Place: Black Cat Tavern, Silverlake, Los Angeles
When: New Year’s Eve 1967
What happened: Undercover police invaded a Silverlake queer bar. At the strike of the new year, several men kissed. The police arrested and beat several of the patrons and bartenders. The reaction? We were tired, so we fought back. Over 200 people fought back against the homophobia. Two years before the Stone Wall riots, the queer community was already showing signs of revolution.
Modern day: In 2008, the Black Cat Tavern was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.