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MARSHA

Marsha P. Johnson was a liberation activist. Despite Hollywood’s latest claims as in the film Stonewall(2015), the African American drag queen was the one who threw the first brick against the police in June, 1969. Literally, according to various sources, this trans woman of color ‘really started it’ − not a pretty clean white boy with luscious muscles.

‘When the construction of gender theorized as radically independent of sex, gender itself becomes a free-floating artifice, with the consequence that man and masculine might just easily signify a female body as a male one, and woman and feminine a male body as easily as a female one’, writes Judith Butler in the bible of queer theory, Gender Trouble (p.9). Lately, the literature for queer theory started to expand. Besides our latest issue that we are proud of with queer producer Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. Dj Sprinkles, even newspapers like The Guardian started to publish stories of queer personas; yet, the violence against LGBTIQ members is a crucial topic in the agenda. Through such publications, we observe that queer activism is painted with colors of drag. Mottos like ‘Pay it No Mind’, as the P. in Marsha’s name stands for, will conquer the world − reminiscent of the notion of queer utopia by theorist José Esteban Muñoz.

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