Marsha P. Johnson Institute to Celebrate Acclaimed Black Artists and the Power of Resistance With Nick Cave, Jack Cave and Michaela Angela Davis at the DuSable Museum

December 07, 2022 11:46 AM Eastern Standard Time CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a nod to its national prominence as the leading nonprofit advocating for the protection and human rights of the Black transgender community, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) will lead a panel discussion for the “The Color Is: Renaissance Weekend” event at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center. […]

BALTIMORETrans Day of Remembrance a time to celebrate life

Communities around the country gather to honor Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Nov. 20. Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans activist, created TDOR as a vigil for Rita Hester, a Black trans woman who was murdered in 1998. Since 1999, TDOR has become a national memorial to those whose lives were stolen from them because of transphobia and anti-trans violence. […]

‘The Hair Tales’ Aren’t Complete Without Stories Of Black Trans Women

When I was a young girl, I had a weekly ritual with my mother to do my hair. It was, and will always be, a particular time I hold dear to my heart. Every week my mother would care for her three daughters’ hair, a labor of love I learned early on. The hours she would spend on us — […]

Tracee Ellis Ross on Her New Hulu Film ‘Hair Tales’

“We get to see ourselves and hold that space with each other, because our world doesn’t really do that.” When it comes to Hulu’s latest docuseries The Hair Tales, the medium is the message. The six-part docuseries — which premiered on Oct. 22 and was co-executive produced by Tracee Ellis Ross, Oprah Winfrey, and Michaela angela Davis — explores how Black hair […]

Trans trailblazer Marsha P Johnson has been ‘overlooked’ in Black history

If there’s one thing that Elle Moxley, a Black liberation activist and artist, wants people to know about Marsha P Johnson, it’s that she’s not alive. Moxley is the founder of the Black trans-led organisation Marsha P Johnson Institute, named after the Black trans campaigner, sex worker, mother figure for homeless queer youth and key figure of the Stonewall Riots. […]

Nat’l Coming Out Day: Unique challenges for LGBTQ of color

By Brandie Bland | WASHINGTON – On the 34th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ people across the country honor the community and its fight for equality. But not everyone sees coming out as a celebration. “Coming out is not always the best option for persons of color who already — because of our pigment on top of our […]

Why These Queer Artists Are Honoring LGBTQ+ People Unseen in History

A vintage typewriter, a protest sign, a string of pearls, a disco ball — these are a few of the props arranged to evoke a queer past on set for a photo shoot in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City with photographer MaryV photographing exclusively on the Google Pixel 6a. The objects pay homage to LGBTQ+ people who were […]

Marsha P. Johnson Institute honors, uplifts Black trans lives

Marsha P. Johnson — a towering figure in the Stonewall Rebellion — would have celebrated her 77th birthday this week. Johnson was an outspoken advocate for gay and trans rights, and the “P” in her name stood for “Pay it no mind” — her response when asked about her gender. In honor of the late activist’s birthday, the Blade sat […]

Marsha P Johnson’s true legacy is Black trans joy and never-ending resistance

On what would have been Marsha P Johnson’s 77th birthday, the founder of the institute that bears her name discusses her powerful, often misunderstood legacy. Marsha P Johnson, born 24 August, 1945, holds a special place within the LGBTQ+ community for her larger-than-life spirit and trans rights activism. She was instrumental in the 1969 Stonewall riots which kickstarted the modern […]

Bettering the Lives of Black Transgender Women with Elle Moxley

Brian Thompson chats with Elle Moxley, the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. The institute seeks to better the lives of Black transgender people through organizing, advocacy, and community. Elle founded the nonprofit institute in response to the murders of transgender women of color. On the episode, Elle shares how the Marsha P. Johnson Institute resulted from her […]

Marsha P. Johnson Institute continues work and legacy of NJ LGBTQ rights pioneer

Thirty years after her death, Marsha P. Johnson’s legacy of activism continues thanks to an organization bearing her name that works to support Black transgender people. “What happens oftentimes to Black transgender people is because of the lack of resources economically and structurally, we often are siloed into individual efforts, and we are isolated from each other and also from […]

H&M Partners with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

For the second year in a row, affordable fashion giant H&M has partnered with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, a non-profit organization that aims to protect and defend the human rights of Black transgender people. Held this week at H&M locations in Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas, approximately 20 LGBTQ+ students at each event will receive hair, makeup, styling, and […]

H&M partners with Marsha P. Johnson Institute again

H&M USA is proud to continue its ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community and announce its second year of partnership with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI). The retailer and non-profit are coming together to support and celebrate LGBTQ+ students and the beauty inherent within varied gender identities with two “Fresh and Fabulous for Fall,” shopping sprees. Held at H&M […]

At the BlackStar Film Festival, a Revelatory Understanding of Cinema

Don’t call it the Black Sundance. Though it was dubbed that by Ebony magazine, the BlackStar Film Festival, now in its 11th year, is a cultural institution all its own. Sharing a similar focus on independent cinema with its Park City counterpart, BlackStar — kicking off on Wednesday in Philadelphia with a slate of 77 features and shorts from all […]

Supreme Court abortion ruling rattles LGBTQ residents in NY, PA. They ask, what’s next?

Sammy Gibbons As seen on Democratic & Chronicle. Jena Jaffe and her wife considered getting their estate documents arranged for a few years. But she finally called a lawyer and said she needed it done on Friday, just after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Jaffe, an attorney and founder of Connecting Rainbows, said web […]

Marsha P Johnson Institute – The Morning Beat With AJ and Mikalah

  We highlight the foremother of the Pride movement  – Marsha P. Johnson as we continue to celebrate Pride month! Elle Moxley, the Founder and Executive Director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute joins The Morning Beat, to discuss how the institution continues to follow in Johnson’s legacy, by bringing Black trans joy!

Marsha P. Johnson Institute Marches Forward With New Programming

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Embracing the momentum of Spring, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to lifting the Black transgender community, today announced new programming for 2022. The Starship Artist Fellowship program is a six-month fellowship that seeks to eliminate barriers that Black transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary artists experience by providing opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, visibility, and access […]


H&M AND THE MARSHA P. JOHNSON INSTITUTE PARTNER TO CELEBRATE LGBTQ+ STUDENTS WITH “FRESH AND FABULOUS FOR FALL” GATHERING IN NYC WITH MICHAELA JAÉ RODRIGUEZ     NEW YORK CITY, NY — H&M USA is proud to continue its ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community and announce a new partnership with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI). The retailer and […]


MARSHA P. JOHNSON INSTITUTE INTRODUCES PRIDE MONTH AGENDA AND HISTORIC BEAUTY BRAND COLLABORATION SheaMoisture Lends Social Media Platforms to Amplify MPJI Columbus, Ohio — Continuing its commitment to lifting voices and advocating for the Black transgender community, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) today announced several activities to commemorate Pride month, including a groundbreaking collaboration with a major beauty and […]


“There Is No Pride For Some Of Us Without Liberation For All Of Us.” -Marsha P. Johnson    COLUMBUS, OH — As the pandemic continues and with it, disproportionate impacts on BLACK transgender people, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute today announced the donation of over $250,000 to more than 500 individuals across the United States in 2020.  The Marsha P. […]

Them. | Now List 2020: Elle Hearns Isn’t Here for Your Performative Allyship

There’s no other way to say it: Elle Hearns is a force to be reckoned with. Since 2013, the Ohio native has performed extensive work as a speaker, writer, and community organizer with organizations like GetEQUAL and the BLACK Lives Matter Global Network. That led to her founding the Marsha P. Johnson Institute in 2015, which works to protect and […]

Yahoo! News | Here’s why BLACK trans women are essential to both LGBTQ equality and BLACK Lives Matter movements

This year, Pride month is taking place in the midst of a growing BLACK Lives Matter revolution — so there’s no better time to amplify the importance of trans BLACK lives, as was done last weekend in a massive show of support in Brooklyn and as will happen with a similar demonstration in London on Saturday. To keep it going, Yahoo […]

Vogue | ‘I Believe in BLACK Trans Power’: 15,000 Protestors Showed Up for a Consistently Marginalized Community

The NYPD drone circling over the protest outside the Brooklyn Museum yesterday must have only picked up a sea of white. That’s the color protestors were asked to wear to rally and march silently in the wake of the deaths of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, Tony McDade, and countless other BLACK trans victims of police brutality and civilian violence. The event featured speakers […]

INSIDER | An estimated 15,000 people rallied for BLACK trans lives in New York City

An estimated 15,000 people wearing white rallied and marched in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday in support of BLACK trans lives. The “Brooklyn Liberation” demonstration was inspired in part by a NAACP-led protest in New York City in 1917, during which 10,000 people wore white to stand up against anti-BLACK violence, according to Fran Tirado, an organizer of Sunday’s protest. … […]

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