Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and drag queen. She is now known to be one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising (1969), which was considered a modern fight in support of LGBTQ rights. She co-founded the organization Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). She was also an AIDS activist and worked with the organization ACT UP. With all her accomplishments, Johnson fought passionately for gay liberation. Johnson did not grow up in the most welcoming home and eventually ran away. Even, after the Stonewall uprising, the gay and lesbian committee banned Johnson from attending the 1973 Pride parade. But Johnson being Johnson, still attended anyways. Johnson also worked closely with the youth, ad worked to provide resources and support for young drag queens, trans women, and gay people who were homeless. Johnson was interviewed by David Carter and you can read more about her in his book, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution. Johnson is pioneer of the gay liberation movement and her influence and impact is still present today. You can watch “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” on Netflix to learn more!
“Now they got two little nice statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. How many people have died for these two little statues to be put in the park for them to recognize gay people? How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean how many years does it take people to see that? We’re all in this rat race together!”
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