New Netflix documentary investigates the death of the “Street Queen” of the LGBT movement

Matt Sayer 13 September 2017 NEWS


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson will chronicle the accomplishments of one of the 60's leading trans activists.

Netflix has revealed its latest venture into investigatory reporting today with the first trailer for the upcoming documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Spearheaded by David France, author of the Catholic sex abuse expose Our Fathers and the AIDS activism book How to Survive a Plague, this new documentary tells the story of 1960's gay rights activist Marsha Johnson. Johnson was responsible for founding the Transvestites Action Revolutionaries group along with her fellow activist Sylvia Rivera and was instrumental in bringing LGBT issues to the fore until her mysterious death in 1992, which police dismissed as a suicide.

France's documentary digs into the truth behind Johnson's death, following modern-day activist Victoria Cruz as she pieces together the clues surrounding Johnson's untimely demise.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson will release on Netflix on 6 October.

In other documentary news, Netflix recently showed off both its upcoming Lady Gaga documentary and its haunting exploration of the life of rebellious Hasidic Jews.

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