Marsha P. Johnson Pride POP

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All funds raised from the Marsha P. Johnson Pride Pop auction will be donated to The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

An organization founded in 2015 that works to create a crucial entry point for Black transgender women to advocate for an end to violence against all trans people through advocacy, transformative organizing, restoration, civil disobedience and direct action. The organization is credited for organizing the first ever National Day of Action for Black Trans Women in response to the murders of Amber Monroe, Kandis Capri, and Elisha Walker and held organized events in multiple cities including New York City,Chicago, and Washington DC.

Learn More About Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson (1944 - July 6, 1992) born in Elizabeth, New Jersey was an African American transgender activist and a popular figure in New York City's gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.

One of the city's best known drag queens of the times Johnson was a leader in clashes with the police amid the Stonewall Riots and known for throwing the first brick.  She was a co-founder, along with Sylvia Rivera, of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in the early 1970s. She also was the "mother" of  S.T.A.R. House along with Sylvia, getting together food and clothing to help support the young queens living in the house on the lower East Side of New York.

Once, appearing in a court the judge asked Marsha, "What does the 'P' stand for?", Johnson gave her customary response "Pay it No Mind." This phrase became her trademark. In 1974 Marsha P. Johnson was photographed by famed artist Andy Warhol, as part of a "ladies and gentlemen" series of polaroids featuring drag queens. An interview with Marsha P. Johnson by gay activist Allen Young (writer) can be found in the book "Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation," originally published in 1972 and available in a new edition from New York University Press.

In July 1992, Johnson's body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers shortly after the 1992 Pride March. Police ruled the death a suicide. Johnson friends and supporters said she was not suicidal, and a people's postering campaign later declared that Johnson had earlier been harassed near the spot where her body was found. Attempts to get the police to investigate the cause of death were unsuccessful.

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