Marsha P. Johnson was a black trans woman and activist who was known throughout Greenwich Village in the 70's and 80's. Marsha was an outspoken gay-rights activist, took part in the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn. She also founded a STARhome, with her friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera, which provided shelter, food, clothing, and emotional support to homeless gay and trans people.
For much of Marsha's life she was homeless and lived on the street. She would often sleep under the tables in the flower district, and the sellers became fond of her, giving her fresh flowers for her signature hair pieces. She was also photographed by Andy Warhol in the early 70's, but unfortunatly because she was a trans woman, she was not allowed in the gallery that held the painting at the time.
My illustration of Marsha is meant as a tribute to her legacy, as well as a reminder that we still have so far to go to reach equal rights for the LGBTQ community and PoC.