There was a mass demonstration that started in East Harlem in the fall of 1970. The protest was against police repression and we decided to join the demonstration with our STAR [Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries] banner. That was one of the first times the STAR banner was shown in public, where STAR was present as a group. I ended up meeting some of the Young Lords that day. I became one of them. Any time they needed any help, I was always there for the Young Lords. It was just the respect they gave us as human beings. They gave us a lot of respect. It was a fabulous feeling to be myself—being part of the Young Lords as a drag queen—and my organization [STAR] being part of the Young Lords.
I met [Black Panther Party leader] Huey Newton at the People’s Revolutionary Convention in Philadelphia in 1971. Huey decided we were part of the revolution—that we were a revolutionary people.”