The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

When: Jun 19, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

HPAC commemorates Juneteenth and the Stonewall Uprising with a distance watch party and talk back. Watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on your own time through Netflix.

Then tell us your thoughts. Tell us how you are feeling. Process the moment. Join a post screening discussion hosted by HPAC staff, Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm Via Zoom. In order to create a safe space for dialogue Registration is required to join the Zoom talk back.

Discussion Facilitated by Juli Grey-Owens of Trans Forum 101 and Gender Equality New York.

The Film:

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson’s family, friends and fellow activists.


Ari Moore is on the Board of Gender Equality New York, Ari is one of the founding members of Spectrum Transgender Group of Western NY as well as the African Queens Association (AQA), a support group for transgender people of color.

Ellyane Hutchinson is a textile artist, Gallery222 & HPAC Administrator. She sits on the Fallsburg Zoning Board. She was one of SC Democrat’s Young Business Professionals.

Juli Grey-Owens, a New York State transgender activist, is the founder and Executive Director of Gender Equality New York Inc (GENY).

Kym Dorsey is a GENY board member and  the first trans woman honored by the City of Albany for  her leadership in New York.

Laveau Contraire  is a Drag Queen Extraordinaire and event producer  from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Michael Coney is a creative and Immersive technologist, the Technical Director at HPAC, and a member of the Sullivan County Young Democrats.

Tonya Smith has been working in the healthcare field for 4 years. She is currently employed at Crescent Care as a Retention Specialist, Trans Advocate, and Life Coach.


Further resources:

Interesting note on history of Stonewall.

“Tourmaline has provided with her painstaking unpaid journey into the worlds of Johnson and Rivera and enduring portrait of ourselves.”

“Although the film tells us that trans women of color, such as Johnson and Rivera, were foundational to the Gay Rights Movement, we are not told why”

Happy Birthday Marsha

2017 Online war of words.

Director David France On Why He Made the film

Gov. Cuomo Dedicates Park to Marsha