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Unitarian Church to screen ‘Pay It No Mind’

Submitted Photo “Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson” is a documentary about a Black transgender woman at the vanguard of the Stonewall Riots. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown will screen the film and follow with a discussion on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m., at 1255 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN — Marsha P. Johnson was an incredible, outspoken activist and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. Stonewall served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

The P in Johnson’s name stands for “pay it no mind,” her response when people would ask about her gender.

At 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, the Welcoming Congregation Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) is screening “Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson,” followed by discussion.

The feature-length documentary focuses on this revolutionary Black trans-activist: an ACT UP marshal, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and known within the New York LGBT community as “Saint Marsha,” the patron protector of the street youth of Christopher Street.

In her own words, Johnson speaks about being one of the first drag queens to go to the Stonewall and tells harrowing stories of being on the streets of New York as a boy in drag. She speaks to an undying commitment to marching for rights for all gay people and is remembered by those interviewed as a deeply spiritual and generous person who attended every type of church.

The film and discussion will last approximately 1.5 hours. It is free and all are welcome.

The UUCJ is located at 1255 Prendergast Ave. in Jamestown, with parking in the rear.

Learn more about the UUCJ at jamestownuu.org and on their Facebook page, facebook.com/jamestownuu.

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