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Google Doodle honors LGBTQA+ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson to close out Pride month

This doodle illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Rob Gilliam.

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June is the pride month and as this month is waiving off, Google chose to close out Pride month on a high note by honoring Marsha P. Johnson who was pioneer in LGBTQA+ rights activism.

Marsha P. Johnson was a self identified drag queen.

On this day 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 24, 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating high school in 1963, she moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village, a burgeoning cultural hub for LGBTQ+ people, where she legally changed her name to Marsha P. Johnson. Her middle initial—“P.”—allegedly stood for her response to those who questioned her gender: “Pay It No Mind.”

A beloved and charismatic fixture in the LGBTQ+ community, Johnson is credited as one of the key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising— widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTQ+ rights movement. The following year, she founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera. STAR was the first organization in the US to be led by a trans woman of color and was the first to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.

In 2019, New York City announced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which will be one of the world’s first monuments in honor of transgender people.

This doodle illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Rob Gilliam.

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