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Read With Pride, Part 1

How did Pride begin?

Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, American transgender activists and pioneers.

At 23, Marsha P Johnson became a key figure in the events that followed the police raid on the Village gay bar the Stonewall Inn on 28 June 1969. Having resisted arrest, Johnson and others – including her dear friend Sylvia Rivera, a Latina gay liberation and transgender rights activist – led a series of uprisings in protest at the raid.

Not only did the first Gay Pride parades follow in 1970, but Johnson and Rivera went on to found STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), to support young transgender people.

As well as working to help homeless young people ostracised by their families because of their sexuality, Johnson was a tireless advocate for AIDS patients.


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