Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries

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Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) -- later renamed Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries[1]—was a transgender activist organization founded in 1970 by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Johnson and Rivera used to hustle the streets in order to keep their children from having to do the same to feed and shelter themselves. STAR was briefly renewed in the early 2000s initiating street demonstrations and other political activity before Rivera's death in order to advance the fight for the transgender civil rights bill in New York City and New York State and to fight for self-determination for all gender non-conformists.

Both founders became activists during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Johnson was later an activist and organizer with ACT-UP.

STAR was created to advocate on behalf of homeless drag queens and runaways. They also created STAR House, a shelter for this population and pressed for trans inclusion in mainstream gay activist groups.[2]

In 2013, Untorelli Press published Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries: Survival, Revolt, and Queer Antagonist Struggle, a collection of historical documents, interviews, and critical analyses relating to STAR.[3]

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