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Marsha and Sylvia

The much under-recognised heroines of Stonewall were Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Johnson was an African-American transgender woman and LGBT activist, and was particularly strong on behalf of trans people of colour. Johnson was a regular at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, along with Sylvia Rivera. They were among the first to oppose the raid on the Stonewall Inn on 28 June.

Bottle against baton

Rivera allegedly threw a bottle at a police officer after being hit by his baton. This was supposedly the spark that started the riots called Stonewall Riots, which mark the beginning of the modern gay and lesbian movement. Marsha and Sylvia were among the first protagonists.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Today, 53 years later, bottles are no longer thrown, but the lesbians, gays and trans people of the HOSI Salzburg are aware of the tradition that Marsha and Sylvia founded and celebrate Pride this year with a Pride Week from 29 August to 4 September, with a big Pride parade through the city centre of Salzburg on 3 September.

Published 29. March 2020Updated 24. July 2022
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