Thursday, March 30: Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)

Marsha P. Johnson was a Black transgender woman who played a significant role in the gay rights movement in the United States. Born in New Jersey in 1945, Johnson moved to New York City in the 1960s and became a prominent figure in the city's LGBTQ+ community. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), organizations that aimed to provide support and advocacy for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Johnson was also one of the key participants in the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, which is widely regarded as a watershed moment in the modern gay rights movement. Throughout her life, Johnson faced discrimination and violence due to her gender identity and sexuality, but she remained a fierce advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people until her death in 1992.


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