Verilife Dispensaries Celebrate Pride 2021
Verilife dispensaries across the country will spend Pride Month celebrating the gay community by supporting those in need. Throughout the month of June, Verilife dispensaries across the country will donate 5% of all sales from select vapes to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
- Matter. Koffee Glue - available in our Ohio dispensaries
- Matter. Double Rainbow - available in our Illinois dispensaries
- Matter. Intergalactic - available in our Massachusetts
- Matter. JH1 - available in our New York dispensaries
About The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) is a nonprofit that protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people. The organization was founded to reclaim Marsha P. Johnson and the relationship of Black trans people to her life and legacy. Marsha P. Johnson was a Black transgender woman whose story represents the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community during the gay liberation movement of the mid-1960s through the 1980s.
MPJI elevates Black transgender voices through advocacy, community outreach, leadership development, and more. In 2020 alone the organization donated over $250K to Black LGBTQ+ individuals disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
About Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson was born in New Jersey, but she later moved to New York’s Greenwich Village where she found acceptance in the LGBTQ+ community. She tried several names before selecting Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” was for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what she would say when asked about her gender.
Johnson was a fixture on Christopher Street in Greenwich, an area known for restaurants and nightclubs that catered to the local LGBTQ+ community. The Stonewall Inn was one such establishment, frequently raided by the police for violating anti-homosexuality laws. However, a raid during the early morning hours on June 28, 1969 turned violent, and it’s said that Johnson threw the first brick. She served as a figurehead throughout the Stonewall Riots, resisting police brutality and protesting in favor of equal treatment for the LGBTQ+ community. After the riots ended, Johnson became a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as an AIDS activist with ACT UP.
Find your local dispensary to help support the Marsha P. Johnson foundation through the entire month of June.