Google is celebrating LGBTQ+ rights activist, performer, and self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, who’s broadly credited as one of many pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights motion in the USA.
On today in 2019, Marsha was posthumously honored as a grand marshal of the New York Metropolis Satisfaction March.
Marsha P. Johnson was born Malcolm Michaels Jr. on August 24th, 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating highschool in 1963, she moved to New York Metropolis’s Greenwich Village, a burgeoning cultural hub for LGBTQ+ folks. Right here, she legally modified her title to Marsha P. Johnson. Her center initial-“P.”-allegedly stood for her response to those that questioned her gender: “Pay It No Thoughts.”
A beloved and charismatic fixture within the LGBTQ+ group, Johnson is credited as one of many key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising- broadly considered a crucial turning level for the worldwide LGBTQ+ rights motion. The next 12 months, she based the Road Transvestite (now Transgender) Motion Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the primary group within the U.S. to be led by a trans girl of shade and was the primary to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.
In 2019, New York Metropolis introduced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which might be one of many world’s first monuments in honor of transgender folks.
This Google Doodle was illustrated by Los Angeles-based visitor artist Rob Gilliam.