“And I said, 'Honey, I don’t want to be a hamburger jingler for the rest of my life. I want to be a . I want to be one of the world’s biggest drag queens.'"

"I was no one, nobody from Nowheresville until I became a drag queen. . . . [T]hat’s what made me in the world. . . . When I became a drag queen I started to live my life as a woman."

- , performance artist, model, and activist

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"Maybe she’d take her last $10 and go out the door and come back 20 minutes later with this big bouquet, $10 worth of flowers. And I’d think, 'Marsha, what are you doing wasting your last $10 on flowers?'
"And she’d get in my back room and be putting them in her hair, making this incredible arrangement, she, 'Oh don’t worry, Mr. Wicker,' she said. 'These flowers are going to make me a lot of money.' And they would."

- Marsha P. Johnson's friend Randolfe Wicker

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"Honey I walked right down into Andy Warhol’s office. I walked in, he took some photos and then he made it a group of silk screens, and it’s called 'Ladies and Gentlemen,' and he had me as a blonde with [a] ponytail called Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

- Marsha P. Johnson on being photographed by Andy Warhol

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