Tech2 news teamJune 30, 2020 09:23:10
On this day of 2019, a powerful LGBTQ + rights activist, artist and self-identified drag queen Marsha P Johnson received the posthumous honor of "Grand Marshal" of the New York Pride March.
In a decorative and colorful illustration by Los Angeles artist Rob Gilliam, Google Doodle today celebrates LGBTQ + Johnson activist, who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of the LGBTQ + rights movement in the United States. Johnson was born on August 24, 1945, in New Jersey, as Malcolm Michaels Jr.
After graduating from high school in 1963, she moved to Greenwich Village, New York, a thriving and thriving community of LGBTQ + people and culture. After she arrived, she legally changed her name to Marsha P Johnson. Your initial "P" was also supposedly your answer to those who questioned your gender: "Pay It No Mind", as Google blog post in doodle.
Johnson grew up to be one of the most beloved and charismatic figures in the LGBTQ + community. She is considered one of the main leaders who provoked the Stonewall revolt in 1969 – an important event and a turning point in the global LGBTQ + rights movement.
In the year following the uprising, Johnson founded the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (now "Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries" or STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. In the USA, STAR was the first organization to be led by a trans woman of color and the first organization to open the country's first shelter for LGBTQ + youth.
In 2019, New York City announced plans to place statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village – one of the world's first monuments in honor of transgender people.
Google put it best when you said, "Thank you, Marsha P Johnson, for inspiring people everywhere to defend the freedom to be themselves."
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