Our library and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth will cosponsor a film and discussion of “Screaming Queens” on September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the UUFES Meetinghouse, 30 Tamworth Road in Tamworth, NH. Laura Hodgman will introduce this hour-long documentary, and lead a discussion following the film. This program is one of the One Book One Valley series of programs taking place this fall.
“Screaming Queens,” directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, paints a vivid portrait of the transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Three years before the famous uprising at Stonewall, oppression of the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District produced violent, collective resistance at Compton’s Cafeteria, a one-time haven for marginalized communities. Through archival footage, period music, and interviews with those involved, this documentary situates the riot at Compton’s within the broader questions of urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights, and policing characteristic of the time.
Laura Hodgman, Professor Emerita of History at Eastern Washington University, moved to Tamworth about 18 months ago. Her academic work includes oral history interviews and publications on LGBT history. As part of One Book, One Valley’s events taking place this fall, on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, Hodgman will be presenting “No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott ‘Benderella’ Rae,” about the life and death of a developmentally disabled transgender woman murdered in Tacoma in 1977.
All One Book One Valley programs are free and open to the public thanks to the sustained financial support of participating libraries, Friends of Libraries organizations, and White Birch Books. In addition, the One Book One Valley project has received a community project grant from New Hampshire Humanities to fund a large portion of this year’s program.