Frameline Voices - Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

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This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. With her final interview from 1992, director Michael Kasino captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the '70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha's tale lives on. To learn more about Marsha's friend, activist Randy Wicker, who appears in this film, please visit https://vimeo.com/117642939.

Michael Kasino 2012 55 min. USA

From the Film's Director, Michael Kasino:

Thanks to the wisdom of Tony Nunziata, Jimmy Camicia, Richard Morrison, and Larry Mitchell who helped make this documentary possible.

Special thanks to Anohni and the Johnsons. Their music and generosity shines, and transcends. Buy their music; it will love you in return. Love to all the contributors in this film.

The NYPD cold case department recently reopened Marsha's case.
If you or someone you know has any information, you can contact them confidentially.

100+ comentarios:

Kensho Zazen
Kensho Zazen:
I was 16 years old, got hit by the cops after the raid in the stone wall bar, Marsha took me behind the monument of General Sheridan and looked me over to be sure I was OK and not too hurt and could go home. I'm 62 now and haven't see her since then. To see her in this posting brings back a warm and loving feeling of those days and this wonderful queen.
Thank you so much for posting this
Jaii Rela
Jaii Rela:
Marsha, I know that you said for us not to cry or mourn your death but after watching this documentary I could not hold back the tears. I knew nothing about you prior to watching this video but I feel blessed and honored to know about you now. This story has truly inspired to be a better human being. Thank you. Rest in peace Saint Marsha P. Johnson
Nickelwindow53
Nickelwindow53:
Love that the P stands for "Pay No Mind" in life so many people you have to pay no mind to child! ✋🏾
G name
G name:
I think we all need a little more Marsha P. Johnson in our lives.
Chaya Shalom
Chaya Shalom:
Marsha had Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. What a beautiful person.
David Bustamante
David Bustamante:
The forgotten heroes of the struggle. I just found out she existed! Thank you Marsha!
Nbbx
Nbbx:
I didn’t know much about Marsha until I started researching the history of Stonewall. What an icon. A true legend. She paved the way for LGBT people and I will forever hold that close to my heart. ❤️
vandeltmas
vandeltmas:
Be careful how you treat people because you just might be having an encounter with an angel. I believe Marsha was an angel, sent to touch our lives. What a beautiful person. She won't be forgotten.
Sally Meixner
Sally Meixner:
Her life and her death should be part of the American public school curriculum. Such an important figure.
Awakened Hobbit
Awakened Hobbit:
What a gift to be able to capture Marsha only 4 days before her departure. She is a real gift and represents a graciousness we can all be. I cried for her, but her life will be remembered for what matters most. Liberation and Acceptance. I'm certain she watches over the community to this day, sipping champagne with Warhol. Her bullies and persecutors didn't win. Marsha will always be a legend, and their names will long be forgotten.. just mounds of dust carried off into a careless breeze. Bless Her xoxo
Tenacious Me
Tenacious Me:
Today another Gay Man has discovered Marsha P.Johnson, and i'm a better Man for it. God Bless you Marsha X
John Boys
John Boys:
The kids to day do not know what we older gays have gone thru
mrblf652
mrblf652:
She was a true legend.
Arabia Rush
Arabia Rush:
I hate that my state decided to take gay history out of social studies people like her would be amazing to learn about.
My World
My World:
You never know who you may meet who will change your life for the so much better … sometimes you discover they are actually Saints. Here is one who took me in at 14 and protected me from those guys in leather on those motorbikes…. or was she protecting them? I have never stopped loving Marsha.
Susan Dhifaoui
Susan Dhifaoui:
we all could aspire to have the heart of Marsha P. Johnson no matter who were are, or where we come from. What a beautiful soul. thank you for uploading this.
shasheey
shasheey:
Beautiful, and a wonderful part of black history that I myself has never known.
halfpintrr
halfpintrr:
She's beautiful...
John
John:
Thank you Marsha & Sylvia for paving the way. R.I.P ♥ ☆ ♥ ☆ ♥
up2itru
up2itru:
Marsha would ask for spare change or cash, but it was given to somebody who was in more need than she!
Jaii Rela
Jaii Rela:
Marsha, I know that you said for us not to cry or mourn your death but after watching this documentary I could not hold back the tears. I knew nothing about you prior to watching this video but I feel blessed and honored to know about you now. This story has truly inspired to be a better human being. Thank you. Rest in peace Saint Marsha P. Johnson
Stayn Positive
Stayn Positive:
People need to stop judging the book by it's cover & just take a moment to open it up. Then we'll all discover what beautiful words lay within. To Marsha P. Johnson & the many unknown faces who contributed to fight for human rights for gays & lesbians across this country Thank You, Thank You & Thank You again. May your soul rest eternally in peace.
royal804
royal804:
What an inspiration! Black & gay history.
JAMusicManProductions
JAMusicManProductions:
Wow. Thank you for this, for honoring her life so beautifully. RIP Marsha, and thank you for living your life so authentically.
Brian W
Brian W:
This is an absolutely fabulous documentary on Marsha P Johnson. I have watched the one on Netflix and it pales in comparison in to this as it mixes way to many things together and does not tell the story of Martha's life. . If you want to know the story of Marsha listen to this listen from her own… Peace and love.
profMike54
profMike54:
Marsha is always in my heart and the hearts of thousands! there needs to be a sculpture memorial of Marsha in Manhattan
Rahim Shakur
Rahim Shakur:
God be with you Marsha, RIP.
rainbowbrite621
rainbowbrite621:
Marsha P. Johnson was an amazing human being!!!
EllenKay
EllenKay:
Someone that I would love to have as a friend. <3
Derek Schmidt
Derek Schmidt:
I think it would be better for you to think about your idea of normal as anything we should aspire to. Especially considering we just watched a video that shows us an amazing and inspiring individual who fought for what was right. The goal isn't to fit in and be 'normal' the goal and the struggle is to fight for who we are. No assimilation.
Lisa Valkyrie
Lisa Valkyrie:
The shot glass heard around the world. lol. Priceless!
Miss Myasia
Miss Myasia:
RIP you courageous, beautiful light...thank you!
Nichole
Nichole:
Interesting person with a lovely personality. I think that she suffered from mental illness.
blair charles
blair charles:
RIP Marsha 💓
123dynamics
123dynamics:
it's a shame that today's gay youth isn't aware of those who came before them.
Houseof Monet
Houseof Monet:
Happy Pride how many are watching this documentary and celebrating 50 years of LGBTQ EQUALITY in 2019 (posting Comment 06/16/2019 MyrtleBeachSC) -Daisha Monet Tate
Moonlily
Moonlily:
What a beautiful human being!
thegodess
thegodess:
Where is Her biological family? According to Wikipedia she has 6 siblings
MGMODE COMMUNICATIONS
MGMODE COMMUNICATIONS:
Thank you Marsha!!!! THANK YOU!!!! Forever in our hearts!!! <3
Daniella DJ Variety
Daniella DJ Variety:
Wow. One of the most touching stories I have every seen on Youtube.
HailEmpress
HailEmpress:
a beautiful woman, a beautiful queen, and a beautiful soul
Donna
Donna:
This made me so sad literally in tears
paws and claws
paws and claws:
Every trans woman and man, every gay man and gay woman, owe there liberation to these amazing people who made a difference. Pay it no mind.
Katherine N
Katherine N:
She just makes me smile ❤️
Spider Man
Spider Man:
WHY DO YOU ALL KEEP MISGENDERING HIM. HE HIMSELF SAID IN THIS DOCUMENTARY THAT HE IS A BOY A DRAG QUEEN A GAY MAN AND HE WASN'T EVEN AT THE STONEWALL WHEN IT WENT DOWN STOP GLORIFYING THESE LIES!!!!
April P.
April P.:
Antony and the Johnsons, great intro music. Thank you for your love, Marsha.
Baudilaire
Baudilaire:
I have watched a documentary about Marsha before. I'm watching again today because of google doodle :) Anyone else?
faroshscale
faroshscale:
I'm legit trying not to cry
Cid
Cid:
Recently saw the print from the picture where Marsha is standing next to it and they are talking about getting kicked out. It's crazy to think that I was so close to something the Marsha was.
Eric Hahn
Eric Hahn:
Amazing. Sweet angel! God bless Marsha P. Johnson. Hero
eartianfizz
eartianfizz:
Glad to know about this person. Such a lovely lady <3.
Opinunate ted
Opinunate ted:
We3ll, there are different versions of the story. In one, she started the riot by throwing a shot glass against a mirror. In another, she started it by throwing a brick at the cops. And here, somebody says she probably didn't start it, but was probably one of the first to jump in. Well, it dosn't really matter. She was there, she resited, stuff happened.
CoverButton
CoverButton:
Thank You Marsha
keauntae8
keauntae8:
RIP Marsha P Johnson. Thank you.
McLauderdale
McLauderdale:
I remember seeing miss marsha at the anvil & in the village.. wow. this is awesome.
Shani Heckman
Shani Heckman:
This is also a testament to NYC and how it used to accept everyone. Still does even as it is gentrified. NYC, where dreams are made and one can live thier life how they want to.
Carolina Ferreira
Carolina Ferreira:
50 years after the stonewall riots, thank you Saint Marsha P. Johnson for all you did for ALL OF US.
J J
J J:
Thank you, Marsha ❤️🏳️‍🌈✊🏼 my one true Queen
Juls Bulls
Juls Bulls:
"She" was a whole man
Lara Holy
Lara Holy:
thank you for sharing this
Vincent Esposito
Vincent Esposito:
I'm not that far in and she sounds like such a wonderful person. I'm so happy to see google honoring her in this last day if pride month. I'm so honored to be a gay person. I love all my people. All love and hugs and kisses to my people.
Trevor G
Trevor G:
If you still think like that after watching this documentary, then you are entirely missing the point and that is a shame.
Amber Spath
Amber Spath:
She had a beautiful soul
Kim Bailey
Kim Bailey:
I wish I had the opportunity to meet her. Wow.
Elliott N
Elliott N:
2 mins in and I’m already crying x A Legend
taetae
taetae:
i am here to pay my utmost gratitude towards the legends who had a big hand in paving our history.
Salaudin Muhammad
Salaudin Muhammad:
Good one....
Ell.a78 b
Ell.a78 b:
Rest in peace Marion P Johnson.
You had such a beautiful soul xx
Shamaneika Johnson
Shamaneika Johnson:
Marsha looked like Maxine Waters .
K. D. Wilson
K. D. Wilson:
Rest in Light, Mother Marsha P Johnson. I will look for you in the whirlwind. Salute to you and may we walk in your spirit and power! #SQuAD
Victoria McCain
Victoria McCain:
I watched this 4xs I just love her and wish I could find more about Ms.Pay it no mind 🥰🥰
THE FABULOUS MEGA
THE FABULOUS MEGA:
Rest in peace Queen you are forever loved!!!
Ali Kemal Güven
Ali Kemal Güven:
amazing.
LosAngeles.323
LosAngeles.323:
So sad.
RF D
RF D:
What a beautiful soul in a person who did so much. I thank you Marsha!
Rik is Major Drama!
Rik is Major Drama!:
RIP, legend....thank you
Davontae official
Davontae official:
Rip Marsha p Johnson I wish I could have met you
TheJomoise
TheJomoise:
Give thanks to Marsha P. Happy Pride!
Alison Jones
Alison Jones:
Thank you
tisha4uri
tisha4uri:
I love when Martha says (in drags)
Pai Luna
Pai Luna:
RIP and Thank you Marsha P. Johnson
Sean Livingston
Sean Livingston:
The guy who took her in was a blessing.
The ending was very emotional. So many people came to her funeral to pay respect.
hippyIM1
hippyIM1:
WOW!What an amazing person.TRUE LEGEND.R.I.P. Marsha.
Shannon
Shannon:
What an amazing, unique person.
Miriam Payne
Miriam Payne:
Thank you for your love marsha p. Johson my forever love rip love is = love
blr rlb
blr rlb:
thank you marsha and rest in peace❤️
L ES
L ES:
Beautiful story of her life. I couldnt help but shed a few tears at the end.
ZYZ TAYLOR
ZYZ TAYLOR:
Thanx for uploading this
Najii Yoko
Najii Yoko:
Rest.In.Paradise Queen Marsha P. Johnson❤❤❤
Just GRIPPO
Just GRIPPO:
This brought back wonderful memories of the dazzling black queens of New London, CT - Rodney, Malcom and especially Lindsey Smith.
Kudos! ...A well done tribute to a real saint!
joan michelle
joan michelle:
marsha.... thank you.
alfy80mc
alfy80mc:
Thank You Lovely Marsha !! 💜🦋🌈
Kenny Thompson
Kenny Thompson:
She's a legend shining down on us
Miriam Payne
Miriam Payne:
RIP love you are never forgotten 🏳️‍🌈
Breezski Hill
Breezski Hill:
Thank you for paving the way for the LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 community- Proud Lesbian name Breezy 💕
Michael Rudolph
Michael Rudolph:
Thank you for all that you did Marsha!!
kendolldamon
kendolldamon:
INCREDIBLE. Beautiful
Tina D'Elia
Tina D'Elia:
Thank you Marsha P. Johnson
Melissa Vogley Woods
Melissa Vogley Woods:
wonderful! Spread the word!
el borbah
el borbah:
A true Saint . Thanks the Lord a human being like her existed . How not to cry ? Rest in peace beautiful soul .