Jeante (a.k.a. Jeanty) Armstrong, in the middle of the 1960s on the 14th of August in 1965, was
the first-born son of parents from the West Indian islands of
Haiti and Martinique in the Carribean. At a very young age,
Farrell's entire family emigrated to America for a much better
life.... to the famous and
York City borough of Brooklyn! In 1983, Farrell graduated from
William E. Grady High School in Brooklyn, New York. In 1988,
Farrell finally finished Queensboro Community College majoring in
physical education. No kidding!
Through an acting audition, Farrell met Williamson Henderson ("WLH"), a former model and current actor and part-time talent agent for models and actors. WLH is also the executive director of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion -- when 'Baby Farrell' was just a little tyke. Farrell was the ten (10) times-a-year 'chauffeur' of the big, blue, grand, renowned and luxurious 1969 Cadillac DeVille convertible also known as the famous "Stonewall Car". Farrell was also the fitting and very fit "Imperial King" for many years of the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York ("IQKNY"). He is also a longtime Friend-of-SVA. Farrell had been in that elected, coveted IQKNY position for consistently over a decade throughout all of the 1990s. 'King Farrell', alternated occasionally with his longtime transgender friend, King Storme DeLarverie, who is both an S.V.A. officer and an IQKNY official. Farrell is honored to be one of only three people (along with WLH and 'Ray Jay') permitted to drive the beautiful, legendary, classic, valuable and renowned blue Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car". (The other two are currently Williamson Henderson and Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary.) All three licensed drivers were also registered, as required, with the specialty automobile insurance for classic cars company and all three are listed and signed at the Greenwich Village garage that houses the famous "Stonewall Car".
Farrell's "Build of Life"
Long Beach Towers, Long Island, N.Y.
[Photo by Williamson Henderson]
Besides some commercial modeling, Farrell works in the New York City personnel industry. Originally on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the agency is now longtime located on the dual Gay borders of Chelsea and Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York. Farrell's chief hobby and dedication is bodybuilding (see photo below; you'll know). He literally 'works out' in a residential gym five days per week for the past two-plus decades. It shows!! Farrell has been cordially referred to as the "Stonewall Bodybuilder" -- even though he's not a Stonewall vet. He didn't even live in America then and he was much too young. N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani seeing, knowing and liking Farrell, in fact, wanted to hire Farrell in 1983 and 1987 as one of his campaign bodyguards. Farrell, who is very admirable and fond of RWG, was ready to go if approved. However, the offer was 'stopped in the name of love' by the King's partner -- and an inspiration for Rudy's sister -- namely the Queen, Allyson. Her imperial edict: "No!'
Farrell is selectively involved in New York City politics. To keep his options fully open, he is a welcomed member of both the PRIDE Democrats and the Stonewall Republicans. "I have Mayor Koch's political candidate philosophy: Vote for the best person, not what political party they belong to, especially when one is so much better-qualified", Farrell firmly stated. Farrell has been actively involved in the campaigns of Ed Koch for re-election as N.Y.C. Mayor in the Democratic Primary in 1989 (heart-breaking result depriving the deserving EIK of a fourth and legendary term); Rudy Giuliani for N.Y.C Mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1997; Liz Abzug for N.Y.C. Council District 3 in Manhattan in 1991; Geraldine Ferraro for U.S. Senate in 1992 and 1998; openly-Gay Karen Burstein for N.Y.S. Attorney General in 1994 and Surrogate Court Judge in 1996; Virginia Fields for Manhattan Borough President in 1997 and 2001; Margarita Lopez for N.Y.C. Council in 1997 and 2001; Eliot Spitzer for N.Y.S. Attorney General in 1998 and 2002 and Governor in 2006; Betsy Gotbaum for Public Advocate in 2001 and 2005; and Michael Bloomberg for N.Y.C. Mayor in 2001 and 2005. All of the above were/are very glad to have impressive, muscular, gentlemanly Mr. Armstrong actively on board their mostly-winning trains.
|Farrell gets most psyched about the parades with driving the "Stonewall Car". "It's a classic Cadillac convertible car -- the best of America", stated Farrell in a recent interview. "It is a beautiful blue showboat". He went on to describe the "proud feeling of leading the Gay pride parades in New York with the crowd-pleasing "Stonewall Car" and all the great attention that the famous car attracts". Farrell has observed how "....the crowds are really glad to see the Stonewall Veterans. The biggest applause goes to them. They more than deserve it". Personally, he boasts that he "feels great driving the 'king of cars', a truly luxurious car, with the biggest stars of the parade in it, in front of it, behind it, all around". And exactly who is King Farrell's favorite Stonewall star? Who else? Queen Allyson! What was his most incredible moment with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association? King Farrell: "Definitely the "Stonewall Car" leading the "Spirit of Stonewall (25) March" in 1994 with Queen Allyson and she speaking on stage, accompanied by the most Stonewall Veterans ever seen together, to the hugest crowd of people I ever saw of about one million". "She brings a lot of class and glamour, besides history and celebrity, to all of the parades." Several years ago, the WPIX-NY (Channel 11) television crew came right up to Farrell in the "Stonewall Car" and interviewed him while he was behind the wheel at a parade stop. It was shown on television that evening. The actual part of the GLBT pride parades which Farrell likes the most is the people applauding, especially those that yell out "Stonewall"!|
Farrell turned 53 today and on his way to 54!
Ma-wee says: "Oh me, oh my; uh-oh, oh-no!"
49th Anniversary of the Stonewall GLBT Rebellion =====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]