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Remembering the Black Cat Protest
As people at a gay bar welcomed 1967 on New Year's Eve at the Black Cat Tavern, it was raided by undercover police who beat and arrested anyone who dared kiss a person of the same-sex at midnight. This weekend marked 50 years since protesters organized and then took to the streets of Los Angeles on February 11, 1967 to stand up to police brutality. The protest movement would also found a newsletter, The Advocate, that has become the magazine you're reading right now. (Photos by Yannick Delva)
Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.