Google celebrates LGBTQ + legal activist, performer and self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the LGBTQ + legal movement in the United States.
On that day in 2019, Marsha was posthumously honored as Grand Marshal of the New York City Pride March.
Marsha P. Johnson was born on August 24, 1945 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as Malcolm Michaels Jr. After graduating from high school in 1963, she moved to New York's Greenwich Village, an emerging cultural center for LGBTQ + people. Here she legally changed her name to Marsha P. Johnson. Your middle initial – "P." – supposedly stood for their answer to those who questioned their gender: "Pay It No Mind".
A popular and charismatic part of the LGBTQ + community, Johnson is considered one of the most important leaders of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which is widely regarded as a critical turning point for the international LGBTQ + legal movement. The following year, she and her transgender activist Sylvia Rivera founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR). STAR was the first organization in the United States to be run by a colored trans woman and was the first to open the first shelter in North America for LGBTQ + adolescents.
In 2019, New York City announced plans to erect Johnson and Rivera statues in Greenwich Village, one of the world's first memorials to honor transgender people.
This Google Doodle was illustrated by guest artist Rob Gilliam, who lives in Los Angeles.