My school’s GSA is celebrating a queer person at every meeting and learning a little bit about the history no one teaches us in school. I’ve decided to share it all with you!
This is Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson.
She was a trans rights activist who lived in New York City and is known as the “Queen of Stonewall”. She was one of the leaders and major voices behind the Stonewall Riots.
She also founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in the 1970s and was the “mother” of the STAR House which supported trans women by providing food, clothing, and shelter.
In July of 1992 her body was found floating in the Hudson River shortly after a Pride event, and the police ruled her death a suicide. However, her supporters and friends claimed that she had been seen being harassed near the spot her body was found. The police refused to investigate the cause of her death.