She was a crucial voice for PoC, transgender and low income communities throughout her life. With her best friend and fellow activist, Marsha P. Johnson, she founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) providing shleter to young homeless trans women of color. A veteran of the Stonewall Uprising, she consistently participated in protests, riots, and marches. With her determination to fight for visibility, she brought transgender people to the forefront of the LGBTQ community.
In her honor, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project currently works to address issues of systemic poverty and racism, prioritizing the struggles of queer youth. A feature length film, Happy Birthday Marsha, is a biopic on Rivera and Johnson that is currently in post production. A street in New York, where she lived and died, was renamed Sylvia Rivera Way in 2005.
Art by Jazmine Puentes (left), Roxana Juarez (right).
Printed in full color, perfect bound, measuring 12.5 x 9.5 cm, 34 pages with a 2.5" portrait button attached to the front cover!
Alison Lee Chapman
Henny Penny Austinson