Marsha P. Johnson Quotes – LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Drag Queen

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Marsha P. Johnson Quotes – LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Drag Queen – Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor.

I was nobody, nobody from Nowheresville, until I became a drag queen.
Marsha P. Johnson
We were just saying no more police brutality. And we had enough police harassment in the town and elsewhere.
Marsha P. Johnson

STAR is a very revolutionary group. We believe in raising the gun, starting a revolution if necessary. Our main goal is to see gay people released and free and to have the same rights that other people have in the United States.
Marsha P. Johnson
I think if transvestites don’t defend themselves, no one else is going to defend transvestites.
Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson Quotes - LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Drag Queen

I don’t know what I am if I’m not a woman.
Marsha P. Johnson
I was robbed once. A man pointed a gun at me and snatched my wallet from a car. I don’t trust men so much anymore.
Marsha P. Johnson

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There are many gay transvestites who have been in jail for no reason.
Marsha P. Johnson
Gay sisters don’t think too badly of transvestites. Gay brothers do it.
Marsha P. Johnson

I never get out of friction to go anywhere. Wherever I go I dress well.
Marsha P. Johnson
A drag queen is one who generally goes to a ball and that is the only time she dresses. Transvestites live in resistance. A transsexual spends most of her life dragged.
Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson Quotes - LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Drag Queen

I may be crazy, but that doesn’t make me wrong.
Marsha P. Johnson
They call me a legend in my own time, because there were so many missing queens that I am one of the few remaining queens from the 70s and 80s.
Marsha P. Johnson

As long as gay people don’t have their rights across the United States, there is no reason to celebrate.
Marsha P. Johnson
I started makeup in 1963, 1964. And in 1965, I went out more and still wore makeup, but I still went to jail just for wearing makeup.
Marsha P. Johnson

In 1969, I started wearing women’s clothing full time.
Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson Quotes - LGBTQ+ Rights Activist and Drag Queen

I usually wear a short dress every day of the week.
Marsha P. Johnson
I got lost in music in 1963 at Stonewall … No! No, it was Stonewall, it was in 1967 that I got lost. At 19, oh dear Stonewall, I got lost at Stonewall. Heard through the vineyard. 1969! I got lost in the music and couldn’t get out.
Marsha P. Johnson

The story is not something you look back on and say was inevitable, it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.
Marsha P. Johnson
You never have your rights fully, one person, until everyone has their rights.
Marsha P. Johnson

How many years has it taken for people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean, how many years does it take for people to see that? We are all together in this rat race!
Marsha P. Johnson
She had been going to jail for 10 years before Stonewall.
Marsha P. Johnson

I will always be known by contacting young people who have no one to help them, so I help them with a place to stay or something to eat or some change for their pocket.
Marsha P. Johnson
I know that people think I’m a stupid queen of the street begging for change because there’s nothing else they know how to do.
Marsha P. Johnson

Many times I have reached out to people in the gay community who simply had no one to help them when they were depressed.
Marsha P. Johnson
I don’t think you should be ashamed of someone who knows you have AIDS. You should be as close to them as possible and help them as much as you can. I firmly believe in that and that is why I try to do that for everyone I know who has the virus.
Marsha P. Johnson

They now have two small statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. How many people have died from these two small statues that will be placed in the park to recognize gay people?
Marsha P. Johnson
I’m still stuck at Stonewall in 1968. I never left Stonewall.
Marsha P. Johnson

Darling, I want my gay rights now.
Marsha P. Johnson

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