2006 S.V.A. Events
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S.V.A. Events from the past Decade
Sunday, December 31, 2006 -- NEW YEAR'S EVE
Sunday, December 31 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE'S RECORD-BREAKING WEEK
Monday, Decmbr. 25: 11,648 visits
Tuesday, Dcmbr. 26: 21,085 visits
Wednesday, Dec. 27: 17,978 visits
Thursday, Decbr. 28: 16,569 visits
Friday, Decembr. 29: 17,940 visits
Saturday, Dcmbr. 30: 15,942 visits
Sunday, Decmbr. 31: 16,854 visits
Record-Breaking Weekly Total: 118,016!!!!!!!!
#1 file: "Songs of The Stonewall (6)" - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Saturday, December 30 -- ANNUAL S.V.A. ELECTION MEETING & HOLIDAY DINNER
Nominations for the 2007 officers of the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association ("S.V.A.") are open to all S.V.A. "veterans" members who
are in "good standing". The S.V.A. officerships are as follows:
(A) Vice-President, (B) Treasurer, (C) Recording Secretary, (D)
Corresponding Secretary, (E) Financial Secretary, (F) Ambassador
and (G) Ambassadress. (FYI, the S.V.A. President is always
elected in mid-year June.) Any nominee must be present
at this S.V.A. election meeting unless they: (a)
live out-of-NY state, (b) are provably ill with documentation; (c)
are currently hospitalized; (d) must work (with confirmation); or (d)
are on vacation out of the area. Said candidates must be:
(1) nominated; (2) seconded; and (3) thirded by different S.V.A.
members or Friends-of-SVA who are present at
this meeting and in good standing with the S.V.A. Said
nominees may speak at this meeting on their (a) related qualifications,
(b) relevant experiences; and/or (c) community interests prior to any
balloting. Qualified and signed proxy votes stating a
specific nominee for a specific officership are permitted after
validation. A secret-ballot election for dues-paid
S.V.A. members and Friends-of-SVA in good standing shall be
conducted by a non-SVA member. The election results shall be
decided at said S.V.A. election meeting. Meeting starts @
4:15 p.m. as always. This holiday weekend meeting is
abbreviated one hour to adjourn @ 5:15 p.m.
After the meeting, there will be a
celebratory, end-of-the-year, holiday drinks and 5-course dinner
hosted by the S.V.A. President Williamson for the S.V.A.'s newly-elected officers, namely Vice-President Emile, Ambassador Storme, Treasurer Bert, Correponding Secretary Dianne and Recording Secretary Ruth
as well as three domestic partners of the aforementioned plus a
surprise guest! Our other two elected S.V.A. officers are
Financial Secretary Betty Bristol residing in Ohio and Ambassadress Jackie Bee
living in Florida. SVA-sponsor Proofreaders Unlimited is
kindly sponsoring the entire festivity. The charming restaurant
is the SVA-advertiser Cafe Bruxelles at 118 Greenwich Avenue at the
corner of West 13th Street -- conveniently down the block from the Gay
The S.V.A. is also celebrating our annual busiest week
of birthdays -- 1st week Capricorns -- namely Stonewall Vetz Storme DeLarverie (Xmas eve Dec. 24th) and Bobalu Candelaria (today! Dec. 30th) plus Friends-of-SVA Mary Weiss (Dec. 28), Steven Gradman (today!), Shari Clemons (today!) and Seth Farber (yesterday) as well as the S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie (two days ago). SVA-sponsor Proofreaders Unlimited is kindly sponsoring the entire festivity.
Thursday, December 28 -- SOMEBODY from the S.V.A.'s BIRTHDAY?
1st clue: It's a boy! 2nd clue: He's not a SW-Vet! 3rd clue: He's 20-something and cute!
Answer: The SVA's unique and energetic assistant AnDre Christie. For more "411", visit: www.STONEWALLvets.org/AnDreChristie.htm.
Monday, December 25 -- CHRISTMAS * HOLIDAY
Special appreciation to all of the thoughtful public
officials who kindly sent Christmas holiday cards, letters or
e-mails to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association. They include the
following: N.Y.S. Governor-Elect Eliot L. Spitzer,
Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, former N.Y.C. Mayor Ed Koch, Attorney
General-Elect Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Jose Serrano, State
Assemblymember Keith Wright and Councilmembers (alphabetically)
Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, Rosie Mendez, David Weprin and David
Yassky. In addition, current Council candidate Geoffrey Davis and
former statewide candidate Sean Maloney as well as
political consultants Liz Abzug and Scott Levenson.
Likewise, holiday greetings in writing herein from all of us
Stonewallers to all of them! Cheers!
Sunday, December 24 -- S.V.A. AMBASSADOR STORME DeLARVERIE's BIRTHDAY
"86"! Yes, that's our favorite Gay number. It's now the age of Storme DeLarverie!
Our inimitable, legendary S.V.A. Ambassador Storme was born on
Christmas Eve way down yonder in New Orleans, Louisiana. The year
was 1920! "What's in your wallet" (year on your i/d)?!
The S.V.A. is celebrating Storme's birthday after Saturday's
S.V.A. meeting with a special "BBM" cheesecake! For more 411 on
King Storme, visit his file at the S.V.A.: www.STONEWALLvets.org/StormeDeLarverie.htm.
Friday, December 22 (night) -- 'STONEWALL' SINGER DARLENE LOVE on "THE LATE SHOW"
Legendary singer Darlene Love
has her annual appearance on "The Late Show" performing the most
outstanding, soaring and daring Xmas song in Rock 'n' Roll
history: "Chistmas, Baby Please Come Home". It
unquestionably was the #1 holiday song at The Stonewall and far
beyond year after year. "CBPCH" was written by the famed Ellie
Greenwich (of NYC) and originally produced by legendary Phil
Spector and accompanied by his great Wall-of-Sound. Host David Letterman delights in this musical tradition by Miss Love. No one's appearance on "The Late Show" gets musical director Paul Schaffer
more excited than Darlene singing this song. It's quite an
outstanding production with a huge girl group chorus and dramatic
presentation replete with falling snow! The 'live' show in
New York City at the Ed Sullivan Theater on CBS-TV (Channel 2
television in the NY metro area) starts @ 11:35 p.m. (EST). The
incredible segment with Darlene Love is typically the finale of
the program @ 12:20 a.m. (EST). When you see this,
you'll know that Christmas is upon us!
Friday, December 22 (day) -- COUNCILMEMBER DAVID YASSKY MEETING with S.V.A. OFFICIALS
The long-intended conference with Councilmember David Yassky
-- a loyal Council colleague to the late Jed Davis, an Honorary Member
of the S.V.A. -- has been arranged as the last pre-holiday meeting.
Representing the S.V.A. are four of its officers:
born-in-Brooklyn Williamson Henderson, lived-in-Brooklyn Bert Coffman and current Brooklynite Keith Lonesome. From PRIDE Democrats is Brooklyn-residing officer Steven Gradman. The meeting will be held at the Councilmember's district
office at 114 Court Street at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The
S.V.A. always enjoys, if not prefers, the district offices as
we meet more of the staff and learn more about the various
communities. Via train are the #2, #3, #4 or #5 subways to the
Brooklyn Borough Hall station. The timing is @ 2 p.m. until 3
p.m. or so. If needed, DY's office phone number is (718) 875-5200.
Thursday, December 21 -- NYS ASSEMBLYMEMBER JONATHAN BING MEETS with S.V.A.
Although Assemblymember Jonathan Bing
and the S.V.A. share many political and social events throughout the
year, this is our official sit-down with an agenda meeting.
Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are Williamson, Bert and AnDre.
Location is the Assemblymember's district office at 360 East 57th
Street at First Avenue (entrance on the avenue) in Manhattan. The
specially-accommodated pre-holiday meeting is @ 3 p.m. For
related 411, call at (212) 605-0937.
Wednesday, December 20 -- ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM POWELL IV's CHRISTMAS PARTY
The N.Y.S. Assembly's well-known Adam Clayton Powell IV is having a Christmas party. Public officials confirmed include Congressmember Charles Rangel, Boro President Scott Stringer, State Senator Jose Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Viverito and her all-women staff of seven. The S.V.A. has confirmed its President Williamson Henderson and various members of the S.V.A. Executive Committee plus S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie.
Besides real supper food, this party has a 6-piece band,
dancing and a bar! The location is at the pristine
Julia Burgos Latino Center's decorated assembly hall at 1680
Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 106th Street on the Upper Upper
East Side. The Assemblymember host and his staff appreciate
any unwrapped toys for the many unfortunate children who will
receive the gifts on Christmas Day. The nearby train
station is on Lexington Avenue at East 103rd Street on the #6
subway. Bus lines M-101, M-102 and M-103 on Lexington Avenue
stop in front of the building. There is also the East/West
crosstown M-106 bus on 106th Street. Partytime with music,
dance, food, pix and fun is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you
need further 411, contact ACP's district office at (212) 828-3953.
Monday, December 18 -- HOLIDAY PARTY by COUNCILMEMBERS LAPPIN & GARODNICK
Manhattan's East Side Councilmembers Dan Garodnick (District 4) and Jessica Lappin
(District 5) co-sponsor a "Chanukah & Christmas Community
Celebration". S.V.A. officers were thoughtfully invited.
Confirmed public officials to attend include Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Jonathan Bing and Manhattan Boro President Scott Stringer. From the New York City Council -- besides the hosting Councilmembers Dan and Jessica -- are Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmembers David Yassky, Eric Gioia, David Weprin, Melinda Katz and John Liu. Representing the S.V.A. is President Williamson Henderson and Treasurer Bert Coffman and Youth-for-SVA's Co-Chair AnDre Christie.
The holiday party location is at famed Marymount Manhattan
College in their classy colonial room at 221 East 71st Street between
Second and Third Avenues. RSVP is required for the guest list at
(212) 535-5554 (extension 16) or via e-mail at LappinSpecialEvents@Gmail.com. Cheers!
Saturday, December 16 -- ZAPPALORTI SOCIETY RECEIVES HOLIDAY VISIT from S.V.A.
The Zappalorti Society receives its annual in-person
well wishes for the holidays from the S.V.A. This year Bert Coffman and Michael Livote are joined by Williamson Henderson and his assistant AnDre Christie.
The theraputic and cheery happening is at the "Z" Society's
weekly meeting at the GLBT Community Center. The special visit is
@ 3 p.m. After the session the group retires to the
SVA-advertiser Village Den Restaurant for a pre-holiday supper and
socialization @ 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 -- CONGRESSMEMBER CAROLYN MALONEY'S HOLIDAY PARTY
"Congressmember Carolyn's Community Christmas & Chanukah
Celebration" ("6-C") on the 14th is sponsored by the victorious Maloney
for Congress Committee. The holiday hostess with the merry
mostest is Congressmember Carolyn Maloney herself! Co-hosting the happy event is N.Y.S. Assemblymember Jonathan Bing. Confirmed public officials include City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmembers David Weprin, Eric Gioia, David Yassky, Jessica Lappin, Dan Garodnick and Gale Brewer and Manhattan Boro President Scott Stringer. Also attending are Judges David M. Cohen, Lucy Billings and Paul Feinman. Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are officials Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Dianne Yodice as well as Betty Bristol, Dr. Dyane Karron, Leigh McManus and Gina Wright.
The venue is called Local Restaurant & Bar. It is
located at 1004 Second Avenue at East 53rd Street on the East Side of
Manhattan. The 'local' subway stop on the #6 train is East 51
Street as well as the 53rd Street station on the "F" line.
Party times are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP (24/7) for the
holiday party at (212) 860-0606 (extension 10, if your call is after
regular business hours). The party place Local's phone
number is (212) 755-7020. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 12 -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY to MAYOR-for-LIFE ED KOCH
Edward I. Koch, the
famous three-term Mayor of New York City and the longtime S.V.A.
Honorary Male Chairperson, celebrates his incredible 82nd birthday
today! The entire S.V.A. wishes wonderful Mayor Ed a happy and
healthy and fun-filled new year in his remarkable and exciting life.
Of course, we sent a lively birthday card to Hizzoner!
Monday, December 11 -- S.V.A. MEETING with COUNCILMEMBER JESSICA S. LAPPIN
This is one of the meetings that the
S.V.A. has been especially anticipating since many S.V.A.
members supported Jessica Lappin's council
candidacy last year. Everyone so much prefers Jessica to her
predecessor. Attending from the S.V.A. are officers Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Ruth Campbell (if better). Dianne Yodice,
whose Councilmember is Jessica, has an appointment at the
same time but will visit JSC after the holidays. PRIDE Democrats
is represented at the meeting by Steven Gradman.
The location is at the Councilmember's District 5 office in
Suite C at 336 East 73rd Street between Third and Second Avenues in
Manhattan. Via subway is the #6 train to either the East
68th Street or East 77 Street station. Jessica's office is in
between both. The time is @ 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 -- MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS INTERVIEW WILLIAMSON
The sophmoric girls have chosen the topic of the 1969
Stonewall Rebellion for their project of a mini-documentary. They
have previously written to the S.V.A. and did preliminary info
gathering. Some of the questions will be "When did you first go
to The Stonewall" and "How many people were arrested the first night of
the rebellion". Also the poignant question as to what criteria
determined which patrons the cops released from the club and the small
number that were detained for arrest.
Friday, December 8 -- S.V.A. MEETING with COUNCILMEMBER ERIC N. GIOIA
This meeting has been long in the making -- although officials of the S.V.A. and Councilmember Eric Gioia see and speak with each other at many events throughout the years. Representing the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman (if better) and AnDre Christie and Gina Wright of Youth-for-SVA as well as Steven Gradmanfrom
PRIDE Democrats. Among the topics are the renewal of a
sponsorship for the S.V.A. The meeting is scheduled @ 3 p.m.
The location chosen by ENG is the Councilmember's district
office at 47-01
Queens Boulevard (between 47th and 48th Streets) in Sunnyside, Queens.
Via subway, take the #7 train to the 46th Street
Station at Queens Boulevard. For additional direx for any
other S.V.A. attendees, please call "Team Gioia" at (718)
December 2006 -- HOLIDAY MONTH
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") wishes the
berry best for all of our Members, Supporters, Friends and Advertisers.
We have announced several Chanukah and Christmas events to
which the S.V.A. has been invited and
will attend. We do not post events to which we have not been
officially invited nor those that we will not attend even if invited.
There are several holiday parties and/or dinners for which
the S.V.A. receives personal and private invitations. Such
events will not be posted on the S.V.A. website; however, all
S.V.A. invitees shall be contacted directly. "Season's
Greetings" from the year-round yet unseasonal S.V.A.
Thursday, November 30 -- COUNCILMEMBER ROSIE MENDEZ MEETING with the S.V.A.
This is a new tradition of the S.V.A. of annual meetings
with special N.Y.C. Councilmembers. Included on the agenda will
be the S.V.A.'s special needs prior to the next Stonewall anniversary
and inclusion in the City Council's GLBT pride event. Confirmed
attendees today from the S.V.A. are all people whom Rosie Mendez knows, namely S.V.A. officers Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Ruth Campbell (if better) and assistant AnDre Christie. From PRIDE Democrats is Steven Gradman, who has worked with Rosie on many campaigns including hers. Jasmin Torres
from the council office is also attending. The
revised meeting location is at the Councilmember's district office
at 237 First Avenue at the corner of East 14 Street inside the
East Village. This is the same building (but not the same office)
as Rosie's predecessor Margarita Lopez. The revised meeting time
is 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 -- POST-ELECTION FORUM for GLBT COMMUNITY
Sponsored by The New School, this political forum will discuss the
positive effects of the recent U.S.A. and New York State elections
for the Gay community. The panelists are from the Human Rights
Campaign ("H.R.C."), the National Stonewall Democrats, the Log Cabin
Republicans and the GLBT Political Coalition. The
moderator is longtime S.V.A. supporter Fred Hochberg. Confirmed from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus and Rose Giordano. Also attending is S.V.A. advance man Will Garyson.
Location is at The New School's auxiliary building at 66 West 12
Street between Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The forum starts @ 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 -- "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN" MOVIE PREMIERE on TELEVISION
The highly-acclaimed film "Brokeback Mountain" ("BBM") premieres on
television tonight. This is an entertainment event that millions
of people have been awaiting for many months. The landmark,
eight-time Academy Award-nominated, Gay-oriented love relationship
between two cowboys BBM movie premieres on t.v. on Home Box
Office ("HBO") @ 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. (EST). BBM is repeated
tonight on HBO @ 2:30 a.m. -- for those who can't sleep after
viewing the emotionally-packed movie the first (or fifth) time.
Saturday, November 25 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING
presides over the Thanksgiving weekend meeting. He also
presents a special tribute to "Fallen Stonewall Veterans" since
the New Millennium. Bert Coffman reports
his updates on public officials, gatherings or meetings with
several politicians and sponsorship renewals. Ruth Campbell provides new info regarding various GLBT organizations vis-a-vis the S.V.A. Storme DeLarverie unveils ideas
to link the famous Jewel Box Revue to the S.V.A. (Storme has the
legal rights to the JBR name.) Refreshments are served at
this post-Thanksgiving meeting.
The guest speaker is Geoffrey A. Davis
("GAD"), brother of the late and great Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis.
Geoffrey is also the Director of the JED Foundation.
Besides his commitment to annually speak at an S.V.A.
meeting, GAD is renewing his sponsorship. Moreover, Geoffrey
is announcing that he is a candidate for the New York City
Council's District 40. That district is currently
represented by Yvette Clark, who was recently elected to Congress
(effective January 1st). The 40th district includes parts of
Flatbush, East Flatbush and Kensington. Geoffrey outlines his
broad-based and inclusive platform as "the person who will represent
all of the people".
After the S.V.A. meeting is dinner at The Village Den restaurant on
Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street just two blocks from the GLBT
Thursday, November 23 -- THANKSGIVING DAY * HOLIDAY
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our members, friends,
supporters and advertisers. We are thankful for all of the
veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion that we do have alive and
pray for their well-being. We hope that they all will be
more active with the venerable STONEWALL Veterans' Association.
In a reminiscent way, we are thankful that exactly 37 years ago
the Stonewall Club was open for Thanksgivingtime 1969. That
weekend was the best!
Monday, November 20 -- ANDREW CUOMO'S "THANK YOU" PARTY
N.Y.S. Attorney General-Elect Andrew M. Cuomo
is showing his appreciation for his supporters with a "Thank-You
Party"! Special speakers -- besides Andrew -- include his famous
father former N.Y.S. Governor Mario Cuomo and his lovely mother former First Lady Matilda Cuomo. Confirmed public officials include: Queens Congressman Joseph Crowley, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Manhattan Boro Prez Scott Stringer, N.Y.S. Assemblymembers Keith Wright, Herman Farrell and Jonathan Bing and N.Y.C. Councilmembers Jessica Lappin and Melissa Viverito. Event is hosted by AMC's hands-on, energetic and successful Campaign Manager Joe Percoco.
The party is at =AMC= Headquarters on the eighth floor at 1740
Broadway between West 54th and West 55th Streets in Manhattan,
New York @ 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Confirmed S.V.A. officials
include Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Dianne Yodice in addition to Dr. Dyane Karron, Steven Gradman and AnDre Christie. What a grateful gesture is this event! (This event is understandably by guest list invitation.)
Friday, November 17 -- QUEENS COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER MEETING with the S.V.A.
This meeting has been rescheduled by the S.V.A.
to the 8th of December. This was necessary due to the important
extended meeting with Clearview Productions for next year's S.V.A.
Sunday, November 12 -- BUSIEST WEEK at the S.V.A. WEBSITE
The week of November 6th through the 14th with over 118,000 visits
was another record-breaker for the S.V.A. website. This included
the top two busiest days.
Saturday, November 11 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE STATS GO THROUGH THE ROOF AGAIN
Ironically on "Veterans' Day", the S.V.A. website broke
yesterday's new record-breaker with its new busiest day today!
Coincidentally on "11/11", the number of visits to the S.V.A.
website hit its highest with nearly 32,500 in one fine day! To paraphrase a Supremes' hit song: "Up The Ladder Through The Roof"!
Saturday, November 11 -- VETERANS' DAY * HOLIDAY
Friday, November 10 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BREAKS ALL RECORDS AS "BUSIEST DAY"
The very popular website of the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association broke all of its single-day records with an
avalanche of over 31,300 visits to the site today! We know
from the detailed stats that the surge is directly related to our
extensive "Songs of The Stonewall" files, particularly the unique,
informative and appealing Diana Ross & The Supremes ("D.R.S.")
file. It is a statistical fact that more people go to the S.V.A.
for info on D.R.S. than to the Motown Records website!
Congratulations to the S.V.A. on its record-breaking day!
Tuesday, November 7 -- AMERICAN ELECTION DAY
Don't be apathetic, lazy and/or stupid -- VOTE! The
election polls in New York are open from early 6 a.m. to late 9 p.m.
In New Jersey and Connecticut the polls also open @ 6 a.m. but
close @ 8 p.m.
S.V.A. officials have been invited to an Election Night Party at
The Sheraton Hotel Ballroom at 811 Seventh Avenue at West 53rd
Street @ 9 p.m. The huge party will celebrate the combined
Democratic victories of Hillary R. Clinton re-elected as a U.S. Senator from New York, Eliot L. Spitzer for the next N.Y.S. Governor, David A. Paterson for Lieutenant Governor and Andrew M. Cuomo as Attorney General. Outstanding special guests include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former N.Y.S. Governor Mario Cuomo and his wife Matilda. In
addition, S.V.A. officials will attend a private suite
victory party, also at The Sheraton, for the re-election to
Congress of our Honorary Female Chairperson Carolyn B. Maloney. Please advise the S.V.A.'s AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969 of your confirmation to attend either or both events. For further direx, call Sherry Baybee at (212) 581-1000.
Saturday, November 5 -- ELECTION WEEKEND CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS
To be a volunteer for a campaign of a candidate who is
supportive of the S.V.A. and in order to coordinate these individual
efforts, please contact S.V.A.'s assistant AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969. If the candidate is Andrew M. Cuomo for N.Y.S. Attorney General, directly contact S.V.A.'s secretary Ruth Campbell at (347) 404-4427 to coordinate volunteering for Saturday and/or Sunday at =AMC= Headquarters.
Friday, November 3, 2006 -- THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PASSING of TERRI VAN DYKE
For those who knew the former Gay activist and S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke,
this is a very sad day as after three years is usually the time
that this type of loss fully sets. A private tribute dinner
with fellow Stonewallers, and including Terri's father Robert Van Dyke, has been arranged by Terri's former partner 'n' pal Williamson for this evening @ 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31 (eve) -- 33rd ANNUAl GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE
The internationally famous Halloween Parade in Greenwich
Village is America's largest Halloween celebration. Over one
million people participate as costumed marchers or enthusiastic
spectators. Yes, the S.V.A. traditionally takes part
parading in this fun, fun, fun event! For those who've asked,
"Where's Queen Allyson Ann"?
Come and "Hail to the Queen!" This year Queen AAA is
wearing a bright orange, multi-sequinced, full-length designer gown.
The S.V.A. segment is called "Stonewallers in Disguise".
Costumes are a must to be with us! The Grand Marshal is the
legendary rock group KISS including Gene Simmons!
Parade line-up begins @ 6 p.m. along Avenue of the Americas from
Spring Street and (appropriately) a-cross Broome Street and
any street north of Canal Street. The parade
electrifies @ 7 p.m. New York 1 News (Channel 1 in N.Y.C.)
will televise the event "live". For more 411 on the parade itself,
prior pix, parade route and an area map, visit: www.Halloween-NYC.com.
Tuesday, October 31 (day) -- COUNCILMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN MEETING with S.V.A.
Longtime supporter Councilmember David Weprin's annual meet with some heads of the S.V.A. Confirmed to attend are S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson, Treasurer Bert Coffman and Secretary Ruth Campbell. From PRIDE Democrats is Steven Gradman. The
time of the meeting is @ 11:30 a.m. Location is on
the 18th floor of the City Council office building at 250 Broadway in
view of City Hall
. (This meeting was rescheduled by the S.V.A. from last Thursday.)
Saturday, October 28 -- S.V.A. PRE-HALLOWEEN MEETING
The regular monthly meeting with the S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson presiding. All of the other elected S.V.A. officers in New York, including Emile Griffith, Bert Coffman, Ruth Campbell, Dianne Yodice and Storme DeLarverie, will give their annual S.V.A. reports and recommendations. Jackie Barrett in Florida will send her report via U.S. mail and telephone the S.V.A. meeting in progress.
As a special treat or spooky trick -- you be the judge! --
the S.V.A. is importing a transexual lez-bean Gay witch from East
Bavaria in Germany! Yah! The witch's broomhandle is Anka "PipeDrain" Gundelach.
FYI, how she got her salacious nickname PipeDrain involves
several big, burly black boyz and a "pipe". Ooops,
"don't ask, don't tell"! By the way, folks, her real reason for
flying over here non-stop on her broom is a mandatory criminal court
appearance -- but don't tell. The best Halloween
costume will be decided by our visiting trio of Gay Germanic
judges: Farsin, Hanns and Jurgen. Stay tuned.... much more to come in time for Halloween! Trick or treat!! Meeting lites up @ 4:15 p.m.
PRIDE Democrats' Halloween Dinner Party this evening is
thoughtfully timed after the S.V.A. meeting.
It includes several costumed people from the S.V.A.
Their event is by their invitation only.
Thursday, October 26 -- G.L.B.T. PEOPLE & FRIENDS for ANDREW CUOMO as ATTORNEY GENERAL
Andrew M. Cuomo has earned and deserves the support of the vast and diverse Gay community in New York State. This is a fund- and fun-raising event for AMC as the next Attorney General of New York State ("A/G"). Williamson Henderson (President), Emile Griffith (Vice-President) and Bert Coffman (Treasurer) of the S.V.A. and Marlon Hunter and Steven Gradman of PRIDE Democrats are among the GLBT-ers on the =AMC= Host Committee. Also attending from the S.V.A. are Storme DeLarverie (Ambassador), Ruth Campbell (Recording Secretary) and AnDre Christie (non-vet Assistant) -- plus Luis Rodrigo (Emile's partner). Host reception is @ 6 p.m. with very special guest former N.Y.S. Governor Mario M. Cuomo
-- also the famous dad of Andrew! Gay public official guest
supporters confirmed to attend include N.Y.C. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, N.Y.S. Senator Tom Duane, N.Y.S. Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell, N.Y.C. Commissioner Margarita Lopez, Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Melisssa Viverito and District Leader Brad Hoylman. Also, openly-Gay recent A/G candidate Sean Maloney.
The party location is at Villa Pazzo, appropriately in Greenwich
Village, at 296 Bleecker Street at the corner of Seventh Avenue
South on the west side of the avenue. Their phone number is (212)
488-2700. General reception times are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more 411 about the =AMC= campaign, including contributing and
volunteering, visit: www.AndrewCuomo.com.
Thursday, October 26 (day) -- COUNCILMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN MEETING with S.V.A.
Longtime and active supporter David Weprin's annual private meet with some heads of the S.V.A. Confirmed to attend are S.V.A. Treasurer Bert Coffman, Secretary Ruth Campbell, Liaison Michael Livote and Assistant AnDre Christie.
The time of the meeting is @ 3 p.m. Location is
on the 18th floor of the City Council office building at 250 Broadway
in view of City Hall
Thursday, October 19 (eve) -- ELECTION LAW REFORM in NEW YORK FORUM
Congressmember CBM's Chief-of-Staff Minna Elias has
personally invited S.V.A. officers to attend a timely discussion
about proposals and discussions for election law reform in New York
State. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney is one of three expert panelisits in addition to Doug Kelher, N.Y.S. Election Commissioner, and Larry Norden
of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice. One of the main subjects is
what type of new electronic election machines? And, the
accompanying problems such as security, reliability and accuracy.
Audience participation is included in the program.
Confirmed to be present are Williamson Henderson
from the S.V.A. as well as officials from PRIDE Democrats, Village
Independent Democrats and Village Reform Democratic Club. The
setting is at the historic mansion-like building of forum
sponsor New York County Lawyers' Association at 14 Vesey
Street between Broadway and Church Streets near the World
Trade Center site. The forum begins @ 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 19 (day) -- COUNCILMEMBER BILL de BLASIO MEETING with S.V.A.
Long planned in-person meeting (since his original election) --
"...though we run into each other at all the right places" -- with
S.V.A. supporter and friend Councilmember Bill de Blasio of
Brooklyn. Since the tragic loss of Councilmember Jed Davis
three years ago, Bill has proudly been our chief Brooklyn
Councilmember! Confirmed to attend are S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson and PRIDE Democrats Vice-President Steven Gradman as well as S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie and Sharada
from the Councilmember's office. Meeting time is @ 3:30 p.m.
The location is at the Councilmember's City Hall office on the
17th floor at 250 Broadway opposite City Hall.
Sunday, October 15 -- GAY WOMEN's KOFFEE HOUSE PRESENTS LIZ ABZUG
S.V.A. Honorary Member and longtime friend Liz J. Abzug will
be the guest speaker. Liz will mostly speak about the Bella
Abzug Leadership Institute ("BALI") named in honor of her renowned
mother. BALI's main purpose is to inspire and assist young women
in high school and college choose a principled career in politics.
"Lizala" will also discuss the life and work of the late
Congresswoman Bella! The Women's Koffee House is hosted by S.V.A.
Executive Committee member Rose Giordano. The gathering at the GLBT Center is @ 3 p.m. Coffee and desserts will be served. (Admission fee is $6.)
Wednesday, October 11 -- MIDTOWN DEMOCRATIC CLUB RE-MEETS with S.V.A.
This will be a reunion and re-establish get-together between the two
organizations. The Midtown Democratic Club president Carl A. Manzano ("CAM") will be proudly present. Representing the S.V.A. are its president Williamson Henderson and his assistant AnDre Christie.
The dinner meeting takes place (chosen by CAM) at the classic
Village Restaurant on West 9th Street right off Avenue of the Americas
in The Village -- just a stone's throw from where Christopher Street
begins. Colorful rainbow drinks will be ordered starting @ 7:30
p.m.: Red Rhine wine for Carl, green apple martini for 'Will' and
pink Shirley Temple for 'Dre'! The weather forecast is that it will
be "Raining Men".
Tuesday, October 10 -- "LIVE OUT LOUD!" GAY ACTIVISTS PANEL
To provide educational seminars, particularly during "Gay
Coming Out Week", the Live Out Loud ("LOL") organization is proudly
sponsoring "The Changing Faces of G.L.B.T. Activism". In addition
to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") with panelist Williamson Henderson,
other organizations represented on the diverse panel include:
U.N. AIDS Committee, Columbia University Gay Student Union,
Marriage Equality and Right Rides. The forum is being hosted by Barbara Raab, a producer of "NBC Nightly News". S.V.A. attendees will be head-lined by Bert Coffman
sitting in the reserved front row. There is no admission fee.
The forum begins @ 7:30 p.m. After the event, there will be
refreshments. The location is at The New School of Social
Research in their Wollman Hall. This auxillary building is at
65 West 11th Street off lower Fifth Avenue. The
venue is convenient by several subway lines including the
"4", "5", "6", "B", "D", "L", "N", "R" and, of course, the "Q"
(for Queen)! All train stops are 14th Street stations exeept the
"L" (Union Square) which runs across 14th Streeet. For more 411
on the sponsor "LOL", visit: www.LiveOutLoud.info.
Monday, October 9 -- COLUMBUS / ITALIAN-AMERICAN DAY PARADE
Officials of the S.V.A. have been invited to join U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, N.Y.S. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, former Congressmember Geraldine Ferraro, former N.Y.C. Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and the next N.Y.S. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo leading the annual New York Columbus Day Parade. Also verified to march are N.Y.C. Councilmembers Bill de Blasio, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioa, John C. Liu, Peter Vallone, Jr., and David Weprin. Confirmed to represent the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson and Dianne Yodice (speaking of Italian). Look for the newest friend of the S.V.A. vuluptuous blonde Italian-Spanish actress Janette Miranda.
You can't miss her! Line-up starts in the heart of midtown
Manhattan on Fifth Avenue north of 42nd Street. The parade
travels uptown past Lord & Taylor, St. Patrick's
Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Plaza Hotel and the General
Motors Building, among other international landmarks, to East 79 Street
at Central Park East. This parade starts @ high noon. For
additional 411, contact =AMC= headquarters at (212) 425-1110. The
weather forecast is "I" for incredible!
Thursday, October 5 -- SPECIAL BIRTHDAY DINNER PARTY for S.V.A. PREZ WILLIAMSON HENDERSON
Save the eve to celebrate another year with Williamson Henderson!
The birthday location will be at an
SVA-supportive Greenwich Village Restaurant in Manhattan.
(It will not be at the HCC -- too easy a guess.) Details
will be announced only to those who contact AnDre Christie at
the S.V.A. with their confirmation to attend and par-tee!
Dessert will be a custom cherry birthday cake inspired
by Jack's mother in Brokeback Mountain"! The
flare-up time will be @ 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 -- POLITICAL FORUM: N.Y.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES
Both Andrew M. Cuomo (Democrat) and Jeanine F. Pirro (Republican),
the two General Election candidates for N.Y.S. Attorney
General, will be participating in this forum. Many SVA-ers
saw Mr. Cuomo speak at this same location in a great wide room several
months ago during the Primary Election. In fact, Andre Christie
was shown on television news that night with AMC! This forum is
sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters. The location
is Baruch College on the third floor at 135 East 22nd
Street off Lexington Avenue. N.Y.C. local subway #6 is
nearby with a train station at East 23rd Street. The
program starts at 12 noon with Jeanine speaking first, followed by
Andrew @ 1 p.m. and completes @ 2 p.m..
Saturday, September 30 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
"See You In September" is one of the many wonderful
songs at the original Stonewall Club. Oh, you didn't know that?
That's because you weren't there! If you are
like Alana Kommack, you weren't even born (yet with so much to say
on the subject). We were there! We know! See you in
September -- at the S.V.A. meeting!
The monthly meeting is held at the New York City GLBT Community Services Center. The presiding officer is Williamson Henderson, who has a full agenda of updates, issues, events, ideas and decisions. Storme DeLarverie will be proposing an additional S.V.A. fund-raising approach. Steven Gradman
will present the political updates on behalf of PRIDE Democrats
including meetings with five councilmembers. Members,
friends and guests may arrive @ 4 p.m. or after, the meeting is
commenced @ 4:15 p.m., the guest speaker is @ approximately 5 p.m. and
the proceedings adjourn @ 6 to 6:15 p.m. This month's scheduled
guest speaker is a representative from the Live Out Loud organization
regarding their upcoming Gay activists' forum on "10/10". After
this meeting, many members, headed up by Bert Coffman, are
eating at Sammy's Noodle Houset on Avenue of the Americas at West
11th Street in easy walking distance from The Center. AnDre loves Sammy's shrimp dishes -- besides Will's dishy dishes!!
Friday, September 29 -- TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the LOSS of ELECTRA O'MARA
It's exactly two yerars ago that we lost our beloved and fun Electra. She was a veteran, an officer and a friend to all of the key people in her equally beloved S.V.A. Williamson called and spoke at length with EJO's swell sister Joan
in Boston. True to Electra, our Miss Joan maintains her annual
sponsorship to the S.V.A. To view Electra's webfile at the S.V.A.,
Thursday, September 28 -- SW-VETZ' DENTIST JAMES A. YEE DIES in MANHATTAN
Once known as the "Dentist to the Models", Dr. James A. Yee succumbed
to a long illness while recently hospitalized at the Terrence
Cardinal Cooke Rehabilitation Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
For decades, "Dr. Yee" was known as "The Dentist to the Models"
as he had so many high fashion and commercial models as patients.
That's how Dr. Yee met our then very young Dr. Stonewall in 1969.
In addition to the celebrities, actors and models, he was also
the much-appreciated, pain-less dentist for Stonewall vets Williamson
Henderson, John Watts, Eddie Wright, Michael Toney, Amir
Qaharr and Stanley Dunne besides Friends-of-SVA Gerald Paige, Baron
Morris, Evalene Denes, Farrell Armstrong and, most recently, Andre
Christie. For the past two decades, Dr. Yee lived in a four-story
townhouse he owns off Park Avenue on one of the most beautiful blocks
in the Upper East Side, where he also housed his renowned
floor-through dental practice. Dr. Yee divorced
over 30 years ago and predictably never remarried. He
is survived by his wonderful son Wayne, also a friend of the S.V.A.
Sunday, September 24 -- 20th ANNUAL BROADWAY FLEA MARKET & AUCTION
This popular and friendly annual event is a big outdoor
benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Among the many
special and unique offerings for sale are vintage Broadway
cast record albums, costume pieces, original scripts, vintage
wardrobes, celebrity autographs, Broadway musical c/ds, signed posters,
pictures and playbills. In addition, in exchange for a decent
donation to BC/EFA, you can pose for a photo with
your favorite Broadway, off-Broadway and daytime television
stars. Some confirmed stars are current Tony Award-winner
John Lloyd Young (the lead "Jersey Boy"), former Tony winner
Patti LuPone ("Evita"), Carol Kane (loved her in "When A Stranger
Calls"), Bebe Neuwirth, Edie Falco ("The Sopranos"), Lucie Arnaz
("Here's Lucy"), another new Tony winner Christopher Hoff ("Jersey
Boys"), LaChanze ("The Lion King"), Andrea McArdle, Tevin Campbell and
countless others. S.V.A. members shall call out as "present"!
Location for this exciting event is at famous Shubert Alley, just
west of Broadway between West 44th and 45th Streets, and all of 44th
Street is closed from Broadway to Eighth Avenue for the fanfare,
exhibits and displays in a real streetfair setting. The flea
market opens at 10 a.m. for a solid nine hours until 7 p.m.
The "Live" Grand Auction hits the first gavel about 4:30
p.m. The entire marvelous event is produced by Tom Viola. For more detailed 411, please call BC/EFA at (212) 840-0770 and/or visit: www.BroadwayCares.com
Tuesday, September 19 -- STONEWALL REPS at =AMC= HEADQUARTERS
Post-Primary Election review, meeting and plans at the winning Democratic candidate for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's headquarters office. Confirmed to attend representing the S.V.A. are Williamson (S.V.A. Prez), Dianne Yodice (S.V.A. Corresponding Secretary) and, later, AnDre Christie (S.V.A. Assistant). The S.V.A. group rendezvous is with Mr. Jo and Eli Rubin.
Yes, the heroic Gang-Green slayer will be there! The
location is 1740 Broadway at West 55th Street on the eighth floor in
midtown Manhattan. Party toasts @ 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION STREETFAIR
The S.V.A. 's annual streetfair is located on Greenwich
Avenue between Seventh Avenue South at West 11th Street, crossing
Perry, Charles, West 10th and Christopher Streets, up until Avenue of
the Americas in Greenwich Village. S.V.A. Prez Williamson Henderson
is coordinating the group's presence. The STONEWALL
Veterans' Association will have a welcoming and information table
hosted by Allyson Allante and her Stonewall Gyrlz. S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie
will be distributing lavender S.V.A. (flyers while listening
to music from his ear-plugged I-pod). PRIDE Democrats will
have its own display table personed by Steven Gradman and Michael Livote. Friend-of-SVA and author John Amodeo will be promoting his book "Voices of Hell's Kitchen". Technical support for everything S.V.A. is handled by Rob B. Ashe. Special drinks and food are provided complementary to only SVA-ers by concessioneer Anthony Mirando and his Lattuccino! Hours for the open fair are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or later.
Clearview Festival Productions is the super producer of this
streetfair, as they arrange a majority of
Manhattan streetfairs. Todd Berman,
head of CFP, invited Williamson, AnDre and Friend-of-SVA
Rob Ashe to a celebratory outdoor dinner at the
SVA-supportive Cowgirl Restaurant on Hudson Street and West 10th Street
in the West Village. Yeeee-haw!
Wednesday, September 13 -- MEETING with COUNCILMEMBER MELISSA VIVERITO
The meeting is at Councilmember Melissa Viverito's District Office at 105 East 116 Street off Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y.
The S.V.A. will have our general annual agenda for
supportive public officials including sponsorship and their attending a
Stonewall vets event. Confirmed S.V.A. officials include Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Ruth Campbell.
Meeting is scheduled @ 4 p.m. The Eastside subway #6
stops conveniently up the street from MMV's office.
Tuesday, September 12 -- PRIMARY ELECTION DAY in NEW YORK
Voting locations are open in New York from 6 a.m. to 9
p.m. The S.V.A. arranges to pick up members in good standing and
transport them to their polling station and home. The onlycondition
is that you swear to vote against the perennial political horrow show
"Gang-Green"! You can't beat that deal! Independent
volunteers are also provided via the S.V.A. for various approved
campaigns whose candidates are supportive of the S.V.A., our history
and out purposes. By the way, the S.V.A. has been
invited to the confirmed victory party of Andrew M. Cuomo
for N.Y.S. Attorney General. The big =AMC= celebration is at The
Sheraton Hotel at 811 Seventh Avenue between West 52 and West 53
Streets. For more location details, call Sherry Baybee at (212) 581-1000.
Monday, "September 11th" -- 5th TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY of the SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACKS!!!!
Remembering the horrific, senseless and viscious tragedy of the
four violent attacks by Islamic extremists five years ago on
September 11th in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Pennsylvania,
the S.V.A. will be totally closed! It is "A
Day of Remembrance" and deep respect throughout sorrowful America and
the civilized World.
Locally, a contingency from the S.V.A. will be attending the
early morning ceremonies in Lower Manhattan, NYC, to commence with the
"clock times" of the two
doomed airplanes used for attacking the two World Trade
Center Twin Towers on
September 11th, 2001!!
Friday, September 1, 2006 -- S.V.A. RECEIVES CITY COUNCIL PROCLAMATION
This year's New York City Council proclamation to the
STONEWALL Veterans' Association was sponsored and is arranged by
Councilmember Melissa Viverito.
The proclamation states, in part: "Whereas: The Council of the City of New York is pleased and proud to honor the STONEWALL Veterans' Association
for its distinguished service to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and
Transgender community; and Whereas: the Stonewall Rebellion was a
watershed moment in the history of our country and for all members of
the G.L.B.T. community.... and most of said persons were or are members
of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association -- and five other
AnDre Christie, on behalf
of the S.V.A. and personally known to Councilmember Melissa, picks
up the framed document at the Councilmember's district office
today and meets with her chief of staff Melinda Velez. Copies of the proclamation will be included in the S.V.A.'s next mailing.
Saturday, August 26 -- S.V.A. SUMMER MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
recently re-elected and reinstated as the S.V.A. President,
orchestrates and presides over this S.V.A. meeting for the newest
beginning of the legendary S.V.A. Emile Griffith and his 'assistant' (a.k.a. life partner) Luis Rodrigo will outline their plans to promote the S.V.A. Bert Coffman
will deliver the updates on public officials including Eliot Spitzer,
Carolyn Maloney, Andrew Cuomo, Margarita Lopez, David Paterson, Melissa
Viverito, David Yassky, Rosie Mendez and others.
The special guest speaker will be former Federal Housing Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo ("AMC"),
Democratic candidate for N.Y.S. Attorney General. Gee, it
seems like only a year or so ago that we had the current Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as our special guest speaker
(in 1998). Just like then, there is a questions-and-answers
session. Because this regularly-scheduled S.V.A. meeting is held
pre-election New York Primaries, expect to see and hear some local
unannounced but welcomed political candidates.
There will be a special presentation and update from Kimberly Gray,
producer at 77 Films, Inc. and their GLBT documentary project "Out In
Manhattan" series, which includes the recent acclaimed "Life on
Christopher Street" and the forthcoming "PRIDE" about Gay Pride
including the parades. During the meeting there will be a filmed
interview with AnDre Christie, the S.V.A. Assistant, as coordinator for Youth-for-SVA.
S.V.A. members and friends will go out to an outdoor dinner at an SVA-advertising restaurant after the meeting @ 6 p.m.
Monday, August 21 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE w/ COUNCILMEMBER MELISSA VIVERITO
In addition to the S.V.A. agenda, Councilmember Melisssa Viverito
is presenting the S.V.A. with a Council Proclamation for the recent
"Gay Pride Month" and its historic connection with the S.V.A.
The meeting is @ 4 p.m. at MMV's Councilmatic Office at
105 East 116th Street in Manhattan. It is located just west of
Lexington Avenue on the wide, two-way 116th. The office is a
stone's throw from the 116th Street station of the Lexington
Avenue #6 train. By the way, the #6 was just voted the best
subway line in N.Y.C.! To confrim your attendance, please call AnDre (a favorite of Melissa) at (212) 6-27-1969.
Monday, August 21 -- CONFERENCE at COUNCILMEMBER ROSIE MENDEZ's OFFICE
For a mini-conference with some Councilmember Rosie staffers, S.V.A. official Bert Coffman is representing the S.V.A. Specific topics relate to the continuance of mutual interests and
concerns, including funding, established with the predecessor
councilmember. The conference is at the Councilmember's District
Office on East 14th Street at First Avenue in Manhattan @ 4 p.m.
Sunday, Augusrt 20 -- MARTIN BARRETO, FRIEND of S.V.A., KILLED @ 49
This is shocking to the Stonewall veterans who knew Gay and kindly Martin Barreto.
We met "MB" through former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an S.V.A.
Honorary Memeber. Martin was on the Mayor's staff in the
communications department. His boss was our longtime friend
Cristyne Lategano (now Nicholas). Martin was at the Mayor's
Gay Pride celebrations at Gracie Mansion and the annual New York
City Gay Pride Parades. On one occasion, he personally brought a
letter of commendation from Mayor Rudy to the monthly S.V.A. meeting.
MB stayed for the entire meeting. This tragic event
apparently occured very late Saturday night in Martin's home in
Greenwich Village. We've missed seeing Martin the past few
years and now we'll miss... muchacho mucho mas!
Although it won't bring Martin back, it was actually worse without the
news that about a week after the crime, on August 28, really alert New
York City detectives on this case, spotted the killer
who they were looking for in Midtown Manhattan on the East Side.
The well-dressed, athletic, hispanic assailant bolted;
however, he got trapped in a closed-in parking lot and was
arrested on murder charges. It was confirmed that Martin and
this man met on the street and went to the former's apartment.
Although there was a Gay involvement, the assailant was a
drug addict who was bent on robbery and selling the stolen goods.
Saturday, August 19 -- JAMES E. DAVIS "STOP THE VIOLENCE" MARCH in BROOKLYN
This is the fourteenth annual march to "stop the violence", originated
by James "Jed" Davis and now named in his honor. Tragically, as a
N.Y.C. Councilmember, Jed was the fatal victim of violence three years
ago in City Hall. There will be many public officials attending
this popular public march. Geoffrey A. Davis, Jed's younger brother, is the event host, march leader and speakers emcee. The S.V.A. as always is represented by Williamson Henderson.
Start-up location is Nostrand Avenue (renamed James E.
Davis Avenue) at Fulton Street. The march procedes
down Nostrand Avenue to Empire Boulevard at the James E. Davis
Post Office. With the street closed off, a speakers rally with
seating for attendees happens at the end of the march. Subway
trains are convenient at both ends. The "A" subway to
Nostrand Avenue is the closest train to the event. The march
starts @ 2 p.m. For additional information, please call the
JED Stop the Violence Foundation at (718) 221-2911.
Thursday, August 17 -- ATTORNEY GENERAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES DEBATE
The Attorney General ("A/G") of New York State is a
position of great importance to a civil rights organization
such as the STONEWALL Veterans' Association. The office of
the A/G has always been particularly significant to the
S.V.A. We've had regular communication and input through
several attorneys general, including Louie Lefkowitz, Robert Abrams and
Oliver Koppell, spanning four decades.
Tonight's stand-up debate includes Democratic candidates Andrew M. Cuomo (former Federal Secretray of Housing & Urban Development), openly-Gay Sean P. Maloney (former Clinton Oval Office right-hand man) and openly-Brown Charlie King
(also a former President Clinton employee). The fourth individual
is the perennially losing and confrontational challenger Marc
"Gang" Green, an avowed disrespecter and ignorer of the S.V.A.
Let's see who has the last loud lesbian laugh.
Special guests confirmed include former Congressmember Geraldine Ferraro and her husband John Zaccaro, former N.Y.S. Attorney General candidate Karen Burstein and former Manhattan Boro President Percy Sutton as well as current MBP Scott Stringer. The S.V.A. contingency is headed up by its enthusiastic President Williamson Henderson.
This political happening is sponsored by New York One News, produced by Bob Hardt, Jr., hosted by Dominic Carter and is aired "live" and repeated later on local Channel 1. Andrew Kirtzman
from CBS-TV are among the newscasters covering the forum. The
all-man debate ignites @ 7 p.m. at Pace University Amphitheater on
Beekman Place near City Hall. The S.V.A. has ten tickets to
the landmark event. If you are an S.V.A. member in good
standing and want to attend, contact AnDre Christie at (212 6-27-1969.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 -- CAMPAIGN PARTY for ANDREW CUOMO
As anyone should expect, the office of the Attorney General
must be important to a Gay organization, particularly one that is civil
rights-oriented and politically-aware -- of which the S.V.A. is both!!
This is a "Volunteer Kick-Off Party" for the friends of Andrew M. Cuomo ("AMC"). He has many "friends" at the S.V.A. Special guest speaker will be former New York State First Lady Matilda Cuomo,
who, like her son Andrew, knows the S.V.A. for many years.
There will be public officials such as openly-Gay
N.Y.S. Senator Tom Duane and S.V.A. supporter N.Y.C. Councilmember Miguel Martinez, among others, attending. Representing the S.V.A. are confirmed-in-stone officers Williamson Henderson, Dianne Yodice and Ruth Campbell
in addition to several S.V.A. friends. Hosting the "Heat
Wave" -- the campaign is heating up -- event will be AMC's hot and
impressive campaign manager and friend Mr. Joe Percoco.
Everyone will have substantial and quality supper
food, beverages and desserts. The great skyscraper location
is on the eighth floor at 1740 Broadway, between West
and 56th Streets, in Manhattan. The huge entrance is in the
middle of the block. It is a high-security building,
so have photo identification available. Time: 5:30
p.m. To confirm with the
S.V.A., call AnDre at (212) 6-27-1969. For more 411, call AMC's headquarters at (212) 425-1110 or visit: www.AndrewCuomo.com.
Saturday, July 29 -- S.V.A. POST-GAY PRIDE MONTH MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
S.V.A. discusses Gay Pride Month and the events that we were invited to
such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Gay Pride Party and those where
we were disrespectfully and rudely excluded such as
openly-Gay but ever-the-hater Qwistine Qwinn's charade promoting
herself at City Hall's inanenly-named "Pride". Huh?
"Pride" in what? Witnesses
confirm that Q.Q. never mentioned The Stonewall, the
Stonewall Rebellion or the Stonewall Veterans nor the STONEWALL
Veterans' Association!!!! That's Gay "Pride" -- not! It's
Gay shame! Incrementally, QQ got her job through us and not
vice versa. Another meeting topic, the day of the Gay
Pride Parade's "Tell It To The Rain" (by FVFS) theme can only be
reflected. You can't parade out top-down convertibles in the
rain! Nontheless, we had one: a vintage Mercedes ragtop.
And, the S.V.A. led the parade! By the way, rude one-day
only Grand Marshal Christine Quinn did not even come say hello to
Mid-year election -- or 'switching' -- for S.V.A. President and Treasurer shall be conducted.
Guest speakers at this S.V.A. meeting are several political candidates
who are aware of the significance and the success that one typically
enjoys as a candidate at the polls with the unique and active "support"
of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association. After all, the S.V.A.
has been doing it longer -- and better! Don't be mad or
jealous; attend the S.V.A. meeting! There will also be a very
Friday, July 21 -- TRIBUTE to N.Y.C. COUNCILMEMBER JAMES E. ("JED") DAVIS
This is the second annual tribute for the late and great Councilmember James E. "Jed" Davis.
He was tragically, needlessly and scandalously ambushed and
gunned down in City Hall Council Chambers on July 23, 2003.
The keynote speaker and host is Councilmember Jed's younger
brother Geoffrey A. Davis. Among the scheduled speakers are the Councilmember's mother Thelma Davis, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, N.Y.C. Councilmembers David Yassky, Letitia James and David Weprin, activist Dr. Lenora Fulani, political friend Hakeem Jeffries and social friend Williamson Henderson. Invocation is by Rabbi Shea Hecht.
The tribute commences at City Hall @ 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Foods and beverages are provided buffet-style in the City Hall
Rotunda after the tribute event. The S.V.A. greatly misses
the one-and-only Jed!
Thursday, July 20 -- STONEWALL ICON CONCERT: FRANKIE VALLI & FOUR SEASONS
You can actually see Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons ("FVFS") perform big
hit songs that were in the jukebox at the original Stonewall Club.
These "Songs of The Stonewall" will probably include "Let's Hang
On", "Working My Way Back To You Babe" and "I've Got You
Under My Skin" and will definitely include the #1 Frankie Valli
solo "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You". You can also expect many of
FVFS' other big hit songs such as "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry",
"Walk Like A Man", "Candy Girl", "Dawn, Go Away", "Rag Doll",
"Bye, Bye Baby", "Beggin'", "C'mon Marianne", "My Eyes Adored You",
"Oh, What A Night", "Swearin' To God", "Who Loves You" and more!
This is the fifth year of FVFS at this concert series.
Hey, these are the real "Jersey Boys" on which the #1 hit
Broadway play is based. The concert takes place at Asser Levy
Seaside Park at the Atlantic Ocean between Surf Avenue and West 5th
Street in Brooklyn! Access via subways include the "Q" (Ocean
Parkway station), the "B" (Brighton Beach), "D" (Stillwell Avenue), "F"
(West 8 Street) and "N" (Coney Island) trains. All of these
stations are in close proximity. To coordinate your attendance at
this outdoor and free event, phone AnDre "Peanut" Christie at (212) 6-27-1969 (24/7). For more 411, visit Brooklyn's Seaside Summer Concerts schedule at: www.BrooklynConcerts.com.
July 3, 2006 -- 37th ANNIVERSARY of END of the 1969 STONEWALL REBELLION
Where else would you read about this G.L.B.T. community
historical fact than at the S.V.A. website? Most people in the
community do not even know what year the rebellion took place much
less the date it ended.
Tuesday, June 27th -- S.V.A. STONEWALL REBELLION ANNIVERSARY PARTY at THE STONEWALL CLUB
"The 27th of June" is the exact date (not day) of the
first-night anniversary of the now historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at
The Stonewall Club in Greenwich Village! Come celebrate "The
Happening" with the surviving, active Stonewall veterans of the
historic rebellion at the place "where it all started"
-- where we ignited it all: The Stonewall! To
quote an original song of The Stonewall, "Ain't Nothing Like The
Real Thing". This is a fun 'n' fund raiser for the STONEWALL
Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."). The program commences in
the Stonewall Cabaret on the entire second floor @ 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
"Bi the Gay" (an authentic Stonewall phrase), the old Stonewall
bartender is Fred "Tree" Folkinovskev. Well-built, personable and handsome Evyl
will be the assistant 'tender! For more 411 about this S.V.A.
Stonewall happening and benefit, you can phone The Stonewall Club
directly or contact the event promoter Steven Gradman at (212) 613-6039.
Entertainment: Headlining the "Stonewall Showtyme" will be Queen Allyson & The Allysonians
("QAA")!!! They will be reprising their "Stonewall Show" at The
Stonewall from exactly ten years ago with the release of "Stonewall:
The Movie" (1996). QAA will be performing several songs of The
Shangri-Las, including "Remember, Walking In The Sand", "Give Him A
Graet Big Kiss", "Out In The Streets" and "Past Present And
Future", the theme song of the movie "Stonewall". Opening the
entertainment part of the evening is The Supreme Boyz
-- three Gay guys -- will open the show, performing three original
Stonewall jukebox songs of Diana Ross & The Supremes, namely "Stop!
In The Name Of Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Someday, We'll Be
Together". The first person we signed for the new "Stonewall
Showtyme" is AnDre Christie as
Frankie Valli of Four Seasons fame performing three songs, "Let's
Hang On", a fave of the kids', "Peanut", a mob fave, and "Can't
Take My Eyes Off Of You", everybody's fave, that were all in the
jukebox at The Stonewall! For
more 411 about the entertainment, you can call the S.V.A. at any time
at (212) 6-27-1969 -- the exact date of the first night of the
Stonewall Rebellion, June 27, 1969!
Admission: $25 (minimum donation)
Monday, June 26 -- WEBSITE of S.V.A. BREAKS WEEKLY RECORD during GAY PRIDE WEEK
The new weekly record-breaker of verified visits to the
S.V.A. website is 88,797! Understandably and appropriately,
this coincided with Gay Pride Week in New York. The week also
included S.V.A.'s busiest website day ever.
Monday, June 26 -- S.V.A. SPEARHEADS a SLANDER SUIT vs. a SLIME SHAMER
In the "Spirit of Stonewall", the S.V.A. is not going to
tolerate any assaults on our group or any personal attacks on
our leaders -- especially from within the divisive and dysfunctional,
and, in this case, degenerate GLBT "community". Y'all come back
for the steamy and seamy details. It involves an old and ugly,
deranged and green with envy political loser enemy's attack dawg.
This one shall have adverse ramifications for a particular
poisonous candidate right through his big time losing of his
primary. You can count on that political promise -- errr --
Sunday, June 25 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BREAKS RECORD for BUSIEST DAY
The immensely popular and resourceful S.V.A. website hit
over 17,000 verified "visits" in one day breaking the previous
record of over 15,000 visits in one day. Ironically, this is on
"Gay Parade Day" in New York City and many other cities. With all
the rain in the Northeast, no doubt many people were at home searching
for key "Gay" "pride" "parade" entries on their computers. The
exact figure for the day is 17,327! Hmmm, our lucky number "27"
(as in the Stonewall Rebellion on June 27th). Congratulations
to those who made this all possible such as Leigh McManus and Babsala Lynn and, particulary, the wise, energetic and promotional Williamson!
Sunday, June 25 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION DUNCHEON @ 2:30 p.m.
This is one of the real happy, Gay and fun
events, particularly for the Stonewall veterans. The host
with the most -- hair and flair -- is S.V.A.'s Founder Williamson Henderson. For a special Gay Pride treat, WLH is treating everyone
to a green apple martini -- or a green alcohol-free Shirley
Temple drink -- as a toast to our Gay history-making and to the
defeat of S.V.A. enemy "Gang-Green" at the polls in two months and two
weeks!! As has been the location for the last several years,
the eatery will be the Gay-owned and SVA-advertising Hudson Corner
Cafe. It is located at 570 Hudson Street and West 11 Street in
Manhattan -- at the corner! Look for the "Peyton Place" type
white picket fence. The SW-Duncheon is held rain, clouds or
shine. For more 411, telephone former nun Sister Agnes at the restaurant at (212) 229-2727.
Sunday, June 25 -- 37th ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIDE PARADE @ 12 noon
The original parade in 1970 was created to commemorate the
first anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The parade
line-up for the S.V.A. is on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street.
Meet us there! It is the most appropriate opportunity
to come say "hello!" and give "thanks!" to the actual veterans of the
Stonewall Rebellion. Unfortunately, many disrespecters, ingrates
and opportunists rudely talk bull with undeserving others or
attend a rudely-timed press conference on "Stonewall Day" to
promote some losing candidate (e.g., Gang-Green or Giffy) instead
of paying homage to the SW-Vetz. That's not
"Gay Pride"! The S.V.A.'s "Stonewallers on Parade" segment and
flotilla is Gay Pride at its zenith! Stonewall veterans confirmed
to attend include, but are not limited to: Bert Coffman (President), Mark Zatlow (Treasurer), Storme DeLarverie (Ambassador) and Cristina Hayworth (Former Ambassadress) plus "SW" Executive Committee Members Leigh McManus, Countess China, Jack Rojas and Rose Giordano. Friends-of-SVA verified to march include: Jessica Burke, Johnny Cakes, DeeDee Donigan, Jenni Egan, Steven Gradman, Dr. Dyane Karron, Tamara Towson, et al. To confirm yopur presence, call AnDre C
at the S.V.A. at (212) 6-27-1969. The humongous parade kicks
off @ exactly 12 noon! The "Dykes-on-Bykes" motorcycle
contingency is the parade "escort". For much more 411, call the
parade organizers Heritage of Pride at (212) 80-PRIDE or visit
their website at: www.HOPinc.org. Gay Pride Day warning: Weather reports advise "rain"!
Saturday, June 24 -- S.V.A. ANNUAL GAY PRIDE MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
This month of Gay Pride June meeting is the biggest
and most special of the S.V.A. It is always a renunion of many of
the Stonewall veterans, many who only see each other once a year.
A special annual agenda and round-up will be
conducted by S.V.A. Executive Director Williamson Henderson. Outgoing Bert Coffman
concludes a commonly-known unremarkable acting presidency.
Special attention must be given to the financial needs of
the organization. Discussions on the S.V.A. plans for the Gay
Pride Parade tomorrow. Rose Giordano will
report on a group of SVA-ers who went to the HOP office to
discuss "cars, cars, cars" for elderly, disabled or
infirmed S.V.A. members who plan to travel in the parade.
As of this update, HOP has miserably failed to make any
arrangements for the alleged "heroes" of the GLBT community, although
they receive from unknowing sponsors over a half million dollars to do
so! By the way, the current age range of SW-Vetz is from 49
to 86. Final planning will be discussed for the "Stonewall
Showtyme" benefit this coming Tuesday the June 27th -- the exact date
of the first night of the rebellion -- at The Stonewall. Last
item of business at the June meeting is always the election of the
S.V.A. President for the new Gay year! Unequivocably, Berti's
temporary timid tenure of six months will terminate today! (The
other S.V.A. officers are elected at year's end.) There will be
many special guests stopping by at this meeting to say "Happy Gay
Pride" -- and thanks to the Stonewall veterans! Besides the
two stated, other Stonewall veterans confirmed to attend are Storme DeLarverie, Leigh McManus, Keith Lonesome, Cristina Hayworth and Robert Fucito. To confirm your attendance if you wish to be a guest speaker, please schedule with S.V.A.'s AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969.
Special Guest Speaker: Former N.Y.C. Councilmember and current N.Y.C. Housing Commissioner Margarita Lopez,
reprising her S.V.A. visit, as promised, from one year ago! Come
re-welcome S.V.A. Honorary Member Margarita on this Gay Pride Weekend.
After the interesting and fun meeting, it's out to dinner at an
S.V.A. advertiser restaurant.
Friday, June 23 -- CANADA'S "M.T.V." INTERVIEWS STONEWALL REPS
It's always welcomed to accommodate our good -- and Gay
marriage -- neighbors to the north. This is particularly
so when educating them on national Canadian television about
"Stonewall, Stonewall, Stonewall". The three "Stonewalls" are (1)
the rebellion, (2) the association and (3) the car. Williamson Henderson as the S.V.A. Founder and Leigh McManus of the S.V.A. Executive Committee plus AnDre Christie representing the Youth-for-SVA will be the interviewees.
Friday, June 23 -- WILLIAMSON & the "STONEWALL CAR" in "METRO" NEWS
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association is nicely profiled in the Metro's "Gay Pride Guide". In one of the specific interview questions to Williamson Henderson,
here's the question and answer: "What is your favorite part of
the parade"? He replied: "The historic symbolism of the
S.V.A. It's definitely bittersweet as every year is like a
memorial for us, remembering those people that we've lost". The Metro
included a great, lively color photo of the 1969 blue Cadillac
"Stonewall Car" in all its glory in an actual Gay Pride Parade.
You can clearly see Dianne Yodice, Countess China and Rev. Magora Kennedy riding in the car, Amir Qaharr riding 'shotgun' and Ray McCaffrey driving it. Also shown is fellow SW-Vet Jack Rojas walking alongside the car with his Gay activist sign. For more on the "Gay Pride" article, visit: www.Metro.us.
Thursday, June 22 -- JUDY GARLAND COMMEMORATIVE U.S. STAMP ISSUED
To commemorate the legendary international entertainer, the
U.S. Postal Service has created a beautiful close-up picture of Miss
Garland. It has Judy's look from her #1 film "A Star Is Born" for
which she was nominated for "Best Actress". The photo is
signed "Judy Garland". As part of a series,
each 20-stamp sheet has a nice attachment entitled "Legends of
Hollywood". The self-sticking printed info has a brief Garland
bio and a photo of Judy as "Dorothy" in "The Wizard of Oz". Make
no mistake, the Post Office is smart enough to release this "St. Judy"
stamp during Gay Pride Week! The S.V.A. will only use this Judy,
Judy, Judy stamp on all of its mailings until Christmas!
Wednesday, June 21 -- WILLIAMSON HENDERSON I/V'd for NYC METRO NEWS
The Metro -- a popular daily New York City newspaper --
is publishing a special "Gay Pride" edition for Gay Pride Weekend.
Their choice to interview is Williamson Henderson
as founder of the S.V.A. and who is the only known person to have
marched in every Gay Pride Parade since the first in
1970! The subjects for the S.V.A. are as follows: (a) the
historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion; (b) the real meaning of "Gay Pride"
then and now; (c) the annual New York City Gay Pride Parade,
(d) the famous 1969 "Stonewall Car" impounded by the NYCPD at the
rebellion; and (e) the part of the parade that means the most to
Stonewall Vetz. [See the report this Friday, June 23,
when the article is published as a "Gay Pride" feature
Tuesday, June 20 -- MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S GAY PRIDE PARTY at GRACIE MANSION @ 5
New York City's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg("M.R.B.")
hosts this annual, outdoor, elegant affair replete with big tent, green
lawns, lively music, tasty food and zesty drinks. This is MRB's
fifth annual GLBT event at Gracie Mansion! The Mayor's
presentation will have three themes: the historic 20th
anniversary of the New York City Gay Rights Bill signed into
law by Mayor Ed Koch, the sad 25th anniversary of AIDS and the
proud 37th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The keynote
speaker is the newly-appointed (by the Mayor), openly-Gay
Commissioner of N.Y.C. Housing Margarita L. Lopez. The annual speaker is the existing openly-Gay Human Resources Administration Commissioner Verna Eggleston. There will also be a Gay Pride speech by the recently-selected and openly-Gay City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The S.V.A. delegation, the longest-attending GLBT group at Mayoral Gay Pride celebrations, is headed by Williamson Henderson and Cristina Hayworth. Also confirmed is S.V.A. Honorary Member Liz Abzug and her honey Erica. We wonder if green with envy Alana Komack
will be allowed in? She was excluded from the Mayor's last GLBT
event! An individual "official" photograph with Mayor Michael is
a special added feature for all invitees. (The event is, of
course, strictly by invitation only!)
Monday, June 19 -- G.L.B.T. CENTER'S 23rd ANNUAL "GARDEN PARTY" @ 6 p.m.
This is the 23rd anniversary of the Gay Community Center and
the "Garden Party" itself. The event is a large, outdoor
fund-raising event for The Center. It happens at the Hudson River
Park's Pier 54 at West 14 Street. The "Garden Party" starts at 6
p.m. and culminates with dancing from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. For much
more 411, phone The Center at (212) 620-7310 and/or visit their
informative website at: www.GayCenter.org.
Sunday, June 18 -- GAY PRIDE RALLY in BRYANT PARK @ 2 p.m.
A little "committee" at Heritage of Pride chooses
who will be the speakers at their rally. We guess that
actual veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion suddenly no
longer "qualify" in their broken view. It's queer that we
were great enough to be the main attraction on stage for
"Stonewall 25" in Central Park (1994) when HOP was not the chooser
of the speakers. In contrast to "SW-25" with 25 vets on
stage, HOP has chosen some speakers who have been booed by the
audience! So, we suggest that you do not attend until they
reinstate respcct and gratitude in their program. In any
event, Bryant Park is on Avenue of the Americas from West 41
Street to West 42nd Street. Multiple entrances are on all of
those streets. Geographically, Bryant Park is actually located
behind the New York Public Library!
Thursday, June 15 -- N.Y.C. COMPTROLLER'S "GLBTQ PRIDE" @ 5:30 p.m.
Hey, another rude year of Billy Tee
ignoring the folks that brought the "pride", namely the famous
Stonewall veterans. Ig'ing the SW-Vetz is real "dis-Respect"!
Unfortunately for him, he's still got a lot of poisonous staff
left over from his predecessor Hevesi. However, that's no excuse
after into his fifth year!!!!! His honorees still don't
include any of the Stonewall veterans. If you want free food, go
to the Gay Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can r.s.v.p.
to (212) 669-4466 or just show up! Tell them that the S.V.A. sent
Tuesday, June 13 -- NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL GAY PRIDE EVENT
This year is the 20th anniversary of the New York City Gay
Rights Law celebration. The Gay Rights Bill was signed into
law by then Mayor Ed Koch, a longtime advocate and supporter. Several Stonewall veterans such as Williamson Henderson
were with the legendary mayor then at City Hall and, ironically, such
as Williamson, with the legendary mayor at City Hall just the
other day at an endorsement press conference. This 2006 annual
City Council Gay event is sponsored by Gay Councilmembers such as Melissa Viverito, Alan Gerson and Rosie Mendez.
It's held in the Council Chambers of City Hall from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. If you are a Stonewall veteran member of the
S.V.A., to r.s.v.p., call (212) 788-9107 or e-mail: events@Council.NYC.NY.US.
Sunday, June 11 -- NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE @ 11 a.m.
The famous Puerto Rican Day Parade line-up is on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan in La Ciudad de Nueva York.
Sunday, June 11 -- S.V.A.'s WILLIAMSON PIC in NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The nice close-up photo is of former N.Y.C. Mayor Ed Koch making the historic endorsement of Andrew Cuomo for N.Y.S. Attorney General with Williamson Henderson
approving by his very attendance -- front and center!. As founder
of the GLBT activist and civil rights S.V.A., its Director WLH's
presence was also strategic for any questions or views regarding the
Koch-Cuomo family political history. It interestingly
stems from the 1977 mayoral race with Mario Cuomo and Bella
Abzug, et al. when Koch won the Dem run-off primary. In
1982, the Koch-Cuomo match reappeared when Mario won the Democratic nod
for Governor. And, now the son Andrew is running with the
blessing of Koch! All involved -- then and now -- are supporters
of the S.V.A. To see the full story by Robert F. Moore and the
color photo by Debbie Egan, visit: www.NYDailyNews.com.
For direct link, hit the incredible historic headline: Koch endorses Cuomo: Andy'd be Dandy A/G!
Saturday, June 10 -- 10th ANNUAL BROOKLYN GAY PRIDE PARADE @ 9 p.m.
New York City's only nighttime Gay Pride Parade is in Brooklyn!
The parade line-up is @ 7:30 to 8 p.m. along grand ole Prospect
Park West from 15th to 19th Streets. The fun parade begins at the
old trolley car circle at Bartel-Pritchard Square. The S.V.A.
will be having dinner at the nearby Circle Restaurant. Guess
why the eatery was so-named? The parade rolls into the
night @ 9 p.m. For much more 411 about the festival, the
rally and the parade, telephone the Brooklyn Pride Committee at (718)
670-3337 or e-mail them any question at: info@BrooklynPride.org. Visit BP's website at: www.BrooklynPride.org.
Saturday, June 10 -- S.V.A. CO-CHAIRPERSONS' PRESS CONFERENCE ENDORSING ANDREW CUOMO
Interestingly, both of the S.V.A.'s wise and wonderful Honorary Chairpersons -- former and famous Mayor Ed I. Koch and current U.S. Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney -- are jointly endorsing Andrew M. Cuomo ("AMC") for N.Y.S. Attorney General. Mr. AMC would succeed active S.V.A. supporter and Honorary Member Eliot L. Spitzer. The appropriate location is Mayor Koch's former office building a.k.a. City Hall! The
press conference will be covered on all of the New York area
television news shows Saturday evening and in all the newspapers on
. Williamson Henderson, who personally also supports the candidacy of AMC for A/G, is representing the S.V.A. and AnDre M. Christie, another "AMC", distributes the S.V.A's new lavender Gay Pride flyers. Supporters are assembling @ 10 a.m. with the press conference @ 10: 20 a.m.
Thursday, June 8 -- BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT'S OFFICE OBSERVES GAY PRIDE
This annual Gay Pride celebration by the
Brooklyn Borough President's Office -- currently only two of five
N.Y.C. borough presidents do so -- is held in the Brooklyn
Courtroom Rotunda at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 209 Joralemon Street.
A reception with food follows the event. The
program starts @ 6 p.m. For more 411 and to r.s.v.p.,
telephone (718) 802-4488.
Tuesday, June 6 -- MANHATTAN BORO PRESIDENT'S "GAY PRIDE" EVENT
the former MBP, longtime S.V.A. supporter C. Virginia Fields, who
was in regular contact, sought our advice, asked for our
input and, in fact, honored the S.V.A., this new MBP Snott Stringer
has done nada with the legendary Stonewall veterans. We expected
as little. Sadly, we were correct. Thus, the S.V.A. will
have nothing to do with this lessened event. The
gathering is slated for the G.L.B.T. Community Center on West
13th Street in Manhattan, New York @ 6 p.m. The S.V.A. won't be there!
Monday, June 5 -- HERITAGE OF PRIDE COMMITTEE MEETING @ 7 p.m.
S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman, Community Liaison Michael Livote and Friend-of-SVA Stephen Richardson will
be attending this meeting as there has been no communication from
HOP this year. Oh, what a Gay surprise! That's respect for
the Gay "heritage"? Nor do any of them ever attend an S.V.A.
meeting. That's GLBT "pride"? Tonite's theme from the
SVA-ers is: "Help Save The Stonewall Car"! HOP's executive
committee meeting is @ 7 p.m. It is followed by their
general meeting @ 8 p.m. They are at the GLBT Community
Center at 212 West 13 Street in Greenwich Village. For any
questions or comments on this matter, contact Bert directly at
Sunday, June 4 -- QUEENS COUNTY's 14th ANNUAL G.L.B.T. PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL
This is Queens' fourteenth Gay Pride Parade! "Pride
not Prejudice" is this year's theme. The S.V.A. to the attention
of Williamson Henderson has been officially invited by Parade Chairperson Danny Dromm
to lead the parade with the 1969 "Stonewall Car". The
S.V.A. has done that for 11 of their 14 years. Parade
line-up is @ 11 a.m. on 89th and 90th Streets between 35th and 37th
Avenues. Parade floats, the "SW-Car" and other vehicles will
position on the avenue. The parade strikes up the band @ 12
noon. It takes place along 37th Avenue in Jackson
Heights and continues to 75th Street where it (except vehicles) turns
left for the rally. For more 411, call the Queens GLBT Pride
Committee at (718) 457-2928 or visit their website at: www.QueensPride.com.
Saturday, June 3 -- STATEN ISLAND'S 2nd ANNUAL GAY PRIDE PARADE
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") has been
invited again to lead the Staten Island GLBT Pride Parade with the
famous 1969 "Stonewall Car". The parade line-up is at the
Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier. Parade begins @ 12 noon. The
GLBT Pride Festival is at the Midland Beach Picnic Area until 8
p.m. For more 411, phone (718) 273-5833. Their e-mail
address is: LGBT@SIHealthAction.org. SI's Gay Pride Parade Committee's website address is: www.SIHealthAction.org.
June 2006 -- GAY PRIDE MONTH
Original Gay Pride 8-colors Flag by Stonewall Veteran Gilbert Baker
Thanks solely to the "Stonewall veterans",
there is "Gay Pride" and, thus, now a "Gay Pride Month" as a
result of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on the last weekend of June
in 1969 -- and a couple of days at the beginning of July.
Originally, in 1970, there was a "Gay Pride Day" and a march (not
a parade that year) in New York City and San Francisco on the last
Sunday in June to celebrate the first anniversary of the landmark
Stonewall Rebellion. That tradition has been preserved to
the present. Soon after in subsequent years, it expanded to "Gay
Pride Weekend". Over the years, the commemoration of the
Stonewall Rebellion greatly enlarged to "Gay Pride Week". Decades
later, we now have "Gay Pride Month". The bottomline:
Gay Pride day, weekend, week, ten-days, month or year, do
you know what "Gay Pride" really means?
Wednesday, May 31 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BEATS RECORD as "BUSIEST MONTH"
Once again -- basically a monthly tradition -- the S.V.A.
website in May 2006 became the busiest month ever with over 370,000
verified visits to the site. Congratulations to all connected,
namely S.V.A. Executive Director Williamson Henderson
and him being the driving engine, for the website's tremendous
success and growing interest. The S.V.A. website always has new,
relevant and interesting information, photos and images added on a
Saturday, May 27 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
May is always the S.V.A.'s pre-Pride planning, discussing
and deciding meeting regarding all of the upcoming Gay Pride events of
next month. The S.V.A. has already been invited to lead four of
the five New York City and Long Island Gay Pride parades.
The S.V.A. currently has a "drive" to round up funds for the
costs of garaging the 1969 "Stonewall Car". The S.V.A. currently
owns the legendary car. The month of May is also
traditionally the Memorial Weekend meeting, remembering the
Stonewall veterans of the S.V.A. that we have lost over the decades and
as recently as last month with Dave West.
The guest speakers are 77 Films producers Kimberly Gray and Nia Gandy with a clip of their eye-opening GLBT documentary "Life on Christopher Street", directed by the also expected Maria Clara. Besides that film, the 77 Gyrlz will also discuss their current project "Out in Manhattan" and their forthcoming documentary "PRIDE". For more info visit: www.77FilmsInc.com.
Monday, May 22 -- PATTI LuPONE in B-WAY BENEFIT for BROADWAY CARES
Broadway diva Patti LuPone rose to fame thirty years ago in the starring role of the Tony award-winning "Evita" and is currently starring on Broadway in "Sweeney Todd". In this one-woman one-night only presentation, "The Lady With The Torch",
Miss LuPone is accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra and
performs an eclectic collection of torch songs. The
songlist includes Patti's renowned Broadway numbers such
as "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from "Evita", "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from "Sunset Boulevard"
and Gershwin's "The Man I Love". PLP's Broadway shows are always
critically-acclaimed. Putting a different spin on the face
of the S.V.A. attendees is SW-Vet Williamson Henderson with Stonewall veterans Mark Zatlow (in from L.A.), Leigh McManus (in from L.I.) and Lucy Santiago (up from P.R.) plus S.V.A.'s Webmistress Babsala Lynne and her husband Petie Lynne (our S.V.A. website scanner) as well as our documentarianess Kimberly Gray. Oh, and the S.V.A.'s assistant AnDre. This is a benefit concert for the so worthwhile organization Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
The happening is at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont
Theater at 150 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
in Manhattan @ 8 p.m.. All of the proceeds go to
the greatly-needed worldwide BC/EFA. For more 411 about Broadway Cares and/or this benefit show, please visit: www.BroadwayCares.org.
Sunday, May 21 -- "AIDS WALK" in MANHATTAN
walk to benefit the AIDS cause is accomplished by their donating the
walk funds to about three dozen AIDS-related organizations. As
always, the S.V.A. will have many members and supporters participating
in this worthwhile event. The walk begins in Central Park at
10 a.m. For more 411, telephone (212) 807-WALK and/or
Tuesday, May 16 -- OPENING of JAMES E. DAVIS FOUNDATION in HARLEM
The JED Foundation is appropriately opening a branch location
in Manhattan, New York. Their headquarters is in Brooklyn.
The S.V.A. shall be proudly represented by Williamson Henderson.
The late N.Y.C. Councilmember James E. Davis was an Honorary
Member of the S.V.A. and an intimate friend of its founder.
Jed's brother Geoffrey Davis
is the determined and dilligent director of the JED Foundation
and an endeared friend of the S.V.A. This milestone event
happens in Harlem at 625 Lenox Avenue (a.k.a Malcolm X Boulevard)
between West 141st and 142nd Streets in Manhattan @ 4 p.m. For
more 411, telephone the JED Foundation office at (718) 221-2911.
Saturday, May 13 -- POLITICAL PRESS CONFERENCE @ 10:30 a.m.
Undisclosed 411 at this moment in time. Several
N.Y.S. Assemblymembers and N.Y.C. Councilmembers will be present to
endorse. For less 411, call S.V.A. Assistant AnDre C at (212) 6-27-1969. If you don't reach AnDre, at least you will hear AnDre's voice on the voice mail!
Thursday, May 11 -- VILLAGE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS FORUM @ 7 p.m.
VID's political candidates' forum is for New York State
candidates including Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller as
well as local state positions such as some state senators.
Confirmed candidates include Eliot L. Spitzer and Tom Suozzi for Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo and Sean Maloney for Attorney General (another candidate dropped out -- no, not Gang-Green); Paul G. Feinman (re-elect) and David M. Cohen for Civil Court (new), Brad Hoylman for Male District Leader and Keen Berger for Female District Leader -- plus Duanda and The Glickster. Scheduled reps of the S.V.A. include Williamson, Bert, Ruthy, Michael and AnDre. The meeting will be presided over by William Stricklin.
The political forum takes place at the Judson Memorial Church on
Washington Square South at the corner of Thompson Street in
Old Greenwich Village in Manhattan. For more 411, call VID
directly at (212) 741-2994.
Sunday, May 7 -- EAST SIDE DEMOCRATIC CLUBS PRESENT N.Y.S. CANDIDATES
The East Side Democratic clubs sponsoring this political
forum include the Lenox Hill Democratic Club, the Eleanor
Roosevelt Democratic Club, the Gramercy-Stuyvesant Democratic Club and
the Tilden Democratic Club. The confirmed gubernatorial
candidates are S.V.A. supporter Eliot L. Spitzer (update: show) plus Tom Suozzi (update: no show). For N.Y.S. Attorney General, the confirmed candidates are S.V.A. supporters Andrew M. Cuomo and Sean Maloney plus Charlie King and Denise O'Donnell. For Lieutenant Governor is another S.V.A. supporter, David A. Paterson. Guests include Councilmembers Dan Garodnick, Jessica Lappin and Rosie Mendez. S.V.A. President Bert Coffman
and various Friends-of-SVA represent the S.V.A. Location is
at N.Y.U.'s Medical Center on the main floor at First Avenue and
East 31st Street in Manhattan. It commences @ 4:30 p.m. To
r.s.v.p., call AnDre at (212) 6-27-1969.
This is an on-going Gay history and pride project for the
independent 77 Films, Inc., with the STONEWALL
Veterans' Association as one of its prime subjects.
Producers of "PRIDE" interviewed Stonewall veterans at an
S.V.A. Gay Pride meeting two years ago and last year they
filmed the S.V.A. and the 1969 "Stonewall Car" at the line-up
before leading the annual Gay Pride Parade. Requested and
confirmed Stonewall Veterans to be interviewed include: Williamson Henderson (S.V.A. Founder), Emile Griffith (S.V.A. Vice-President and legendary boxing champion), Storme DeLarverie (S.V.A. Ambassador and legendary Jewel Box Revue performer), Bert Coffman (current S.V.A. President and Zappalorti Society head) and Keith Lonesome
(former S.V.A. 2nd Vice-President and Citizens to Screen Judges
Committee chairman). All SW-Vetz are urged to bring photos,
images and mementos from the Stonewall Era (late 1960s) and into the
pivotol 1970s. Also on hand at the closed set are the
following fellas: Tony Agnosto (studio owner), Larry Nelson (Bisexual Network), Luis Rodrigo (EG's "longtime friend, partner and adopted son") and Donzel Johnson
(special guest). The filming takes place at Greenpoint
Studios (with a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline) on Green
Street (btw. McGuinness Blvd. and Provost St.) in the Greenpoint
section of Brooklyn, New York. Producing for 77 Films is Kimberly Gray (look-a-like sister for our AnDre C) and Nia Gandy ("...as pretty as you are, you could have been a flower"). The Director of Photography is Peggy Pardo (an admitted fag-hag from Columbia). Don'tcha luv it?! U go, Gyrlz! Transportation to the set via Moh in a Hummer, lunch, snax, dinner and transportation from the studio in a Mercedes SUV by D-J will be provided.
Saturday, May 6 -- FILMING for DOCUMENTARY "GAY P-R-I-D-E"
Monday, May 1, 2006 -- DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS HOST POLITICAL CANDIDATES
This political forum is happening in the S.V.A.'s home district of the West Village. S.V.A. President Bert Coffman and associates will be there representing the S.V.A. Candidates who confirmed with or advsied the S.V.A. are Andrew Cuomo, Sean Maloney and Charlie King for N.Y.S. Attorney General. Also expected there is the unsatisfactory situation of unresponsive Jerrold Nadler. The event at the Judson Memorial Church on Hudson Street begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 -- MEMORIAL SERVICE for DAVE WEST @ 5:15 p.m.
The Memorial Service for Dave West
is orchestrated and sponsored by the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association, of which Dave was an officer, and some of Dave's many
longtime Gay friends and others. It is scheduled immediately
following an abbreviated S.V.A. monthly meeting. There will be an
intermission for the stereo system, additional seating and fresh
flowers to be set up. Williamson Henderson is the Chairperson of the Dave West Memorial Committee. The Honorary Chairperson is Dave West's mother Mitzi La Manna. Committee members include Martino deMartino, Shelli Vannelli, Jonathan Lane, Dianne Yodice and AnDre Christie. The memorial service is hosted by Williamson. There will be an invocation by the Hon. Joanne Harrison. Confirmed speakers in addition to and after Dave's Mother include (in order): Emile Griffith (former boxing champ), Larry Nelson (Bisexual Network), Storme DeLarverie (fellow S.V.A. officer), Bill Sands (longtime friend), Sherdina Straughn (Dave's music director), Peter Mommers (Dave's confidante), Steven Gradman (PRIDE Democrats), Jenni Egan (Imperial Queens of New York) and Bert Coffman
(S.V.A.). The event is to be held at the GLBT Community
Center in the Assembly Hall on the main floor at 212 West 13
Street off Seventh Avenue in Manhattan @ 5 p.m. The memorial
service begins @ 5:15 p.m. There will be a choice of a
dinner at the Chelsea Gallery Restaurant or a private get-together
party after the service at the home of a S.V.A. supporter.
Public official condolence letters for Dave West have been
received from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmember Carolyn
Maloney, N.Y.S. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General
candidate Andrew Cuomo and Councilmember Melissa Viverito, to
date. In addition, funeral flowers were thoughtfully sent by
former President Clinton openly-Gay aide Sean P. Maloney.
Saturday, April 29 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
The first meeting in Spring is always a return to the
regularity of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association -- and a
mini-reunion of many of the vetz and the friends we haven't seen during
Report on public officials will be provided by Bert Coffman.
There is much good and supportive news to give. The worst
offender is not a public official but his ratty staff chief "Aim-less". A "Treasurer's Report" should be provided to paid S.V.A. members in good standing. The financial picture (or lack thereof) is not pretty.
Special memorial tribute @ 5 p.m.: S.V.A.'s late Public Relationist Dave F. West.
With the sad passing of Stonewall veteran Dave West, there
will be a special memorial service in his honor. See the special
Friday, April 14 -- MEETING at a CANDIDATE'S MIDTOWN HEADQUARTERS
is the requested spokesperson for the S.V.A. at
this significant and special meeting. Williamson will be
joined by Michael Livote,
S.V.A.'s Community Liaison. The meeting begins at their new
campaign office in midtown Manhattan @ 12:30 p.m. [Clue:
Thursday, April 13 -- SPECIAL MEETING at ANDREW CUOMO'S CAMPAIGN OFFICE
S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman and Community Liaison Michael Livote representing the S.V.A. -- plus a very special visitor, Dave West's mother, Mitzi LaManna -- will attend a meeting at New York statewide candidate Andrew M. Cuomo's campaign office in Manhattan @ 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 -- CONGRESSMEMBER CAROLYN MALONEY MEETING with S.V.A. at her OFFICE
Among the subjects on the agenda is the unanimous reannointing of Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney ("CBM")
as the S.V.A. Female Chair, the sad loss of Dave West (who
CBM knew for years), new letter of praise to the S.V.A. (to be
presented in person), the recent Gay Business Expo, CBM
guest-speaking again at an S.V.A. meeting, leading the upcoming
Gay Pride Parade, the induction of the 2006 S.V.A. officers, renewed
annual sponsorship, current candidates who are supportive of
S.V.A. and a PRIDE Democrats fund-raising event for CBM
this Summer! This annual meeting with the
Congressmember also fulfills her S.V.A. Honorary
Chairperson's responsibility. The Congressmember's longtime
Chief-of-Staff Minna Elias and District Manager Juanita Reyes will be present at this meeting at their Congressional office. The invitees from the S.V.A. include Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Storme DeLarverie, Michael Livote and Rose Giordano in addition to AnDre Christie. Representing Dave West will incredibly be his mother Mitzi LaManna,
as thoughtfully arranged by WLH. The time for
the meeting is 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more 411
about this meeting or location details -- only if you are a current S.V.A. official -- contact the Congressmember's Senior Receptionist Estelle Rubin at (212) 860-0606.
Saturday, April 8 -- "DAVE'S DINNER": TRIBUTE to DAVE WEST
There will first be a private reception in honor of Dave West at
his home to comfort his wonderful mother, discuss Dave's lively life
and review his photo albums @ 6 p.m. The private
tribute dinner will be with Mrs. Mitzi LaManna (Dave's mother) and close friends such as Williamson Henderson, Jenni Egan, Peter Mommers, Shelli Vannelli and Jonathan Lane. The dinner
at the former Company Restaurant on Third Avenue between East 26th and
East 27th Streets is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Friday, April 7 -- STONEWALL VETERAN DAVE WEST DIES!
Dave F. West, the S.V.A.'s longtime Public Relationist,
died in his sleep very early Friday morning at approximately 5 a.m. at
Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, New York.
Stonewall NEWZLETTA sad story to follow Friday evening and Saturday day.
Cards of sympathy for Dave West's family and/or the S.V.A. and
donations to the S.V.A. in Dave West's name may be sent to:
S.V.A., 70-A Greenwich Av., Suite 120, Manhattan, NY 10011.
(In the memo section of your check, please indicate Dave West.)
Sunday, April 2, 2006 -- SVA-ERS MAKE PILGRIMAGE to VISIT DAVE WEST
Dave West was
re-hospitalized in his on/off battle against bladder cancer on
Thursday, March 30th at Beth Israel Hospital. Since his fellow
officers have been telephoning and sending cards, today is our
'official' day for visiting. From the S.V.A. will be Founder
Williamson Henderson, President Bert Coffman and Executive Committeemember Shelli Vannelli, among others. Dave's mother Mitzi LaManna and his sister Lisa Andaloro will be there from Syracuse, New York. Since we must coordinate the timing of our visits, please contact Andre Christie at the S.V.A. to coordinate arrivals. We all hope for the best for our longtime SVA-er and friend Dave West.
Thursday, March 30 -- GOVERNMENTAL REFORM POLICY ADDRESS by ANDREW M. CUOMO
Andrew Cuomo will
chiefly be analyzing the problems in Albany and his prescriptions
to fix. In other words, Mr. Cuomo lays the foundation of facts as
to why there must be reform in the legislative and political processes
in Albany. Baruch College is the sponsor. Confirmed to
attend from the S.V.A. are Stonewall veterans Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus, Bill Salzman and Rose Jordan as well as Friends-of-SVA Michael Livote, Anton Hauser, Kathy Peck, Manni Rodriguez and Jay Hernandez plus S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie.
The venue is at Baruch's Forum Room on the third floor at 135
East 22 Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, in the Gramercy
area of Manhattan. The event will be covered by all the print
media such as Jonathan Hicks from The New York Times and t.v. media such as New York 1-News via Sandra Endo. For more 411, contact Eli Rubin at (212) 981-5265.
Wednesday, March 29 -- S.V.A. PUBLIC RELATIONIST DAVE WEST HOSPITALIZED AGAIN
Although Dave West
was with several SVA-ers at a Broadway Cares benefit for AIDS
patients just earlier this month, sadly, he is now in the fight of his
life versus bladder and other organs cancer. Dave was accompanied
by the Imperial Queens of NY's Vice-President Jenni Egan in an ambulance to a midtown Manhattan hospital.
Tuesday, March 28 -- S.V.A. & GLBT ORGANIZATIONS PRESENT N.Y.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES
N.Y.S. Attorney General candidates include: Andrew M. Cuomo, Sean P. Maloney, Denise J. O'Donnell (no show), Charlie King and a man we never heard of from Westchester. Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Michael Livote.
The political forum happens at the GLBT Community Services
Center located at 212 West 13 Street in Manhattan from 6 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. The S.V.A. will distribute its brand-new yellow
Sunday, March 26 -- EXPO 2nd DAY & EMILE GRIFFITH POW-WOW
As a get-2-gether aside, with the subject of the planned film on Emile Griffith, there was a discussion pow-wow between Emile Griffith (subject), Dan Klores (film producer), George C. Wolfe (director), Stephen A. Guirgis (screenwriter), Williamson Henderson (former intimate of Emile and with much Gay 411), Luis Rodrigo (Emile's current partner) and AnDre Christie.
One of the many interesting topics is the 1969 "Stonewall Car",
which Williamson owned and Emile used to drive A photo session
will be taken at the S.V.A. exhibit with the S.V.A. banner in the
Saturday, March 25 -- 13th ANNUAL GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL and.TRANSGENDER BUSINESS EXPO
The Opening Ceremonies commence on Saturday @ 11 a.m. with Master of Ceremonies Williamson Henderson. Insofar as the S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson Congressmember Carolyn Maloney
must be out of the state on a family matter, Williamson has
extended the invitation to the current N.Y.S. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the lead candidate for the next Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Visit the RDP Group, the original producers of the annual Gay Biz Expo, at: www.RDPgroup.com
Wednesday, March 15 -- CONFERENCE at CONGRESSMEMBER NADLER'S OFFICE @ 4 p.m.
As suggested by the Congressmember, this is a long overdue meeting. "Representing the Representative" is Arturo Rodriguez. Representing the S.V.A. is President Bert Coffman, Secretary Ruth Campbell and Community Liaison Michael Livote.
Thursdsay, March 9 -- U.S. SENATOR SCHUMER'S OFFICE for MEETING with S.V.A. OFFICIALS @ 3:30 p.m.
Representing the S.V.A. is Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Michael Livote and AnDre Christie. Representing Senator Schumer are Sam Schaeffer and Daisy Rodriguez. The meeting takes place at the Senator's East Side Midtown Third Avenue offices -- where we have been prior.
Monday, March 6 -- BROADWAY SPECIAL: "NOTHING LIKE A DAME"
Female stars of Broadway in various productions perform for
this salute to and fund-raiser fror Broadway Cares. Among the fab
femme stars are singer Darlene Love ("Hairspray") and the Jersey Girls ("Jersey Boys"). Special 'surprise' guests are the "Jersey Boys" themselves featuring John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli appropriately singing -- for this "Dame" occasion -- the #1 Four Seasons
hit song "Big Girls Don't Cry". This once-a-year benefit show is
at the Imperial Theater on West 45th Street off Broadway.
Confirmed to attend are S.V.A.'s Executive Director Williamson Henderson, President Bert Coffman, Public Relationist Dave West, Executive Committee Member Leigh McManus and his partner Roland, Advertising Rep Jon Buenatesta and S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie. The Executive Director of BC/EFA Tom Viola is also Co-Producer of this great "Dame"!
Saturday, March 4 -- S.V.A. RETURNS to "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN"
On the eve
of the Academy Awards, the S.V.A. is gathering a posse to re-see
-- or see for the first time -- the much-acclaimed and eight
Oscars-nominated "Brokeback Mountain". "BBM" is mostly about the
twenty-year secret relationship of two bisexual cowboys in Wyoming and
Texas from 1963 to 1983. The riveting love story by E. Annie
Proulx was originally published here in Manhattan in The New Yorker
in 1997. We are meeting in front of the Chelsea Cinema Theater on
West 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan @ 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. for
the 6:45 p.m. show. Confirmed to attend from S.V.A. are Emile Griffith, Williamson Henderson, Leigh McManus, (reluctant) S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie and Friend-of-SVA (and EAG's secret partner) Luis Rodrigo among
many others. We already have a party of ten confirmed.
Afterward @ approximately 9:45 p.m., an after-show dinner at
The Dish restaurant on Gay Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) in Chelsea,
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 ("Ash Wednesday") -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE at COUNCILMEMBER DAN GARODNICK'S OFFICE
Confirmed to attend are S.V.A.'s Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Rose Giordano and AnDre Christie. The meeting is held at the Councilmember's convenient East Side office on East 43 Street near Grand Central Terminal.
Saturday, February 25 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING @ 4:15 p.m.
On S.V.A. President Bert Coffman's
agenda for this post-Valentine/pre-Gay Expo meeting is an update on
responses from public officials to meeting with and support of the
trailblazing S.V.A. Educating the younger Gay generation for
various projects in which they have contacted the S.V.A. for interviews
will be reported. Plans are in progress for the upcoming Gay
Business Expo and the S.V.A.'s display on the last weekend of March.
The special guest speaker is the controversially Gay,
former Middleweight Boxing Champion-of-the-World and S.V.A.'s own
Vice-President Emile A. Griffith, Jr.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the television release
of the successful documentary about Emile, "Ring of Fire: The
Emile Griffith Story", there will also be people present associated
with the film. For further 411, call Emile's friend and S.V.A.'s
assistant AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969.
Sunday, February 12 -- CONGRESSMEMBER MALONEY'S POLITICAL FORUM
The 14th Congressional District Caucus, headed by Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney, holds another in its series of political forums. This event is for the New York State gubernatorial candidates. Eliot L. Spitzer
("ELS"), the current N.Y.S. Attorney General, has confirmed his
attendance. Also expect to see the new councilmember for that
district (#5) Jessica Lappin and the adjoining district (#4) Dan Garodnick. As always, the STONEWALL Veterans' Association shall be well-represented (snowstorm permitting), including Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus, Dave West, Michael Livote,
et al. The venue is a spacious, sloped-seating,
mini-theater-like conference room at New York University's Medical
School at 550 First Avenue and East 31st Street in Manhattan.
Once you enter the building (with long curved driveway),
look for the pink "Carolyn" signs. The forum starts very early --
especially for a stormy weekend Sunday morning -- @ 10:30 a.m.
The potential good news is that if the event actually takes
place, it includes a complimentery quality breakfast with hot
coffee and hot tea.
"Blizzard of 2006"! The first snowstorm of the year in the
New York area turned out to be a record-breaker! All airports are
closed; yet this forum is open!? Finally, on the morning of the
event during the height of the storm, they threw in the snow shovel:
Wednesday, February 8 -- BELLA ABZUG LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PRESS CONFERENCE & BREAKFAST
The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute ("BALI") presents its
"Inaugural Press Conference and First Annual Breakfast".
Thus, look for plenty of press and food! BALI was
co-founded by Bella's two Gay daughters Eve Abzug and Liz Abzug in honor of their congressional mother Bella! Women being honored today include openly-Gay, recent two-term N.Y.C. Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Melissa Viverito (District 8), Jessica Lappin (District 5), openly-Gay Rosie Mendez (District 2) and Inez Dickens (District 9) from Manhattan and Darlene Mealy
(District 41) from Brooklyn. Celebrities will surely include a
big name Hollywood actress or three in addition to legendary feminist
leader Gloria Steinem and singers Lesley "You Don't Own Me" Gore and Sandy "Stonewall" Rapp. A special tribute has been added for women's rights advocate Betty Friedan,
who died this past Saturday, February 4th, at 85 years in
Manhattan, New York. Representing the S.V.A. at this BALI
happening are Executive Director and longtime friend Williamson Henderson, several S.V.A. officers and members, S.V.A. Editor Leigh McManus, S.V.A. reporter Vito Abzuzzo and S.V.A. assistant AnDre Christie. This double event in honor of Bella! Abzug takes
place at Hunter College on the eighth floor at Lexington Avenue
and East 68th Street in Manhattan, New York. The N.Y.C. subway
train station is right there at the corner at 68th Street. The
time of the event is from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For confirmation or
more information, contact BALI's assistant Angie Jonze at (212) 346-9699 or e-female them at info@AbzugInstitute.org. and the five newly-elected New York City Councilmembers: Members of the S.V.A. should coordinate their attendance through S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman at (212) 889-4262.
For interesting and unique 411 regarding BALI organization namesake former U.S. Congressmember Bella! Abzug vis-a-vis the GLBT community in general and the S.V.A. in particular, visit: www.STONEWALLvets.org/BellaAbzug.htm.
Monday, February 6, 2006 - A.B.C.- T.V. DAYTIME STARS SALUTE BROADWAY CARES @ 7 p.m.
The ABC-TV casts of "The View", "All My Children" (AMC),
"One Life To Live" (OLTL) and "General Hospital" (GH) will put on
a special Broadway music, dance and comedy extravaganza to
celebrate and support Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS.
Women of "The View" such as Barbara Walters, Star Jones and Meredith Vieira will be the intermitent hosts throughout the two-act show. Among the many daytime stars performing are AMC's Susan Lucci (songs "Fever" and "That Old Black Magic"), OLTL's Erika Slazek and Robin Strasser and GH's Rick Hearst and Scott Clifton. BC/EFA's Executive Director Tom Viola incredibly
has the talent and takes the time to also be co-producer of this big
production! The benefit takes place at the wonderful New
Amsterdam Theater -- home of "The Lion King" -- in the heart of Times
Square at 214 West 42 Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, in
Manhattan, New York. This special presentation raises its stage
curtains @ 7 p.m. For more 411 and all the details about the
benefit show and how you can help the BC/EFA organization, visit:
Sunday, January 29 -- S.V.A. VICE-PRESIDENT EMILE GRIFFITH is HONORED at "A NIGHT of BOXING CHAMPIONS" in CANCUN, MEXICO
Former welterweight and middleweight boxing champ Emile Griffith and dozens of other boxing champions including Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Ken "Mandingo" Norton are honored at a huge weekend event, entitled "A Night of Champions", in Cancun, Mexico. Will Emile and his partner Luis Rodrigo be distributing the S.V.A. organization cards? "U bet!" For event details and pix, visit: www.WBCboxing.com.
Saturday, January 28 -- S.V.A. 1st MEETING of the NEW YEAR @ 4:15 p.m.
STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") holds its first meeting of
the newest year -- its 37th! The S.V.A.'s new President Bert Coffman
(former 2nd Vice-President) chairs his first meeting as presiding
officer. A report will be presented on meetings and
contacts with public officials. All of the S.V.A. meetings are
held at at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and
Transgender ("GLBT") Center.
The guest speaker is S.V.A. Honorary Member Liz Abzug, the youngest Gay daughter of the late Congressmember Bella Abzug. Liz will be speaking on the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute ("BALI") co-founded by her and her sister Evie Abzug
and named in honor of their mother. BALI is holding their
inaugural press conference and first annual breakfast on
February 8th (see entry in S.V.A.'s upcoming events).
Joining Liz will be her partner Minni Forman and assistant Angie Jonze.
Saturday, January 28 -- COUNCILMEMBER MELISSA VIVERITO'S INDUCTION & PARTY
stunning victory in a six-way Democratic primary race last September
13th resulted in her taking the Councilmatic reign of
District 8 in Manhattan on the first of January. Today is her
official induction and celebratory party. Public officials
confirmed include: U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Vazquez, N.Y.S. Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo, (new) Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, N.Y.C. Coucilmembers Eric Goia, Rosie Mendez, David Weprin, Gale Brewer, Dan Garodnick,
et al. Entertainment includes the lively multi-dance troupe "Keep
Rising To The Top". Heading up the most appropriate S.V.A.
delegation is Williamson Henderson, who "pulled out all the stops and employed most
of the S.V.A. secret strategies to ensure that Melissa won this hotly
contested race"! The winning event happens at Taino Towers
Auditorium at 240 East 123 Street, between Second and Third Avenues, in
Manhattan, New York. The program commences @ 1 p.m. and the
party runs until 5 p.m. For more 411 and to rsvp, contact AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969.
Wednesday, January 25 -- S.V.A. APPOINTMENT at N.Y.S. ASSEMBLYMEMBER DICK GOTFRIED'S OFFICE @ 3:30 p.m.
This is the first meeting with Assemblymember Dick Gotfried's
office in five years. The last one was a total waste of
valuable people's time. Let's see what this one brings.
WLH's guess is zilch! S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman and Ambassador Storme DeLarverie are representing the S.V.A.
Non-Event update: WLH was right as usual!
Sunday, January 22 -- STONEWALL BROADWAY SPECIAL: "JERSEY BOYS" @ 8 p.m.
The newest Broadway musical hit show "Jersey Boys" is about the interesting lives and stellar career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons ("FVFS").
Among the many hit FVFS songs in the popular play that were at
the original Stonewall Club are the following: "Let's Hang On (To
What We Got)" from late 1965; "Working My Way Back To You" and "Opus 17
(Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" from 1966; and "Beggin'" and "C'mon
Marianne" from 1967. In addition, the Valli solo #1 song "Can't
Take My Eyes Off You" also from 1967. Frankie Valli is perfectly
portrayed and the songs impeccably performed by John Lloyd Young. By the way, FVFS songs from The Stonewall not
included in this play are "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" from 1968
plus "And That Reminds Me" from 1969. What "a faab,
non-stop, exciting show" according to all of the reviews and, more
importantly, our own S.V.A. member reviewers. "Jersey Boys"
is at the August Wilson (formerly Virginia) Theater at 245 West 52nd
Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan.
Thursday, January 19 -- MANHATTAN BORO PRESIDENT'S REP MEETS with S.V.A. OFFICIALS @ 3:30 p.m.
This will be the first meeting with the office of the new Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Representing the S.V.A. and confirmed to attend are S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman, Public Relationist Dave West and S.V.A. organizer Michael Livote. The meeting is held at the Community Room of the Prince George Hotel.
Wednesday, January 18 -- S.V.A. MEETING at STATE SENATOR TOM DUANE'S OFFICE @ 3:30 p.m.
Confirmed to attend are S.V.A. Acting President Bert Coffman, Executive Committee member Leigh McManus and S.V.A. organizer Michael Livote.
Friday, January 13 -- S.V.A. TRIP to BAREBACK MOUNTAIN
A contingency of the S.V.A. is having one of its
occasional dinner and movie combo treats. This time it's to see
the number one Gay blockbuster "Brokeback Mountain". The
film, as most everyone knows, is about two cowboys (one straight, one
bisexual) in Wyoming who unexpectedly fall in love with each other and
all of the responsibilities and complexities involved in their longterm
secretive relationship. Dinner will be @ 6 p.m. at East of Eighth
Restaurant, located on West 23 Street in Manhattan, just east
of Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. The exciting, Gay-themed love
story film starts at the Chelsea Cinema @ 8:30 p.m. Confirmed to
attend are Stonewall veterans Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Storme DeLarverie, Dave West and Leigh McManus plus Jenni Egan (IQKNY), Michael Livote (Community Liaison), Anton Hauser (Youth-for-SVA) and AnDre Christie (S.V.A. Assistant). "Yeee-haww"!
Sunday, January 1, 2006 -- A HAPPY and HEALTHY and PRIDEFUL NEW YEAR to ALL of the S.V.A.'S MEMBERS, SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS and ADVERTISERS
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S.V.A. Website Statistics 2006
S.V.A. Website Busiest Year: 2006 -- over four million "visits" in one year!!!!
Website Busiest Month: May 2006 -- over 371,000 "visits" in one month!
S.V.A. Website Busiest Week: Monday, November 6, 2006, to Sunday, November 12, 2006 -- 118,000 successful "visits" in one week!
Top 100 Busiest S.V.A. Website Days
S.V.A. Website Busiest Day: Saturday, November 11, 2006 (Veterans' Day) -- over 32,400 successful "visits" in just 'one fine day'!!!
2nd Busiest Day: Friday, November 10, 2006 -- over 31,300 "visits" in one day!!!
3rd Busiest Day: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 -- over 21,000 visits!!!
4th Busiest Day: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 -- nearly 18,000 visits!!!
5th Busiest Day: Friday, December 29, 2006 -- 17,940 visits!!!
6th Busiest Day: Sunday, June 25, 2006 (NYC Gay Pride Parade) -- 17,327 visits!!
7th Busiest Day: December 31, 2006 (New Year's Eve) -- 16,854 visits!!
8th Busiest Day: Thursday, December 28, 2006 -- 16,569 visits!!
9th Busiest Day: Monday, June 26, 2006 -- 16,107 visits!!
10th Busiest Day: Saturday, December 30, 2006 -- 15,942 visits!!
11th Busiest Day: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 -- 15,737 visits
12th Busiest Day: Monday, August 21, 2006 -- 15,706 visits
13th Busiest Day: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 -- 15,333 visits
14th Busiest Day: Monday, May 22, 2006 -- 15,050 visits
15th Busiest Day: Sunday, February 26, 2006 -- 14,582 visits
16th Busiest Day: Thursday, February 2, 2006 -- 14,037 visits
17th Busiest Day: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 -- 14,019 visits
18th Busiest Day: Thursday, May 25, 2006 -- 13,805 visits
19th Busiest Day: Thursday, June 22, 2006 -- 13,800 visits
20th Busiest Day: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 -- 13,645 visits
21st Busiest Day: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 -- 13,616 visits
22nd Busiest Day: Thursday, September 14, 2006 -- 13,568 visits
23rd Busiest Day: August 23, 2006 -- 13,510 visits
24th Busiest Day: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 -- 13,344 visits
25th Busiest Day: Thursday, May 11, 2006 -- 13,322 visits
26th busiest day: Thursday, May 18, 2006 -- 13,284 visits
27th busiest day: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 -- 13,195 visits
28th busiest day: Wednesday March 8, 2006 -- 13,176 visits
29th busiest day: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 -- 13,036 visits
30th busiest day: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 -- 13,026 visits
31st busiest day: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 -- 13,010 visits
32nd busiest day: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 -- 13,007 visits
33 busiest day: Sunday, March 12, 2006 -- 12,924 visits
34th busiest day: Friday, June 30, 2006 -- 12,867 visits
35th busiest day: Thursday, June 29, 2006 -- 12,818 visits
36th busiest day: Thursday, March 30, 2006 -- 12,797 visits
37th busiest day: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 -- 12,771 visits
38th busiest day: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 -- 12,741 visits
39th busiest day: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 -- 12,718 visits
40th busiest day: Saturday, June 24, 2006 -- 12,685 visits
41st busiest day: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 -- 12,667 visits
42nd busiest day: Friday, June 23, 2006 -- 12,644 visits
43rd busiest day: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 -- 12,613 visits
44th busiest day: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 -- 12,612 visits
45th busiest day: Thursday, September 28, 2006 -- 12,604 visits
46th busiest day: Thursday, July 6, 2006 -- 12,602 visits
47th busiest day: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 -- 12,583 visits
48th busiest day: Sunday, January 29, 2006 -- 12,521 visits
49th busiest day: Monday, February 27, 2006 -- 12,507 visits
50th busiest day: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 -- 12,499 visits
51st busiest day: Monday, April 3, 2006 -- 12,483 visits
52nd busiest day: Thursday, May 4, 2006 -- 12,392 visits
53rd busiest day: Monday, March 27, 2006 -- 12,346 visits
54th busiest day: Monday, April 24, 2006 -- 12,340 visits
55th busiest day: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 -- 12,334 visits
56th busiest day: September 20, 2006 -- 12,313 visits
57th busiest day: Friday, May 26, 2006 -- 12,239 visits
58th busiest day: October 24, 2006 -- 12,230 visits
59th busiest day: Monday, January 30, 2006 -- 12,194 visits
60th busiest day: Thursday, August 24, 2006 -- 12,192 visits
61st busiest day: Wednesday, April 5, 2006 -- 12,188 visits
62nd busiest day: Monday, October 23, 2006 -- 12,162 visits
63rd busiest day: Friday, July 7, 2006 -- 12,151 visits
64th busiest day: Thursday, March 23, 2006 -- 12,129 visits
65th busiest day: Thursday, April 6, 2006 -- 12,128 visits
66th busiest day: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 -- 12,111 visits
67th busiest day: Monday, May 29, 2006 -- 12,109 visits
68th busiest day: October 16, 2006 -- 12,105 visits
69th busiest day: October 12, 2006 -- 12,067 visits
70th busiest day: Monday, February 14, 2005 (Valentine's Day) -- 12,063 visits
71st busiest day: Monday, May 1, 2006 -- 12,028 visits
72nd busiest day: Wednesday, April 19. 2006 -- 12,027 visits
73rd busiest day: Thursday, January 26, 2006 -- 12,005 visits
74th busiest day: Sunday, September 24, 2006 -- 11,997 visits
75th busiest day: Sunday, November 26, 2006 -- 11,991 visits
76th busiest day: Friday, January 20, 2006 -- 11,987 visits
77th busiest day: Tuesday, May 15, 2006 -- 11,942 visits
78th busiest day: Friday, March 10, 2006 -- 11,876 visits
79th busiest day: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 -- 11,869 visits
80th busiest day: Monday, October 30, 2006 -- 11,847 visits
81st busiest day: Sunday, January 22, 2006 -- 11,835 visits
82nd busiest day: September 13, 2006 -- 11,756 visits
83rd busiest day: Monday, December 11, 2006 -- 11,754 visits
84th busiest day: Sunday, May 14, 2006 -- 11,748 visits
85th busiest day: Monday, November 13, 2006 -- 11,744 visits
86th busiest day: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 -- 11,736 visit
87th busiest day: Thursday, September 21, 2006 -- 11,735 visits
88th busiest day: Friday, December 22, 2006 -- 11,715 visits
89th busiest day: Thursday, February 23, 2006 -- 11,712 visits
90th busiest day: Monday, December 4, 2006 -- 11,712 visits
91st busiest day: Monday, June 5, 2006 -- 11,708 visits
92nd busiest day: Saturday, March 25, 2006 (Gay Biz Expo) -- 11,693 visits
93rd busiest day: Sunday, March 26, 2006 (Gay Biz Expo) -- 11,675 visits
94th busiest day: Monday, December 25, 2006 (Christmas Day) -- 11,648 visits
95th busiest day: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 -- 11,632 visits
96th busiest day: Tuesday, December 5, 2006 -- 11,599 visits
97th busiest day: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 -- 11,592 visits
98th busiest day: Thursday, December 7, 2006 (Pearl Harbor Day) -- 11,555 visits
99th busiest day: Sunday, November 12, 2006 -- 11,531 visits
100th busiest day: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 (Halloween) -- 11,527 visits
S.V.A. Website Requests for Pages:
May 2006 -- nearly 39,000 requests for printed pages in one month!
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S.V.A. Staff & Credits
S.V.A. Editor: Leigh P. McManus (212) 6-27-1969
Webmistress: Babsala Lynne (212) 473-7621
Computer Consultant: Matti B. Rothman (347) 886-9415
Stonewall Newzletta Reporter: Vito Abzuzzolucciano (212) 346-9699
Stonewall Newzletta Advertising: Jon M. Buenatesta (212) 613-6039
Youth-for-SVA: AnDre M. Christie (212) 613-6039
10th Anniversary of the 2001 Attacks on America!!!!
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