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Marsha P. Johnson
These days LGBTIQ + Pride Day is celebrated internationally but not everyone knows the origin of those holidays and vindication, which officially began on June 28 and now extends to a week or even a month depending on the state and the city.
Not everyone will have heard the name of Marsha P. Johnson but it is she who is identified as the first (or one of the first) to respond to police abuses against the LGBTIQ + collective, more specifically the physical abuse and aggression that Drag Queens and transsexuals suffered in the US. It was on June 28, 1969 when she and her companions formed a resistance riot against one of the attacks (which were already usual) of the police, the Stonewall rebellion.
There was no turning back, the fuse had ignited and what began as a local revolution spread to the entire United States and gradually to the entire world. This past Friday was the 50th anniversary of this small gesture that changed the future of the world and that meant the progress without stopping for the rights of the LGBTIQ + collective. Although we cannot forget that today, in 2019, homosexuality is still criminalized in 70 countries of the world. Transsexuality, as in the case of Marsha, is not even contemplated in many countries.
Marsha was black, transgender, poor and at the end of her life with HIV, so it is not surprising that she has been overlooked so many times. She was a strong, very committed woman, a great human rights activist. She founded the NGO S.T.A.R., an organization that helped young transgenders or drags who lived on the streets by providing them with shelter, clothing and food.
But perhaps the facet of Marsha that is less talked about, since her human part eclipses her, is from her creative part. Like many other trans, her life is linked to Drag, a performing artistic manifestation that in recent years has been recognized internationally thanks to the RuPaul program. In short, she was a performance artist whose figure was very present in the "movida" of New York, along with figures such as Andy Warhol. It was photographed by the famous artist as part of his series "ladies and gentlemen" by polaroids de dragqueens. Johnson was also part of the group of dragqueens for Warhol performances, "Hot Peaches".
In July 1992, Johnson's body was found floating on the Hudson River, shortly after the Pride march in 1992. Police considered his death a suicide. Nothing is further from reality and although they have not found those responsible for her death her memory and her struggle has not perished and these days we remember it again
I hope you liked this post and that the figure of Marsha has inspired you. It seems to me personally as an example of a strong woman, a fighter and committed, unforgettable.