Nightlife Host Petitions to Rename Fire Island Park for Marsha P. Johnson

"The first symbolic step we ask from the community of Fire Island Pines..."

In the future, you might be taking a ferry to Marsha P. Johnson Park.

Transgender nightlife host and model Iman Le Caire has started a petition to rename Fire Island Pines Harbor Park to Marsha P. Johnson Park in honor of the pioneering activist, who played a pivotal roll in the 1969 uprising at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.

“Fire Island Pines must embrace the movement, be part of the change and become a strong ally to our LGBTQ+ black and brown siblings,” Le Caire wrote on the Change.org petition page. “The first symbolic step we ask from the community of Fire Island Pines is to give a long deserved tribute to the person who was one of the very first and most prominent figures of the gay liberation movement and undoubtedly the most emblematic one, Marsha P. Johnson.”

“In February 2020, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo renamed the East River State Park in Brooklyn the Marsha P. Johnson Park,” she continued. “It is time to do the same in Fire Island Pines.”

Le Caire has spent plenty of time at Pines Harbor, hosting parties at Pavilion, a popular nightclub located in the park. The area is also famous for its annual Invasion of the Pines, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson/Netflix

As NewNowNext reported last year, Johnson and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera—both of whom fought at the vanguard of the game-changing ’69 riot against a police raid—will be honored in a new monument in NYC’s Greenwich Village. The monument’s location is proposed for Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, just down the street from the Stonewall Inn.

At the time of writing, almost 500 people have signed Le Caire’s petition.

Head on over to Change.org to learn more.

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