Author: Maddox Wilson

Against Co-Optation: The Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Today on August 24th we honor the life and death of Marsha P. Johnson and the legacy she left behind. She was a black trans drag-queen, sex-worker, and HIV/AIDS activist with a revolutionary spirit. Marsha was a mother and friend to many, a talented performer, an advocate for homeless trans youth, and a radical black organizer. With a working class perspective and a criminalized identity, she was at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ+ visibility and rights in New York.  Black, trans, gay, poor, and often houseless, she existed at the crossroads of multiple oppressions. Though her life and