Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson, a beacon of joy and resilience, left an indelible mark on the LGBTQ+ rights movement of 1960s and 1970s New York City. Known for her infectious smile and vibrant fashion sense, she was a fierce advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth, those affected by H.I.V. and AIDS, and the broader gay and transgender community. While there are many different stories about Marsha’s involvement with the Stonewall revolution on June 28, 1969, she stood on the front lines against police brutality and oppression before, during, and after Stonewall. Alongside Sylvia Rivera, Marsha galvanized a movement, leading protests and fighting for equality throughout the 1970s. Despite facing immense challenges as a transgender woman of color, Marsha's unwavering spirit and activism made her a beloved and respected figure in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. It's for all of these reasons that we're honoring her on our 2024 Pride shirt. 

To learn more about Marsha, visit the National Women’s History Museum’s website



Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker was a world-renowned performer, activist, and WWII hero. Rising to fame during the Harlem Renaissance, she captivated audiences for over fifty years. In 1927, she shattered barriers by becoming the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture with 'Siren of the Tropics.' Beyond entertainment, Baker was a fierce civil rights advocate and had relationships with both women and men throughout her life.

A true trailblazer, Baker's personal life reflected her political convictions. In addition to her career achievements, she boldly challenged racial injustices and promoted cultural harmony. Adopting 13 children from diverse backgrounds, Baker formed her “rainbow tribe' to showcase the beauty of diversity. Her final performance in 1975 was a testament to her enduring legacy, as she received a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd. Josephine Baker's impact transcends generations, inspiring us to strive for equality and unity. Read more about her by visiting the Women’s Natural History Museum’s website.


Cecilia Gentili

Cecilia Gentili, a beloved transgender actress, author, and activist, has left an indelible mark on New York City and beyond. As an asylum seeker from Argentina, she devoted her life to advocating for the rights of undocumented immigrants, sex workers, and LGBTQ+ individuals. A founding member of Decrim NY, she tirelessly championed decriminalization, decarceration, and destigmatization of sex work, leaving a lasting legacy of social justice activism.

In addition to her advocacy work, Gentili's compassion extended to healthcare initiatives for marginalized communities. She spearheaded Cecilia’s Occupational Inclusion Network, providing free healthcare for sex workers through the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Cecilia Gentili's memory will continue to inspire generations to come, reminding us of the importance of advocacy, compassion, and inclusivity. She passed away on February 6, 2024. Read more about her legacy by visiting People’s website.


Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is celebrated as a pioneering Mexican painter renowned for her bold and introspective self-portraits. Her vibrant canvases delve into themes of identity, the human body, and mortality, reflecting the complexities of her own life experiences. In 1925, Kahlo endured a life-altering bus accident that left her with severe injuries, leading to over 30 surgeries throughout her lifetime. Despite her physical challenges, Kahlo persevered, using her recovery period to explore her artistic talents and develop her unique style.

Throughout her life, Kahlo's relationships defied societal norms, as she engaged in romantic affairs with both men and women. While she achieved recognition as an artist during her lifetime, it was in the decades following her death in 1954 that Kahlo's legacy truly flourished. Today, Kahlo's indelible contributions to the art world continue to inspire countless admirers worldwide, showcasing the enduring power of her creative vision and unyielding spirit. Read more about Frida Kahlo by visiting the Encyclopedia Britannica website. 


Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe (she/they), a Grammy-nominated singer, discovered her passion for performance at a young age. Her debut album, 'The ArchAndroid,' released in 2010, marked the beginning of her career as a multimedia artist. Collaborating with icons like Prince on 'The Electric Lady' and earning critical acclaim for 'Dirty Computer,' which garnered a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, Monáe solidified her position as a prominent figure in music. 

Beyond her musical achievements, she ventured into acting, starring in notable films such as 'Hidden Figures,' 'Harriet,' and 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.' Monáe's artistic style, social activism, and unwavering support for the LGBTQ community have earned her widespread admiration. Her iconic black-and-white tuxedo, a tribute to her parents, symbolizes her roots and resilience. Embracing their pansexuality and proudly declaring themself a 'free-ass motherf––r,' Monáe continues to inspire with her authenticity, creativity, and advocacy. To learn more about Janelle Monáe, visit


Bob the Drag Queen

Bob the Drag Queen (he/him, she/her)  is a multifaceted American entertainer known for his talents in drag, comedy, acting, activism, and music, and rose to prominence by winning the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Beyond the drag scene, Bob ventured into acting, gracing television screens in acclaimed series like High Maintenance, Tales of the City, and A Black Lady Sketch Show

Her dynamic career continued to soar as they co-hosted the HBO show We're Here alongside fellow Drag Race alums. Recently, Bob played a significant role as an emcee during Madonna's Celebration Tour in 2023–2024, captivating audiences with her charm and wit. Embracing his polyamorous, pansexual, and non-binary identity, Bob has already left an indelible mark on both the entertainment industry and the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about Bob and his career, visit his website.


Mauree Turner

Mauree Turner (They/Them/Theirs) serves as the current Representative for Oklahoma’s 88th House District, making history as the first Muslim elected in the state and the first non-binary individual to hold a state-level position in the United States. Turner’s career in advocacy began with collaborating with organizations such as the NAACP of Oklahoma, CAIR Oklahoma, and Freedom Oklahoma, 

Mauree's legislative efforts prioritize issues affecting non-binary individuals, marginalized communities, and alternatives to incarceration. They have spearheaded initiatives for accurate documentation, the repeal of discriminatory laws, and community-based solutions for justice reform. Through their groundbreaking work, Mauree Turner continues to pave the way for inclusive governance and social justice, demonstrating the power of representation in shaping policy and society. Learn more about them by visiting their website.


Billy Porter

Billy Porter, a Pittsburgh native, is an actor, singer, and fashion icon. He rose to prominence as a multifaceted talent in the entertainment industry. Garnering attention on Broadway, he transitioned into a thriving solo career as a singer and actor. His portrayal of Lola in 'Kinky Boots' earned him the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. 

However, it was his groundbreaking role as Pray Tell in the FX series 'Pose' that solidified his status as a trailblazer. In 2019, Porter made history as the first openly gay black man to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, further cementing his legacy. Beyond his acting prowess, Porter is celebrated for his fearless approach to fashion, using his attire as a platform for political expression, like his iconic tuxedo dress he wore on the red carpet of the 2019 Oscars. 


Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Tanzania, rose to iconic status as the charismatic frontman of Queen, captivating audiences worldwide with his unparalleled vocal range and stage presence. A skilled showman, Mercury's flamboyant costumes, dynamic performances, and ability to connect with audiences set him apart as a rock legend.

Despite never publicly coming out, Mercury was assumed to be bisexual, having had relationships with men and women in his life. He maintained a private relationship with Jim Hutton, an Irish hairdresser. Mercury's bond with Hutton endured until his untimely death from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in 1991. His courageous decision to disclose his HIV-positive status to the world a day before his death and marked a significant moment in raising awareness about the disease. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Mercury's legacy continues to inspire generations of music lovers and LGBTQ+ community members worldwide. To learn more about Freddie Mercury and his career, visit’s website.


Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera, a pivotal figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, was a tireless advocate for transgender people, especially transgender people of color, who were often marginalized by the larger gay rights movement. A veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising, Rivera, alongside Marsha P. Johnson, played a crucial role. She famously threw the second Molotov cocktail during the rebellion. In 1971, Rivera and Johnson co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), providing shelter and support to the transgender community through the establishment of STAR House. Despite facing resistance from within the gay rights movement, Rivera persistently championed the inclusion and rights of transgender individuals. Her activism continued into the 2000s, fighting against discriminatory legislation. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, named in her honor, carries on her legacy by advocating for the self-determination of gender identity and expression for all, regardless of income or race.

To learn more about Sylvia, visit the National Women’s History Museum website.