PRIDE MONTH SPOTLIGHT: Do you know of Marsha P. Johnson?! Marsha P. Johnson was a black transgender woman, a revolutionary LGBTQ+ rights activist, and an outspoken advocate for trans people of color. Marsha became a prominent fixture in the LGBTQ+ community, serving as a “drag mother” by helping homeless and struggling LGBTQ+ youth. After resisting arrest during the brutal NYPD raid on The Stonewall Inn, Marsha is credited as being one of the main spearheads of the subsequent Stonewall protests and riots, advocating for gay rights. She has been recognized by some as the vanguard of the gay liberation movement in the United States and was even given the nickname the “Saint of Christopher Street.” Marsha later co-established the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group committed to helping empower homeless gay, transgender, and gender-fluid youth in New York City. Marsha's legacy lives on today in organizations such as the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which "protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people.” This Pride Month, remember Marsha P. Johnson and the incredible impact she had in standing up against civil rights violations and advocating for LGBTQ+ people worldwide. #MarshaPJohnson #PrideMonth
Marsha P. Johnson was an African-American, activist from New Jersey, whose work in the 1960's and 70's had a huge impact on the LGBTQ+ community.