Courtesy of USA Today

343: Marsha P Johnson

Transwoman and LGBT+ Activist From The 1960’s to The 1990’s in New York City

Born: 24 August 1945, Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

Died: 6 July 1992, Greenwich Village, New York, United States of America

Marsha was also an HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education Advocate.

Today she is most remembered for her participation in the Stonewall Riots, which are largely seen as the beginning of the public’s participation and recognition of the fight for LGBT+ Rights, especially for those in the Trans community.

Marsha’s body was found floating in the Hudson River after the 1992 Pride Parade and the NYPD ruled it a suicide—however support from friends and fans got the NYPD to reopen the case in 2012 as a possible homicide—the case remains open.

Netflix released a documentary about her case, which is narrated and spearheaded by a fellow Trans activist who knew Marsha when she was alive. You can view the trailer to the left.

In 2019, New York announced Marsha would be honored alongside fellow activist Sylvia Rivera with a permanent monument in Greenwich Village, just down the street from the Stonewall Inn.

Badges Earned:

Find a Grave Marked

Rejected Princess

Located In My Personal Library:

Tough Mothers by Jason Porath

Time Magazine's 100 Women of the Year (Marsha appears in the 1969 article, "Marsha P. Johnson”)