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New Google Doodle Honors Trans Activist Marsha P. Johnson

Tuesday June 30, 2020

If you use Google today (June 30), you'll notice the company's latest doodle honors transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson.

Illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Rob Gilliam, Google said it picked June 30 — the last day of Pride Month — to honor Johnson as it will be the first anniversary since she was posthumously honored as a grand marshal during WorldPride in New York.

"Thank you, Marsha P. Johnson, for inspiring people everywhere to stand up for the freedom to be themselves," Google wrote.

The company will also donate $500,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which was created last year and aims to advocate and support the trans community. Click here to check it out.

"For so long, Marsha's history has only been heralded by the LGBTQ community," Elle Hearns, the founder and executive director of the institute, said in a statement. "Today's Doodle will help teach her story to many more around the world, and about the work that has been historically ignored and often purposely left out of history books.

"Today's Doodle of Marsha reminds people that Black and LGBTQ+ history is bigger than just a month; it is something to be honored every single day," Hearns added.

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