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U.S. State Park Renamed To Honour Legendary Trans Activist Marsha P. Johnson

A state park in New York was renamed yesterday in honor of legendary trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, as ‘LGBTQ Nation’ reports. 

In an announcement, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that the East River State Park in Brooklyn will now officially be known as the Marsha P. Johnson State Park.

“Too often, the marginalized voices that have pushed progress forward in New York and across the country go unrecognized, making up just a fraction of our public memorials and monuments,” Cuomo said in a statement. He originally announced the plans to rename the park this past February.

“Marsha P. Johnson was one of the early leaders of the LGBTQ movement and is only now getting the acknowledgment she deserves. Dedicating this state park for her, and installing public art telling her story, will ensure her memory and her work fighting for equality lives on.”

“New York is the proud birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement with the Stonewall Uprising more than 50 years ago,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in a statement. “Today, we dedicate the first State Park in New York in recognition of an LGBTQ hero – Marsha P. Johnson. The Marsha P. Johnson State Park honors the transgender woman of color, who led the fight for equal rights and justice for all.”

“With the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, now more than ever we must continue the fight for LGBTQ equality and racial justice in our society.”

The governor’s website has several renderings of what the park will look like after it has been revamped to reflect “Marsha’s style and colors.”

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