On February 11, 1967, hundreds of LGBTQ Angelenos met at the Sunset and Hyperion to protest mistreatment by the police. The rally—organized after plainclothes officers beat and arrested 14 people at the Black Cat Tavern for kissing at a New Year’s Eve celebration—was the largest demonstration for gay rights that had ever occurred in the U.S. (Two years later protestors would take to the streets of New York City in the Stonewall Uprising.)
Tomorrow night, city leaders and LGBTQ community members will gather at the Black Cat Tavern to mark the anniversary with a re-enactment of the protest, speeches, and live performances. The event is sponsored by City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, who is the first openly gay person elected to the 13th Council District seat. Alexei Romanoff, who organized the 1967 demonstration, will be in attendance.