Althea Garrison

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson


Your DGB for today is to watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

A transgender woman, Danica Roem, made history this week by being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. In a plot twist that seems made for the eventual movie, her opponent was a socially conservative author of the state’s Bathroom Bill. But did you know that Roem was not the first trans woman elected to state legislature and that in fact the first one to earn that title was Althea Garrison back in 1992?  We didn’t either, and that’s a problem. It’s time to level up on our transgender history knowledge.

Netflix recently released an excellent documentary on gay rights activist, Marsha Johnson. A search for answers surrounding Johnson’s mysterious death and violence against trans women drive the narrative, however a lot of fascinating people and stories are also encountered, illustrating the impact of one life lived with vibrant authenticity.

Grab some popcorn and your Apple TV remote and get to know an amazing person.