Marsha P. Johnson was the transgender performer and activist whose body was found in the Hudson in 1992, the police deciding it was a suicide, as various observers reacted in deep suspicion, certain there was more to the story.
Well, the case has just been opened again!
A transsexual activist named Mariah Lopez tells me she got someone at the Manhattan D.A.’s office to assign someone to look more closely at what really happened.
Mariah feels it was a murder, and says that Sylvia Rivera–the late LGBT rights legend who was Mariah’s soul mother–felt the same way.
As the quest for justice rages on, Lopez told me she’s also pushing for a permanent tribute statue of Marsha by the Christopher Pier.
That’s a wonderful idea, and the authorities had better not react with Marsha’s favorite saying:
“Pay it no mind!”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 26, 2012