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David Velasco Bermudez
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans
' Association

Former S.V.A. Executive Committee Member

David Bermudez 1969

David Bermudez in 1969




   
 David Velasco Bermudez was born in Manhattan, New York, at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital on the 27th of January -- a wild Acquarian -- at the beginning of the new decade tin 1940!  He was the first of his Puerto Rican family's children to be born in America!  David's father Frank Bermudez was a Pentecostal minister whose church was on Lenox Avenue at West 116th Street in Manhattan, New York City.  Although born in Manhattan, David grew up in The Bronx, NYC, on Simpson Street.

In 1974, David met Bob Isadore.  They have been together ever since that night!  Living in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, David became the first Stonewall Rebellion veteran to be legally married in a same-gender marriage.  Dave and Bob were married on the exact 35th anniversary date of the Stonewall Rebellion:  June 27th, 2004........   [much more biography to be posted!]

   




 

Wedding Day:  Dave Bermudez & Bob Isadore on June 27, 2004
Note:  Appropriately married on "Stonewall Day"!
[Photo taken in the Gay Marriage State of Massachusetts]

 

 


 


Bob Isadore Cape Cod

"Reverend" Bob Isadore presiding over the 2008 Gay Wedding
of Dennis McLain and Ernie Von Thaden in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Note:  Cape Cod Bay is the beautiful background!
[Photo by David Bermudez]




 

 

David Bermudez Pride 2008 Bob Isadore

From Stonewall Club to Stonewall Float:  David Bermudez (right) with spouse Bob Isadore 
[Parade photo by S.V.A. Official Photographer Hal Weiner]

       

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Stonewall Message from David Bermudez on Gay Pride Weekend 2009


To Williamson Henderson, Founder & Director,
 STONEWALL Veterans' Association

Happy Anniversary to all of my STONEWALL Brothers & Sisters,

June 27,1969, seems like yesterday!  The blue 1969 Stonewall Cadillac
convertible looks the same.  Yet, it has been forty years since the loss
of Judy Garland and, now, exactly forty years later, the loss of another
Gay favorite icon Michael Jackson!  I remember well that hot Friday night
when the New York City police raided the Stonewall.  We all have our
personal  stories of what happened.  Even the convertible does.  It was
grabbed by the cops, driven away and impounded.  One thing is for sure:
the world has never been the same since!

Over the years, many may have lost touch with each other but the spirit of
STONEWALL will never fade.  We as veterans must continue to tell our
story, the true story of STONEWALL.  Too often we hear stories or accounts
of that historical night from people who think they know.  But you had to be
 there as we were to really know what happened.  So it's our job to keep the
STONEWALL Veterans Association alive -- and the Stonewall spirit flaming.  
Keep the fight alive for us veterans and for the next generation.

On this 40th anniversary, we join each other in pride and in remembrance of
our friends who are not here.  I and my spouse Bob look forward to seeing
all of you in Manhattan this Saturday at the STONEWALL reunion of Vetz!

Happy and Gay 40th Anniversary!

David V. Bermudez
A proud STONEWALL Veteran







Another Request for Stonewaller David Bermudez

Dear STONEWALL V.A.,

Years ago, my "bucket list" really included meeting a Stonewall Vet!  Well, I finally did!  Forty years ago, while driving along the hills of Western New York, I heard a brief radio announcement commenting on the Stonewall unrest.  I was in the wrong place at the right time.  Since that time, I envisioned the day I would meet a real Stonewall warrior.  At the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Braintree, Massachusetts, on December 10th, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure to hear from an authoritative, non-hearsay Stonewall Rebellion source:  David Bermudez's words on Stonewall.  When I subsequently attended a Taunton Men's Group meeting, located in a Boston suburb, I recounted the experience.  The entire group would appreciate listening to Mr. Bermudez's Stonewall veterans presentation.  To my astonishment, one Gay man in the group never learned about "Stonewall"!  How can we contact Mr. Bermudez?  Does he reside in Boston?  Would he be willing to speak to our small group that meets on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.?  Thank all of you in the SVA for keeping Stonewall alive!

Thank you,
Ettore "Terry" Mortarelli




 

Video Interview for Dave Bermudez's Spouse Bob Isadore
Attached is a video for an upcoming TV series here on Cape Cod.
I will keep you posted on the programs as we proceed.  Somewhere
along the way, I do want to get an interview taped in New York
with you and other SW-Vets and air it here on our MA stations.
I'm new at this, but I am sure there is a way to work it out.

Best to all at the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  As always,
 we will be sending in our annual dues and donation in June for
Gay Pride Month and the anniversary of the great S.V.A.!

Love Ya!!

Bob & Dave

www.YouTube.com/watch?v=Qs9mrB5uU2k

Besides longtime married to a Stonewall Rebellion veteran,
Robert Isadore is the revered chairman of the
 Yarmouth, Massachusetts Council on Aging. 




Regarding the Loss of  the SVA's Ambassador Storme DeLarverie

Original Message -----------------------------
Subject:  Storme DeLarverie
From:  "Robert Isadore" <Velore20@gmail.com>
Date:    Thu, May 29, 2014 8:27 am
To:  SVA@STONEWALLvets.org
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Dear fellow Stonewall Veterans,

As you all have heard, this week we have lost a pioneer of the gay rights movement.  I remember when Storme DeLarverie
 would be out side the clubs watching to be sure none of us would be harassed when we left.
If someone said or tried anything, it was Storme to the rescue.  In front of the Stonewall Club, whenever the Cadillac
convertible was out front, Storme took special pride and care in looking out for the 1969 Stonewall car!
  "Don't you dare touch it", warned Storme.

Storme was tough, but always loving, and an example to all of us who were at the Stonewall Club.

Storme stood against prejudice and discrimination.  It is up to us as
Stonewall Veterans to carry on his dedication to the movement for GLBT
equality for all our GLBT brothers and sisters.

Thank You, Storme, we all will miss you forever.

David Velasco Bermudez, Stonewall Veteran
       and
Spouse, Bob Isadore
Velore20@gmail.com
508-362-1696

Please, let us keep in touch with each other.



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[PLACE] 2014 photo of Stonewall Dave & Bob

filename:  David-Bermudez_Bob-Isadore_2014


caption:
Gay marrieds David Bermudez & Bob Isadore in 2014



2015

Stonewall Rebellion veteran David V. Bermudez was reappointed as a member of the S.V.A. Executive Committee.  He is also the SVA's liaison to Massachusetts.  In his home state, David is rightfully nominated as the grand marshal of the Boston Gay Pride Parade on June 13th!  David is a scheduled speaker for the SVA's Annual Conference in New York City on June 20th.

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Message from the S.V.A. director for D.V.B. as Grand Marshal of Boston Gay Pride

Greetings, Everyone:

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("SVA") has a
nominee for 'Grand Marshal' of the Boston Gay Pride Parade!
Boston started their Gay Pride parades 2 years after Stonewall Rebellion.

Vote 4 *DAVID BERMUDEZ* as Grand Marshal!  See below link!
You can see David and his spouse Bob Isadore's SVA webfile at:
Greetings:

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("SVA") has a
nominee for 'Grand Marshal' of the Boston Gay Pride Parade!
Boston started having their Gay Pride parades just 2 years
after the Stonewall Rebellion.

Vote 4 *DAVID BERMUDEZ* as Grand Marshal!  See below link!
U can see David + his spouse Bob Isadore's SVA webfile at:
www.STONEWALLvets.org/DavidBermudez.htm

Please vote here:
http://www.BostonPride.org/marshals
Be sure to have your e-mail address spelled out correctly.
There's a place to provide your zipcode.  Anywhere is okay.

Many of U know David & Bob from prior S.V.A. conferences.
FYI, they will both be down to NYC to an S.V.A. pre-Pride
monthly meeting.  D&B will also be here for the "SVA's 46th
Annual Conference & Stonewall Reunion" on Saturday, June 20
-- plus the NYC Gay Pride Parade on the following weekend!!

Gayly,

Williamson Henderson
WLH@nyct.net
S.V.A. Director

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The S.V.A. is so proud that 1969 Stonewall vet David Velasco Bermudez was nominated and won out of five candidates as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston GLBT Pride Parade in Massachusetts!
Congratulationz, David!

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David Bermudez is a Grand Marshal of Boston Gay Pride Parade

http://Yarmouth.WickedLocal.com/article/20150612/NEWS/150618394


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2016

SVA's David Bermudez Recognized by National Park Service for Stonewall Site


"Welcome Stonewall National Monument - 2016"
Pictured above is David Bermudez (white shirt, center) and his spouse Bob Isadore (white shirt, right)

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Nice note to the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association from David's spouse Bob Isadore:

On August 18th, Stonewall Veteran David Velasco Bermudez and myself
Bob Isadore were invited by the Cape Cod National Sea Shore / National
Parks Division to participate with them in their entry in the annual
Provincetown Massachusetts Carnival Parade celebrating the naming of
"STONEWALL" as the first federal GLBT national monument.  Our SVA-
inspired float entry won the Heart Strings Award for the moving tribute by
the National Parks and Monuments Service to the GLBT community and
specifically the veterans of the 1969 STONEWALL Rebellion and for their
contribution to modern GLBT movement!




Certificate for SVA's David V. Bermudez in Massachusetts:
the Provincetown Business Guild presented award to DVB








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2017

Interesting Story on SVA's Stonewall Veteran David Bermudez


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.......correct active link coming very soon!




31 October
Gay History Month!
2017

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=====2017:  48th Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]

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March
2015

S.V.A. Executive Committee Telephone Conference: NY-to-MA

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