Netflix documentary explores life and death of Stonewall icon Marsha P. Johnson

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A new documentary is probing the mysterious death of trans activist Marsha P Johnson.

The LGBT+ activist was a key figure in the Stonewall Riots, which took place in 1969 after a violent police raid on the iconic Stonewall Inn, a gay venue considered by many to be the birthplace of the modern day LGBT+ rights movement.

Along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, Marsha also founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) which is a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village.

Helmed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France, The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson follows a new investigation into the death of the self-described “street queen” whose body was found in the Hudson River in 1992.

New York police initially ruled that Marsha’s death was suicide, but friends and activists believe otherwise.

The mystery of Marsha’s death remains unexplained all these years later, but crime-victim advocate Victoria Cruz attempts to re-examine some of the details surrounding the incident in the new documentary.

The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson will be available to stream on Netflix from 6 October.

Watch the trailer below.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson will be available to stream on Netflix on 6 October.

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