Marsha P. Johnson was born in 1945 in New Jersey and was an African-American drag queen and gay liberation activist. She gained popularity in the 1960s and continued her activity til the 1990s. Johnson devoted her life to the fight for transgender and LGBT people and also
worked to impact the lives of people with AIDS. She and her close friend
founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) trying to get food and clothing for young trans women, drag queens and kids living on the street.
In 1974 Marsha P. Johnson was photographed by Andy Warhol, as part of a “ladies and gentlemen” series of polaroids featuring drag queens.
In July 1992, shortly after the 1992 Pride March, Johnson’s body was found in the Hudson River. She was 46 years old. Police ruled the death a suicide. Only in 2012, the NYPD re-opened the case as a possible homicide.
Rest In Peace. Your contribution to the LGBT+ community is immense.
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