Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

Pay It No Mind  – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

100 Replies to “Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson”

  1. Yes , I and everyone on Christopher St. knew Miss Marsha !
    H.M.Koutoukas referred to Marsha , Bambi and a host of other regulars as "fixtures " adding that "If we were in an Eastern culture , these would be the Holy people ! "

  2. I received a "Chloe " award for my small contribution and was honored to see the rough cut of this brilliant film , at the Judson , recently .

  3. I rejoice that Marsha P Johnson, the housemother of my extended gay family from 1980 – 1992, has been retrieved from the dustbin of history through this documentary. This film is like a flashback to the brightest, most beautiful & most painful days of my life.
    Like I said, "Willie never lied". Marsha DID like to sleep on the floor, especially in damp weather, because the bullet in her back became painful & sleeping on a soft surface was impossible.
    Marsha was truly a blessing in my life.

  4. It has come to my attention that James W. Gallagher, a clinical social worker, who recalled Marsha quite fondly in Mr. Kasino's new film, has passed away at his home in Greenwich Village, last week. He was a great friend to all who knew him and a close confidante of Marsha Johnson, Jackie Curtis, Margo Howard Howard, Alexis Del Lago, Sister Tui, Rollerina and Holly Woodlawn (among others). It is especially sad to lose him before the holidays, as Thanksgiving was a favorite time of year for him.

  5. Miss Marsha, A true hero and legend beloved by all who were fortunate to know her and who she graced with her street wisdom and vast sense of beauty and wonder that she showered about like handfulls of rainbow infused glitter tinged with her silver and gold inner light. She was True Gay Love itself. Be as one with Peace sweet Saint of Christopher Street, Always and Forever, Joe L

  6. Wow! Sadly these genuine special creatures are slowly disappearing from the streets as the pink pound drives individuality further underground. Mean pitched faced queens in 200 dollar jeans sneer at the likes of Marshall p.. Shine on you crazy diamond queen! X

  7. I'm still crying. So thrilled that this documentary was made and that her life story was captured and will never be forgotten.

  8. "Marsha was a good queen. Give them the street."—- summarizes everything you need to know about this phenomenal woman.

  9. On Monday, February 25th, 2013, the West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission denied landmark status to the site of Marsha's final visit to WeHo during May of1992. The historic building at 923 Palm Avenue was disqualified under section 3 of the national landmark criteria (regarding famous personages who have achieved advances in their respective fields). This is an affront to the LBGT community and a disgrace to the founders of West Hollywood. Please e-mail [email protected] and be heard.

  10. As a gay New Yorker (especially someone who's frequented Christopher Street quite often), I am so ashamed and embarrassed for myself that I had never heard of or known about this amazing person. Thank you so much for creating this brilliant documentary—for enlightening and educating people, like myself, about Marsha and the human experience we all share. I will forever envision her warm spirit drifting up and down Christopher Street whenever I am there. I am so humbled. Thank you!

  11. The great love of Marsha's life was Joseph Ratanski. Oddly, no one seems to recall that fact, although his face appears in some of the photographs.

  12. "the experience we all share" ? From the late 90s onward rich gays and lesbians openly fought against Sylvia to try to shut down 24/7 access to the piers that she n hella other QTPOC cruised and lived on bc they were bringing down the property values of their multi-million west village apartments.

  13. She liked to sleep on the floor!??? NO WAY but now the Manhattan LGBT center on 13th st has a room dedicated to her memory, despite the fact that very center permanently banned her in 1995 for daring to suggest they should let homeless QTPOC sleep there in sub-zero weather.

  14. "So like yes, good, remember the oppressive weight of our history of transmisogyny…but also remember that this shit specifically ain’t even history, it’s the current reality of the NYC queer/trans hierarchy today—like not even figuratively, literally the same people who pulled shit like this on Sylvia are still alive n well n all over NYC cutting the ribbons to the newest Sylvia Rivera memorial n eulogizing her like they never tried to fucking kill her themselves." quote: Freedom in Wickedness

  15. What an incredibly beautiful demonstration of willpower. Thank you Marsha P Johnson. You will not be forgotten.

  16. Marsha P. Johnson Give her the Street,In Fact let her Runway walk a Golden Street,Much respect to you Marsha I never existed in your time but it is phenomenal what you have done for your people. I love you and hope one day I can see you and say Look at MARSHA PAY IT NO MIND JOHNSON I LOVE YOU ♥

  17. Beyond inspiring. What a dreamsister! I feel so much love and admiration for her. I think I am a Miss Johnston on old Smellbin in Oz. Wonderful doco. simply muse like. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou xxxxxxx Lots of love x

  18. i was a very sheltered, inexperienced and tentative young man in nyc beginning to explore the gay world – i used to see marsha here and there for years – and all i remember is a wonderful beautiful vibe — magic –

  19. I'd never heard of Marsha and came across him by accident. Yet. I was so fascinated and arrested by this person that I ended up watching this whole documentary and anything I could find…
    Anyway… it is almost 4 AM and I spend half the night watching someone I never knew until tonight.
    I have laughed and experienced a lot of joy… and am writing this with tears in my eyes…
    Marsha… if you can touch me in that short space of time, I can understand your status as 'Saint'.
    You still inspire.

  20. Sometimes gays/lesbians really show their true not so bright colours and turn out to be worse than the most reactionary straights…
    Unfortunately, it takes all sorts…

  21. This was beautiful. I was friends with the younger of the Edie's from Grey Gardens the last 4 years of her life and this person reminds me of her: naturally creative and only the best intentions and made more of a difference in people's lives than they could have ever really known. I wish this was on DVD. I'd love to have it for my collection. The gay community is *nothing* like it used to be (as of 2013) and seeing things like this is often a great consolation.

  22. It was because Rupaul mentioned Ms. Marcia in an episode of Drag Race that I found out about the existence of this documentary by googling her name. I hope many, especially young gays who should know their history discover thisexcellent documentary as well.

    RIP, Ms. Marsha

  23. Such a beautiful and excellent tribute to Marsha P. Johnson. All young people should know and understand how change is accomplished and how history is created. Marsha you were and are a legend.

  24. Tony Nunziata, Larry Mitchell, Richard Morrison, James Gallagher, and Lavar Oliver are no longer with us. 
    They helped make 'Pay It No Mind' possible.They are missed.

  25. I knew Marsha, would dance with her at gay clubs, and talk to her whenever we met on the piers or Christopher street..

    One Easter Sunday my lover (Robert Moreno, who knew her better than I) and I spoke.. She was giving out flowers.. Her dress was kind of a mess, she obvious was distressed and had mental issues..  She had put on lipstick, but only got half her lips and the rest of the mouth design was on the side of her face..

    I asked her how she was doing, she replied 'This medication is doing a number on me'…  She really was a special person.. Her involvement in the Stone Wall riots, were of monumental importance. Her death was really tragic.  I have though of her often thru the years.. 

    So glad someone made this film..  She was a pioneer…  Who she was and how she lived, is a testament to belief in oneself and dedication.  God bless her.. 




  29. What a legend. I am genderqueer, and like all trans people, I she has my gratitude. One of my best friends is a trans woman, and without early activists like her, my friend and I would've had even more difficult lives. 

  30. God Bless your soul Ms Marsha P. Johnson. I will be attending Gay Pride this Sunday 2015..I will have a banner naming you & Sylvia Rivera in front of Stonewall handing out roses in your honor. R.I.P.. you are remembered and celebrated and btw we have equal marriage rights NOW in allllll 50 states. Thank u Ms Johnson &Rivera!!!!!!

  31. WOW. I cried so much. Such a beautiful soul… I am sorry Marsha, and Thank you for everything you did for the gay community! We love you…

  32. I heard the Story of Miss Marsha P. Johnson the first time today and went to see this Documentation. It is wonderful. The good things everybody says about her and the way this kind Woman talked made me literally cry. I didn't know her but i wish i could. This is such a wonderful Documentation. And the best Thing all about this, is that no one, no one, disliked this wonderful Video. Thanks for sharing this Documentation.

  33. Thank you for sharing her story and legacy with us. Wish I could have known her..! Truly an angelic heart! RIP Marsha!

  34. Miss Marsha is now glorified in death as being the "Queen of the Village" in the 1970s. However, this sad soul was troubled and had a less than wholesome past. He was a transvestite prostitute, drug addict, alcoholic, often homeless, a vagrant on the streets in the village and the piers and in Sheridan Sq. He would strut up Christopher Street in the disco-era, practically naked, hustle under the old West side highway, be found on all the little side streets, turning tricks, doing drugs, drinking and talking like crazy to anyone that would listen. He could be seen on Christopher Street along with Rollarina….the kinky infamous guy from Kentucky that wore an old wedding dress and rolled around in the village on roller skates and a magic wand ! He had a nice smile and also did all the clubs and bathhouses……back in the day ! Once I saw her on Fire Island in Cherry Grove at the Grove Hotel (Summer-1979), and he was fabulous ! Always flat-broke, he took the LIRR there in summer and slept in the dunes nude in a make-shift pitch-tent. He was all dressed up in a Carmen Miranda costume, dancing at the Ice Palace and floating around in the pool with a huge dildo……he was quite a colorful character, for sure !

  35. Thanks for posting this. I remember seeing Marsha P. Johnson on Christopher Street and at AIDS actions and marches, I moved to NYC in '85 and over those next few years. She was so lovely. A true superstar.

  36. im in tears i have so much respect for saint Marsha, thank you for giving all of lgbt community a better quality of life, she was an angel who stood up for ALL of us, especially the trans community. pay the abuse and hatred no mind

  37. I was trying to find the burial site of Marsha for the longest and watching this finally revealed the final resting place of Mother Marsha. I think sometime in spring I'm gonna make my way up North to the Hudson and pay my respects. Truly an icon…

  38. This was the first time I watched this whole video.. wow.. My Lover, introduced us, he had known her for quite a few years.. He told me to always be nice to her, because she was 'special'. This is the first time I watched this whole video.. A great tribute to her.. Yes, she was 'holy' in a way and yes, she hustled, and probably did what others have mentioned her.. .. I never realized it at the time… But as I look at this previous unseen footage of her. I am struck by the intensity of her spirit. By the time I met her, she was usually pumped up with thorazine. I didn't know they inserted a device into you to slowly dispense it.. Yes, she was always very positive, and nice to people. And I'm sure she experienced a lot of hate from some people.. She had a lot of guts.. I didn't know about her relationship with the Hudson river, the prayers and sacrifices to it for her father.

  39. Thank you Marsha P Johnson, I know you are now with our Lord Jesus Christ. He was your companion in life, but has taken you home. Thanks for all you did to liberate us.

  40. I met Marsha when I first started attending the GAA (GAY ACTIVIST ALLIANCE) firehouse meetings on Spring street. I was 14. From 14 to 16, when I ran away from the village to Laguna, I tagged along with her every chance I got. I shall be forever grateful I was taken under her wing. She was my fairy godmother. I may very well not have survived if not for Marsha's tutoring. This documentary is a great monumental gift to our world and there is no way thank you is an adequate response to the creators of this masterpiece about another master's piece. I love you, Marsh.

  41. Marsha was a true village character, that wouldn't hurt a fly! She did have mental and drug issues, but was always pleasant and s lot of fun! RIP.

  42. More people should know about Marsha, it is a sad story but you can feel her loving heart. I wish I would have seen this before.

  43. I have never heard of Marsha P. Johnson before today. I came across an article about her while reading People magazine. The article was intriguing so I watched the documentary. She was truly an amazing person. Rest In Peace, Marsha P. Johnson.

  44. Thank you for uploading this for the public. It is both an informative and personal documentary. I'm glad that I watched it. Rest in peace, Marsha.

  45. Miss Marsha (or) "Lady Kinky Marsha" as she was fondly called on Christopher Street in the 70's in Greenwich Village was a larger than life street drag queen that everyone knew! She was homeless; often slept on the streets of the village or under the old West Side Highway in a cardboard box and was know to also frequent the flea-bag Keller Hotel on West Street on cold Winter nights. She never had any money, yet always made it out to Fire Island in Summer on the LIRR. She slept in the meat-rack, on the beach or under someones deck and could be seen dancing at the Ice Palace or floating around nude in the pool with a huge cocktail !Oh yes…..she was quite the colored party animal and also a regular in Studio-54 in the early to mid 80's…..back in the gay !

  46. Marsha did not die in vein, her legacy will live on. I will be eternally grateful to her for paving the way for trans people everywhere.

  47. I'm grateful for folks such as Marsha who had the guts and dignity to stand up to our oppressors and fight for out right to be who we are! Thank you and Bless your loving soul Martha! You are indeed a Saint and I'm sorry I never met you.

  48. Marsha P. Johnson was spiritually Catholic, and I sincerely mean that as a compliment to her.

    All the way's Marsha was Catholic:

    She had a deep appreciation for the saints.

    She venerated Mary, mother of God & asked for her intercession (in the best way she could do so.)

    She actively went to a Catholic Church.

    And she chose to "marry Jesus" when she was 16.- well what to monks, priests, sisters and nuns do in the Church? They're first married to Christ in the Church.

    Most Protestant raised Christians don't (Marsha's religious background) go that far into the Catholic faith.

    What's incredibly heartbreaking to me, is it sounds like, that not a single Catholic anyone took the time to explain to her the faith. I really like to think that had she been shown the fullness of Christ in Catholicism, she would have (if it not were for that time in history) converted to the faith.

    With her struggles with mental illness, it's painful she struggled being homeless for so long. She had so many people concerned for her wellbeing.

    When I say mental illness, I mean the real mental illness she had. Not her gender identity, please don't put me in the angry narrow minded Christian bigot box, thanks.

  49. Hi! Can someone tell me if Marsha was actually a transwoman or not because at 34:16 she says "[she] was a boy and [she] was in drag." I always was under the assumption that she was but that quote from her makes me question that… A response would really be helpful, Thank You.

  50. 😍🧡💖💐💛💖💐🧡💐✨😍Thank you Marsha, for showing me how to live in my brightest colours, like you did. Your spirit is what makes up the best of humanity. May you Rest In Peace, Joy & Power for all of eternity. 💐🧡✨💛😍✨💖💐✨💖💐😍

  51. From the age of 14 to 16, 1972-1974, when I split the village to solo locate to Laguna Beach, I spent two years with my first mentor, here he is – Marsha P Johnson. I have extraordinary courage, an unquenchable sense of purpose and fierce faith in the piercing sound of truth. I am somebody who means something simply because I was taught and believe that God does not make mistakes. I learned Jesus is not a man, a god or son of one -no more or less than all of us. We are not different in essence .We are brothers and sisters, spiritual lovers… Jesus Christ is a state of being.

    Mardha taught me to open up my heart to love and keep myself smart. As I sit here listening to her words in this documentary, I'm stunned. I am amazed that much of what I learned which saved my life and helped to make me free to be me and damn proud to stand among legends of liberty. I heard from the beautiful lips of this enchanting light, this Bodasahva.

    Marsha said," No one has equal rights until we all have equal rights." My ability to survive and lead a joyful expression of life, is a direct gift from this true Saint. I'm just one of her miracles and there are so many more. Long live forever, dear Marsha P Johnson . Never Forget.

  52. Check out the garbage fascist cis supremacist TERF / SWERF comments. Our so called LGBT2IQ community is filled with cop loving, corporate cis supremacist SELL OUTS. EXPOSE EM.
    Marsha and Sylvia! So tragic all this cis white abled patriarchy pro cop corporate garbage PRIDE INC. Cut the crap cis peeps and step the f*ck back. We will pay you no mind. WE ARE MOBILIZING TO TAKE OUR COMMUNITY BACK. SNAPS

  53. If only everyone who says Marsha was a woman would listen at 34:30, he says he's a man in drag and anyone believing he was a woman was a lunatic 🤣

  54. Bless Marsha. A fragile yet striking image, standing at the 1992 gay pride parade is beautiful. What a privilege it would have been to know you. My goodness, what an incredible, amazing, terrifying and unforgettable time to be in New York. I hope you are at peace and without pain or fear dear Marsha ❤️

  55. She just said at 21:50 when she started living her life as a dragqueen as a woman after she did the Andy Warhol painting she realized she could make money as a pretty woman she was spontaneous a lot she would often change who she identify as in certain periods of her life it she wasn't set in her stance she was always fluid is what im seeing well good for her

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