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Google Celebrates Pioneering Transgender Activist Marsha P Johnson

Google Celebrates Pioneering Transgender Activist Marsha P Johnson

This Google Doodle was illustrated by Los Angeles-based visitor artist Rob Gilliam.

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 within the United States.

On today in 2019, Marsha was posthumously honored as a grand marshal of the New York City Pride 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 City’s Greenwich Village, a burgeoning cultural hub for LGBTQ+ individuals. Here, she legally modified her identify to Marsha P. Johnson. Her center initial-“P.”-allegedly stood for her response to those that questioned her gender: “Pay It No Mind.”

A beloved and charismatic fixture within the LGBTQ+ group, Johnson is credited as one of many key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising- broadly thought to be a essential turning level for the worldwide LGBTQ+ rights motion. The following yr, she based the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the primary group within the U.S. to be led by a trans lady of coloration and was the primary to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.

In 2019, New York City 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 individuals.

This Google Doodle was illustrated by Los Angeles-based visitor artist Rob Gilliam.

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