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Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen, known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights. Marsha was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, which was formed in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots with the goal of organizing to demand an end to the persecution of the LGBTQ+ community along with abroad political platform, denouncing racism and declaring support for various Third World struggles and the Black Panther Party. Alongside close friend Sylvia Rivera, Marsha co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) organization, which was a radical political collective that also provided housing and support to homeless queer youth and sex workers in Lower Manhattan. Johnson was also an organizer and marshal with ACT UP, an international grassroots political group working to end the AIDS pandemic.

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