On today's 30. June – the last day of Gay Pride month – Google of the New York drag queen and LGBTQ activist
Marsha P. Johnson dedicated the Google doodle on the search engine's home page. Johnson was an important figure in the 60s important figure in the gay and lesbian movement and in 1969 was instrumental in the Stonewall riots, which are still commemorated every year – and which eventually became an important symbol of the LGBTQ ComMunity.
Johnson was arrested on 24. August 1945 in the state New Jersey born and moved to New York in 1966. There she also officially changed her name to Marsha P. Johnson, but reportedly later used a male identity and her old name Malcolm Michaels from time to time. Was Johnson on the meaning of the P. asked on her behalf, she said, "Pay it no mind." (Pay no attention.)
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Johnson described herself as "drag queen," "transvestite" or "gay". The term "trans," for people whose gender identity does not match the sex assigned at birth, came into use later in society. Johnson, however, used female pronouns for herself.
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On 28. June 1969, Johnson was involved in the riots at the New York City gay club "The Stonewall Inn." Involved. Police had carried out a violent raid there and arrested several visitors. Many of the other guests resisted inspection.
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Especially after the uprising, Johnson was politically active. She founded with Sylvia Rivera The Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) group to support homeless drag queens and trans people. Later Johnson posed for Andy Warhol.
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Am 6. July 1992, Marsha P. Johnson dead in Hudson River found. Although police initially amed it was a suicide, her death was classified as "unexplained" ten years later after doubts from those around her. The case and her life is addressed by Netflix, among others, in the documentary "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson".