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Reel Affirmations presents The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

David France examines the extraordinary life of beloved "street queen" Marsha P. Johnson

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

David France, the journalist and Oscar-nominated director behind How to Survive A Plague, examines the extraordinary life and mysterious death of the beloved “street queen” of New York’s Christopher Street, who helped start the Stonewall Riots.

After Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992, the NYPD called her death a suicide and remained impervious to protests calling for an investigation. The film follows the work of modern-day activist Victoria Cruz, who has taken it upon herself to get to the bottom of the mystery.

It’s the latest to screen as part of Reel Affirmations monthly RA XTRA series. Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Tickets are $12, or $25 for VIP seating as well as one complimentary cocktail, beer or wine and popcorn. Call 202-682-2245 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.