The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson from David France premiered this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the documentary film explores the suspicious circumstances concerning the 1992 death of the beloved transgender activist including the possibility that the "mob, who controlled the New York gay-bar scene" murdered her because her roommate Randy Wicker was engaged in a campaign "to force them out" as reported by Variety.
Just last month the History Channel recognized Marsha P. Johnson as among "eleven of history's fiercest females everyone should know": "credited with throwing the first brick at the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Johnson -- adorned with her trademark hats and warm spirit -- helped ignite the flame that sparked the national LGBTQ movement."
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