Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was born as Malcolm Michaels, Jr. in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1944 (d. July 6, 1992). She “was a transgender rights activist and popular figure in New York City’s gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s. One of the city’s best known drag queens of the times, Johnson was a leader in clashes with the police amid the Stonewall Riots. She was a co-founder, along with Sylvia Rivera, of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in the early 1970s. She also was the “mother” of S.T.A.R. House along with Sylvia, getting together food and clothing to help support the young drag queens and trans women living in the house on the Lower East Side of New York.” (Source: Wikipedia) Sadly, her body was found floating in the Hudson River shortly after a Pride March after allegedly being harassed near that same spot. Initially ruled a suicide, the case was re-opened in 2012.

Pay It No Mind-The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

Leave a Reply