Day 11

“We need healing, we need safety, and we need to not be the only ones doing the work to challenge white supremacy, transphobia, and toxic masculinity. We need to challenge what safety looks like for all Black women. The solutions are not found by looking to police or prisons--institutions that have for a long time decimated Black trans community--but rather to ourselves and to our allies because our liberation is tied and none of the work matters if our people are still being forgotten or left behind.” - Janetta Johnson, TGI Justice Project.

It's Day 11 of Black History Bootcamp and we are here to do the work of telling the stories, known and unknown, of our great freedom fighters. Today, in the middle of pride month, after a weekend of nationwide protest in support of Black trans people, we do this by celebrating the life and legacy of activist, Marsha P. Johnson.

This is going to be a fun and juicy conversation because Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson (yes, that's what the P stands for) was about that life!

BLACK HISTORY BOOTCAMP

Day 11: We are the #DaughtersOf Marsha P. Johnson

Look, Marsha said she ain’t do it!

Although legend has it that it was Marsha P. Johnson who threw a shot glass at police inside of the Stonewall Inn in NYC in 1969, as an act of resistance against the police who were there harassing patrons, Marsha later said, she didn’t start the riot - she said she came running as fast as she could though once she knew it was happening, because baaaby, she was a fighter and was tired of the BS.

What happened that day at Stonewall (“The Stonewall Uprising”) is considered by many to be the catalyst that launched the modern L.G.B.T. civil rights movement and it was Marsha who would lead the fight in the streets. She, along with co-founder Sylvia Rivera, established one of the country's first safe spaces for transgender and homeless youth, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). She also tirelessly advocated on behalf of sex workers, prisoners, and people with HIV/AIDS. Marsha’s work was powerful, but it didn’t keep her from a fate that far too many Black women have met. Marsha died in 1992. Her body was recovered in a river in New York and her death was ruled a suicide. Authorities later reclassified the cause, ruling it drowning from undetermined causes. The case remains open, and the mystery of her death reminds us of the ongoing violence black and transgender people face all too often in this country.

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- When you say Black Lives Matter, do you mean All Black Lives?
 

- How are we using labels like "masculine" and "feminine" against Black women? 
 

- How do we create safe spaces for those we love to show up fully as who they are?

 

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