Yesterday, Yessenia posted a link in her quickies post discussing five trans* role models most people have not heard of. One of the people on that list was Sylvia Rivera, a trans* activist who many consider to have been a catalyst for the riots at Stonewall.
As I said in the comments of Yessenia’s post, one of the assignments in my history of sexuality course last semester was a mock grant proposal for a research project. I proposed to use ethnohistorical methods to gather information on Sylvia Rivera’s life, which would serve as data and source material for a biography. I was inspired by John D’Emilio’s wonderful biography Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin (if you haven’t read it, you should!).
Who are some queer people that you find inspiring? Why do they inspire you?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 3pm ET.
Featured image is of Bayard Rustin.