Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)
“[Marsha P. Johnson] was a fixture of the West Village scene and was often referred to as ‘Saint Marsha’ – when asked by a judge what the P. in her name stood for, she replied it stood for ‘Pay it no mind!’. She is believed to have been a key figure in the Stonewall Uprising, which helped to usher in the gay and trans rights movements. Meanwhile, together with Sylvia Rivera, she founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R), which offered support to homeless gay and trans youth.” Marsha was also a staunch advocate for folx living with AIDS.
“How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean how many years does it take people to see that? We’re all in this rat race together!”
What and who might we be called to shift our attention to? May we remember and live out Marsha’s poignant exclamation – we are all in this together.
[excerpt from Tate]