Petition Started to Give Trans Icon Martha P. Johnson a National Holiday
A petition has been made to dedicate a holiday in honor of the late trans queen Martha P. Johnson. Martha P Johnson was a main participate in the Stonewall uprising of police harassment and she started the battle for LGBTQ rights.
Martha and Sylvia Rivera were founders of the Street Transvestite action, which assisted people in the LGBTQ community who were homeless and active in the Gay revolution. Fighting for rights of colored people in the LGBTQ community, she is a true hero and deserves to be honored.
In 1992 Johnson's body was pulled from the Hudson river, it was initially ruled as suicide but later found that she was drowned from mysterious circumstances.
The petition from the G.H.O.S.T Project reads:
Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson is one of the great heroes of LGBTQ history, and making her birthday a day that we reflect on our history, community and shared values would truly honor her legacy.
Andy Warhol immortalized her. RuPaul called her “the true Drag Mother who paved the way for all of us.” New Yorkers referred to her as the Queen of Christopher Street for decades. She was one of the first Stonewall patrons to resist during the Stonewall uprisings in 1969, Marsha was described to have always worn flowers in her hair and had a smile for everyone.
In the spirit of Marsha’s legacy, the GHOST Project provides both support and empowerment to members of the transgender community who are struggling to overcome and survive in a world that does not celebrate us. We learned how to care for community from Marsha, who made this road we walk on every day.
The goal for the petition is to have 100 names. There aren't any national holidays for members of the LGBTQ community, Johnson and Rivera are also receiving a monument in New York city's, Greenwich village.
To sign the petition visit Change.org here.