Protests for Progress

Recognizing Pride’s origins, and honoring the trans community who led the way

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Doodle celebrating the life and legacy of US activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor Marsha P. Johnson, created by LA-based guest artist Rob Gilliam

The modern-day LGBTQ+ movement was born out of the heroic activism of Black trans womxn and trans womxn of color. Pioneers like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera helped lead the fight against hate and injustice, and stood up to police misconduct towards the LGBTQ+ community during the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.

Over 50 years later, Pride continues to be a protest for equity, visibility, and justice. For as much progress as the movement has brought, there is still more work to do. Google.org is donating $500,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which works to end violence against Black and Black Latinx trans womxn across the United States and create a world where everyone is safe, valued, and treated with human dignity. This funding, which builds on Google’s recent commitment to support LGBTQ+ community organizations around the world, will provide direct cash assistance to Black trans people through the organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is fiscally sponsored by the Social Good Fund.

Learn more about Google’s response efforts for racial equity

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