'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson' Explores Mystery, Coming to Netflix Oct 6

by Flaunt Intern

Marsha P. Johnson was one of the leaders of the gay rights movement of the 1960s in New York City and is an African American icon. Self-identified as a drag queen, she co-founded the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (or S.T.A.R. for short). She was also an art enthusiast, model for Andy Warhol, and activist for AIDS. Known as the “Street Queen” and “Saint of Christopher St,” this advocate for the marginalized brought a momentum of change for the future. But unfortunately this saint's life was cut off abruptly.

On October 6, Netflix will release a documentary titled “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.” This film will detail highlights of Johnson’s life while exploring and working towards an honest conclusion of her death. At the age of 46 in 1992, Marsha was found dead in the Hudson River. Police, who Marsha had fought off herself, ruled her death a suicide without investigation, although disputed by friends and family. 25 years later, her cold case is being revisited and her legacy honored.

Written by Alexandria Johnson