Today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero is Marsha P. Johnson, nominated by our Access Officer Francis Chennell. Francis tells us … Martha. P. Johnson was a black trans woman whose bravery and courage led to the pride movement and the fight for trans rights. She suffered bigotry discrimination racism and homophobia during her life but it didn’t stop her, unfortunately sadly she was murdered in 1997, a terrible shock in the LGBT community. Nowadays thanks to Martha and people like her the LGBT community can be proud of who they are and be open. Francis says “she sounded like a beautiful, brave courageous woman.” You can hear Marsha speaking abut the Stonewall Riots in this little film by the History Channel:
You can also find out more about Marsha P. Johnson in this talk for Virtual Norwich Pride by Charlie Caine:
If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email
To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: