Sylvia & Marsha


Institute History


Legendary “drag queen” and cofounder of the transrights movement, Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River 24 years ago, and her best friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera died a few years later, the victim of a broken heart. Now, as decades-old interviews and never before seen footage have surfaced, contemporary trans activists raise new questions surrounding Marsha’s death. Did she commit suicide as the police report listed, or was there a darker force at play? Contemporary trans activists dig through the clues in search of justice for Marsha and Sylvia, and along the way discover a deeper connection to their own history.

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