Marsha P Johnson: Google doodle honours LGBTQ+ rights activist

Marsha P. Johnson Google Doodle: A beloved and charismatic fixture in the LGBTQ+ community, Johnson is credited as one of the key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising – widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Marsha P Johnson

Google honors LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsh P. Johnson, who is considered one of the pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States. On June 30, 2019, Marsha, who was also a performer and a self-identified transvestite, was posthumously awarded the title of Grand Marshal of the New York Pride March.

Born August 24, 1945 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Marsha was named Malcolm Michaels Jr. After graduating from high school in 1963, she moved to New York Greenwich Village, a growing cultural center for LGBT+ people, where she legally changed her name. Marche P. Johnson. Her middle initial – “P” – supposedly meant her answer to those who questioned her gender: “Remember this.”

Marsha, a beloved and charismatic figure in the LGBTQ+ community, is considered one of the key leaders in the Stonewall uprising in 1969, which is widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTK+ rights movement. The following year, she founded the street transvestite (now transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) along with another transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the first organization in the United States led by a trans-female woman and the first to open the first North American shelter for LGBT+ youth.

In 2019, New York announced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which will be one of the first monuments in the world in honor of transgender people.

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