Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to rename a park in Brooklyn after a trans-activist during a speech Saturday at a Human Rights Campaign event.
The East River Park in Williamsburg will be renamed after the late LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson, making her the first trans-activist to be so honored by the state, the New York Daily News reported.
“New York State is the progressive capital of the nation, and while we are winning the legal battle for justice for the LGBTQ community, in many ways we are losing the broader war for equality,” Cuomo said Saturday at the event.
Cuomo noted further that Johnson was “an icon of the community.”
Considered a key figure in the Stonewall Uprising, Johnson died at the age of 46 from an unknown cause, reports noted.
That caused NYPD officers and LGBTQ people to clash at the Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village, after police attempted to enforce a law making it illegal to serve alcohol to trans-individuals.
police and LGBTQ people to clash at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village after the New York Police Department (NYPD) attempted to enforce a law that made it illegal to serve alcohol to LGBTQ people.
Johnson also co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with another trans activist Sylvia Rivera. Both of them led the organization, which aimed to find housing and support for homeless queer youth and sex workers in New York City.
Last year, NYC officials announced they would dedicate a monument to Johnson and Rivera, though the details have not yet been released.