ICYMI: In honor of International Women’s Day, the New York Times published obituaries for several phenomenal women whose lives – and deaths – were overlooked by the mainstream in their time.
One of them is transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson.
“Marsha P. Johnson could be perceived as the most marginalized of people — black, queer, gender-nonconforming, poor,” said Susan Stryker, an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona. “You might expect a person in such a position to be fragile, brutalized, beaten down. Instead, Marsha had this joie de vivre, a capacity to find joy in a world of suffering. She channeled it into political action, and did it with a kind of fierceness, grace and whimsy, with a loopy, absurdist reaction to it all.”
Read Marsha’s belated obituary above. (Heads-up that the Times piece does deadname her…sigh.)