Netflix to Premiere Tragic Documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

On Oct. 6, Netflix will globally premiere The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian David France. The documentary courses through the untimely death and unsolved murder of the transgender trailblazer Marsha P. Johnson, all the while shedding light on the impact she had as a leader of the gay-rights movement.

Johnson played a revolutionary role in the LGBT community, particularly for people of color. She lived her life on the front lines of the Stonewall uprising and served as the co-founder of the first trans movement in the 1960s up until being found dead in the Hudson River in New York 25 years ago.

Victoria Cruz, an activist and old friend of Johnson’s, reopened the case after more than two decades and is seeking justice in an effort to solve the murder today. Former Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez is an executive producer, along with Joy A. Tomchin and L.A. Teodosio.

Will you be watching?

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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Black queer history is so marginalized, Even black people don’t know it (some don’t want to know it, unfortunately) . I’m glad that they are finally giving Marsha P. Johnson the credit she deserves for starting the queer liberation movement.