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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

An eye-opening documentary that explores the life and legacy of the iconic LGBTQ+ rights activist, Marsha P. Johnson. The film delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Johnson’s death and the larger issue of violence against trans women of color. Through interviews with friends, activists, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, we gain a deeper understanding of the role Johnson played in the fight for equality and the challenges she faced as a trans woman of color.

The film also serves as a sobering reminder of the ongoing violence and discrimination faced by the trans community, particularly trans women of color. The film’s investigation into Johnson’s death is both riveting and heartbreaking, highlighting the need for further action to protect the rights and dignity of trans individuals. What really is notable to me is how many White Gayze™️ (yep, imma go there) hated her. And really just shut her out. And wanted to keep her quiet. A stark reminder that sometimes to start the bigger fight, we must get it together amongst our immediate supposed “community” members. And adding to the discourse, almost all outrages and arguments made by our white peers are mostly immediately disassembled when Black trans people are actually allowed to be present and add to the conversation. Think about it, really think about it.

A powerful tribute to a trailblazer in the fight for equality and serves as a call to action for us all to continue her legacy.


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