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"Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson" Screening on Skid Row
As Los Angeles prepares for Pride weekend, it's only right to pay our respects to the late activists who paved the way for the modern LGBT movement. That's exactly the Los Angeles Poverty Department intends to do with Friday night's screening of Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson, a documentary that explores the fabulous life and fearless resistance of Marsha P. Johnson, the black gender-nonconforming activist who, legend has it, threw the shoe that started the legendary Stonewall riots in 1969. The screening's location on Skid Row in downtown L.A. is particularly pointed, as a transgender woman of color was killed on the street in March in what police believe was a domestic dispute. Local black trans activist Chella Isabel Marie Coleman will speak at the event, highlighting the issues still facing, particularly, low-income black trans individuals, nearly 50 years after Johnson helped launch the struggle for LGBT equality. The free screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Skid Row History Museum and Archive, at 440 S. Broadway.