Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender woman, was a central figure in the gay liberation movement

(CNN) Marsha P. Johnson stood at the center of New York City’s gay liberation movement for nearly 25 years. But LGBTQ rights weren’t her only cause.

She was on the front lines of protests against oppressive policing. She helped found one of the country’s first safe spaces for transgender and homeless youth. And she advocated tirelessly on behalf of sex workers, prisoners and people with HIV/AIDS.

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