Back to IndieWire

Watch: Meet LGBT Activist Marsha P. Johnson in New ‘Stonewall’ Clip

Watch: Meet LGBT Activist Marsha P. Johnson in New 'Stonewall' Clip


READ MORE: Feature Doc ‘Pay It No Mind: The Life & Times of Marsha P. Johnson’ Released Online. Watch It

Roland Emmerich’s
Stonewall” is set to tackle the momentous 1969 Stonewall riots, a
drama that unfolds through the perspective of a fictional young man who gets
caught up with the Stonewall community just as tensions with the police come to a boiling point.

Today, we were introduced to one of the
film’s main players, LGBT activist and pioneer of the trans movement Marsha P.
Johnson (played by Otoja Abit), an African American drag queen and among the first to fight
back in the police clashes during the Stonewall riots.

“Marsha is
someone very close to me now that I’ve done all my research,” said Abit. “She’s somebody that’s very energetic, very boisterous. When she walks
into a room you know she’s there. She’s very generous. She was called the saint
of Christopher Street because of how generous she was to everybody else – a lot
of the people in the street, homeless people, young boys and people who were
around The Village. She was very supportive of the gay rights movement, before
it actually became a movement.”

Catch “Stonewall”
in theaters on September 25. Take a look at the clip above.  

READ MORE: Watch: Roland Emmerich Fights for Gay Rights in Rousing ‘Stonewall’ Trailer

This Article is related to: Features and tagged , ,