Marsha P. Johnson is a trailblazer. She worked her whole life to give people in the LGBTQ+ community the safety and security that she never had. She had to fight her whole life to get where she was. Marsha was a large participant in the Stonewall Riots, a major fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Along with Sylvia Rivera, she became a very well known member of the Gay Liberation Front. Everything that she did for the LGBTQ+ community makes her a trailblazer, someone who has made a trail for others to follow, by risk-taking and defying all odds.
Marsha was born in August of 1945, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was assigned male at birth. She grew up with 6 siblings, and her family were Christians, specifically Episcopalians. At the age of 5, she started wearing dresses and more feminine clothing but stopped later on, because she was harassed by the local teens and children. Around the same time, she was raped. After this, she felt different about being gay, stating that it felt like a dream. At 17, she decided to leave home for New York, with just 15 dollars in her pocket and a bag of clothes.