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Stonewall veterans Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson and Stormé Delarverie,
all instrumental in pushing back police brutality, anti-LGTBQ laws in NYC

Let's get to know them.




Sylvia grew up in a Puerto Rican and Venezuelan

household until choosing the hustle over transphobic parents.

Sylvia never strayed far from her chosen path.

Welcoming drag queens aided her in finding a new family,

and this would be their revolutionary mission: advocate, speaker.


"Black Marsha"'s birthplace is Elizabeth, NJ.

They slayed as a drag queen for years while

working New York clubs and braving anti-sodomy

or sexual deviancy laws then (The New York Times).

NYC was Marsha's new home by 1963, six years

before Stonewall where they were the

vanguard to stop impending arrest.

They settled on Marsha 'Pay It No

Mind' Johnson over their 30 years in

Greenwich, and they are owed so much.

Read Marsha's interview with Reina Gossett

Delarverie had been a drag king, bouncing at lesbian

clubs and protecting queer community for years.

June 27th, 1969 redefined liberation from supremacy.

Manhattan elite had its sights on a gay dive bar called Stonewall.

They saw this increasing presence as a manifestation

of everything "wrong" with the city (Lesbian News).

Hear from Storme, Marsha, Sylvia themselves.

""It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights wasn't no damn riot!" (StonewallVets)

And Delarverie historically threw that first punch,

though no one knows for sure and many claim to have.

It's notable, family, that Marsha P. Johnson and

Sylvia Rivera DID protest and provide mutual aid

during Stonewall and S.T.A.R. House (Workers World).

"…STAR was born after a sit-in we had New York

University with the Gay Liberation Front.

We took over Weinstein Hall for 3 days.

It happened when there had been several gay dances

there and all of a sudden the plug was pulled..."

Rivera and Johnson's own need for security

and a healthy home led to a community apartment

with over 20 trans youth in a similar spot.

They saved lives, most of all their own.

Stonewall Rebellion and Storme's bold

call to fellow LGBTQIA community,

some 50 years ago now, is still an anti-capitalist

uprising we witness 'round the world.


We WILL amplify the most necessary voices.

And as Elle Hearns wisely told us

(Marsha P. Johnson Institute's founder):

"Without us, there would be nothing to aspire to.

We've managed to exist prior to colonization

and we've managed to exist after it." (

You know what's bad-ass? LGBTQIA, Two-Spirit

community has more and more of a platform

to voice their freedom, collective demands for more.

When Tom Morello released 'Stand Up'

a protest anthem centered around citizens' rights

and fighting hate, Shea Diamond is right there:

Black, trans and beautifully vocal.

See the video for yourself! It's incredible!

My shorter clip is below, with

links to the Bail Project and 'Stand Up'

so you can find it on all streaming services.

Money goes to the Southern Poverty Law Center,

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Know Your Rights Camp

for children, and NAACP.

"Everybody stares like I’m just my gender

But I’m a living soul with my own agenda

Tell me how you are the priest and the prosecution

Tell me how you have a God who loves executions..."

Shea Diamond. Enough said!

Will you listen up for this resistance?


Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

Brave Space Alliance

Collective Action for Safe Spaces

Emergency Release Fund - LGBTQ NYC residents who need bail

Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative - ATL, Black trans-centered

Trans-Latinx DMV