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Marsha P. Johnson   ©Diana Davies/ Courtesy New York Public Library

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Sylvia Ramirez (AKA Silvia Rivera). ©Rich Wandel/LGBT Community Center National History Archive/Courtesy New York Public Library

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Stormé DeLarverie  ©Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times/Redux


Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie were three important figures in the early LGBTQ movement, who were at the Stonewall Inn the night it all started in 1969. They dedicated their lives to working for the safety, inclusion, and rights of LGBTQ people. Young, queer people of color fighting for their community changed the world then, and you can help change the world now. Happy Pride!

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Author: Penny Wilder

Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

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