New York: Google through its unique Doodle honoured LGBTQ+ rights activist and self-identified drag queen Marsha P Johnson for emerging as one of the pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the US.
On this day in 2019, Marsha was posthumously honored as a grand marshal of the New York City Pride March.
Born on August 24, 1945, as Malcolm Michaels in New Jersey, Marsha moved to New York City when 17. She legally changed her name to Marsha P. Johnson where P allegedly stood for “Pay It No Mind”, a phrase she used when questioned about her gender.
On June 30, 2019, New York City also announced plans to erect statues of Marsha and her close friend Sylvia Rivera, which will be one of the world’s first monuments to honour transgender people.
Marsha is credited as one of the key leaders of the 1969 Stonewall uprising-widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTQ+ rights movement. The following year, she founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) which was the first organisation in the United States to be led by a trans woman of color and was the first to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth, said Google.
In 2019, New York City announced plans to erect statues of Johnson and Rivera in Greenwich Village, which will be one of the world’s first monuments in honor of transgender people.
This Google Doodle was illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Rob Gilliam.