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National STONEWALL Veterans Association
=S.V.A. Supporters=

Mayor Rudolph William
"Rudy" Giuliani
(107th Mayor of New York City)
Elected NYC Mayor in 1993 and re-elected in 1997
S.V.A. Honorary Member since 1985 to present

2008 -- Rudy's Presidential Primary Election

On "Super Tuesday" February 5, 2008, after the disappointing (third place) primary vote tallies in Florida -- the home of hundreds of thousands of prior New Yorkers -- former NYC Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani understandably announced the following day that he was withdrawing from the U.S. presidential race and that he was endorsing Senator John McCain for president!  Rudy had been undisputedly in first place in all of the national polls.  His New York-based, credible, high-profile and popular candidacy spoke volumes as to the significance of the great City of New York.  How many city mayors are ever in a position to run for the president of the United States of America?  Previously, Mayor John V. Lindsay was a Republican-turned-Democrat presidential candidate in 1972.  Congratulations to Rudy Giuliani -- you served us proud once again -- America's Mayor!

2007 -- Rudy's Presidential Nominee Candidacy

In New York City onthe 5th of February 2007, Brooklyn-born "America's Mayor" Rudolph W. "Rudy" Giuliani ("RWG") announced that he took the next step -- Federal filing of official intent -- to his 2008 candidacy to be the President of the U.S.A.!  On Thursday, February 15th, RWG confirmed that he is, in fact, a presidential candidate!  By the end of that month, even Time magazine called the STONEWALL Veterans' Association about Rudy!  Particularly during the month of March while campaigning throughout America, Mayor Rudy restated again (and again) his democratic (with a small "d") support for the rights of all American citizens, i.e., G.L.B.T. people, and for Gay couple civil unions.




Letter from former NYC Mayor Rudy to the S.V.A.


New Yorker-of-the-Year:
N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani

New York Magazine's New Yorker-of-the-Year:  Rudy Giuliani

New York City 2001 Gay Pride Parade with Mayor Rudy

It was less than three months before the unknowing and horrific September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks (that's two) on New York City, that N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy Giuliani hosted his "8th Annual Mayoral Gay Pride Celebration" at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, New York.  It was held on Thursday, June 21, 2001, and for the first time, at the perennial urging of S.V.A. President Willson Lee Henderson, and a few others, it was held not as an early morning breakfast but as an evening cocktail party.  

On Sunday, June 24, 2001, Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- and his new and unusual political buddy, media mogul Michael Reubens Bloomberg, successor Republican candidate for New York City Mayor -- joined the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") and the classic and famous  1969 blue Cadillac convertible popularly known as the "Stonewall Car" in leading the annual New York City Gay Pride Parade down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan!  Of course, Mayor Rudy's office called to strongly urge and get the green light that the S.V.A. would have this highly successful media magnate, Mr. Bloomberg.  The S.V.A. did not know personally -- although we have ebver since -- but only knew of, also now as our special guest.  Mayor Rudy's communications director and friend Cristyne F. Lategano made it clear that the Mayor was asking this favor and that he hoped that the S.V.A. -- of which he was and is an Honorary Member -- trusted his judgment in this as we have in many other matters. Guess what?  In fact, Mayor Rudy personally introduced mayoral candidate Michael to the S.V.A. President Willson Henderson and other S.V.A. officials such as Jeremiah Newton, Leigh McManus, Cristina Hayworth, Bill Saltzman, Terri Van Dyke, Bert Coffman, Electra O'MaraMo Colarusso and Dave West.  Subsequently, Willson and Michael Bloomberg hit it off immediately regarding "Stonewall" right in the middle of the Fifth Avenue!  Right was Rudy!!  After all was said and done -- and plenty was done and said -- after being endorsed by and promoted by Rudy, media magnate Michael R. Bloomberg became the next N.Y.C. Mayor!

2001 - Person-of-the-Year:
Rudy W. Giuliani, America's Mayor

Time Magazine's Person-of-the-Year:  NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani



Mayor Rudy's Annual Letter of Praise to the STONEWALL V.A.

[Rudolph W. Giuliani]

Note: Mayor RWG's letter reproduced in lavender from the Stonewall NEWZLETTA
"New Millennium Gay Pride Edition" (2000) as this
letter was selected as one of "S.V.A.'s Top 5 Best Letters"

S.V.A. Post-GLBT Pride Parade 2000 Press Release

Press Release regarding Gay Pride Parade by S.V.A. Director Willson Henderson

N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani hosts
2000 Gay Pride Celebration

Pictured above on the front cover of the Summer of 2000 issue of the STONEWALL Newzletta are (l-2-r): STONEWALL Veterans' Association officers Terri Van Dyke (Treasurer), Willson Henderson (President) and Cristina Hayworth (Ambassadress) with host Mayor Rudy Giuliani at fabled Gracie Mansion for the annual N.Y.C. GayPride Celebration.

2000 Mayoral Breakfast Invitation to
Gay Pride Month Celebration


[Rudolph W. Giuliani]

Mayor Rudy Giuliani hosts 1999 Gay Pride Celebration at Gracie Mansion

New York City Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani and his staff hosted a tremendous celebration of Gay Pride at Gracie Mansion.  This year si very special as the twentieth anniversary of the historic Stonewall Rebellion from which the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association emerged. or those Americans nationwide and non-American citizens worldwide who may not know, this celebration is a tradition for New York City mayors started by the internationally-known NYC Mayor Ed Koch.  Many NYC public officials such as the borough president, the comptroller and the public advocatesponsor their own diverse Gay Pride celebrations.  Our organization, the national S.V.A., received Gay Pride letters of congratulations and praise from U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D), Senator Alphonse M. D'Amato (R) and N.Y.S. Governor George E. Pataki (R), besides former Mayor John Lindsay (L), among dozens of other prominent public officals.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani with some S.V.A. Officers at Gracie Mansion
[Photo by Raymond McCaffrey]
Note: This picture was so popular that the basically conservative New York Post
proudly printed it on the inside cover of a Sunday edition!

Thursday, June 24, 1999 -- Happily pictured above are the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") Ambassadress Cristina Hayworth, up from Puerto Rico, with a Cuban cigar gift for the Mayor (which the honorable mayor had to "by City law" refuse) and bussing a very amused and fun-filled New York City Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani.  The S.V.A. President Willson L. Henderson is laughing big time and, in the rear, S.V.A. Vice-President Jeremiah Newton is beaming. Literally to the far left is former Corresponding Secretary Harriet "Mo" Garblestein.  Other Stonewall veterans present but not shown were the following:  Molly Bennett Aitken, Tony Viera, Emile Griffith, Leigh P. McManus, Dave West, Terri Van Dyke, Bert CoffmanRamon Bellido, Electra O'Mara, Joani C. Sobel, Ray McCaffreyThomas R. Stevens, Rusty Rose, Brooke Lyn, et al.    

The Mayor was with the S.V.A just three days later leading the annual New York City Gay Pride Parade down famous Fifth Avenue for most of the parade route.  When Mayor Rudy used to (past tense) march with the blatantly Gay Log Cabin Republican boys, the Mayor unfairly (due to association) received endless boos and hisses from many of the parade spectators.  In sharp contrast, whenever Rudy marched with the  S.V.A. Stonewall veterans, including drag queens and dykes and the famous, blue, classic, eye-candy convertible "Stonewall Car", he received overwhelming shout-outs, cheers and kisses from the crowds!!  And, so Mayor Rudy gladly observed and verbally commented on the very welcomed change!  The Stonewall Veterans with the Mayor were filmed by all of the television stations and photographed by all of the print press.


1999 - N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Invitation for Gay Pride Celebration at Gracie Mansion




Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Congratulatory Letter to the S.V.A.'s Sister Group, the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York


1998 - Mayor Rudy Giuliani signs the New York City Domestic Partnership Law benefiting Gay and Other Couples

The SVA's Willson L. Henderson gives friend New York City Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani a big, hearty laugh.  Standing proudly behind Willson is openly-straight, Republican N.Y.C. Councilman Andrew Eristoff.  Sitting detached from the happiness around him and looking glum is openly-Gay, Democrat N.Y.C. Councilmember Tom Duane (aka "Duanda").  All of the local television and radio stations -- plus all of the press -- covered the historic event!
[Photograph by the Associated Press via the Staten Island Advance]


RudyGiuliana  and WLH 1998
Willson Henderson with NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani at New York 
City Hall for the historic 'Signing of the Domestic Partnership Law'
[Photo by Andrew Kirtzman of New York 1 T.V. News]




Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Annual Ace Letter to S.V.A.


Mayor Rudy's Letter to SVA Sister Group the Imperial Queens



Annual Letter to the S.V.A. from Mayor Rudy Giuliani




24 November


28th May
Mayor Rudy's Birthday 

September 11th
18th Tragic Anniversary of the Inhuman Islamic Terrorist AttackS!!!!
America's Mayor Giuliani was at the entire moving 4-hour tribute at World Trade Center site


11th September
17th Anniversary of the four (4) cowardly, radical, Islamic, terrorist, sneak attackS against America in Washington, DC, Shanksville, PA, and New York City, N.Y. (twice at the World Trade Center Twin Towers) when Rudy Giuliani was the outstanding NYC mayor!


September 11th
Tragic 16th Anniversary of the Four Terrorist Sneak Attacks on America!


11th September
15th Anniversary of the Cowardly September 11th, 2001 Islamic Attacks on America!.
Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani's September 11th tribute in N.Y.C., regarding the four terrorist attacks in 2001, was held at the site of the new World Trade Center including the 1,776-foot high Freedom Tower in New York City, America!


4 February
Former NYC Mayor Rudy was very special guest 
at former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's Services
at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, NY.


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