Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were self proclaimed drag performers and vibrant, indelible figures in Greenwich Village street life. The women were prominent figures in the Stonewall Uprisings, but their efforts were even more enduring, with the uprisings being just part of their unending commitment to social justice. They emerged from the events that took place at Stonewall in 1969 as leaders in the Gay Liberation Movement. Together they helped found the group STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), which offered housing to homeless and transgender youth, a particularly vulnerable population. Johnson and Rivera recognized that many transgender people turned to sex work after being rejected by their families, and they faced additional hardships and dangers through being unsheltered. Johnson and Rivera opened the first LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Queer) youth shelter in North America, and these trailblazers became the first Trans women of color to lead an organization in the United States.
Both women continued to be persistent voices for the rights of people of color and low-income queer and Trans communities for the remainder of their lives; Marsha’s life was cut short in 1992, though the details of her death remain a mystery. A decade later, Sylvia lost her battle to cancer. The new monuments and dedicated state park mark powerful steps toward recognizing and amplifying the voices of people who have changed history in their fight for equality, but much remains to be done. Their tireless efforts continue to resonate as issues surrounding the health, safety, and autonomy of Black, Brown, and Indigenous Trans women are still challenged. Together, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera continue to inspire the fight for justice that has not been won.
"You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights."- Marsha P. Johnson
Designer: Tayler Pineda @bytppj
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