|New York renames park in honor of activist Marsha P. Johnson|
by Redaktie in History & Politics , 14 March 2020
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The East Side River State Park in Brooklyn will soon be renamed the Marscha P. Johnson Park. Johnson. Marscha P. Johnson was a pioneer in the area of transgender rights and, together with her friend Sylvia Rivera, founded “Street Transvestite Action Foundation”, also known as STAR in the 1970s.
Johnson, however, is best known for her active involvement during the famous and notorious Stonewall riots that would worldwide usher in the era of LGBT and the Transgender Equal Rights Movement. Johnson is described as a black transgender woman, but in fact she was a drag queen, as transgenders are usually referred to in the USA. In addition, together with Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002) also a drag queen, she stood up for the rights of LGBTs, transgenders and transvestites in the 1960s and 1970s, in particular during the Stonewall riots.
Governor Cuomo said during a gala dinner: "New York State is the progressive capital of the nation, and while we are winning the legal battle for justice for the LGBTQ community, in many ways we are losing the broader war for equality," Governor Cuomo said. "Even in New York, attacks against African Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans and LGBTQ Americans went up by double digits. These attacks are motivated by fear and intolerance against those who are 'different,' We are fighting back, and we will continue achieving progress and showing the rest of the nation the way forward”.
Following the gala Cuomo added on Twitter: “I am proud to announce that the East Side State Park in Brooklyn is to be renamed in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, a pioneer of the LGBT and Transgender Rights Movement. New York unambiguously supports the rights of LGBTs and transgenders, now and forever.
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