Guwahati: June is celebrated as the pride month across the world. Google has honored by replacing its homepage logo in many countries with a doodle featuring Marsha P. Johnson on the last of the month. The doodle has been illustrated by Los Angeles based artist Rob Gilliam.
As an LGBTQ+ rights activist, performer, transgender woman, and drag queen, Marsha P. Johnson pioneered the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the U.S who was a key figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha was born on August 24, 1945, as Malcolm Michaels in New Jersey. When Marsha was 17, she moved to New York City and legally changed her name to Marsha P Johnson where 'P' allegedly stood for "Pay It No Mind". She introduced P in her name when she was questioned about her gender.
In 2019, Johnson was honored posthumously as grand marshal of the New York City Pride March.
Google has taken several steps to celebrate Pride March, such as giving grants to LGBTQIA rights organizations. The tech giant declared a donation of $500,000 to Marsha P Johnson Institute (MPJI), that seeks to end violence against Black Trans women in the United States, as part of its over $2 million commitment for the LGBT+ community.
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