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“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”

“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”

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Available on: Netflix

A fixture in New York’s LGBTQ community, Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River in 1992 and police at the time ruled the death a suicide. Many still doubt that determination, and this documentary follows trans activist Victoria Cruz as she investigates the case. The film also touches on the violence trans women still face.

The documentary’s 2017 release was met with controversy when transgender filmmaker and activist Reina Gossett accused filmmaker David France of stealing her work to create it. France denied the claim, but the broader issues raised about who is telling (and profiting) from stories about trans women of color still remain.

Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s short film about Johnson, “Happy Birthday, Marsha!,” is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

“Pay It No Mind — The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson,” featuring interviews with Johnson and her friends, is also available to view online for free.

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