|The Black Cat protest in Silver Lake in February 1967|
Despite my brief existential dilemma, I also felt a sense of pride brewing over me from the testimonials by the individuals who were present at the pride parade in New York. This new visibility was "building a community...", recalled one participant. And then I thought, Why was there was no mention of the precursor to Stonewall at the Black Cat in Los Angeles in December 31, 1966 and the ensued protest of early 1967? Where are the Black Cat protesters? I personally feel a responsibility to shift the metanarrative in the historicizing of Stonewall and Black Cat, I feel a responsibility to continue building a community without borders thats bridge the LGBTQ community's efforts for social equity and political visibility.