All posts tagged: Ferguson

No Man is Above the Law and No Man Below It

The LGBT people coalesced into our modern community largely due to our problematic relationship with the police. Most of our people know the place in our development that the Stonewall Riots in 1969 holds. Far fewer know about the Compton Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco in 1966 and fewer still know about the Cooper’s Donuts riots in Los Angeles in 1959. In all three incidents, “outlaws” – transgender people, drag queens and others who could not hide, or chose not to hide – fought back against police overreach, harassment, and even violence. From each incident, more people were drawn into the struggle that got us to where we are now. Here in San Diego, it’s hard to recall the “bad old days” before the Human Dignity Ordinance, Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Board, and all the other infrastructure designed to assure equal protection under the law. The sad fact though, is that in many places (both outside and inside the United States) – and for many other groups – we haven’t progressed very far from those days. …