LGBTQ+ Activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to Get NYC Monument

A statue planned for Greenwich Village’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle will honor Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists and icons of the LGBTQ+ community. The pair co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, an organization that offered support for homeless drag queens, gay youth and trans people. And, as legend has it, Rivera threw the first bottle during the Stonewall riots. Rivera and Johnson, both drag queens of color, offered a tremendous amount to their community and their contributions can’t be reduced to one statue—but it’s a significant step. It’s also an important reminder that Pride began with a riot, with activism, and with collective outrage.