Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” Gives Marsha P. Johnson Her Due In New Preview Clip

Stonewall, the new bioflick from Roland Emmerich, has gotten a lot of flack from critics who claim it whitewashes the role of trans women and people of color from the early LGBT rights movement.


Perhaps in response, Roadside Attractions has released a new 50-second clip from the film, spotlighting real-life activist Marsha P. Johnson (played by Otoja Abit).



Some claim Johnson threw the first brick at the Stonewall riots, and in the years that followed, she was considered one of the founding mothers of the trans movement.

Happy Birthday, Marsha!, another film currently in production, focuses on her story and star May Taylor (Tangerine) as Johnson.

Stonewall hits theaters on September 25.

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