I'm honestly so happy right now.
- Me too.
- Hi!Just kidding.
- Hello, I'm Crissle West,and today,
we're going to discussMarsha P. Johnson.
So, the story begins
in the middle of New York City,
in the Village, on Christopher Street,
and back then, you know,
New York had a growing LGBT population.
So, basically, the non-straight population
had a bunch of bars and stuff
in Greenwich Village, and so,
you know, all the queer kidswould go down
to the Village and be like,
We're here to be ourselves.
But these people didn't havea sense of community.
Like, this was a point in time
where you came out as being trans,
and you were just kicked out of the house.
Like, and nobody gave a [bleep] about you.
And that was kind of what happened to Marsha.
Like, she was a queer persongrowing up in Jersey.
Okay, so she would get on the train in Jersey,
um, dressed as Malcolm, which was her birth name,
and then on the way over from Jersey to New York,
transform into Marsha with, you know,
beer cans and pop cans, uh, for rollers.
Just like, I'm Marsha P. Johnson, bitch,
and if you don't like it, you go to hell.
Like, here I am, ho. What you gonna do?
- Mm-hmm.- [laughing]
- You have the bestlaugh in the world.
I love it. - Oh, God!
Whoo! Anyways.- Yeah.
- The 1960s is a verytumultuous time
for the United Statesof America.
Because every minority groupimaginable
is tired of the status quo.
Okay, so there was a group of officers
in New York City called the Public Moral Squad,
which is ridiculous,because when in the [bleep]
have morals been a partof this God damn city?
Like, the city's trash,and the Public Moral Squad
took their orders directly from the mayor.
The mayor was like, I want you to go shut down
the [bleep] gay bars.
I'm sick of them mother[bleep]
putting they [bleep] on people's asses,
and it's time to be over.
So, the night at Stonewall, June 18th--
or 28th. June 28th.
I know it was one of the 8s.
So, that night,
Charles Smythe and Seymour Pine,
they walked into the Stonewall Inn, and they said,
[clapping] We here!
And [bleep] is under mother[bleep] arrest.
Sit your gay ass down,
and wait for us to
verify your mother[bleep] I.D.
with your [bleep] mother[bleep] genitals!
And the trans girls was like, Oh, no, bitch.
We didn't ask for this.
And some people were, like, freaking out,
and trying to, like, go for the exits,
but the police had barricaded the whole thing.
And Marsha says, You know what?
Today is notthe mother[bleep] day!
Today is the day that I say no to this bull[bleep].
Like, y'all are not going to continue
to run us, to dictate
what our lives should be like.
T-t-to dish--to dic-trate
what our lives are supposed to be like.
You're not in charge any [bleep] more.
We're here, and as long as we have to pay taxes,
you're gonna have to listen to what the [bleep]
that we have to shay-- we have to sh--
So Marsha P. Johnsonstood the [bleep] up,
and she picked up a shot glass,
and she smashed that [bleep] against the mirror and said,
I got my civil rights!
She had had enough thatmother[bleep] day.
So, during the Stonewall riots, that first night,
all these membersof the gay community
started gathering outside.
Marsha, she's thinking, like, Oh, my God.
There's so many of, like, us.
There's 500 of this--
By the time backup showed upto Christopher Street,
it was way too late.
Some of the rioters threw rocks and [bleep].
Others found bricks and [bleep], and they're like,
We're gonna [bleep] it up by any means necessary.
Oh, God.- It was good.
- I told myself I was notgonna get drunk this time.
I don't know how I thoughtthat was gonna work.
So, the peopleat Stonewall that night
realized there'sa community of us.
It's not just 20 of us on [bleep] Wednesday night
when it's half off-- there's a whole group of us
who are here in this gay [bleep]
and you're not going to erase us
from the mother[bleep] conversation no more.
So, Marsha says, Ultimately,
humanness wins. - Yes.
- Ultimately, people win. - Yeah.
- That night,and then the next one,
constitute the Stonewall Riots,
and that is what got the whole
gay rights movement in America
- Like, that gives me chills.
- It's the shot glass heard around the world.
A few weeks later,
Marsha and her friend Sylvia
formed the Street Transvestite
Which is not words we-- we would use to gay--
today, obviously,it would be more like,
Transgender, I mean.
Not trans-vinegar, yeah, it'snot like that [bleep].
Basically, Marsha and Sylvia
were out there in the '60s
and '70s just trying to get
these trans kids a place to live.
She really was a badass.- Yeah.
- And so brave--like, I wouldnot have been that brave.
In the '60s and '70s?
I mean, it was bad enoughbeing black.
- Right.- But add in a queer identity,
and then a--a queer genderidentity too?
It was a lot.It was a lot.
And she still faced it.
Black people deserve to beon all this [bleep].
- Mm-hmm.- Black people and Sacagawea.
Who needs to get offthe God damn coin
and onto some [bleep]paper money.
Because this our [bleep].- Yeah.