Published: June 30, 2020 8:05:24 am
Google is celebrating LGBTQ+ rights activist, performer, and self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, who’s broadly credited as one of many pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights motion within the United States. On this present day in 2019, Marsha was posthumously honored as a grand marshal of the New York City Pride March.
Marsha P. Johnson was born Malcolm Michaels Jr. on August 24, 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating highschool in 1963, she moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village, a burgeoning cultural hub for LGBTQ+ folks, the place she legally modified her title to Marsha P. Johnson. Her center preliminary—“P.”—allegedly stood for her response to those that questioned her gender: “Pay It No Mind.”
A beloved and charismatic fixture within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, Johnson is credited as one of many key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion— broadly considered a important turning level for the worldwide LGBTQ+ rights motion. The following yr, she based the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the primary group within the US to be led by a trans girl of colour and was the primary to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.
In 2019, New York City introduced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which will probably be one of many world’s first monuments in honor of transgender folks.
This doodle illustrated by Los Angeles-based visitor artist Rob Gilliam.
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