Transgender activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are set to be honored close to the location of the Stonewall uprising of which they were a part of in 1969
Over the past year, New York has accompanied big changes to its gravestones- a contentious statue of J Marion Sims was torn down from Central Park after declarations, while a new ” anti-monument” compensating tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the first blacknes congresswoman, is slated to go up next summertime in Brooklyn.
This week, it was announced that transgender partisans Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be remembered in a shrine anticipated in 2021. Johnson and Rivera were key representations in New York’s gay freeing fluctuation of the 1960 s and 1970 s, and together they asserted at the Stonewall uprising in 1969, which marks its 50 th anniversary in June.
This isn’t America’s firstly trans mausoleum, but it is the first in New York. It’s an initiative of New York’s agency of culture liaisons and She Built NYC, a public skills expedition to status pioneering New York women who have contributed to the city’s history( they’re working on gravestones to honor the jazz singer Billie Holiday, the lighthouse defender Katherine Walker and the civil rights partisan Elizabeth Jennings Graham ).
New York has only five statues of women but over 150 bronzes of men. Their goal is to boost the ratio to 50% of women monuments.
This new monument, which will cost $750,000, will be in the heart of Greenwich Village, in the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, a small triangular patch on the reces of Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. It will be close to the artist George Segal’s 1992 lesbian mausoleum of two life-sized duets in Christopher Park, as well as the LGBT memorial designed by Anthony Goicolea in Hudson River Park, memorializing the victims of such the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, where nine stones each have a prism of a rainbow.
” It’s inordinately strong to see Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson recognized for their leadership and immense contributions to the LGBTQ equality movement ,” said Alex Schmider, the associate administrator of transgender illustration at Glaad.
” A permanent installation in their specify and honor will not only serve as a reminder of transgender women of color’s existence and persistence, but also send a message of devotion to the history and bequest of our community’s colonists, without whom we would not be where we are today .”