Watch “Pay it no Mind,” a documentary about trans activist & Stonewall Rebellion revolutionary Marsha P. Johnson, here.

With her final interview from 1992Pay It No Mind captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ‘70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s.

The film features interviews with Marsha, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce.

!!!! Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion and founders of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), at the Christopher Street Liberation Day, Gay Pride Parade, NYC. June 24, 1973. #RESPECT #KNOWYOURHISTORY #HEROES

Mya Taylor Is Marsha P. Johnson: Transgender 'Tangerine' Star Talks About Her New Role
Mya Taylor, a transgender actress best known for her role in director Sean Baker’s Tangerine, is making Hollywood history.

The 2015 independent film was a hit at Sundance, and Taylor has received many accolades for her portrayal of Alexandra. Taylor became the first trans actor to win a Gotham Award, she won the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she is a Best Supporting Actress nominee for the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on February 27.

I had the opportunity to speak with Taylor about Tangerine, issues facing the trans community, and her role in the new film Happy Birthday, Marsha! as Marsha P. Johnson, one of the self-proclaimed “street queens” who ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots.


Barry always knew where to find you, you didn’t know how he knew, maybe the two of you had just known each other for so long, whatever the case was you didn’t care. Sometimes it came in handy. Like right now you were in S.T.A.R. Labs, you weren’t supposed to be, but you’d stayed there late to work on some stuff and you’d crashed out on your desk atop your lab notes. 

“(y/n), (y/n), wake up.” Barry gently shook you awake. You opened your eyes to see your best friend with bags under his eyes and a S.T.A.R. Labs t-shirt, presumably the one he used to sleep. “What are you doing here?” You asked as you rubbed the sleep from your eyes. 

“I can’t sleep. I keep having the same nightmare.” Barry said bringing you out of your sleepy state instantly. “Alright, come on, talk to me, maybe it’ll help you a bit.” You said as you grabbed his arm and led him over to the couches. 

You grabbed two cups of coffee on your way there and figured if he couldn’t sleep then you’d stay awake with him. 

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Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson. 2012.

5 Reasons Sylvia Rivera Is One of the Most Badass Radical Trans Heroes to Ever Live
Have you ever found parts of yourself reflected in a revolutionary hero's story? That's what this author found with Sylvia Rivera, who's gaining more visibility – but still rarely given the respect she deserves. Find out why she's such an inspiration.