SLNC Remembers 50th Anniversary of First LGBT Civil Rights Demonstration, Which Took Place in Silver Lake


Protesters at the February 1967 demonstration against LAPD's raid of The Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake on New Year's Eve.

Protesters at the February 1967 demonstration against LAPD’s raid of The Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake on New Year’s Eve.

Many people believe the Stonewall Riots, which took place in 1969 in New York City, were the first LGBT civil rights demonstrations. But, according to the website Thirsty in LA, peaceful protests held a month after the infamous New Year’s Eve raid of The Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake by Los Angeles police are considered the first documented gay rights demonstrations in the U.S. The SLNC History Collective produced this sometimes-shocking interview with Alexei Romanoff, a surviving participant of the Black Cat demonstration and pioneering LGBT civil rights advocate. READ MORE