Marsha P. Johnson monument to be erected in Elizabeth

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Marsha P. Johnson file photo
Marsha P. Johnson file photo

Union County Office of LGBT Affairs to honor Trans LGBTQ activist

LGBTQ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson will be remembered by her hometown of Elizabeth when the city erects a monument in her memory. The monument, which was announced by Johnson’s family, is the first in the state of New Jersey.

Sergio Granados, Rebecca Williams and New Jersey LGBTQ advocates
Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados, Rebecca Williams and New Jersey LGBTQ advocates announce the future site of a public monument on Freedom Trail in the City of Elizabeth in Marsha P. Johnson’s honor

The proposed monument will honor a member of the LGBTQ community and the first Trans woman of color to be remembered this way in New Jersey.

Marsha P. Johnson was an outspoken and prominent figure in the LGBTQ movement. Johnson was an advocate for homeless LGBTQ young people rejected by their families, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and other marginalized groups. At 23, she was a leader in the monumental Stonewall Uprising of 1969. After Stonewall, Marsha was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, an activist with ACT UP, and a co-founder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries along with close friend and trans activist Sylvia Rivera.

The family of the Elizabeth, New Jersey native was joined by Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados, Rebecca Williams & LGBTQ advocates to announce the future site of a public monument on Freedom Trail in the City of Elizabeth.

The Union County Freeholders, City of Elizabeth, Garden State Equality, and the Office of LGBTQ Affairs held a series of events during LGBT History Month this October.

For more information on plans for the monument, contact Danni Newbury, Union County Office of LGBT Affairs at 908-527-4742 or visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.