Google Doodle celebrates LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsha P Johnson on last day of Pride Month
The month of June is celebrated as the Pride Month throughout the world. On the last day of the month, Google honoured the LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsha P Johnson. Google is known to come up with some of the best-animated doodles in order to celebrate days and honour great people.
Today’s doodle is even more special because, on this day, Marsha was posthumously made the grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. The performer and self-identified drag queen was one of the strongest figures of the LGBTQ+ rights moment in the United States.
Today’s doodle has been made by a Los Angeles-based artist Rob Gilliam and it shows Marsha all dressed up and taking part in the Pride Parade. If you look carefully, you will see the banners full of pride colours in the background. If you hover your mouse over the doodle, it shows, "Celebrating Marsha P Johnson."
The doodle also told the story of Marsha P Johnson’s life, who was born as Malcolm Michaels Jr in Elizabeth, New Jersey on August 24, 1945. Marsha graduated from school there in 1963 and later shifted to Greenwich Village in New York. This is where she legally changed her name to Marsha. There are also some reports that say the P in her name stood for, ‘Pay It No Mind.’ It was a response to the people who questioned her gender.
Marsha was a major part of the 1969 Stonewall uprising which was a turning point for the international LGBTQ+ rights movement. In 1970, she founded star with Sylvia Rivera. It was the first organisation in the United States to be led by a trans woman of colour. It was also the first place to open North America’s first shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.
It was in 2019 that the New York City announced its plans to make a statue honouring Johnson in Greenwich village. It will be the first monument made in honour of a transgender person.