Trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to get a monument in New York


The two transgender women of color led the uprising against homophobic police raids, an era-defining moment in history of LGBT rights movement the way we know it now. The two women founded a group called Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), focusing on helping homeless drag queens and transgender women, especially ones of color. The monument will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and it is proposed for the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village, the New York Times reported. It will also be one of the world’s first monuments dedicated to transgender people. New York’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, told the newspaper that LGBT rights movement is often limited in people’s minds to what gay, white, cis men did, but their commitment into LGBT rights was only a part of the movement. Both Johnson and Rivera, instrumental in the LGBT rights movement, are credited with playing major roles in the backlash against police brutality at the Stonewall Inn.


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