On November, 1st, in honor of Transgender Awareness Month, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives plans to show the film The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, a movie that promises to not only honor legendary transgender activist Marsha Johnson,  but educate viewers on her life and how she was a transgender trailblazing pioneer.

The film will touch on how Johnson tackled LGBT issues, obstacles, and overall fears transgender faced decades ago with on a day-to-day basis, and her eventual controversial and death. The community event is scheduled to be shown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ArtServe Auditorium (next door to Stonewall Library and Archives) on the ArtServe campus located at 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Known as “The Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement,”The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson takes a closer look at the life, and tragic murder, of Marsha Johnson. In 1992 Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River. Although Johnson’s death seemed to be a homicide at the time, NYPD decided against an investigation, concluding, rather, that Johnson had committed suicide.

For those who knew Johnson, the absence of an investigation was heartbreaking, and an obvious lapse of justice that was the direct result of Johnson being a member of the transgender community. This new film takes a fresh look at the case, some 25 years later, and in the process discovers some alarming questions about why the NYPD chose not to conduct a formal investigation into Johnson’s death.

Johnson was best known for being an extremely outspoken gay rights activist. Johnson was the founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, and also co-founded the gay and transvestite advocacy organization S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries). During her life, Johnson was looked upon as a drag queen pioneer, and someone who helped raise the transgender community above all the abuse they endured for so many years.


For more information about the viewing of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson contact the ArtServe Auditorium at 954-763-8665.