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Today, on August 24th, I’m screaming Happy 78th Birthday to Marsha P. Johnson! Our beloved queen and legend, was one of the most prominent figures of the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 70s. She was an important advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth, those impacted by HIV/AIDS, and gay and transgender rights!
Marsha P. Johnson was a transgender black woman who found her identity through drag and exploring herself! She stuck to who she was and didn’t change for other people; even knowing how dangerous it was.
I’m extremely grateful for Marsha’s advocacy. Marsha was actually on the front lines of the Stonewall Uprising with Sylvia Rivera. Marsha stood strong and was herself regardless of how illegal it was to be gender non-conforming… Even knowing how dangerous it was already to be person of the Black and Brown communities!
Due to Marsha’s strong advocacy and community, the year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising became a day of Pride. Hence why we have Pride month! This is a great reminder that the foundation of Pride month has everything to do with the advocacy of transgender women!
– Dez 🙂
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