Google Doodle: Transgender activist Marsha P Johnson honoured
Did Marsha P. Johnson Start the 1969 Stonewall Riots?
Google Doodle honoured transgender activist Marsha P Johnson. Marsha is widely credited as one of the pioneers of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the US. Marsha was posthumously honored as a grand marshal of the New York City Pride March, on this day in 2019. Marsha was born Malcolm Michaels Jr. on August 24th, 1945, in New Jersey. After graduating high school in 1963, she moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village. Greenwich Village, a cultural hub for LGBTQ+ people. Throughout the month of June, Google has taken numerous opportunities to celebrate Pride Month.
On a hot June night in 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York City, as they had many times before. This time, customers fought back. The uprising launched a national movement for LGBTQ rights. Many believe the powder keg exploded when a trans woman named Marsha P. Johnson threw a shot glass that shattered the mirror behind the bar. It wouldn’t have been her first feat of activism. Decades later, when she was found dead, others had to advocate for her justice.