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Google Doodle honors LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson

On the last day of Pride Month, Google is paying tribute to Marsha P. Johnson , a key figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. A Doodle shows her image.
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On the final day of Pride Month, Google is paying tribute to a key figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

On Tuesday, Google unveiled its latest Doodle, in honor of LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. On June 30, 2019, Johnson was posthumously honored as a Grand Marshal of the New York City Pride March, says Google.

Johnson was a key figure in the 1969 uprising at Stonewall, considered an important moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

One year later, Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR), the first organization led by a trans woman of color. The organization also opened the first shelter in North America for LGBTQ+ youth.

“Today’s Doodle will help teach her story to many more around the world, and about the work that has been historically ignored and often purposely left out of history books,” said Elle Hearns, executive director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, in a statement. “Today’s Doodle of Marsha reminds people that Black and LGBTQ+ history is bigger than just a month; it is something to be honored every single day.”

In 2019, New York City said it would commemorate the legacy of Johnson and STAR co-founder Sylvia Rivera with a monument in Greenwich Village.  

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