The one and only Ms Marsha P Johnson the lady who help change the landscape of gay rights, with the stone wall riots, gone but never forgotten, we love you Marsha.
Famous MPJ QUOTES
On Coming of Age: “I was no one, nobody, from Nowheresville until I became a drag queen. That’s what made me in New York, that’s what made me in New Jersey, that’s what made me in the world.”
On Changing History: “History isn’t something you look back at and say it was inevitable. It happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.”
On Equality: “How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?”
On Motivation: “Darling, I want my gay rights now. I think it’s about time the gay brothers and sisters got their rights… especially the women.”
On Embracing Her Identity: “I’d like to see the gay revolution get started… If a transvestite doesn’t say ‘I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite,’ then nobody else is going to hop up there and say ‘I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite’ for them.”
On Human Rights: “You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.”
On Mental Health: “I may be crazy, but that don’t make me wrong.”
On Distrust: “I got robbed once. A man pulled a gun on me and snatched my pocketbook in a car. I don’t trust men that much anymore.”
On the Fight for Freedom: “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
On Her Reputation: “I know people think I’m a stupid little street queen out there begging for change ‘cause there’s nothing else she knows how to do.”
On Gender Roles: “I’m very comfortable around straight men. Well, I know how to handle them. I’ve been around them for years, from working the streets. But I don’t like straight men. I’m not too friendly with them. There’s only one thing they want — to get up your dress. They’re really insulting to women. All they think about is getting up your dress, anything to get up that dress of yours. Then when you get pregnant or something, they don’t even want to know you.”
On Paying It Forward: “I’ll always be known [for] reaching out to young people who have no one to help them out, so I help them out with a place to stay or some food to eat or some change for their pocket. And they never forget it. A lot of times I’ve reached my hand out to people in the gay community that just didn’t have nobody to help them when they were down and out.”
On Her Own Legacy: “They call me a legend in my own time, because there were so many queens gone that I’m one of the few queens left from the ’70s and the ’80s.”
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