Preserve LGTBQ History: Grant Marsha P. Johnson a Holiday

Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson is one of the great heroes of LGBTQ history, and making her birthday a day that we reflect on our history, community, and shared values would truly honor her legacy.

Andy Warhol immortalized her. RuPaul called her “the true Drag Mother who paved the way for all of us”. New Yorkers referred to her as the Queen of Christopher Street for decades. She was one of the first Stonewall patrons to resist during the Stonewall uprisings in 1969. She always wore flowers in her hair, and she always had a smile for everyone.

In the spirit of Marsha’s legacy, The G.H.O.S.T. Project in Brooklyn, New York provides both support and empowerment to members of the transgender community who are struggling to overcome and survive in a world that does not celebrate us. We learned how to care for the community from Marsha, who made this road we walk on every day.

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The G.H.O.S.T. Project is a non-profit organization geared toward providing both support and empowerment to members of the transgender communities of color who are either struggling with or have overcome gender identity-related issues. This philanthropy-based organization is own and operated by three urban transgender women born and raised in a homophobic southern society design to both subjugate and oppress their gender-related issues.