On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back. The backlash and several nights of protest that followed have come to be known as the Stonewall Riots.
Marsha P. Johnson (born Malcolm Johnson) was one of the well known drag queens who led the fight for gay rights during the Stonewall Riots of 1969. After the success of the rebellion, Marsha P. Johnson and her friends formed S.T.A.R. – Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.