Currently reading : The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson was the boundary pushing gay and transgender activist who sadly past away in 1992. This documentary tells the story of her truly inspiring and sadly lesser known life which throughly deserves more attention for the incredible work that she achieved. Johnson was a veteran of the Stonewall Riots and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Sylvia Rivera in the 1970s, providing shelter and support to young trans women in New York.
Besides from her humanitarian work she was immortalised into a portrait by Warhol as one of New York’s greatest personalities and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons supposedly named his band after her. She also had an exceptionally eccentric style but most sadly the biggest question is over her mysterious death which was pronounced by the police as suicide after being found in the Hudson River. Her friends have vehemently questioned this and in 2002 the inquest was reopened as there have been suspicions that she was assaulted in that area. Once when Johnson was asked by a judge what the ‘P’ in her name stood for, she famously remarked what later became her trademark – “’PAY IT NO MIND’