What Are We Looking For? #3 Marsha P. Johnson

Illustration project, inspired by Google Trends

With (a lot) more than 10M worldwide searches, Marsha P. Johnson was last week’s (28/6-4/7) top search term.

One of the reasons for this huge number of searches is June 30 Google’ doodle, Which was dedicated for Johnson, a pioneering figure in the LGBT movement, honoring her on the final day of Pride Month.

“Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising in 1969…The ‘P’ stood for ‘Pay It No Mind’, which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her Jender…”. You can read more about her life on The Marsha Johnson Institute website.

You can also watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, 2017 documentary, (Netflix), created by David France.

Black Trans Lives Matter protests held across the US and In London and Manchester during June 2020 Pride Month.

Watch D – L Stewart Ted talk about: “What would my life and the world look like if Black Trans* Lives mattered? Race, gender, social class, and disability all intersect to shape Black Trans* lives. How would social institutions, such as education, law, healthcare, religion, and family be different?”

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