Trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to get New York monument
Transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be commemorated with a monument in the city of New York.
It may be placed down the street from the Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place led by Johnson and Rivera.
The two transgender women of colour led the uprising against homophobic police raids, an era-defining moment in the struggle for LGBT equality.
Rivera and Johnson also later co-founded the organisation STAR, or Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of colour.
The monument will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and it is proposed for the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village, the New York Times reported.
It will also be one of the world’s first monuments dedicated to transgender people.
New York’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, told the newspaper: “The LGBTQ movement was portrayed very much as a white, gay male movement.
“This monument counters that trend of whitewashing the history.”
The Stonewall Riots
On June 28 1969, the police stopped by The Stonewall Inn on the grounds of checking for alcohol law violations and other transgressions, which is something they did regularly.
What actually occurred was police intimidation and demands for payoffs in return for not arresting or publicising the names of customers.
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