Google pays tribute to trans figure Marsha P. Johnson on the last day of pride with a doodle. The company announced the June 30 Google Doodle will be dedicated to the late activist for the country’s LGBT rights movement for over 20 years.
The doodle shows Johnson with colourful, flower filled hair and bright red lipstick. Google said it chose to honour the activist as it will be the one year anniversary since she was posthumously honored as a grand marshal during World Pride in New York.
“Thank you, Marsha P. Johnson, for inspiring people everywhere to stand up for the freedom to be themselves,” Google wrote.
Google also announced it will donate $500,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. The institute was launched last year and continues the work started by Johnson which is organizing and advocating for the transgender community. Also Read– Google launches new Curation App
“For so long, Marsha’s history has only been heralded by the LGBTQ community,” Elle Hearns, the founder and executive director of the institute, said in an announcement.
“Today’s Doodle will help teach her story to many more around the world, and about the work that has been historically ignored and often purposely left out of history books. Today’s Doodle of Marsha reminds people that Black and LGBT history is bigger than just a month; it is something to be honored every single day.”
Petition in New Jersey to replace Christopher Columbus statue
Another tribute to the activist is being made in her hometown Elizabeth, New Jersey. To keep her memory alive a 19-year-old woman has started a petition which has the support of 40,000 signatures. The petition aims to replace the statue of Christopher Columbus with one of MArsha P. Johnson.
Celine Da Silva, the creator says a tribute to Johnson in her hometown is long overdue. “Being that this is her hometown, I think that we should be celebrating her and honoring her here,” Da Silva told CNN. “And I think that the LGBT and queer community should be able to learn more about historic figures from their own community.”
The monument for Johnson will one of the first in the world to honour a transgender people.