Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

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In History
  • Homosexuality illegal in Germany

    Homosexuality illegal in Germany
    Homosexuals were being held in Nazi concentration camps in Germany.
  • Marsha P. Johnsons birthday

    Marsha P. Johnsons birthday
    Marsha P. Johnson is born and given the name of Malcolm Michaels.
  • Malcolm begins dressing in girls clothing

    Malcolm begins dressing in girls clothing
    At the early age of five, Malcolm begins to dress in girls clothing. He encounters much resistance from his parents.
  • Mattachine Society founded

    Mattachine Society founded
    The Mattachine Society is formed by Harry Hay and advocates for homosexual rights to reduce the feelings of isolation felt by many gay and lesbian people at the time.
  • Malcolm moves to Greenwich Village, New York

    Malcolm moves to New York and and begins to wear makeup more often, changing his name to Marsha P. Johnson. She spoke on the events later saying, "I was still going to jail for just wearning makeup."
  • Compton's Cafeteria

    Compton's Cafeteria
    Transgender and drag queens protest against the harrassment from San Fransisco Police Department, which continues. The protests produce the formation of the National Transsexual Counseling Unit.
  • Marsha P. Johnson begins dressing fully in womens clothing and makeup.

    Marsha P. Johnson begins dressing fully in womens clothing and makeup.
    She would later describe the event as her going "full transvestite."
  • Marsha P. Johnson joins the Gay Liberation Front

    Marsha P. Johnson joins the Gay Liberation Front
  • The Stonewall Riots begin

    The Stonewall Riots begin
    Riots break out at the Stonewall Inn, a business frequented by gays, lesbians, and transvestites. It is no coincidence that it was also frequented by police who are looking to get their hands on some quick confiscated cash.
  • Marsha and Rivera create S.T.A.R.

    Marsha and Rivera create S.T.A.R.
    Marsha, along with help from Sylvia Rivera, create Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries. The organization actively helps to feed and shelter transgender youth.
  • The first Gay Pride Parade takes place in New York

    The first Gay Pride Parade takes place in New York
    Marsha marches alongside other members of her community in the first Gay Pride Parade in New York.
  • Marsha becomes face of transgender movement

    Marsha becomes face of transgender movement
    In her interview "Rapping with a Street Transvestite Revolutionary" Marsha says "Our main goal is to see gay people liberated and free..."
  • Change is coming

    The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM. It is no longer a diagnose-able mental disorder from a medical standpoint.
  • The fight continues

    The fight continues
    Marsha continues to march in the Gay Pride Parades.
  • AIDS gets it official name

    CDC calls the Gay-related immune deficiency syndrome AIDS for the first time. Group cases among the gay community lead the CDC to believe it is sexually transmitted.
  • Marsha joins ACT UP

    Marsha joins the ACT UP organization, which helps fight the AIDS epidemic.
  • World Health Organization fights for rights

    World Health Organization fights for rights
    World Health Organization launches a Global program on AIDS, which will fight for rights of those living with the disease. The FDA begins allowing condom advertisements.
  • Marsha is diagnosed as HIV postive

    In an interview, Marsha admits to being HIV positive since 1990.
  • Homosexuality removed from list of diseases

    Homosexuality is removed from the Internation Statistical Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization.
  • Death of Marsha P. Johnson

    Death of Marsha P. Johnson
    Body of Marsha P. Johnsons body found floating in the Hudson River. It was ruled a suicide by local authorities with little to no investigation.