Marsha P. Johnson, the late queer activist, is being celebrated this month by Happening Out Television Network as part of their Black History Month celebration. Johnson is known for her iconic status and style, but not many people are familiar with her intimate personality. Author Gary LeGault aims to change that with his book Transfigures and the accompanying play Joseph and Marsha.
LeGault describes Johnson as a religious and polite person who rarely drank or cursed. When she hit the bars, she would only have one beer and then go back to Christopher Street to panhandle. The play Joseph and Marsha, which was written by LeGault, is playing at the Theater for the New City in New York City's East Village until February 12. The play features music and provides a deeper look into the life of Marsha P. Johnson.
While Johnson's impact on the LGBTQ+ community is well-known, actor and singer Tym Moss recently commented that the iconic location of Christopher Street has changed in recent years, with straight allies dominating the dance floor. This highlights the importance of continuing to celebrate and remember trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.
In conclusion, Marsha P. Johnson was a trailblazer in the black LGBTQ+ community and continues to inspire people today. Through books like Transfigures and plays like Joseph and Marsha, her legacy will continue to live on and inspire future generations.