Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be honored with a monument in New York City, close to the area from the 1969 Stonewall Riots, led by them in June. They later co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated in helping homeless young drag queens, LGBT+ youth and transgender women.
The monument will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and will be one of the world’s first monuments to honor the transgender people, which will be placed in Greenwich Village, a block from The Stonewall Inn.
“This monument counters that trend of whitewashing the history”, the first lady of New York told to The New York Times.
As all might know, the Stonewall Riots were an instrumental LGBT+ rights movement in an era-defining moment in the struggles for equality and diversity. The riots came after some abuse committed by the police inside The Stonewall Inn. Both Johnson and Rivera were present during these raids and made their mission to promote and change the world and the rights of transgender and subsequently of the LGBT+ people.