Google is celebrating LGBTQ+ rights activist, performer, and self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, who’s broadly credited as some of the pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights motion in america.
On at the present time in 2019, Marsha was once posthumously venerated as a grand marshal of the New York Town Pleasure March.
Marsha P. Johnson was once born Malcolm Michaels Jr. on August 24th, 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating highschool in 1963, she moved to New York Town’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 reaction to people who wondered her gender: “Pay It No Thoughts.”
A liked and charismatic fixture within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, Johnson is credited as some of the key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising- broadly considered a important turning level for the global LGBTQ+ rights motion. The next yr, she based the Boulevard Transvestite (now Transgender) Motion Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was once the primary group within the U.S. to be led by means of a trans lady of colour and was once the primary to open North The usa’s first refuge for LGBTQ+ adolescence.
In 2019, New York Town introduced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which will likely be some of the global’s first monuments in honor of transgender folks.
This Google Doodle was once illustrated by means of Los Angeles-based visitor artist Rob Gilliam.