Now that it’s March, it’s Women’s History Month, and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault wants to highlight women leaders, such as Vice President Kamala Harris, and rioter Marsha P. Johnson.
The social media graphic that made the rounds on Facebook started with a post from Sitkans Against Family Violence, which also celebrates Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Katherine Johnson, Toni Morrison, and Stacey Abrams for their accomplishments.
Who is this Marsha P. Johnson, and why is she being celebrated for rioting?
Marsha is actually a man. Born Malcolm Michaels Jr., he was a gay liberation activist and drag queen who was prominent in the Stonewall uprising in 1969, and who was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. He performed drag with the group “Hot Peaches.”
The history books refer to the Stonewall riot as an uprising of gay activists in New York City, but in fact it was a several-day violent clash, where gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought police, who were trying to shut down the gay bar in Greenwich Village.
In Johnson’s hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., gay rights activists are trying to have the statue of Christopher Columbus removed and replaced with a statue of Johnson, who died in 1992.
It had to happen sooner or later. Not only are women being celebrated for rioting in 2021, but men who identify as women are now being celebrated as women rioters during Women’s History Month.
Funded by public money, including state and federal tax receipts, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s members are the 23 domestic violence and sexual assault victim service agencies within Alaska.
Here’s the public awareness message from the two domestic violence groups in Alaska in honor of Women’s History Month: