Today is the start of Pride Month and all month I’ll be highlighting some great LGBTQIA+ programming that is not only informative but also entertaining.
I’d first like to recommend the documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson on Netflix. This is truly one of the best documentaries about the origins of the LGBTQIA+ movement. Without Marsha, there’d be no Pride month, at least as we know it. Marsha was a Black transgender woman who was at the forefront of the Stonewall uprising.
The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson re-examines the death of Johnson who was found floating in the Hudson River in NYC. While her death was originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered.
The documentary also profiles transgender legend Sylvia Rivera, who was right alongside Johnson during Stonewall.
The documentary details Johnson’s fascinating life and advocacy. Not only was she the co-founder of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) but also a model for Andy Warhol and and AIDS activist with ACT UP.
This film is a must watch. While often times sad, it filled me with pride and hope that change is indeed possible when we’re brave and willing to walk the talk.
Here’s the trailer for The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson.