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Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992), born and also known as Malcolm Michaels Jr., was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Though some have mistakenly credited Johnson for starting the riots, Johnson was always forthcoming about having not been present when the riots began.

Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and co-founded the radical activist group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), alongside close friend Sylvia Rivera. Johnson was also a popular figure in New York City's gay and art scene, modeling for Andy Warhol, and performing onstage with the drag performance troupe Hot Peaches. Johnson was known as the "mayor of Christopher Street" due to being a welcoming presence in the streets of Greenwich Village. From 1987 through 1992, Johnson was an AIDS activist with ACT UP.

quote by Marsha P. Johnson: Usually, I wear a short dress every day of the week. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

Usually, I wear a short dress every day of the week.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I don't know what I am if I'm not a woman. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I don't know what I am if I'm not a woman.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I'm still stuck in the Stonewall in 1968. I never left the Stonewall. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I'm still stuck in the Stonewall in 1968. I never left the Stonewall.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I think if transvestites don't stand up for themselves, nobody else is going to stand up for transvestites. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I think if transvestites don't stand up for themselves, nobody else is going to stand up for transvestites.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I'd been going to jail for like, 10 years before the Stonewall. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I'd been going to jail for like, 10 years before the Stonewall.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I started out with makeup in 1963, 1964. And in 1965, I was coming out more, and I was still wearing makeup, but I was still going to jail just for wearing makeup. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I started out with makeup in 1963, 1964. And in 1965, I was coming out more, and I was still wearing makeup, but I was still going to jail just for wearing makeup.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I never come out of drag to go anywhere. Everywhere I go I get all dressed up. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I never come out of drag to go anywhere. Everywhere I go I get all dressed up.

--Marsha P. Johnson

quote by Marsha P. Johnson: Gay sisters don't think too bad of transvestites. Gay brothers do. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

Gay sisters don't think too bad of transvestites. Gay brothers do.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I know people think I'm a stupid little street queen out there begging for change cause there's nothing else she knows how to do. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I know people think I'm a stupid little street queen out there begging for change cause there's nothing else she knows how to do.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I was no one, nobody from Nowheresville, until I became a drag queen. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I was no one, nobody from Nowheresville, until I became a drag queen.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: There are a lot of gay transvestites who have been in jail for no reason at all. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

There are a lot of gay transvestites who have been in jail for no reason at all.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I'll always be known reaching out to young people who have no one to help them out, so I help them out with a place to stay or some food to eat or some change for their pocket. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I'll always be known reaching out to young people who have no one to help them out, so I help them out with a place to stay or some food to eat or some change for their pocket.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: We just were saying no more police brutality. And we had enough of police harassment in the Village and other places. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

We just were saying no more police brutality. And we had enough of police harassment in the Village and other places.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: In 1969, I started wearing female attire full-time. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

In 1969, I started wearing female attire full-time.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: A lot of times I've reached my hand out to people in the gay community that just didn't have nobody to help them when they were down and out. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

A lot of times I've reached my hand out to people in the gay community that just didn't have nobody to help them when they were down and out.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: A drag queen is one that usually goes to a ball and that's the only time she gets dressed up. Transvestites live in drag. A transsexual spends most of her life in drag. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

A drag queen is one that usually goes to a ball and that's the only time she gets dressed up. Transvestites live in drag. A transsexual spends most of her life in drag.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: Now they got two little nice statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. How many people have died for these two little statues to be put in the park for them to recognize gay people? with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

Now they got two little nice statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. How many people have died for these two little statues to be put in the park for them to recognize gay people?

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I got robbed once. A man pulled a gun on me and snatched my pocketbook in a car. I don't trust men that much any more. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I got robbed once. A man pulled a gun on me and snatched my pocketbook in a car. I don't trust men that much any more.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: I may be crazy, but that don't make me wrong. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

I may be crazy, but that don't make me wrong.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: They call me a legend in my own time, because there were so many queens gone that I'm one of the few queens left from the '70s and the '80s. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

They call me a legend in my own time, because there were so many queens gone that I'm one of the few queens left from the '70s and the '80s.

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quote by Marsha P. Johnson: Darling, I want my gay rights now. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

Darling, I want my gay rights now.

--Marsha P. Johnson
quote by Marsha P. Johnson: As long as gay people don't have their rights all across America, there's no reason for celebration. with background image: photo of author Marsha P. Johnson with quote

As long as gay people don't have their rights all across America, there's no reason for celebration.

--Marsha P. Johnson


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