Marsha P. Johnson Institute

A large part of being a social worker is being an advocate and an ally. I want to use this space to spotlight some organizations that are important to me as a social worker, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institution is one of them.

A fiery, beautiful soul, Marsha P. Johnson (when asked about their gender, Marsha would say the P. stood for “pay it no mind.”), was an activist, performer, and self-identified drag queen. Marsha was a prominent figure of the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, and co-founded the activist group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Johnson was a survivor- they struggled with mental health while getting by on sex work in the unforgiving streets of New York City in the 1960’s up until their death in 1992.

Johnson’s body was found in the Hudson River in July 1992. Police ruled Johnson’s death a suicide, but friends knew there was more to it. Johnson was a giant in the early LGBTQ+ community, in a time and place that was anything but accepting, and often violent.

If you can, please support or share about this organization. They are working to help employ Black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, and interrupt the people who are standing in the way of possibilities in the world for Black trans people.

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