Reported by Variety, Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement,” the documentary looks at the 1992 murder of Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha P. Johnson was an American drag queen, sex worker, and gay liberation activist.
Johnson is widely known for being a veteran of the Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Marsha P. Johnson would later go on to found the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970 with Sylvia Rivera.
In July 1992, Johnson’s body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers. The death was initially ruled as a suicide. It wasn’t till In November 2012, that activist Mariah Lopez succeeded in getting the New York police department to reopen the case as a possible homicide.
The film will launch globally on Netflix later this year.