Name: Silvia Rivera
Distinction: Being one of the first to resist at Stonewall
Brief History: Rivera was a 17-year-old Puerto Rican drag queen on the night of the riot. She was cited as one of the first bystanders to throw a rock or bottle, dangerous given the situation with police at the time. After Stonewall, she became an extremely outspoken activist against racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. She had no problems calling members of her community to task for their complacency. She along with Marsha P. Johnson founded a group that worked with homeless drag queens and trans people of color.
Importance: This woman stood up at the age of 19 and said no to a system of oppression. How many of us can remember how that much conviction at that age? She worked unapologetically to make things better for people like her. Her importance is that she shows that it only takes one person willing to stand up to create change. So for those out there speaking up, don’t ever stop because you might be that one.