Excellent read! Thanks so much.
While I never knew Rivera, many of my friends in Act Up and Queer Nation were very familiar with her. I can observe that by the 90s, she had gained a lot of respect in queer activist circles.
Thanks to Eric Griggs for pointing out that my character Marissa, in my current Medium fiction piece about homeless queer youth, resembles Rivera more than just superficially.
I didn’t do it on purpose, but having internalized much of Rivera’s legend over the years, I’m sure the resemblance isn’t just coincidental.