Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera Getting a NY Monument

Some good news! Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, trans women and LGBTQ+ right pioneers, leaders, and all around amazing women, are getting a monument in New York City! It will be placed just down the street from Stonewall Inn, where the first Pride event, which was a riot against police brutality attacking trans sex workers and drag queens, took place.

The planned monument will be publicly announced on Thursday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the uprising, which was a seminal moment for gay rights. It is also part of the city’s effort to fix a glaring gender gap in public art. Statues of L.G.B.T.Q. individuals are virtually nonexistent among the city’s monuments, and the city says the dedication to Johnson and Rivera will be one of the world’s first for transgender people.

This year is a wonderful year as it's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which happened in 1969 (nice). If you don't know your queer history, Johnson and Rivera and Stonewall in general is a great place to start. I found this nice little write-up by J.M. Ellison to get you going.

I love Pride Month so much. It's such a positive time during which so many queer people get to feel important and special and loved and it's just great. I love all my queer siblings, forever!

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