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Saturday, December 29 --
S.V.A. ELECTION MEETING


This is the mandatory annual election meeting of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.").  Nominees for office will be voted for 7 of the 8 S.V.A. officers of 2008:  Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Financial Secretary, Ambassador and Ambassadress.  (The S.V.A. President is elected mid-year.)  Members in great standing with the S.V.A. are eligible to vote.  As per the S.V.A. carved-in-stone "Bi-Laws", voting members must be present at the election meeting except for (a) registered out-of-state residency; (b) confirmed hospitalization, (c) verified vacation out-of-region, (d) ill with a doctor's note or (e) certified imprisonment.  In such cases, a signed proxy vote is required.  Stonewall Newzletta reporter Vito Abzuzzoluccione conducts the election.  The voting begins @ 4:30 p.m.  

The S.V.A.'s traditional end-of-year dinner follows the election meeting.  Bottoms up!    




December 29 -- S.V.A. ASSISTANT ANDRE CHRISTIE'S 20-SOMETHING BIRTHDAY





Thursday, December 28 -- BIRTHDAY of LEGENDARY SINGING & STONEWALL STAR MARY WEISS





Tuesday, December 25 (nite) -- STONEWALL SINGER SINGS "STONEWALL SONG"

"The Late Show with David Letterman" features Darlene Love singing the Phil Spector-produced classic rock 'n' soul holiday hit song "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" (written by S.V.A. supporter Ellie Greenwich).  Showtime on CBS-TV is @ 11:35 p.m. (EST) with the "CBPCH" performance at about 12:25 a.m.  Darlene also performs a most soulful "Silent Night".  To see the famous album "A Christmas Gift To You" housing those two songs, visit www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm.  
 




Tuesday, December 25 -- CHRISTMAS DAY HOLIDAY




Monday, December 24 -- S.V.A. RECEIVES  HOLIDAY CARDS

It is always an S.V.A. group joy to send out good wishes holiday cards.  It is an appreciative joy to receive thoughtful holiday cards.  Although we are not publishing our Christmas card 'received' list, we wish to acknowledge the special holiday cards from N.Y.S. Governor Eliot L. Spitzer, U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, 
N.Y.S. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, former N.Y.C. Mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani {separate cards}, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Councilmembers  John Liu, Melissa Viverito, et al. 





Sunday, December 23 -- STORME DeLARVERIE'S BIRTHDAY DINNER

K. Storme DeLarverie was born in New Orleans on Christmas Eve in 1920!  We are celebrating the former Jewel Box Revue star and longtime S.V.A. Ambassador Storme's 87th birthday on the 23rd!  What street does Storme live on in Manhattan?  23rd!  Venue for the celebration is also on 23rd!  The birthday dinner is at East Of Eighth Restaurant in Chelsea at 254 West 23rd Street -- just East of Eighth Avenue -- in Chelsea, New York City.  Location is just up the block from the famous Chelsea Hotel, where Storme has lived life to the fullest for over three decades.  Hosting this festive occasion is S.V.A. compatriot and Storme confidante Williamson Henderson.  Confirmed to attend is world boxing champion and fellow S.V.A. officer Emile Griffith and his partner Luis Rodrigo.  The birthday party commences @ 5 p.m.  To register your planned attendance and participation, please call Storme's adopted Godson AnDre C. at (212) 6-27-1969.

 



Friday, December 21 -- S.V.A. AD in THE NEW YORK BLADE

See the updated S.V.A. advertisement in The New York Blade newspaper (New York City's only Gay-owned newspaper).  The informative and symbolic ad has lavender-colored stones in the background creating a colorful "stone wall".  This month's ad states our S.V.A. holiday message originated decades ago by Williamson:  "Have a Gay Christmas!"  FYI, the S.V.A. runs an ad in the Blade the week before the S.V.A.'s monthly meeting. 





Tuesday, December 18 -- DL-21-C CHRISTMAS PARTY


The S.V.A.'s good friends at the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century ("DL21C") group are having their always exciting party at the Taj Lounge at 48 West 21st Street (between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas) in Chelsea.  The festive party spirits light up @ 8:30 p.m.  There is a nominal charge of $7.  For more 411, visit www.DL21C.org.






Tuesday, December 18 -- COUNCILMEMBERS LAPPIN & GARODNICK'S HOLIDAY PARTY
 
Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick have the follow-up to their successful joint holiday venture last year:  "Let's twist again!"  Confirmed public officials -- who are all S.V.A. supporters -- include Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblymembers Jonathan Bing and Brian Kavanaugh (plus non-supporter Micah Kellner) and many colleague Councilmembers.  Several members of the S.V.A. such as Williamson, RuthybirdRogers Hunt, Betty Bristol, Leigh McManus and Amir Qaharr are attending.  Look out for Little Luke!  Entertainment is by pianist Rachel Pasternack.  She knows many "Songs of The Stonewall".  Location for the party is at Marymount Manhattan College at 221 East 71 Street between Second and Third Avenues in Manhattan.  Festive party hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 





Monday, December 17 -- BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS PRESENTS "GYPSY-OF-THE-YEAR" COMPETITION SHOW



Professionally described as "...possibly the season's most dazzling talent show", the Gypsy-of-the-Year competition spectacular show features New York's most talented "gypsies" (chorus members from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows) in a competitive variety show.  The Broadway Cares event is the culmination of fund-raising during which shows On- and Off-Broadway -- including national tours -- engage in a fiercely friendly competition to see which show can raise the most donations to BC/EFA.  Awards are presented to the shows raising the most funds and the shows giving the most impressive 'live' performances.  BC/EFA's Executive Director Tom Viola is the seasoned producer of the exciting show.  Williamson Henderson heads up the attending S.V.A. contingency.  The 19th annual "Gypsy-of-the-Year" show benefiting BC/EFA happens on Monday, December 17, 2007 @ 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, December 18, 2007 @ 2 p.m.  "GOTY" is held at the New Amsterdam Theater at 214 West 42nd Street off Times Square.  Tickets for this event start at a modest $20.  For even more 411, visit www.BCEFA.org.  
                                                              





Sunday, December 9 -- GAY POLITICAL FUNERAL for BOB KOHLER


The symbolic service for the legendary Bob Kohler happens at the Gay Community Center on West 13th Street Avenue in Greenwich Village.  Bi the way, Bob despised that alphabet soup GLBTIQ non-sense.  He sensibly stated that "one community should have one name not five"!  The shindig starts @ 4 p.m.  Immediately after, there is a march down Gay Christopher Street to the Hudson River Piers.  For more 411, visit www.GayCenter.org.






Wednesday, December 5 -- GAY ACTIVIST BOB KOHLER DIES at 81

Bob Kohler was a longtime activist and friend of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  He never missed an S.V.A. symposium or forum; he usually sat in the front row!  Bob did not always agree with our broad outreach and methodologies.  However, he was supportive and complimentary.  Bob was the handome gentleman with the full head of hair and the crystal blue eyes.  Recently, on a Saturday afternoon during Indian Summer, S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson and Bob had one of their sit-down talks in a triangular rest area on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village.  Every month, Bob received a personal invitation phone call from the S.V.A.'s Terri Van Dyke, Dave West, Electra O'Mara or Bert Coffman to attend the next S.V.A. meeting.  He appreciated
that thoughtfulness.  Bob never forgot that 13 years earlier when he had a near-fatal heart attack during Gay Pride Month in 1994, it was Williamson who set aside time amidst all of the "Stonewall 25" demands and activities to visit him in the hospital.  Most everyone else was "too busy".  That was the only year Bob couldn't participate in Gay Pride.  Bob was a genuine and effective Gay activist who earned the right to be remembered! 





 
Monday, December 3, 2007 -- COMMUNITY BOARD HEARING REGARDING STREETFAIRS

This is an annual review of the streetfairs which happen in the Greenwich Village area.  All streetfair sponsors require an annual "street activity permit".  It is conducted by New York City's Community Board 2.  The host is former Board Chairperson Maria Passanante.  Testifying -- and providing unique historical 411 -- on behalf of the S.V.A. is its founder and president Williamson Henderson, who is also a longtime "Village" resident since 1969.  The S.V.A. is the one organization whose history, activities and members have netted millions of dollars for the City of New York and on an annual basis!   Other Gay groups testifying why they need their streetfair monies are SDC, GLID and LCR.  Todd Berman of Clearview Productions, the city's largest streetfair promoter, delivers the general economic and social advantages of community streetfairs to the city, the public and the sponsoring groups.  The hearings happen at New York University's Goddard Hall at 79 Washington Square East in the East Village.  Streetfair testimonies start @ 6:45 p.m.  Attending SVA-ers may join Todd and Williamson after the CB-2 hearings for cheddar cheeseburgers, onion rings and milk shakes at Johnny Rockets Diner at 42 East 8th Street in Greenwich Village.





Thursday, November 29 --  "VISIT SWEDEN" PARTY TO PROMOTE GAY TOURISM

The officers of the S.V.A. has been personally invited to attend a kick-off party to promote Gay tourism in the Scandinavian countries -- Sweden, Denmark and Norway.  They have promised Williamson Henderson and Amir Qaharr that as a tribute to the S.V.A., they will play some original "Songs of The Stonewall (1966 - 1969)".  Party location is at The Ritz Lounge on Restaurant Row on West 46th Street near Ninth Avenue in Clinton.  The European hors d'oeuvres start serving and the Gay cocktails start pouring @ 6 p.m.  RSVP your attendance to S.V.A.'s AnDre C. at  Dre_NYC@yahoo.com.  For general 411, visit www.VisitSweden.com.





Tuesday, November 27 -- DAN GARODNICK'S COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Public officials confirmed to attend include S.V.A. supporters Manhattan Boro President Scott Stringer and N.Y.C. Councilmembers Jessica Lappin, Eric Gioia, Melinda Katz and David Weprin as well as non-supporter Gale Brewer.  And the very special guest of honor... big time S.V.A. supporter -- and Honorary Female Chairperson -- Congressmember Carolyn Maloney!  This party happens at Names & Faces Lounge at 159 West 54th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan.


     


Monday, November 26 -- S.V.A. STONEWALL & OUTGAMES DINNER

"Partnership" is the bonding word for this landmark Gay cultural venture and cross-promotional agreement between the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") and the World Outgames 2009 ("WOG") in the joint international celebration of "Stonewall 40".  Countries reperesented at this rendezvous include America, Denmark, England, Brussels and Sweden.  The venue for this most significant dinner-meeting is at Bruxelles Restaurant on Greenwich Avenue appropriately in the Capital-of-the-World.  The discussions and delicacies are @ 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  This out-standing occasion is being filmed, recorded and photographed.




Saturday, November 24 -- MONTHLY MEETING of S.V.A.

Williamson Henderson presides over this agenda-packed meeting.  Emile Griffith and his longtime partner Luis Rodrigo updates the members on his celebrity-based reaching-out to corporations on behalf on the S.V.A.  Legal Advisor Hal Weiner will discuss the background -- details will be provided at the duly-organized meeting -- and conduct the nominations for and the election of a new S.V.A. Treasurer.  Ruth Campbell distributes 'minutes' of the prior S.V.A. meeting to members in great standing.  Amir Qaharr presents a tribute to the late S.V.A. friend Ella Leggette.  Special guests from an international Gay organization have been arranged.  Monthly meetings of the S.V.A. always start at 4:15 p.m. and usually adjourn @ 6 p.m. or so....  



Friday, November 16 -- SPECIAL RENDEZVOUS:  S.V.A. PREZ & A COUNCILMEMBER

It's so special and longterm that we're not telling who!  The rendezvous is at a Starbucks Coffee Shop on the East Side of Manhattan @ 3:30 p.m.




Monday, November 12 -- HERITAGE OF PRIDE COMMITTEE MEETING

Many of the errors and omissions of the 2007 Gay Pride Parade preparation and accommodations (or lack thereof) must be addressed.  The S.V.A. will have representatives at this meeting held at the GLBT Center.  Bert Coffman will represent the S.V.A. for this meeting.  Talkfest begins @ 8 p.m.


 

 

 
Sat., Nov. 10 & Sun., Nov. 11 -- NATIONAL WOMEN'S & GIRL'S CONFERENCE:  "FREEDOM ON OUR TERMS"

This significant national feminist conference commemorates the 30th anniversary of the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas, which was headed up by the legendary women's rights leader Congressmember Bella Abzug.  Three decades later, the torch is passed to Bella's gay daughter Liz J. Abzug to do the heading up!  There will be many special guests attending and/or speaking at this conference.  Workshops such as "Smashing The Glass Ceiling" and "The Politics of Gender and Sexuality" are part of the weekend's events.  Both days begin the activities with registration @ 9:30 a.m.  On Saturday evening is the all female performers BALI concert featuring Lesley Gore, Pink Royale, Helen Hood & The Honey Bees, Sandy Rapp and Mobley.  The concert begins @ 8 p.m. with a nominal cost of $20.  

"Freedom On Our Terms" ("FOOT") conference is sponsored by the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute ("BALI").  Liz Abzug is the Founder and President of BALI and the Executive Director of this ambitious FOOT conference.  
The S.V.A. is a supporting organization.  The two-day venue is at Hunter College at Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street in Manhattan, New York.  The local subway #6 conveniently stops at 68th Street.  The S.V.A. is a supporting organization.  For more 411, visit:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/BellaAbzug.htm.  It includes a weblink to BALI. 

 




Tuesday, November 6 -- "STONEWALL PHOTOGRAPHER" FRED W. McDARRAH DIES @ 81

Symbolically known as the "Stonewall Photographer", the fact is that Fred McDarrah did not take any photos during any of the five nights of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969.  If Fred was there and had he -- or anyone else -- attempted such, his camera would have been smashed and, likewise, the shutterbug!  Photos during the Gay rebellion, where closeted Gays did not want to be seen, were forbidden.  Mr. McDarrah, who worked at The Village Voice up the block, had some unknown people pose unimposedly with smiley faces and do so safely subsequent to the rebellion when The Stonewall Inn was closed.  Even that is clear from the photo.  This was the week (now July) before the club reopened.  The strangers in the photo were not at the rebellion.  No one could identify anyone in the staged photo.  It is doubtful that any were ever at The Stonewall.  Mr. McDarrah died in his sleep at his home in Greenwich Village only hours after his 81st birthday.  Ironically, a popular song at The Stonewall was called "Do The 81". 





Wednesday, October 31 -- 34th ANNUAL GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE

The frighttime/nighttime parade lights up @ 7 p.m. on Avenue of the Americas and (appropriately) Broom Street in Greenwich Village.  Line-up starts @ 6 p.m.  The spectacular one-of-a-kind show travels up the A/A to 23rd Street in Chelsea.  New York One (NY-1) news t.v. televises the parade 'live' on local Channel 1 in NYC as of 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.  For much more and colorful 411 and past pix, visit:  www.Halloween-NYC.com.





Saturday, October 27 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

October's meeting includes reviewing the S.V.A. Gay History party held on "10/10", the new S.V.A. ad in the Blade, planning the S.V.A.'s presence in our hometown Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and possible participation at the Gay Life Expo.  There are individual reports by Berti Cee, King Storme, Brooklyn Bob, Ruthy Bird and Gregg-18.  All monthly S.V.A. meetings are held at the New York City GLBT Community Center and start @ 4:15 p.m.





Tuesday, October 16 -- ELLA LEGGETTE, FRIEND of S.V.A., DIES at 49

Cecile "Ella" Leggette (49) was a longtime and active lovely friend of the S.V.A.  She bravely dealt with a long, on/off, semi-rare disease known as sarcoidosis.  Since "Stonewall 25" on stage in Central Park in 1994, Miss Ella, as she is popularly known, never missed a "Stonewall Showtime" starring her special friend Queen Allyson.  She looked forward to gussying up for such entertaining theatrical events.  Ella is survived by her daughters Sharonella Leggette (33) and Natasha Singleton (27) as well as four young grandchildren (two from each) namely Starquesha (16) and Marquis (10) and Kiera (8) and Ninaloni (4).  Ella is outlived by her 14-year-old cat Luv Bug and her 13-year live-in companion Amir Qaharr, currently of the S.V.A.  Miss Ella is dearly missed by all who knew her.  There will be a special tribute dinner to Ella about the time of her would-be 50th birthday on the 2nd of May 2008 sponsored by the S.V.A.  For more about that, contact an Ella favorite, AnDre C., at (212) 6-27-1969.  







Wednesday, October 10 ("10/10") -- GAY HISTORY MONTH PARTY & S.V.A. BENEFIT

                                                                                                   

                                                     


Event:  "Gay History Month Party & S.V.A. Benefit"

Sponsor:  STONEWALL Veterans' Association

Host:  Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Founder and President

Co-Hosts:  Stonewall veterans Storme DeLarverie, Bill Salzman, 
Bert Coffman, Lucy Santiago, Leigh McManus, China Fucito,
Dave
Bermudez, Jack Ramos, Jackie Barrett, Amir Qaharr, et al. 

Date:  Wednesday, October 10, 2007 ("10/10")

Time:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Featuring:  Original "Songs of The Stonewall" (1966 to 1969)
Diana Ross & The Supremes  *  Mary Weiss & The Shangri-Las  *  Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles      
*  Frankie Valli  *  Four Tops  *  Frank Sinatra  *  Four Seasons  *  Jose Feliciano  *  
*  Martha Reeves & The Vandellas  *  The Marvelettes  *  The Angels  *  The Velvelettes  *
*  Petula Clark  *  Brenda Holloway  *  Elvis  *  Dusty Springfield  *  Aretha Franklin  *
*  Rolling Stones  *  Marvin Gaye  *  Three Dog Night  *  Oliver  *  Isley Brothers *
*  Chris Montez  *  The Honey Cone  *  Cilla Black  *  Chiffons  *  Connie Francis  *  Cher  *
*  Jim Morrison & The Doors  *  Darlene Love  *  Fifth Dimension  *  Dobie Gray  *  The Dells
*  Shirley Bassey  *  Spiral Starecase  *  Shorty Long  *  The Shirelles  *  
Stevie Wonder  *
*  The Beatles  *  The Lovin' Spoonful  *  The Rascals  *  The Beach Boys  *  The Turtles  *
*  The Flirtations  *  Gladys Knight & The Pips  *  Mary Wells  *  The Elgins  *  Kim Weston  *


Guests:  Several public officials and GLBT org heads have confirmed their attendance.

Keynote Speaker:  New York City Councilmember John C. Liu

Food:  Catered supper food from participating supportive restaurants.

Place:  The Stonewall Inn -- where modern Gay history ignited!

Address:  53 Saint Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, New York  10014

Phones:  (212) 6-27-1969 (S.V.A.) / (212) 488-2705 (Stonewall Inn)

Admission:  $25 (minimum)
Sponsorships:  $100
ESPA-ites:  $500
Students (19-) / Seniors (70+):  $15
   
Advertising:  The New York Blade
(New York's only Gay-owned newspaper)
   
 


                                                                                                

                                                                                                




Monday, October 8 --  S.V.A. PARTY PLANNING MEETING at THE STONEWALL INN

SVA-ers are rendezvouing at The Stonewall Inn @ 6 p.m.  Confirmed to attend are Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Ruth Campbell and Rogers Hunt.  This crucial on-site planning get2gether is for the "10/10" party in two days!!





Friday, October 5, 2007 --  BIRTHDAY of S.V.A. PRESIDENT WILLIAMSON HENDERSON

To celebrate the interesting life and incredible times (to date) of Birthday Boi Williamson, a private shindig at a Greenwich Village restaurant.  The festivities will include colorful martinis, fresh shrimp appetizers, filet mignon dinners and homemade cherry cake for dessert.  To participate, contact AnDre C. for the 411.





Saturday, September 29 (eve) -- "PARADE WITHOUT PERMIT" PROTEST MARCH

The unauthorized but well-planned march sponsored by the Radical Homosexual Agenda ("RHA")  gathers at Tompkins Square Park after 6 p.m. amd kicks off @ 7 p.m.  It is planned to have the famous "Stonewall Car" -- well-known to the NYCPD -- symbolically leading the protest march.  One of the protest issues is the unnecessary new law that any gathering of 50 or more people need a "parade permit"!?  What is this pre-Stonewall 1968?  Shame on the City Council Speaker for supporting such undemocratic trash!  For further 411, e-mail the RHA's chief coordinator Tim Doody at Query@RiseUp.net.

S.V.A. Editor's Note:  What an absolutely treble busy day for the S.V.A.  It's like deja vu 1969!





Saturday, September 29 (afternoon) -- MONTHLY MEETING of the S.V.A. at THE CENTER

Main discussion is the forthcoming S.V.A. Gay History Month party and S.V.A. benefit at The Stonewall Inn on October 10th.  The S.V.A. will have a full-page advertisemebt for that event in the New York Blade.  Although today is the S.V.A.'s annual streetfair, the regular monthly meeting of the S.V.A. is held at the Gay Community Center @ 4:15 p.m.     





Saturday, September 29 (day) -- STONEWALL STREETFAIR in GREENWICH VILLAGE

The annual Stonewall streetfair sponsored by the STONEWALL Veterans' Associatioin ("S.V.A.") takes place in Greenwich Village on the 29th -- the same day as the S.V.A. meeting.  U can come to both!!  PRIDE Democrats and other GLBT organizations -- besides the S.V.A. -- have informational tables staffed by their members.  The S.V.A. tables are also set up for homemade food such as fried chicken, macaroni salad and cole slaw plus for dessert... BBM cherry cake -- all by Dora Deelite.  Trust us, the food dishes are only provided to good-standing members of the S.V.A.  On display only at this streetfair is the famous 1969 "Stonewall Car" convertible.  It's real eye-candy for the cameras.  The same yearly location is on Greenwich Avenue from Seventh Avenue (near St. Vincent's Hospital) to Avenue of the Americas.  The streetfair spans several blocks also including Perry Street, Charles Street, West 10th Street and Christopher Street.  This free event is open to the general public.  Opening time is @ 10 a.m. and closing is @ 6 p.m.  For display or technical 411, call Madam DiBella at Clearview Streetfair Festivals at (646) 230-0668 or visit www.ClearviewFestival.com.
 






Tuesday, September 25 -- LIZ ABZUG, S.V.A. HONORARY MEMBER, HONORED with GAY AWARD

Liz Abzug is being honored with her longtime advocacy of and work for the Gay community.  The appropriate Gay women's venue is Henrietta Hudson Lounge at 438 (Baby Jane) Hudson Street.  The bar is located at the corner of Morton Street and near Barrow Street in Greenwich Village.  Weather-permitting, the famous 1969 "Stonewall Car" -- more than once habitted by Liz's parents -- will be on display.  The fun begins 6 p.m.





Sunday, September 23 -- S.V.A. and the RADICAL HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

For the planning of their protest march on Saturday, September 29th, their special guests today are logically members of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  There is no question that the S.V.A. has experience with "protests".  The Radical Homosexual Agenda ("RHA") also invited the S.V.A. today to plan protest strategies and make arrangements for the protest march to feature the big blue classic convertible known as the "Stonewall Car".  Williamson Henderson of the S.V.A. originated the symbolic and visible Stonewall history idea.  It was quickly embraced by both groups united in Gay respect and Gay rights cause.  One of the RHA's popular banners cleverly states:  "The Stonewall Veterans didn't ask for a parade permit!"  Today's representation for the S.V.A. is headed up by Bert Coffman.  Meeting location is at Bike Space, 49 East Houston Street in the East Village @ 4 p.m.  For more 411, you may e-mail the RHA at:  WeWantYou@RiseUp.net.     






Sunday, September 23 (day) -- BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS SPONSORS its 20th FLEA MARKET  
                     
This popular event is a fun-filled benefit for BC/EFA.  Besides the wonderful Broadway-themed flea market, there is a grand auction and a special Broadway-oriented streetfair.  Many stars of Broadway, off-Broadway, daytime television and dance will be participating.  In fact, most will be available for picture-taking and autograph-signing in reasonable exchange for a worthwhile donation to BC/EFA.  The events happen in Shubert Alley and on West 44th Street from Broadway to Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.  Many members of the S.V.A. are attending.  BC/EFA's Flea Market is directed by dexterous Tom Viola.  The excitement is all day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Williamson Henderson leads the enthusiastic S.V.A. contingency.  For further 411, please visit the fascinating Broadway Cares website at www.BCEFA.org.



   
   



Thursday, September 20 -- MEETING at GOVERNOR SPITZER'S OFFICE w/ S.V.A.

This is what one would refer to as another full circle in our longtime relationship with Eliot L. Spitzer -- prior to his being in public office.  Which Gay group did he first meet with?  No, not them!  They were very "Johnny and Janey come lately -- and hungry".  The unequivocal answer is the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  The meeting is at the Gov's office on Third Avenue @ 3 p.m.





 
Tuesday, September 18 -- FORUM with NYS LIEUT. GOV. DAVID A. PATERSON  

Former New York State Senator and current N.Y.S. Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson is a fervent supporter of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  We always look forward to seeing him and chatting up in person.  This event is sponsored by the Democratic Leadership in the 21st Century ("DL-21C") organization.  The seminar is supported by the S.V.A.  Confirmed SVA-ers include Williamson Henderson, Bob Diamond, Gregg Castillo and Ruth Campbell.  The hostess with the mostest is DL-21C's delightful president Elizabeth Caputo.  Event location is the accommodating Retreat Lounge at 37 West 17 Street off Fifth Avenue in Chelsea.  For more 411, visit www.DL21C.org.






Monday, September 17 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE with GAY ASSEMBLYMAN MATT TITONE

This long-pending meeting finds the S.V.A. traveling by subway and boat to Staten Island.  Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman repesent the S.V.A. with Assemblymember Matt Titone and his Chief of Staff Keith.  The meeting is scheduled @ 3 p.m. -- give or take a ferry.






Sunday, September 16 -- COLUMBUS AVENUE STREETFAIR

This streetfair is one of the biggest in the City for 16 blocks along Columbus Avenue from West 69th Street to West 86 Street.  The S.V.A. joins DL-21C and PRIDE Democrats in having informational tables at this streetfair.  The all day event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.







Tuesday, "September 11th" -- 6-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the HATEFUL ATTACKS on AMERICA

This is the exact day and date on a Tuesday the 11th of September of the four (4) attacks on America -- chiefly aimed at the commercial and civilian borough of Manhattan, New York, in addition to Washington, D.C., and, alas, Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The four airliner flights hijacked and tragically doomed were American Airlines flight #11, United Airlines #175, American Airlines #77 amd United Airlines # 93.  To commemorate this absolute worst day in American history, the STONEWALL Veterans' Association is completely closed.  We encourage everyone to remember the victims -- killed or injured -- and participate in their reflection at the memorials at the scenes or other tributes or via expansive television and radio coverage of the day's events.


The S.V.A. is totally closed to commemorate the saddest occasion in American history and to remember the approximate 3,000 victims murdered at four locations on September 11th, 2001, and the continuing rescuer victims who die from health-related conditions at the devastated World Trade Center site in New York City after the cowardly and despicable attacks on the magnificent Twin Towers.

The Twin Towers Alliance (TTA) has created an outstanding and unforgettable collage video entitled
"Tribute to The Twin Towers (1971 to 2001)" at:  www.U-tube.com/watch/TwinTowersTribute.

   
   



Wednesday, September 5 -- DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP-21-C PARTY (PART DAUX)






Sunday, September 2, 2007 -- LABOR DAY WEEKEND CARAVAN to LONG BEACH, L.I.

The blue classic Cadillac convertible leads the car caravan to its original homeport of Long Beach by the ocean on the South Shore of Long Island.  Launching location is in front of the Gay Center in Manhattan.  Rumor has it that the caravan is being met in Long Beach by the S.V.A. Assistant of a quarter of a century ago:  Donald Ray Williams.  For details about the caravan -- not the Donald -- call the S.V.A. Assistant of this century:  AnDre C at (212) 6-27-1969.  Enjoy your summerful Labor Day Weekend -- we will!!





Saturday, August 25 --
S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

 
SVA Meeting Notice


Williamson Henderson
presides and provides a round-up of this month's news with many GLBT organizations and public officials vis-a-vis the S.V.A.  Today's agenda includes Betty Bristol's prior S.V.A. meeting 'minutes' to be accepted.  And, allegedly, Berti Coffman's promised (don't count on it) monthly Treasurer's Retort.  Bob Diamond reports on recent S.V.A. meetings with NYC and NYS policymakers.  Greg Castillo updates on S.V.A. sponsor Brooklyn Historic Railway Association and the revived trolley project in Brooklyn.  One new item of business is the planned New York State Museum tribute exhibit to Gay history highlighting the epical 1969 "Stonewall Rebellion".  Storme D  
referees discussions about the S.V.A.'s October 10th Party ("10/10") at The Stonewall Inn.  Shelly Vanslette chairs suggestions regarding 10/10 advertising, mailings, flyers and, this time, promotion by the club with two newspaper ads and posters at the club.  

The guest speaker is Roger Sirangelo representing the international Kiwanis Club, whose main purpose is to "serve the children of the world".  Kiwanians are revitalizing neighborhoods, participating in health initiatives, establishing food pantries, organizing youth sports programs and performing countless other projects to help children and communities.  The proposal here is opening a Kiwanis chapter in Greenwich Village!  The S.V.A. suppports this potential partnership.  On display out front of The Center 
 
is the blue 1969 Stonewall convertible.  Quality desserts by Dora and refreshments by Ruthala are specially provided for this summertime get-together.  Meeting ignites @ 4:15 p.m. and simmers @ about 6 p.m.  S.V.A. meetings are at the GLBT Center on West 13th Street off Seventh Avenue.  For more 411 or suggestions, please call AnDre C at (212) 6-27-1969.




Friday, August 17 -- NYS ASSEMBLYMEMBER BRIAN KAVANAGH MEETS with S.V.A.

New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and his Chief-of-Staff Mary Cooley host the S.V.A. representatives Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman.  The meeting is @ 3 p.m. at the Assemblymember's district office at 237 First Avenue with the building entrance on East 14th Street -- just inside the border of the East Village.



Thursday, August 16 -- MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT SCOTT STRINGER MEETS with S.V.A. OFFICIALS

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outreached to the S.V.A. at a recent DL-21C event.  The MBP's office called the very next day and scheduled the overdue meeting with the S.V.A.  On the agenda is the appropriate sponsorship of the S.V.A. in the tradition of his predecessor.  The Borough President understands the importance of the S.V.A. and its history and on-going work.  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are President Williamson Henderson, Treasurer Bert Coffman and Assistant AnDre Christie.  Besides the MBP, he will have several staff members in attendance.  The meeting is in the MBP's conference room at the Manhattan Municipal Building on the 19th floor @ 3 p.m.



Wednesday, August 15 -- MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S RECEPTION for DISABILITIES HONORS AWARDS

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long been one of the S.V.A.'s favorite hosts.  Besides the formalities and awards, there will be a big outdoor barbeque and festive music.  S.V.A.'s posilute representatives include Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Bob Diamond, Elaine and Cece.  This private invitation affair is at Ed Koch's and Rudy's old house (Gracie Mansion) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.




Tuesday, August 14 -- CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER'S NYC SUMMERTIME PARTY

Congressman Anthony D. Weiner -- who may be a NYC mayoral candidate in 2009 -- will be present for the entire evening.  Location is an attractive and fun Irish tavern in midtown Manhattan.  To quote the clever host, "This is not a meeting; it's a party!"  Based on the hot, humid amd hazy weather reports, it's a perfect evening to be indoors with air-conditioning and cool people -- and greentinis or the flavor of your choice.  If you are an S.V.A. official or staffer wishing to join the party, contact Williamson or AnDre C for more 411.  Bert Coffman, Betty Bristol and Bob Diamond have already confirmed -- and the five mentioned cover the "B"s (if you catch our drift)!  
See AMW staffers Marie T, Gail A, Joan O, Phil J and Eric K.  The cash bar party commences @ 7 p.m. and climaxes @ 10 p.m.





Thursday, August 9, 2007 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE at NYC COMPTROLLER BILL THOMPSON'S OFFICE

When N.Y.C. Comptroller Bill Thompson greeted the Stonewallers leading the Gay Pride Parade in Brooklyn, he promised after all these years to finally have a formal sitdown with the S.V.A.  This long overdue meeting is absent the trouble-making Gay threesome on the Comptroller's staff.  Representing the S.V.A. (on this sweltering day) are Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman and Bob Diamond.  The meeting occurs in the historic (and humongous) conference room of the Comptroller's offices on the fifth floor of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street @ 3 p.m.

Post-Event Note:  Unfortunately, not only was the Comptroller not at the meeting but he did not even stick his head in the room!  Nothing that the S.V.A. requested or suggested was ever acted upon -- not even a cost-free letter though that was also falsely promised.  So, "Mr. Bill" still did not keep his responsibility as a public official nor his personal promise which makes him a............!





Tuesday, July 31 -- DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP 21st CENTURY (DL-21C) PARTY

The chief special guest is former National Democratic Party Chairperson Terry McAuliffe, who last saw members of the S.V.A. in New York in election year 2000.  
Guitar-playing State Democratic Co-Chair and DL-21C Founder Dave Pollak -- who saw us last week -- is the other special guest.  Public officials confirmed to attend are Congressmember Anthony Weiner, State Senators Liz Krueger and Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Boro President Scott Stringer and Councilmember Eric Gioia and his political consultant wife Lisa Hernandez.  Guitar-playing State Democratic Co-Chair and DL-21C Founder Dave Pollak is the other special guest.  The popular event is coordinated by exciting DL-21C President Elizabeth Caputo.  As a special muusical treat, there is live entertainment with the popular and pleasing band The Bluetones -- which features the same Dave Pollak on guitar!  The party location is The Iguana at 240 West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.  It parties up @ 8 p.m. and percolates well into the night.  For more 411, visit their website at www.DL21C.org.





Saturday, July 28 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at THE GAY CENTER

There will be a continuation of discussing the recent N.Y.C. Gay Pride events in June that involved the S.V.A.  
The chief topic at this meeting is the S.V.A. Gay History Month party at The Stonewall on "10/10".  This time we are planning further ahead -- and more!  In addition to several SW-Vetz at this meeting, there will be several special attendees.  On display out front of the Gay Center is the blue 1969 "Stonewall Car".  The S.V.A. meeting begins @ 4:15 p.m. sharp.

The special guest speaker is the wonderful, supportive and caring Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney, whose big 14th Congressional District includes almost the entire East Side of Manhattan and, crossing the East River, several towns in Queens County such as Sunnyside, Astoria and Woodside.

 




Monday, July 23 -- BBQ and PARTY with GOVERNOR ELIOT L. SPITZER

Governor Eliot L. Spitzer's campaign staff enthusiastically coordinates this outdoor/indoor event.  This exciting event features plenty of great food and multiple beverages and is replete with a live band!  The unique landmark location is the fabled 79th Street Boat Basin with the venue overlooking the Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan.  Williamson Henderson and AnDre Christie -- the two who ELS knows best -- are representing the S.V.A.  The invitation-only event is anchored from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more 411, visit the website www.Spitzer2010.com.






Monday, July 23 -- SAD FOUTH ANNIVERSARY of COUNCILMAN JED DAVIS

Members of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association will be symbolically traveling in he 1969 "Stonewall Car" which Jed loved -- and drove -- to visit his resting site in Brooklyn.  





Friday, July 20 --  COUNCILMEMBER JAMES "JED" DAVIS ANNUAL TRIBUTE


Besides being an active, multi-dimensional and comprehensive New York City Councilmember mostly from Brooklyn, the much-missed James E. "Jed" Davis was a hands-on Honorary Member of the S.V.A.  His outgoing, energetic and smiling zest for life was appealing, inspiring and unusual.  Jed is one of those unforgettable people who are irreplaceable.  The tribute event is hosted by Jed's beloved brother Geoffrey A. Davis.  Among the speakers are the S.V.A.'s President and Jed's special friend Williamson Henderson.  The JED tribute at City Hall in Council Chambers commences @ 11 a.m. and concludes @ 1 p.m. followed by a brunch buffet.  For more info, please telephone the James E. Davis Stop-the-Violence Foundation in Brooklyn at (718) 221-2913.  The JEDSF's fax number is (718) 221-2911.  The Councilmember is very much missed.  






Tuesday, July 17 -- STONEWALL DINNER in BROOKLYN

After a significant and exciting afternoon in Lexington Heights and SoHo, Manhattan, N.Y. regarding various important S.V.A. and non-SVA matters, Liz Abzug, Williamson and AnDre Christie drove to Brooklyn to rendezvous with the SVA's on-the-scene reporter Vito Abzuzzoluccione for a dishy and pricey outdoor Italian dinner!  We later joined up with....  Shari Clemons!

 



Saturday, July 14 --
BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS:  "BROADWAY BARKS (AND MEOWS)"

This is a huge, outdoor Adopt-a-thon of dogs and puppies plus cats and kittens.  The humanitarian and fun event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  BC/EFA's Director Tom Viola is the executive producer.  "Broadway Barks (And Meows)" is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ("ASPCA").  The Honorary Chairperson is the legendary and animal-loving Mary Tyler Moore.  There will be many Broadway stars participating including Angela Lansbury (currently "Deuce"),
John Lloyd Young (currently "Jersey Boys"), Bernadette Peters, Harry Hamlin (currently "Chicago"), Darlene Love (currently "Hairspray"), David Hyde Pierce (currently "Curtains"), Maureen McGovern, Kerry Butler ("Xanadu"), Jerry Mathers ("Hairspray"), Lisa Renna ("Chicago"), Jo Anne Worley ("The Drousy Chaperone"), Jayne Houdyshell (currently "Wicked"), et al.  It is important to know that for many HIV patients and AIDS victims, their best friend -- if not only friend -- is their dog or cat.  Confirmed to represent the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, AnDre ChristieElia Luciano and Lamarr Marley.  Location of the adopt-a-thon is Shubert Alley off Broadway between West 44th and 45th Streets.  The event time is from 3:30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m.  For much more purring 411, bark or meow at www.BCEFA.org.  Toward the end of the event, SVA-ers will be dining outdoors right next door (overlooking the alley) at Junior's Times Square Restaurant.  Nikki Peachtree will be medium rarin' to take our green orders.  Look to see many dining supporters of BC/EFA!
 

BARKS 2007 PosterA STAR-STUDDED DOG and CAT ADOPT-A-THON
in SHUBERT ALLEY
on SATURDAY, JULY 14th 
from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

MARY TYLER MOORE and 
BERNADETTE PETERS 
are the co-hosts of "BB-9"!!  


AND SUCH BROADWAY FRIENDS as:
 Angela Lansbury, John Lloyd Young, Darlene Love, David Hyde Pierce, Maureen McGovern, Harry Hamlin, Jo Anne Worley, Jerry Mathers, Jane Carr, Lisa Renna, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Cerveris, Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba

BROADWAY BARKS (AND MEOWS)! is a star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies.  The event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA) and sponsored by the ASPCA with additional sponsorship by the New York Times, Pedigree® and RCA Small Wonder.  The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.; celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  

Back by "pawpular" demand, BROADWAY BARKS 9! will help many of New York City’s shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of "homeless" dogs and cats in the metropolitan area.  Last year’s BROADWAY BARKS! attracted an audience of more than 6,000 theater fans, pet owners and animal lovers, and featured the participation of more than 24 animal shelters and pet centers from the New York City area.  --- BC/EFA






Friday the 13th -- SPECIAL STONEWALL SUMMERTIME SUPPER

This is the second of the S.V.A.'s summertime get2gether suppers.  The theme topic is what's best for the S.V.A. including suggestions, procedures and planning.  Williamson Henderson, Liz Abzug, Mini Forman, Vito AbzuzzoluccioneAnDre Christie are among the confirmees.  (There are also unannouncees.)  The City Hall Restaurant is near -- where else -- City Hall in TriBeCa.  Glasses click @ 5:30 p.m. 






Thursday, July 12 -- THE RETURN OF WCBS-FM MUSIC RADIO  

After virtually two radio-less years without the renowned WCBS-FM playing classic Rock, Pop and Soul songs of the 1960s -- and 1970s and 1980s -- the needless and needling nigtmare is so oooh-ver!  The famous WCBS-FM radio station, 101.1 on your dial, relaunched at precisely 1:01 p.m. (EST).  Appropriately and cleverly, the opening was effectively presented by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch!  He stated that "In politics and big business it's rare that someone admits that they were wrong and even rarer to correct it.  WCBS has admitted that they made a very big mistake, they are sorry and they have corrected it.  Welcome back WCBS-FM radio's classic songs to New York!"  It wasn't long before we heard "Songs of The Stonewall".  Ironically, it started with the first song:  "Do It Again" by The Beach Boys.  The first musical guest Frankie Valli -- a big Stonewall favorite -- was up next.  In Sopranos-style, he said that with the "oldies" back on WCBS, it's safe for him to return to New Jersey!  They played his #1 "Oh, What A Night".  Soon there were many SW-Songs -- and celebration message appropriate -- such as "Remember, Walking In The Sand", "I Want U Back", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "More Today Than Yesterday", "Respect", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "I'll Say A Little Prayer", "Summer In The City", "Dancing In The Street", "Strangers In The Night", "My Boyfriend's Back", "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "A Brand New Me", "Come Together", "Don't Mess With Bill", "Kiss Him Goodbye", "My Guy", "Standing In The Shadows Of Love", "This Is My Song", "Happy Together", "Leader Of The Pack", "I Guess I'll Always Love You", "People", "Satisfaction", "It's In His Kiss", "Kind Of A Drag" and, of course, "Someday We'll Be Together", which was WCBS' theme song while the classic pop songs were off the air.  Look to hear about the "Songs of The Stonewall" on WCBS-FM radio during the summer. Visit:  www.WCBSFM.com.  





Monday, July 9, 2007 -- S.V.A. "10/10" COMMITTEE MEETING

This is an outdoor dinner meeting regarding the three-months away S.V.A. Gay History Month Party at The Stonewall Club on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 ("10/10").  Confirmed to attend are Williamson Henderson, AnDre Christie, Dyane Karron and Miriam Ruiza.  The Italian restaurant at their outdoor terraza is Chritina's Restaurant on Second Avenue and East 33rd Street in Kips Bay in Manhattan.  The crystal glasses ring @ 8 p.m. 

      



Wednesday, July 4 -- INDEPENDENCE DAY

This is Independence Day for the United States of America (USA).  It is also Independence Day for the Gay American community!  It was 38 years ago that the historic Stonewall Rebellion completed on the night of July 3rd (Thursday).  We Gays then celebrated our independence -- but not freedom -- as a more-than-ever united community the very next day, ironically on July 4th!





Tuesday, July 3 --
END of STONEWALL REBELLION in 1969

After five inconsecutive nights from Friday, June 27, to Thursday, July 3, 1969, the historic Stonewall Rebellion concluded with great success 38 years ago tonight.  For a complete turn-around back then, the wrong-headed police lost; the rightful and brave Gays won!





Sunday, July 1, 2007 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE SCORES its BUSIEST WEEK

With one of the most exciting, great weather -- except June 27th with two brief but busting black-outs in NYC -- and truly popular Gay Pride Weeks in awhile, the S.V.A. website had over 205,000 verified visits from Monday, June 25 to Sunday, July 1, 2007.  The record-breaking week included the busiest day of S.V.A. website visits, symbolically occuring on "Stonewall Day".  Congratz to the everlasting legend of the one and only S.V.A. and the octopusial innovative leadership of the one and only Williamson!
 






End of June 2007 -- BUSIEST MONTH for S.V.A. WEBSITE

Nearly 800,000 visits to the S.V.A. website from all around the world were electronically tallied and HTML-verified just for the month of June.  It is posilutely no coincidence that this occured during Gay Pride Month -- an annual tradition when the S.V.A. website always breaks its prior year Gay Pride Month record of "visits".




Saturday, June 30 -- S.V.A. ANNUAL GAY PRIDE MEETING and STONEWALLERS REUNION

 
This year is unusual insofar as the last Saturday of June (30th) is after the annual GLBT parade (24th).  It was interesting to learn how many of the seasoned "Stonewall Queens" -- Cristina, Brooke, China, et al. -- actually went to the GLBT Center on the previous Saturday (23rd) thinking that the S.V.A. must  have a meeting prior to the parade?  No!  Meeting ignites @ 4:30 p.m.

Today's main S.V.A. agenda topics include but are not limited to:
* remembering irreplaceable Stonewall veterans who have died
* public re-launching of 1969 "Stonewall Car" (unseen 2 years)
* presenting Gay Pride letters from public officials and groups
* reviewing all of the 2007 Gay Pride events involving the S.V.A.
* members voting on 'the best' -- and 'the worst' -- GLBT event
* looking at the colorful pix from the many festivities and parades
* indadequate SW-Vetz parade cars unprovided by HOP (total: 0)
* S.V.A. Treasurer's monthly financial report by Biggi Berti Cough
* discussing the recent S.V.A. June 27th party at The Stonewall Inn
* hell-os provided by Mother Nature (thunderballs and blackouts)
* listing all of the items promised but not provided (mainly food)
* changes for next S.V.A. party Gay History Month on Oct. 10
* suggestions for the S.V.A. fun-/fund-raiser on Wed. "10/10"
* election (mid-year) only of the S.V.A. President
* SVA-ers reunion party, desserts and drinx after the meeting





Saturday, June 30 -- S.V.A. GETS FIRST LETTER from TOM DUANE

Believe it or not, it is the first Gay Pride letter that the S.V.A. ever received from openly-Gay state legislator Tom Duane since he was first elected to office in 1991.  The S.V.A. believes that "it's usually better late than never".  That's gayly the case here.  Some elusive politicians would be well-served to follow Mr. Duane's 'late' lead.  Here are some excerpts from Tom's personalized and prideful letter:

           "I am writing to congratulate and honor those who were at The Stonewall on
           this evening's celebration of the 38th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.
   
           As a 14-year-old growing up in Queens, I was just barely aware of  'riots'  
          taking place in Greenwich Village from June 27 to July 3, 1969.  Yet as they
            did countless other GLBT people from that time forth, the brave actions
               of those in and around The Stonewall Inn on those five nights had a
                  profound influence of my (gay) sexuality, my coming out in 1972
                            and on my activism in the GLBT rights movement."





Friday, June 29 -- N.Y.S. GOVERNOR SPITZER'S PROCLAMATION to the S.V.A.

The actual -- and largest we've ever seen -- "Proclamation" from New York's newie Governor Eliot L. Spitzer to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association was received 'special delivery' today via FedEx.  One "Whereas...." statement by the Governor is the following:  
 
       "As our Gay communities comprised of family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors
seek the rights and understanding each of us deserves, we join to celebrate the pride they express every day through their strength and unity".  


Gov. ELS's support of the S.V.A. dates back over a dozen years ago to late 1994 after the Democratic Primary -- which non-politician candidate Eliot lost in fourth place to the S.V.A.'s openly-Gay Corporate Counsel Karen Burstein.  When Eliot ran as an attorney general candidate again in 1998, it was S.V.A.'s Williamson who literally introduced the virtually unknown Mr. Spitzer to much of the Gay community including but not limited to the Gay Community Center, various GLBT organizations including PRIDE Democrats and the S.V.A., the Garden Party, the GLBT Democratic Primary Candidates' Forum (hosted by Williamson), etc..  





Thursday, June 28 -- U.S. SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON has S.V.A. COMMEMORATION LETTER DELIVERED to the S.V.A.

Selected excerpts of Senator Hillary's powerful and proud letter are printed here.  The original letterhead with the gold dome will be posted on Senator Hillary's page on the S.V.A. website.  

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to send greetings to each of you celebrating the 38th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.

I am confident that the educational, community-building and outreach programs that the S.V.A. provides will continue to provide hope and opportunity for many individuals.

   Congratulations on 38 outstanding years and please accept my best wishes for a wonderful STONEWALL Veterans' Association event."      





 



   


 
   
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 -- 38th ANNIVERSARY of the 1969 STONEWALL REBELLION:  The ULTIMATE GAY HERITAGE and POSILUTE GAY PRIDE EVENT of the SEASON

Event Prologue:  
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") commemorates the 38th year of the historic 1969 Gay Stonewall Rebellion and the anniversary of the S.V.A.  The organization celebrates with an anniversary party and fun/d-raiser at -- where else -- the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street!  "June 27th" is the most important date in Gay history!  Yet, how many know it?  In a recent interview with Williamson Henderson by a documentary film company, he once again proudly declared:  "June 27th to the Gay community is the equivalent of July 4th to the American colonies!"  To share original Gay pride, be with the original Gay pride people at the original Gay pride place.  You will also be treated to the original Gay pride music.   
                                                        

S.V.A. Event 411:  
The time of the three-hour "Stonewall" happening is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Attendees are welcomed to enter at any time after 6 p.m. (not earlier) and prior to 9 p.m. (not later).  
We will have the Stonewall Club's newly-refurbished main floor and the upstairs Cabaret Room with full-length bar and stage!  Vintage "Songs of The Stonewall" will be played by a disc jockey throughout the evening.  Public officials and organization heads will be paying their respects and singing the Stonewall song "Respect".  In turn, they will be presented on stage and speak their Stonewall tribute.  There will be a catered buffet from several restaurants.  Special Stonewall delicacy desserts are home-made by Dora's Dee-lights.  There will be an admissions and sign-in table out front of the club.  Meanwhile, look out for the S.V.A. promotional mailings, faxes, e-mails throughout Gay Pride Month and an ad in the New York Blade News in its "Gay Pride" issue available in newsboxes and at many businesses as of June 22nd.

Stonewall Music:  

Listen to hear the popular songs of the original Stonewall Club from 1966 to 1969 -- plus some perennial favorite songs from the Stonewall jukebox.  The first Stonewall song played must be "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)" by The Shangri-Las featuring 
Mary Weiss.  For Stonewall Vetz, the opening words are particularly haunting:  "Seems like the other day, my baby went away....", relating to The Stonewall itself and all those memorable good Gay times.  The emotionally stirring "Remember" song was a homegrown New York City #1 hit, a perennial favorite in the Stonewall jukebox and featured in the Cherry Grove scene of the 1996 movie "Stonewall".
 
Stonewall Singers:  
The artists you will enjoy hearing include, but are not limited to, the following:  Judy Garland, Frankie Valli, Diana Ross & The Supremes, (Sir) Sly & The Family Stone, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, The Shangri-Las featuring Mary Weiss, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey, Chris Montez, The Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, The Three Dog Night, Brenda Holloway, Stevie Wonder, The Chiffons, Jim Morrison & The Doors, Mary Wells, Edwin Starr, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, The Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Tommy James, The Mamas & The Papas, The Turtles, Petula Clark, Smokey Robinson, The Honey Cone, The Beach Boys, Eydie Gorme, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Lovin' Spoonful, Jackie DeShannon, Herb Alpert, The Velvelettes, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Vicki Carr, Shorty Long, The Elgins, The Young Rascals, Tammi Terrell, Tom Jones, The Fifth Dimension, The Righteous Brothers, (Miss) Cher, Harry Nilsson, The Emotions
The Jackson 5, Nancy Sinatra, Jose Feliciano, The Ad Libs, The Isley Brothers, Tina Turner, (Mr.) Oliver, The Sweet Inspirations, The Spiral Starecase, Maxine Brown, Sergio Mendes, The Blossoms, The Dells, Lesley Gore, Jackie Wilson, The Crystals, The Intruders, (Miss) Lulu, Henry Mancini, The Flirtations, The Delfonics, Cilla Black, Jimmy Ruffin and, of course, Connie Francis -- nightly closing song of "Where The Boys Are".  In the entire world, you will only find such musical fabulousness and great diversity at an S.V.A. Stonewall Vetz party at The Stonewall Inn!  

Special Stonewall Guest:  
Yes, a singing artist -- a group or an individual -- who was at the original Stonewall Club in the popular jukebox will now be at The Stonewall in person for the S.V.A.'s 2007 "Shindig"!  This will be a first!  The singing artist has gladly made this guest commitment because of the significance and the excitement of the Hullabaloo event.  The surprise artist is listed among those Stonewall singers above!  Hey, if you don't get to this Stonewall Bandstand to meet and greet this special Stonewall celebrity, you can read about it in the local newspapers -- and get the artist's latest compact disc at a record store.    

Mystery Guest Guesses:  
The top Stonewall singing artist guest guesses -- each with multiple votes via voice mail and e-mail -- are the following five artists:
1.  Mary Wilson of The Supremes
2.  Maxine Brown
3.  Martha Reeves of The Vandellas
4.  Marvelettes
5.  Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las
One of the "M"s is actually the correct answer!
 
Musical Guest Answer:  The "Leader of the Pack"...  Mary Weiss!  Visit her website -- including classic Shangri-Las song videos -- at www.MaryWeiss.com for something more about Mary!  


Public Figure Confirmations:  
Although this carved-in-stone(wall) S.V.A. event had not been officially announced nor advertised yet, many Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("GLBT") organization heads have already signed on.  Several public officials have also confirmed their attendance.  U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney has thoughtfully purchased a block of a dozen tickets.  In addition, for example, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will be presenting a "Stonewall Proclamation" to the S.V.A. at The Stonewall!  Besides the carved-in-Stonewall politicians, there is a super surprise public official!  

Prominent
Acknowledgments
:
Among the public officials who responsibly and thoughtfully sent a letter of praise and good will to the S.V.A. for its June 27th anniversary event are the following:  U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (a note and a journal letter), N.Y.S. Governor Eliot L. Spitzer (a letter and a proclamation), U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (an e-mail and a letter),
N.Y.S. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, former N.Y.C. Mayor Ed Koch, current Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (visit to the SW-Vetz at the Gay parade and official letter), N.Y.S. Senator Thomas Duane, N.Y.C. Councilmember Eric Gioia (journal ad), et al.
  
NYCPD Special Guests:
A few years ago, the NYCPD cops of the Stonewall Rebellion arranged a much-publicized and interesting reunion with the Stonewall Rebellion veterans -- replete with the 1969 "Stonewall Car".  The event was covered on CBS-TV's national news segment "Eye On America" and in The New York Times, among other media sources.  Now, it's our turn!  The S.V.A. informed their key man, Sgt. Frank Tuscano, of the Old Sixth Precinct group, to invite a few of the retired boys in blue to partake in our Stonewall event.  It's at the same place as the rebellion!  Also invited are many current NYCPD police officers who are openly-Gay!  Wow, the times have really changed.

RSVP Request:  
The S.V.A. requests that all public figure confirmations to attend the June 27th celebration also submit their intention in writing in order for the person to be listed in S.V.A. ads, announcements and the souvenier program.   
                                                

Stonewall Vetz:  
Veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in, at and near The Stonewall Club confirmed to attend (list in very early formation) include:  Emile Griffith, Jr., world boxing champion and subject of the film "Ring of Fire" (2006); Storme DeLarverie; legendary transgender star of the famed Jewel Box Revue; Bert Coffman, founder and chairman of the mental health GLBT Zappalorti Society; Bill Miranda Salzman, first principal of the Harvey Milk Gay High School in NYC; Amir Qaharr, well-known regional Black Beauty sales manager initially stationed at The Stonewall, Cristina Hayworth, who founded Herencia de Orgullo and the first Gay Pride Parade in Puerto Rico; Matthew Samuelson, one of the youngest at The Stonewall at 15 and who took a bus there from city projects; Robert Fucito, who is also known especially in Fire Island for creating his tranny sister "China"; "Brooklyn" Bob Diamond, founder of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (for the reactivation of trolley cars).......

 
Dance Contest:  
The June 27th Committee has come up with the fun idea of a 1969 dance contest!  After all, one of the main social functions of The Stonewall was dancing.  The contest song will be a selected "Song of The Stonewall" that is not included in the "Top 69 Songs" announced in the program.  By the way, same-gender couples are now 'legal'!  There will be a very special prize for the winning couple!!     
 
                                                

Advertising:  
Through the S.V.A., there are distributions at GLBT events, mailings, e-mails and faxes.  Commercially, there will be an ad for the June 27th party in the Friday, June 22nd "Gay Pride Weekend" issue of The New York Blade.  There will be an e-mail blast by H/X Magazine.  The event is listed on-line at the popular (over seven million annual visits) STONEWALL Newzletta.

Admission:  
The solid wood, castle-like door will be bolted from the inside until opening time @ 6 p.m.  The entry amount for everyone for the S.V.A. fun- and fund-raiser is $25 (minimum).  Checks and money orders payable to "S.V.A." are acceptable.  The S.V.A. encourages attendees -- and non-attending supporters -- to add a voluntary contribution since this event is also a worthwhile fund-raiser for the non-profit STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."). 

Location:  
The Stonewall Inn is located at the same place it was located in the late 1960s Era:  53 (a.k.a. "69") Christopher Street just south of Seventh Avenue.  The club is opposite Sheridan Square Triangle.  Look for the red neon window sign that reads "The Stonewall Inn".  Driving down Seventh Avenue by taxi, you should be dropped off at Christopher Street in front of The Duplex.  Subway is the #1 local at the Christopher Street station.  The #2 and #3 express trains stop at West 14th Street to transfer to the local #1.  If you have foods or flowers to be delivered to The Stonewall on the 27th, the phone number of the club is (212) 488-2705.  


June 27th Committee 
(alphabetically):
AnDre Christie, Gregg Castillo,
Bob Diamond, Steven Gradman, Brooke Lynn, Leigh McManus, Juanita Reyes, Luis Rodrigo, Mary S. Twist and Gina Wright  
   
                                                                                                       Foto of The Shangri-Las' Mary Weiss   w/ Williamson at The Stonewall Inn
   
"Leaders of the Pack":  Mary Weiss and Williamson Henderson
[Stonewall event photo by Ed Ryan]

 


  



   
     
   


 
Wednesday, June 27 -- S.V.A. RECEIVES ANNUAL GAY PRIDE LETTER from FORMER NYC MAYOR ED KOCH

It is so special to receive yet another wonderful letter of acknowledgment and praise from our Stonewall lifetime Honorary Male Chairperson Mayor-for-Life Edward I. Koch.  The letter addressed to S.V.A. Executive Director Williamson Henderson is historically dated with the ultimate Gay history date:  June 27th!  One of the former Mayor's poignant statements is as follows:  

"This year's' recent New York Gay Pride Parade reminded millions of people of
the nation of the sacrifices made 38 years ago during the Stonewall Rebellion when
members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, mostly 
boys and girls stood up for their rights against police bent on violating the rights
of patrons, arresting some simply because of their presence....
  All the best to the S.V.A. for your commemoration party today."      







Tuesday, June 26 -- N.Y.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO's TRIBUTE to the S.V.A. ARRIVES

The original, excellent, supportive, appreciative and genuine letter from our longtime friend, now the Attorney General, Andrew M. Cuomo (=AMC=) will be posted in its entirety on the =AMC= dedicated page at the S.V.A. website.  Here are a few of =AMC=s impressive statements to the S.V.A.:  

        "I have greatly enjoyed working with the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association over the years and have always been impressed with everything
the Association has been able to achieve....  There is no question that
a great debt of gratitude is owed to the members of the
STONEWALL Veterans' Association.

....You have my strong and unwavering support, and I have delighted in
seeing the STONEWALL Veterans' Association carry on the tradition of
leading the annual New York City Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Pride Parade with the 1969 "Stonewall Car".   






Monday, June 25 -- COUNCILMEMBER ERIC GIOIA'S GAY PRIDE LETTER to S.V.A.

N.Y.C. Councilmember Eric N. Gioia not only composed a nice letter for the S.V.A.'s annual Gay Pride commemoration, but he took an S.V.A. journal ad.  Sample text from the letter is as follows:

"Thirty-eight years ago, a brave group of young men and women
stood up for their rights as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
(GLBT) Americans.  Today, their work continues through the work
and presence of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association (SVA).  The
association's work with the GLBT and greater New York community
includes leading the Gay Pride parades, AIDS/HIV assistance and
educational programs to inform about the Stonewall Rebellion."
   




Monday, June 25 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BUSIEST WEEK

The S.V.A. website had its busiest week in ten years (since the website started) and appropriately during Gay Pride Week from Monday, June 18th and ending on Stonewall Sunday, June 24, 2007.  There were over 185,000 verified "visits"!  Yesterday, Stonewall Sunday, the S.V.A. had its second busiest day in its website history with over 31,000 visits -- and on a Sunday!  The statistics indicate that June 2007 is already verified as the S.V.A.'s busiest month!  Let's hear an internet "ya-hoo" and a Bareback Mountain "yee-haw"!!



       

Sunday, June 24 (afternoon) -- S.V.A.'s ANNUAL "STONEWALL  DUNCHEON"  


Confirmed, rain or shine, the annual "Stonewall Duncheon" sponsored by the S.V.A. President revs up @ 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.  Martinis come in all colors of the Gay rainbow flag:  red for raspberry, orange for orange, yellow for lemon, green for green apple or watermelon, blue for blueberry and purple for grape.  Place your order!  First Gay Pride drink is on the Gay house!  This S.V.A. drink and eat event serves as the reunion supper of the Stonewall veterans.  The duncheon is again at the Hudson Corner Cafe on Baby Jane Hudson Street at the corner of Blanche Hudson Street (a.k.a. West 12th Street).  Look for the quaint white "Peyton Place" picket fence.  The S.V.A. reserves half of the entire outdoor cafe.  Serving the complimentery Gay Pride drinx is the Gay owner Brother Anthony Brasco.  Our hostess is the unreligious Gay Sister Agnes Mary DiSchiavi.  Dishing out the entrees will be our fave waitress DeeDee Dinah on loan from the notorious Salt & Pepper Diner in Balt'more.  Look for the famous blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car" parked out front on grand Gay display.  Taking festive photos are Hal Weiner (with his safari hat) and Dr. Dyane Karron (minus her bicycle helmet).  You must confirm your special seat at the rainbow tables via telephone with the S.V.A.'s Assistant AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969.  

FYI:  "Duncheon" is defined by expert proofreader Williamson as Gay-ly occuring timewise between lunch and dinner.  For example... Shall we dunch at 3 p.m.?

Advisory:  If both Will & AnDre order martinis and/or mellonballs, to quote a Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' Stonewall song:  "Watchout!"  (Seasoned Stonewallers are aware-plus.)



     

Sunday, June 24 -- NEW YORK CITY 38th ANNUAL GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER & QUESTIONING (GLBTQ) PRIDE P*A*R*A*D*E

The "Capital of the World" New York, New York ('so nice they named it twice') is where the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion occurred.  "NY-2" is likewise the appropriate place where the first Gay Pride March happened one year later in June 1970 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Gay rebellion!

This year's special Stonewall Guest-of-Honor is legendary world champion boxer Emile A. Griffith, Jr.  Just two years ago, Emile was the subject of the highly-acclaimed documentary "Ring of Fire".  Besides being a Stonewall veteran, Emile proudly serves as the Vice-President of the S.V.A.  Incredibly -- and there's a long and winding road here -- this is the champ's first Gay Pride parade!  This is so newsworthy that The New York Times did a story on this subject of Emile with the S.V.A. in the Gay Pride Parade on the front page of their sports section on June 9th.  S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson was quoted a few times.  All of this and much more makes it all the more proud!     

The S.V.A. will have two classic convertibles -- though we could use five or seven.  The seating is planned for those who rightly want to ride on this proudful day as some of the people who ignited it all.  Those Stonewall veterans who are disabled must ride!  Confirmed in the S.V.A. cars are as follows:  

Car #1 (blue) - 1969 "Stonewall Car":  Leigh McManus (ridin' shotgun), Emile Griffith (boxing champion), Hal Weiner (SVA attorney and photographer), Tom Viola (special honoree) and Scott Barnes -- plus S.V.A. Assistant AnDre Christie proudly driving the "Big Bad Blu"!  

Car #2 (red) - "The Paddy Wagon":  Betty Bristol (in from Ohio), Mark Zatlow (in from California), Rose Giordano (in from The Twilight Zone), Luis Rodrigo (Long Island) and Shari Lemonz (Brooklyn; event camera girl) -- plus SVA-er Matthew Samuelson navigating.  

Most of the Stonewall veterans walk -- not ride -- with the S.V.A. contingency.  Walking with the S.V.A. leading the parade is Williamson, Storme DeLarverie, Dianne Yodice, China Fucito, Jack Rojas, Cristina Hayworth (up from San Juan) and other Stonewallers.  In addition, there are many Friends-of-SVA such as Steven Gradman and Petrie Hudec marching with the S.V.A.  This year, the colorful S.V.A. banner is proudly carried by Nadine Andres, (Mr.) Toni Beatch and Yvonne Mercado.    
The sole parade-traveling exception to all of the above is Dr. Dyane B. Karron on her bicycle as a companion piece to the SW-Car!

Parade line-up location is on Fifth Avenue from 52nd to 56th Streets and all of those cross streets in midtown Manhattan, New York.  The S.V.A.'s exact line-up position is at the parade start at Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street.  Kick-off time is exactly at 12 noon!  The parade travels south down Fifth Avenue and west on 8th Street to Saint Christopher Street.  It turns left at the beginning of Christopher, passes the legendary Stonewall Inn and travels to nearly the end at Washington Street in Greenwich Village near the Hudson River.  For more 411, you can call the parade organizer Heritage of Pride ("HOP") at (212) 80-PRIDE or visit their website at www.HOPinc.org.

Post-Event Notes:  The STONEWALL Veterans' Association was shown on all three major televison news networks:  CBS, NBC and ABC -- plus the local New York 1 News.  They all particularly zoomed in on the big red, white and blue S.V.A. banner.

   



Saturday, June 23 -- S.V.A. JUNE 27th COMMITTEE MEETING

Today's meeting is mainly about the advertising, printing and mailing of the newly-revised, two-sided, lavendar June 27th announcement fliers.  Confirmed to attend in person are Williamson Henderson, Stacey Lentz and AnDre Christie.  Others will be providing updates and suggestions via e-mail and phone.  They will be driving the fliers to The Stonewall and other key Christopher Street locations.  Andre will also be washing the "Stonewall Car" on Horatio Street -- with the assistance of S.V.A. Prez Williamson.   





Thursday, June 21 -- MOTOWN LEGEND and STONEWALL SINGER MARTHA REEVES PERFORMING in NYC

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ("MRV") had two perennial #1 major hit songs in The Stonewall jukebox:  "Heat Wave" and "Dancing In The Street".  In addition, MRV had hit songs during the Stonewall Era and even more at The Stonewall.  The hits are "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things", "My Baby Loves Me", "I'm Ready For Love", "Jimmy Mack" and "Honey Chile".  All seven of the stated songs will surely be performed tonight!  This is special that Martha is in Manhattan during Gay Pride Week.  Back home in Detroit, Martha is also City Councilmember Reeves!  This venue is Joe's Pub at the Joseph Papp Theater on Lafayette Street near Astor Place.  There are shows at 10 p.m. and Gay midnight!  See 411 about MRV at www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-7.htm.
     
   



Thursday, June 21 -- GAY MARRIAGE & CIVIL UNION EXPO

Imagine, a public exposition for Gay marriages and Gay civil unions!!  Plan your wedding or ceremony big time.  Doors open @ 6:30 p.m. -- in New Jersey!  For all the Gay details, visit www.PlanItExpo.com.  (Notice that it is "PlanIt" as in "plan it" -- a wedding!)  You may phone for 411 at (800) 770-2743.  Generally, visit one of the S.V.A.'s best sponsors and the sponsor of the GLBT Expo and this expo at
www.RDPgroup.com.





Wednesday, June 20 -- FRIEND-of-SVA BIRTHDAY:  RICHIE DOCTOR, FORMER LONG BEACH (LI) HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS STAR & ALUMNI






Wednesday, June 20 -- N.Y.C. COUNCIL'S GAY, LEZ, BI and TRANNY ("GLBT") PRIDE CELEBRATION

Openly-Gay New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn should be the appropriate host of this Gay Pride event.  The proof will be in the pudding -- or the mud!  Co-Hosting the happening is friend and openly-Gay Councilmember Rosie Mendez.  Councilmembers confirmed to attend include the following:  Gale Brewer, Leroy Comrie, Inez Dickens, Lou Fidler and David Weprin.  What happened to the other 44?!  The venue is at the New York City Council Chambers.  The commemoration begins @ 5:30 p.m.  Let's see what they do for the S.V.A.  After the ceremonies, refreshments are served in the rotunda.  If you are attending, rsvp to (212) 788-9107.

   



Monday, June 18 -- HONORARY MEMBER LIZ ABZUG on NY 1-NEWS

Community activist and S.V.A. Honorary Member Liz J. Abzug was recently filmed at her scenic Manhattan office for a special Gay Pride segment on NYC's premiere local t.v. station NY-1 News.  The story includes Liz's 'coming out' in college, Gay life in New York City then and now, Gay rights, her work for Governor Mario Cuomo's administration at the N.Y.S. Human Rights Division, mention of the S.V.A. organization, Liz's partner of sixteen-plus years Erica, arranging an upcoming conference on feminism, Liz's consulting firm and, of course, the connection of all of this to Liz's famous mother Congressmember Bella Abzug.  The interview and photos air @ 11 p.m. on New York 1 News on channel 1 in NYC.





Monday, June 18 -- GLBT CENTER'S 24th ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY

The GLBT Center's "Garden Party" is their annual signature fund-raising event.  Besides the entertainment, there are informational tables of various GLBT organizations.  "A Taste of Pride" is the sampling of specialties from about 25 restaurants.  The S.V.A. plans to once again have a display table with three Stonewall veteran representatives.  This year's big, exciting, outdoor "Garden Party" happens at the Hudson River's Pier 54 at West 14th Street.  It is just west of the Westside Highway.  For more 411, call Amanda at the GLBT Center at (212) 620-7310 or visit www.GayCenter.org.

 
   



Sunday, June 17 (night) -- "BROADWAY BARES XVII:  MYTH BEHAVIOR" BENEFIT for BC/EFA

"Broadway Bares" is one of the signature benefit
events for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
("BCEFA").  This dance spectacular features the
hottest dancers, male and female, on Broadway!  
Dancing on stage starts unveiling for the first hot
show @ 9:30 p.m.  The second hot show is @
12 midnight.  The entertaining and exciting show
takes place at the famous Roseland Ballroom.  
It is located at 239 West 52nd Street between
Broadway and Eighth Avenue in great midtown
Manhattan.  Basic ticket prices start at only $55.

                                                            MYTH-BEHAVIOR              
             
Visit the BC/EFA's website at www.BCEFA.org for more 411 on this ace benefit show.

 



   
Sunday, June 17 (evening) -- STONEWALL TRIBUTE:  FROM PERSECUTION TO PRIDE

"Stonewall:  From Persecution To Pride" is an evening of reflection and entertainment celebrating the forthcoming anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion for Gay rights. This celebration is sponsored by St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The tribute takes participants on a historical journey from the executions of Gays in the Middle Ages and the German Third Reich persecutions of the late 1930s and early 1940s to the beginnings of Gay activism in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and the launching of Gay pride in the 1970s.  The presentation consists of speech, music, art and dance.  St. John's pastor Father Lyndon Harris is the charming and inspiring host.  
The commemorative Stonewall speaker about the 1969 Stonewall Era, club and rebellion is Williamson Henderson.  Many Stonewall Vetz will be sitting in the 'reserved' front pew.  Music is performed by The Stonewall Chorale, songwriter/singer Julie Gold ("From A Distance") and the Musica Bella Orchestra.  The celebration occurs in the church on Saint Christopher Street at number 81 off Seventh Avenue -- only a long stone's throw from The Stonewall!  The Sheridan Square subway station is nearby with the local #1 train (switch at West 14 Street from #2 and #3 trains).  Church bells start ringing at 6 p.m. to commence the program.  A food reception follows the event.  For more 411, visit www.StJohnsChristopherStreet.org.  If you plan to attend, please r.s.v.p. by telephone at (212) 242-5737.  Let them know that you were heavenly sent by the S.V.A.  Bless!





Sunday, June 17 (day) -- GAY PRIDE RALLY in BRYANT PARK including the S.V.A.

This is the first in the Gay season of several events sponsored by Heritage of Pride ("HOP").  The S.V.A. will have an ensemble of five diverse Stonewall veterans -- Williamson HendersonStorme DeLarverie, Bert CoffmanRuthy Campbell and Matthew Samuelson -- presented on stage, give a brief history on the Stonewall Rebellion, have the audience partake in the well-known "S-T-O-N-E-W-A-L-L" cheer and inspire the audience with our proud heritage.  The S.V.A. stage entrance will have the background music of #1 Stonewall song "Someday We'll Be Together" by dreamgirls Diana Ross & The Supremes.  The HOP Rally takes place in scenic and convenient Bryant Park between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas at West 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.  The outdoor Gay Pride Rally starts @ 2 p.m. and continues to about 6 p.m.  Via subway, the site is accessible at the 42nd Street stations of the #1, 2, 3 and 7 lines as well as the "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "N", "Q" and "R" trains.  For the #4, 5 and 6 East Side stops, free-transfer to the M-42 crosstown bus.  Bryant Park is a quick walk from Port Authority Bus Terminal for our New Jersey friends.  Although several events claim to kick off Gay Pride Week, this is the one that actually kicks!  For more 411, call (212) 80-PRIDE or visit www.HOPinc.org.

Post-Event Note:  The STONEWALL Veterans received two on-stage standing ovations!!





Saturday, June 16 -- THE BRONX GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

Bronx pride in Gay history and the GLBT communities is back on the stove!  The Bronx Community Pride Center ("BCPC") is sponsoring the activities of the Bronx Pride Committee.  The events include a GLBT tribute dinner on June 12th and a GLBT pride panel discussion on June 14th.  They  are holding their GLBT Festival at Barretto Point Park in The Bronx on the 16th.  It starts @ 12 noon and continues full-time until 8 p.m.  To travel there by subway, take the #6 train to Hunts Point Avenue.  Switch to the #6 bus to the not very far last stop.  Signs point to the park.  To speak with someone about the events, call (718) 292-4368.  For more 411, visit:  www.BronxPride2007.com
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Tuesday, June 12 -- N.Y.C. MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG'S 6th GAY PRIDE PARTY

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hosts his sixth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender ("GLBT") pride celebration.  This tradition of N.Y.C. Gay Pride at Gracie Mansion was inaugurated by the S.V.A.'s Honorary Male Chairperson former Mayor Ed Koch.  Only the GLBT organization of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association has been involved since the very beginning.  The S.V.A. has been invited and attended every year.  Confirmed from the S.V.A. are SW-Vetz Williamson Henderson,  Emile GriffithStorme DeLarverie (w/ sprained ankle), 
Bert CoffmanLeigh McManus and Betty Bristol in addition to Matthew Samuelson, Gerry Stark, Luis Rodrigo, Gina Wright, Kenni Jones and hanger-on Roni Rust.  Special Stonewall guests are the musical group Village People's original cowboy Randy Jones and his partner Will Grega.  Scheduled time is @ 5 p.m.
For S.V.A. confirmations, contact the SVA's AnDre C. at (212) 6-27-1969.  





 
Tuesday, June 12 -- MANHATTAN BORO PREZ "GLBT" PRIDE

Another public officials' Gay Pride event at the GLBT Center.  Oy!  Remember when they used to be held at other (more unique) places?  This one is thrown by the current Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer.  Predictably, neither the S.V.A. nor any Stonewall veteran is honored.  This is an open and free public event.  It begins @ 5:30 p.m.  No direx needed; it's at "The Center".  (The S.V.A. will not be there; we'll be at Gracie!)





Sunday, June 10 -- LONG ISLAND'S 17th ANNUAL GAY PRIDE PARADE


This is Long Island 's 17th annual Gay Pride Parade and Festival in the Park.  It seems like only a few years ago that the S.V.A. led their parade and spoke on stage at the rally.  This suburban Gay parade starts sensibly @ 1 p.m.  The staging area in Huntington, L.I., is in the perfect place of a public parking lot.  It is located behind the Main Street stores from Clinton Avenue to Gerard Street in downtown Huntington.  For more 411, visit LIPP at www.LIPrideParade.com, e-mail LIPP at info@LIPrideParade.com or telephone LIPP at (631) 225-2726.

Decision:  Due to no communication from L.I.P. -- other than a standard mailed form -- the S.V.A. members voted unanimously to ince again not partake in this "from a distance" parade.


 



Saturday, June 9 ("6/9") -- BROOKLYN's 11th ANNUAL G.L.B.T. PRIDE PARADE

The Borough of Brooklyn's great 'night parade' -- the only nighttime pride in New York City -- celebrates the presence and the pride of Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender ("GLBT") people of Brooklyn and far beyond.  
The S.V.A.'s founder is most proud as he was born in Brooklyn.  For this showcase happening, Brooklyn's GLBT community and a cross-section of Brooklyn's business, governmental, organizational and neighborhood representives and friends will attend this milestone and fun event.  The STONEWALL Veterans' Association leads the nighttime parade with the famous 1969 blue Cadillac convertible a.k.a. the "Stonewall Car".  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Storme DeLarverie (with a sprained ankle), Bob Diamond, Bill Salzman and Hugh Bruce (also a Viet Nam War veteran).  As a matter of fact, the last three live in Brooklyn!  Driving the convertible carrying Stonewall vets is Matthew Samuelson.  The parade's Grand Marshal is someone undeserving.  Other confirmed public officials are U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmembers Anthony Weiner and Yvette Clarke, N.Y.C. Comptroller Bill Thompson, N.Y.S. Assemblymember Matt Titone and N.Y.C. Councilmembers Bill de Blasio and David Yassky.  Parade  congregating is @ 8 p.m.  The line-up location starts at 15th Street in front of the movie theater along Prospect Park West ("PPW") in Brooklyn.  Parade gayly commences @ 9 p.m.  The parade route is from PPW at 15th Street to 7th Avenue where the parade heads east (turns right) along spectator-lined Seventh Avenue, past the reviewing stand, until the end of Seventh Avenue near the avenue Flatbush!  To confirm your marching with the S.V.A., call AnDre Christie at (212) 6-27-1969.  The S.V.A. has its pre-parade reserved dinner at Circle Restaurant at the trolley-turning traffic circle.  BP also publishes an "Official Pride Guide" for information and advertising.  See the full-page ad of the S.V.A.  For more 411 on any of the Brooklyn GLBT Pride festivities, call (718) 928-3320 or visit www.BrooklynPride.com.

Newz:  This is one of the three GLBT Pride parades that the STONEWALL Veterans' Association has confirmed and arranged to attend and to parade!
                                                   





Saturday, June 9 -- NEW YORK TIMES:  EX-BOXING CHAMPION IS READY TO JOIN GAY PRIDE PARADE

The S.V.A. assumed that this in-depth story about secretly-Gay boxing champ Emile Griffith wouldn't be released until Gay Pride weekend.  However, The New York Times apparently couldn't wait as the feature item came out on the front page of the "Sports Saturday" section today!  Ironically, it's the day that Emile is upstate New York riding in the "Parade of Champions" at the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame and the S.V.A. is leading the Gay Pride Parade in Brooklyn near Prospect Park West.  Emile declared:  "My fights came first.  But when I had my free time, sometimes I'd make up my mind to go to Gay clubs".  Inside, he enjoyed himself!  The Stonewall in Greenwich Village was special.  "Couldn't get me out of that place", Emile revealed, "I really enjoyed myself there".  Writer Aimee Berg also effectively quoted Williamson Henderson several interesting times.  The author wrote:  When Griffith patronized Gay establishments during his athletic prime, "he was really ahead of his time", said Williamson Henderson. founding President of the STONWALL Veterans' Association, a group made up of the participants in the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village that started the modern Gay rights movement.  "Now when an athlete comes out (Gay)", Henderson said, "they're regarded as being a hero to the (Gay) community".  Simply by frequenting the (Gay) clubs, Henderson said, "Emile Griffith did that a long time ago.  When are they going to declare him a hero?"






Thursday, June 7 -- BROOKLYN BORO PRESIDENT'S EVENT in HONOR of GAY, BI & T/G MONTH

Brooklyn Beep Marty M. Markowitz (a.k.a. SchMarty) is the ringmaster of this annual GLBT Pride celebration in Brooklyn.  The GLBT organizational honoree is the Rainbow Heights Club ("RHC").  The S.V.A.'s Bert Coffman, who will be present, is RHC's Ombudsman.  Guest speaker is the newly-elected, openly-Gay Assemblymember Matt Titone from Staten Island.  Location is the historic and scenic Courtroom and Rotunda at Brooklyn Borough Hall.  The address is 209 Joralemon Street located between Court Street and Adams Street.  Event starts @ 6 p.m.  There is a reception with foods and drinx to follow.  For more 411, call (718) 802-3700.  Tell them Vito from Stonewall sent U!






Sunday, June 3 (evening) -- MAXINE BROWN:  LEGENDARY R&B and STONEWALL SINGER

Legendary R &B singer Maxine Brown had two perennial favorite songs in the jukebox at The Stonewall:  "Oh, No, Not My Baby" (written by Carole King) and "One Step At A Time, Boy".  Miss Brown is better known for her pre-Stonewall hits such as "Funny" and "All In My Mind".  One of Maxi's best longtime friends is Stonewaller David Foxworth.  Soul princess Miss Brown had the 1969 hit R&B song, "We'll Cry Together", which was popular at The Stonewall.  The doors open @ 6 p.m.  Performance begins @ 7 p.m.  Join other Stonewallers to see Maxine at the Fashion Forty Lounge located at 202 West 40th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) in midtown Manhattan.  The cover charge is $20 with food and drinks available.  For more 411, call (212) 221-3628.      
 




Sunday, June 3 (day) -- QUEENS (COUNTY)'s 15th ANNUAL GAY PRYDE PARADE

This is incredibly the 15th annual Gay Pryde (their original unique spelling) Parade in Queens!  The S.V.A., under the leadership and parade coordination of Williamson Henderson, led the first dozen (not the past three) Queens Gay Pryde parades with the 1969 blue "Stonewall Car".  The restored Queens parade chairperson is Danny Dromm.  Parade line-up location is on 37th Avenue at 90th Street in Jackson Heights, New York.  The route of the parade travels along spectator-lined 37th Avenue to 75th Street.  All the parade particpants turn left for one long block to the 37th Road stage and festival.  The parade steps off @ 12 noon.  For more 411, visit www.QueensPride.com or telephone (718) 592-8650.

Decision:  Although the S.V.A. led the first dozen Gay Pryde parades in Queens, the S.V.A. membership has decided not to participate in this year's parade without any direct contact.  The Stonewall veterans were merely mailed a form and an e-mail note.  We expect Gay Pride committees to also be communicative with and supportive of the S.V.A. -- not just a one-way street   This allows them another year to attend an S.V.A. meeting or function for discussions and arrangements.
   
     



Saturday, June 2 -- STATEN ISLAND's 3rd ANNUAL GAY PRIDE PARADE

Staten Island's Gay, Lesbiaan, Bi and Transgender ("GLBT") Pride Parade commences at Ocean Breeze Pier and parades along the scenic Staten Island Boardwalk.  This outer borough parade starts @ 12 noon.  The GLBT Pride Festival is at the Midland Beach Picnic Area until 6 p.m.  All functions are accessible from Father Capodanna Boulevard which is parallel to the seashore.  

For more 411, you can visit the Staten Island Health Action ("SIHA") website, which includes a "GLBT" section, at www.SIHealthAction.org.  You may call the SIHA, sponsor of the parade and festival, at (718) 808-1351.  Tell them that the original Stonewall sent U!
     




Friday, June 1, 2007 -- GAY RE-OPENING:  THE STONEWALL INN

To quote a song of the 1969 Stonewall Club, "Oh, Happy Day"!  This will be the official Gay Pride Month re-opening of the legendary Stonewall Inn club.  To quote another song of The Stonewall, "The Happening" occurs at the original, renowned and refurbished Stonewall Inn at 69 Christopher Street north of Seventh Avenue South in Greenwich Village.  The special Stonewall event will be hosted by Princess Kellie Anne the Man.  On display out front will be the famous blue 1969 Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car" guarded by AnDre C.  The party will ignite @ 6 p.m. and last into the Gay hours.....

   



June 2007 -- GAY PRIDE MONTH -- 38th YEAR!

   




End of May 2007 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE HITS HIGHEST AMOUNT of VISITS

The busier-than-ever worldwide website of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association hit over 738,000 verified (through HTML Systems) "visits" this pre-pride month of May.  The S.V.A. expends being an educational source of unique information on many GLBT topics and much more around-the-clock.







Thursday, May 31 -- LIZ ABZUG'S "PRE-PRIDE PRIVATE POW-WOW" 

S.V.A. Honorary Member Liz Abzug's "Pre-Pride Private Pow-Wow" is scheduled @ 8 p.m. -- after the S.V.A. committee meeting.  The discussion dinner is at a pre-arranged TriBeCa restaurant.  Confirmed to attend, besides Liz, are Williamson, AnDre, Erica, Vito and Mini.  How many greentinis is that so far?    

 


 
Wednesday, May 30 -- N.Y.C. COMPTROLLER'S GLBTQ PROMOTIONAL EVENT

The S.V.A. received a boilerplate flier about "pride".  Not in the "Spirit of Stonewall", let's see who can have "pride" first!  And to hold it on traditional "Memorial Day"?  This comptroller's get2gether is again at the GLBT Center in Manhattan.  The month of non-Gay May occasion starts @ 5:30 p.m. and ends @ 7 p.m.  Some are wondering who's unsmart and insensitive gesture it was to have a New York (where it all ignited) Gay Pride Month event in May?  Hunh?  The S.V.A. pooh-poohs this one-upmanship game and dislikes the frivolous Christmas-in-July tactic.  The S.V.A.'s Biggi Berti Coffman will head up any SVA-ers who may stop bi.  Meet Berti at the biggie smorgasbord!  

 


   
Tuesday, May 29 -- S.V.A. "JUNE 27th" COMMITTEE MEETING

This committee meeting is exclusively relating to the S.V.A. anniversary party on June 27th at The Stonewall.  It is for "6/27" committee members only.  This meeting is being held at the actual Stonewall Inn.  This planning, promotion and advertising session for June 27th is chaired by Stacy Lentz.  Confirmed to attend are Williamson, Bert, Luis and Gina.  Time of the get2gether is @ 6:30 p.m.  Greentinis are @ 7:30 p.m.

After the S.V.A. committee meeting at The Stonewall, some S.V.A. members will stop by the Heritage of Pride general meeting at The Center.  It will be an opportunity in person to arrange and confirm certain pride and parade plans involving the S.V.A.  





Saturday, May 26 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at the GLBT CENTER

Williamson Henderson, the S.V.A. President, presides with a printed agenda distributed to all attendees in good standing.  The meeting actually begins @ 4:15 p.m. sharp.  S.V.A. Veep Emile Griffith and his partner Luis Rodrigo detail fund-raising efforts.  Treasurer Bert Coffman will read the S.V.A. financial report for the month.  Betty Bristol submits for approval the 'minutes' of last month's meeting.  Ambassador Storme Dee lays out suggestions and questions for the S.V.A. 6/27 party.  Hal Weiner will provide legal advice if needed.  Gina Wright speaks on updates with Youth-for-SVA.  The June 27th Committee Members provide more 411 and discuss further planning about next month's celebration and benefit party.  One Q&A is that the event is open to the entire GLBT communities and their friends and supporters.

All five of the New York City borough GLBT pride committees have been invited to this S.V.A. executive committee-style meeting -- particularly if they want the Stonewall veterans to highlight their parades, etc.  Brooklyn Pride had the S.V.A. at their recent planning meeting.  Staten Island  has phoned.  Queens Pryde sent an e-mail.  Heritage of Pride (Manhattan) has confirmed an actual representative, Jason Bain who is HOP's "Outreach" chairperson, at this meeting.

This month's guest speaker is openly-Gay N.Y.C. Councilmember Rosie Mendez who represents the Second Councilmatic District in Manhattan (East Village, Lower East Side, Gramercy Park).  Three of the agenda items will be the GLBT pride celebration at City Hall next month, a proclamation from the City to S.V.A. and the Councilmember's spear-heading the Council for S.V.A.'s June 27th event.  

After this annual Memorial Day weekend S.V.A. meeting, the SVA-ers and friends always go out to a memorable outdoor dinner!





Wednesday, May  23 -- HERITAGE OF PRIDE COMMUNITY MEETING

Heritage of Pride ("HOP") has cancelled Pridefest this year because they decided that they no longer want the location on Washington Street in the gayly historic West Greenwich Village -- where it all ignited!  We vividly recall how terrific it was to get any "pridefest".  The S.V.A. -- though never consulted -- understands their venue thinking and agree with the change of the day to pre-parade day Saturday instead of "Stonewall Sunday".  However, HOP only wants to have Pridefest on Gay Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) running through the expensive business heart of Gay Chelsea.  Problem is that HOP was (wrongly, in our opinion) refused by the City the permit for the latter, much-expanded and new venue.  S.V.A. representatives will be present mainly since HOP has decided that it will not sponsor Pridefest at the old location, the S.V.A. would do so for the GLBT communities to have some festival and to benefit the Stonewall veterans organization.  The S.V.A. already has an exisiting annual streetfair permit so the S.V.A. is not 'new' to get a permit.  Nor is the location 'new'.  The space could also be shared if HOP wants to have a mentioned "protest" arena.  The meeting at the GLBT Center is @ 8 p.m.  






Monday, May 21 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE at CONGRESSMEMBER MALONEY'S OFFICE

As the Honorary Female Chairperson of the S.V.A., the organization has a semi-annual meeting at Congressmember Carolyn Maloney's office.  On this season's announced agenda are Gay Pride events including the Congressmember, the S.V.A.'s June 27th anniversary party, the Congressmember's renewed sponsorship of the S.V.A., her revised S.V.A. website journal ad and her new tribute letter to the Stonewall Vetz.  On a social note, Carolyn has offered a member of her staff to be on the S.V.A.'s volunteer June 27th committee.  District Manager Juanita Reyes was quick to confirm!  The special meeting today is at the Congressmember's District Office on Third Avenue and East 93rd Street on the Upper East Side @ 2:30 p.m.





Sunday, May 20 -- 17th ANNUAL AIDS WALK in NEW YORK CITY

The greatest loss -- by far, wide and deep -- of 1969 Stonewall Rebellion veterans has been due to the AIDS War!  It has not only wiped out their meaningful individual lives but it has wiped out a significant part of our Gay history.  The AIDS Walk gathers and happens in Central Park.  Participants should us the Fifth Avenue and 59th Street entrance.  The actual walk is two to three hours -- that depends on U!  Walkers step off @ 11 a.m.  For much more 411 about the most important (for many reasons) AIDS Walk fund-raiser, visit:  www.AIDSwalk.net.





Sunday, May 13 -- MOTHER's DAY

Interestingly, of all the S.V.A. officers, as of this writing, the only two whose mothers who are living  are Williamson Henderson's mother Helen and Betty Bristol's mother Beatrice.  There is no question that both have the 411 to have a very interesting book written about their offspring.  To our knowledge, there are only a few other mothers of Stonewall veterans alive such as Juanita Watts, mother of John, and Meryl Mermin, mother of Ruth Campbell.  (If there are any others, please let us know.)  For all of the S.V.A.'s friends, supporters and advertisers who are "Mothers", we wish you a happy, healthy, healthy and gay day!




   
Monday, May 7 -- BROOKLYN GLBT PRIDE COMMITTEE MEETING

An organizational meeting for all of the upcoming GLBT events for Brooklyn Pride.  The meeting is held at the quaint Park Slope United Methodist Church located at 493 8th Street at the corner of 6th Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.  Zully, Doreen and Fran tri-chair the planning session.  
Brooklyn-born Williamson Henderson is representing the S.V.A.  He will confirm all pride guide, promotional and parade arrangements relating to the S.V.A., the members and the car.  The meeting begins @ 7 p.m.  Nearby subway lines are the "F" (7th Av. station) and the "R" (4th Av. station).  For more 411 and direx, call Brooklyn Pride at (718) 928-3320.  





Sunday, May 6 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE ALSO BREAKS WEEKLY RECORD

There were over 171,000 visits just in this one week of Monday, April 30, to Sunday, May 6, 2007!  The S.V.A. website continues to expand and get new readers.  This is especially nice readings on the eve of Gay Pride Month.





Thursday, May 3 -- BIRTHDAY for #1 MALE SINGING STAR at THE STONEWALL:  FRANKIE VALLI

Frankie Valli's biggest birthday so far is his "Seven-Oh" today!  You'd never know it with his busy national concert schedule.  Until last season, Mr. Valli was even on "The Sopranos" (til he got whacked in Queens).  Back in 1967, and since, so many couples developed  by singing to or dancing with each other to Frankie Valli's super #1 hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You (You're Much Too Good To Be True)".  This was surely no exception at the romantic Stonewall!  By the way, at the Brooklyn Concert Series by the sea again this July, you can see a live performance of Frankie V and his Jersey Boyz!    





End of Month:  May 2007 -- RECORD-BREAKER WEBSITE with BUSIEST MONTH

Congratz, again, to the S.V.A.!  The website of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association moved on up again passing the milestone of over 680,000 verified "visits" in one month.  Verification is by HTML Systems, Inc.  The record-breaking visits loudly demonstrate how interest in Gay history and Gay rights and the Stonewall veterans today and S.V.A. happenings is year-round no longer just Gay Pride Month!  
 
 



End of Week:  April 29 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BREAKS ITS WEEKLY RECORD AGAIN

The week of Monday, April 23, to Sunday, April 29, had a whopping 169,000+ verified "visits" in one busy week -- and it isn't even Gay Pride!  

   


   
Sunday, April 29 -- CONGRESSMEMBER CAROLYN'S COMMUNITY CAUCUS

The congressional hostess with the mostest, Carolyn B. Maloney, moderates this timely subject forum on presidential candidates, campaign politics and the 2008 election.  Panelists include George Arzt of Arzt Political Communications, Liz Benjamin of the New York Daily News and Basil Smikle of Smikle Political Associates and Azi Paybarar of the New York Observer.  Public officials confirmed are Assemblymember Jonathan Bing and State Senator Liz Krueger -- plus the openly-bisexual Assemblymember-in-waiting Micah Kellner.  The caucus caucuses @ un-timely 10:30 a.m. (ugh, on a Sunday morning) at the N.Y.U. Medical Center's Alumni Hall in Forum Room "A" at 550 First Avenue at East 31st Street in Manhattan.  Breakfast foods, coffee, juice and tea are provided -- and needed!  Representing the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman.  For more 411, call (212) 987-5516.  The S.V.A. suggests that you r.s.v.p.  





Saturday, April 28 -- S.V.A.'s SPRINGTIME MONTHLY MEETING

This month's meeting will be an Executive Committee ("E/C") meeting with the prime focus of more decision-making and planning for the "Stonewall 38" celebration on June 27th -- the most important date in GLBT history.  Williamson Henderson presides over the meeting and presents new and updated information, Bert Coffman reports on the S.V.A. finances and Storme reviews ideas received for the S.V.A.'s June 27th party and fund-raiser.  Other Stonewall veterans confirmed to partake are Keith Lonesome, Leigh McManus and Rose Giordano.  The E/C meeting starts promptly @ 4:15 p.m.

The special guest speaker for this Executive Committee meeting is New York City Councilmember Alan J. Gerson who represents District #1, the busiest district in the City including all of Lower Manhattan, Wall Street (the headquarters of most financial companies), the World Trade Center site (and all associated with it in the on-going aftermath of rebuilding, health concerns, victims rights and memorials), Battery Park City, Chinatown, Little Italy, City Hall area, TriBeCa, SoHo, NoHo, etc.  We'll be discussing Gay-related issues such as HIV/AIDS, Dignity for All Students (DASA), the forthcoming DASA II and the S.V.A. concerns focusing on Gay Pride Month vis-a-vis the City Council celebration and the N.Y.C. parade.   

An after-meeting supper is scheduled at The Village Den restaurant on Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street in Greenwich Village.





Thursday, April 26 --  COUNCILMEMBER ERIC GIOIA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

It's Eric N. Gioia's birthday!  How young is he?  Come to the event and ask him!  Is Eric a candidate for Public Advocate in Oh-Nine?  You can ask him that, too!  
Look for Eric's Team Gioia Girlz:  Lindsey, Joann, Zoe, Meghan and Lisa.  Confirmed from the S.V.A. are Bert Coffman on the earlier shift and Williamson Henderson on the later shift.  PRIDE Dems is represented by Marlon Hunter and Helena Martinez.  A reporter from the New York Times will be present for an interesting story to be published in this Sunday's NYX (4/29).  Birthday party location is at The Spy Club at 17 West 19th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas in Chelsea, Manhattan.  Party time starts @ 7:30 p.m. and ends @ 10 p.m.  Admission cost is your choice of a two-digit (or more) dollar amount.  Please rsvp at (212) 370-0700.

  




Tuesday, April 24 -- "EASTER BONNET" (alternate day)

This is the alternate show day for "Easter Bonnet" -- the wonderfully entertaining annual benefit for BC/EFA.  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are as follows:  Williamson HendersonBert Coffman, Gary HillsonParis Rowe and very special S.V.A. guests Miss Joyce Randolph of "The Honeymooners" and Fran Gaar of the actors union AGVA.  See details on Monday, April 23rd.  BC/EFA's hands-on Executive Director Tom Viola is also co-producer of this spectacular show.  Today's showtime, competition and awards presentation commences @ 2 p.m.

   



Monday, April 23 -- "EASTER BONNET COMPETITION" BENEFIT for BROADWAY CARES

This benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is held at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway at West 45 Street near Times Square @ 4:30 p.m.  Competing Broadway casts include (alphabetically):  "A Chorus Line", "Avenue Q", "Beauty And The Beast", "Chicago", "Company", "Curtains", "Grey Gardens", "Hairspray", "In The House", "Jersey Boys", "Journey's End", "Les Miserables", "Mamma Mia", "Mary Poppins", "Rent", "Spamalot", "Spelling Bee", "Tarzan", "The Big Voice", "The Color Purple", "The Drowsy Chaperon", "The Lion King", "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Wicked" -- plus a super modern dance performance named "Tumultuous Tides" by Dancers Respond to AIDS ("DRA")!  For much more informative and exciting 411 and the BC/EFA link, visit:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/BroadwayCares.htm.

Scheduling Note:  The alternate show day to attend this special benefit is tomorrow.




 
Sunday, April 22 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BREAKS WEEKLY TRAFFIC RECORD

This week of April 16th through the 22nd was the busiest week at the S.V.A. website.  There was a total of over 166,000 verified "visits" to the S.V.A. in just one week!  This is prima facie evidence of one of the main purposes of the S.V.A. fulfilled that the organization does 24/7/365:  educate the public!





Saturday, April 21 -- EMILE GRIFFITH at THE STONEWALL

This is sho 'nuff deja vu all over again.  Emile Griffith first entered The Stonewall over fourty years ago when it opened in January of 1966.  Although a new (since '66) bartender surprisingly never heard of Emile the Champ, he proudly knew about the S.V.A.!  Luis Rodrigo protectively accompanied his longtime partner.  The Stonewall owners were delighted to have the S.V.A. Vice-President back home.  E & L had a great time!      





Thursday, April 19 -- RAINBOW HEIGHTS PSYCHO-SOCIAL GLBT CLUB

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life!"  It is also the second annual "Open House Party" of the Rainbow Heights Club.  
S.V.A. Treasurer Bert Coffman is the Ombudsperson of the Rainbow Heights Club with the GLBT community.  Special public official guests are SVA-supporters N.Y.S. Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries and N.Y.C. Councilmember Bill de Blasio.  The hostess is Dr. Eileen Klein, Chief of Service, a.k.a. the head of this entire GLBT mental service agency.  The festivities light up @ 2 p.m. and fizzle @ 5 p.m.  The New York State Office of Mental Health ("OMH") oversees the program.  


 



Monday, April 9 -- COUNCILMEMBER ALAN GERSON MEETING with S.V.A. OFFICIALS

Confirmed to attend this long-overdue and eagerly-sought meeting between the Councilmember and the association are Alan Gerson and from S.V.A. Williamson Henderson and Storme DeLarverie plus AnDre the Assistant.  Agenda items include the need to expand the special education programs of the S.V.A. in addition to the City Council's GLBT Pride event, the New York GLBT Gay Pride parade and the S.V.A.'s anniversary party in June.  The meeting location is the Councilmember's busy district office at 51 Chambers Street between Broadway and Centre Street near City Hall.  This official get-together -- not just quick, friendly agenda talks running into each other -- is confirmed @ for 3:15 p.m.  





Saturday, April 7 -- DAVE
WEST'S ONE-YEAR MEMORIAL ANNIVERSARY

Dave F. West is greatly missed by the Stonewall Vetz, his fellow S.V.A. officers, his good personal friends, his GLBT colleagues and his admiring galz in the I.Q.K.N.Y.  Dave was popularly involved in the events and shows of both organizations and beyond for many decades.  The S.V.A. is in regular contact with David's GLBT supportive mother Mitzi LaManna of Syracuse, N.Y.  Several SVA-ers will be speaking with her today.  A tribute dinner will be arranged in Dave's honor on his mom Mitzi's next visit to Manhattan sometime in May.   You can visit Dave's interesting webfile at:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/DaveWest.htm.





Friday, April 6, 2007 -- STONEWALL SUPREME STAR DIANA ROSS at NEW YORK THEATER in MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Supreme!  Diana Ross just re-opened in the Stonewall jukebox last month at the original Stonewall Inn's re-opening and now "ain't nothing like the real thing" in person!  We wonder which Supremes'  "Songs of The Stonewall" will diva Diana perform?  Imagine seeing original Stonewall songs performed fourty years later and by the original artist?  You would have had to been at The Stonewall to get the full impact of that thrill!  The showtime in New York is @ 8 p.m.  The theater management has requested that all Ross concert goers arrive about an hour before showtime for this special Supreme event and due to security reasons of checking all packages and bags.  Anyone wishing to order tickets by phone may do so at: (212) 307-7171.  "Endless Love".  

Post-Event Update:  Diva Diana opened with the #1 international Gay anthem "I'm Coming Out".  Miss Ross then youthfully bounced into her new single record and a Stonewall favorite song (by The Spiral Starecase in 1969) "More Today Than Yesterday (But Not As Much As Tomorrow)".  The actual DRS "Songs of The Stonewall" that Diana girlishly recreated in Supreme voice were "My World Is Empty Without You" (1966), "Reflections" (1967) and "Love Child (Different From The Rest)" (1968).  Of course, Divalicious performed other DRS songs, five!        
 




 
Saturday, March 31 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE STATISTICS CONTINUE TO ROCKET

The month of March 2007 scored nearly 550,000 verified "visits" to the informative, entertaining and popular website of the S.V.A.  This amount was the second highest of monthly visits.  As always, we welcome your suggestions, related input and comments.  To see the detailed report of the stats for March, please see:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/stats/2007_03.html.

Just this past month, two more veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion from different corners of America contacted us (separately) upon discovering the S.V.A. website.  Interested advertisers should see our "Business & Political Ads" section at:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/businessadvertisers.htm.
 
 



Saturday, March 31 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at GLBT CENTER

Yes, the last day of the month of March this year is a Saturday!  S.V.A. President Williamson presides over the meeting.  Treasurer Bert provides an updated Treasurer's report.  Secretary Ruth portrays significant correspondence updates.  Ambassador Storme gives the updates on a meeting with the Stonewall club owners and the June 27th anniversary party at The Stonewall Inn.  Leigh McManus reports on the recent weekend's Gay Business Expo.  Rose Giordano raises choices for the June 27th S.V.A. event.  The S.V.A.'s new custom order of 69 pink 1969 S.V.A. buttons is being personally delivered by its designer District Leader David Reck.  The meeting ignites @ 4:30 p.m.   

Special guests @ 5 p.m. are the new owners of The Stonewall Club (renamed Inn).  Planning for the 38th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and a benefit for the S.V.A. on that exact date of June 27th; this year it is on a Wednesday.  It will, of course, be held at The Stonewall!  Decisions regarding planning and presentaion will be made at this meeting!





Sunday, March 25 -- 2nd DAY of GAYS & FRIENDS BUSINESS EXPO in NYC

Sunday's big GLBT business, food, banking, technology, home furnishings, travel, financial, internet, automotive, employment, services, organizations and 'live' entertainment exposition resumes today @ 12 noon.  Today for the S.V.A. are confirmed Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman.  The expo runs six hours through 6 p.m.  For much more 411, you can visit:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/GayBizExpo.htm.
     



         
Saturday, March 24 -- 14th ANNUAL ORIGINAL G.L.B.T. BUSINESS EXPO

This is the fourteenth annual Original Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("GLBT") Business Expo.  It is again held at the huge Javits Convention Center on Eleventh Avenue from West 37th to 41st Streets in Manhattan.  The businesses amd organizations at this wonderful expo is literally an "A" (airlines) to "Z" (Z-Society).  
Confirmed representing the S.V.A. today are Leigh McManus and Michael Livote and others unnamed.  If traveling by public transportation, buses that connect with every subway line in Manhattan and bring you right to the front doors of the Convention Center are the M-34 (34th Street) and M-42 (42nd Street).  For more directions, call (212) 216-2000.  The GLBT Business Expo today opens @ 11 a.m.  The Saturday session is until 7 p.m.  The expo is produced by the RDP Group with Steven Wesler as its original director.  For much more New York Original GLBT Expo 411, please visit:  www.OriginalGLBTexpo.com.  On their website homepage, look for the color showcase photo of the 1969 blue Cadillac "Stonewall Car" on display.  'Click' the car to return to the S.V.A. website!
 




Wednesday, March 21 -- SPECIAL S.V.A. STONEWALL SUPPER MEETING

Several officers of the S.V.A. are rendezvouing at -- where else -- The Stonewall Inn @ 7 p.m. and meeting our hosts there.  The dinner is around the corner at the grandish Caffe Torino (formerly the ungrandish Ninth Circle club) owned by Gay guys Matt and Ron.  Invited and confirmed to attend reping the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Storme DeLarverie, Bert Coffman and Ruth Campbell -- plus the special Stonewall business guests Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz




 
Monday, March 19 -- BC/EFA PRESENTS "NOTHING LIKE A DAME" BENEFIT

The 12th annual "Nothing  Like A Dame" special show is composed of Broadway actresses, singers, dancers and comediennes.  The super show benefits the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actor's Fund of America.  Among the Broadway "dames" confirmed to perform are (alphabetically):  Ashley Brown (new "Mary Poppins"), Liz Callaway ("Cats"), Joyce DiDonato (opera), Jill Eikenberry ("The Angels" girl group movie), Ana Gasteyer (formerly "SNL"), Renee Goldsberry ("ABC Daytime Stars"), tonight's sexy host Milena Govich ("Law & Order"), Jennifer Holiday (original "Dreamgirls" with "And I Am Telling U" {then and now}), Darlene Love (1960s girl groups singer "He's A Rebel", besides B-way), Patti LuPone ("Evita"), Maureen McGovern ("Poseidon Adventure" theme song), Phyllis Newman (WHI Founder), Lynn Redgrave ("Georgie Girl", her first film), Lea Salonga ("Miss Saigon"), Tika Sumpter ("One Life To Live"), Julie White ("Grace Under Fire"), the Ladies of "Company" and the Women of "In The Heights" and many more Dames -- plus a super special appearance by The Dreams performing the title song "Dreamgirls"!  The star-studded spectacular show is supremely produced by BC/EFA's Executive Director Tom Viola.  Attending via the S.V.A. are Williamson HendersonLiz Abzug, Bert Coffman, Paris Burning, Bruce Koganbing and Jeff Baxter plus AnDre Christie.  The wonderfully entertaining event is at The Marquis Theater -- current home of the musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" -- at Broadway and West 45th Street at The Marriott.  Curtains flame up @ 8 p.m.  General seating for this benefit starts at $100.  For tickets and donation options, please visit BC/EFA at  www.BCEFA.org.  

Ironically, Miss Newman and S.V.A.'s Mister Henderson (he was very young) worked on a movie together.  The Columbia Pictures obscure film with a controversial subject matter from 1971 is entitled "To Find A Man".  The last time Phyllis and Williamson saw each other, the war was Viet Nam -- not AIDS!  This will be their reunion (at the after-show party)!  To think that even that is happening.... thanks to BC/EFA!    


Dames 2007 Poster

 


 
Saturday, March 17 -- ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE -- MARCH IN IT!

No one is going to deprive us -- the Veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion (no, it was not a 'riot') and our friends and supporters -- of being in any parade!  No how!  No way!  Life is way too short for that, particularly a parade -- they only come once a year.  Further, to clarify, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (bigoted, foolish and shameful as they are) do not prevent Gay people (how could they) from marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  However, the old AOH bans Gay groups with banners or signs indicating that they are a Gay group.  Hey, guess what?  With that situation we don't want them in our Gay Pride parade as a group either.  Gay people ought to wake up to that reality.  BTW, the "alternative" GLBT pre-holiday march is so 'inclusive' that they never invited the S.V.A.!  How 'inclusive' is that?  Not!  That makes them Gay hypocrites.  We'll stick with the big one; the one that we Americans grew up with for St. Patty's Day.  Hurry!  To quote a Stonewall song, "Before The Parade Passes By" (by Barbra).  The S.V.A.'s Honorary Female Chairperson Congressmember Carolyn Maloney will head up our delegation.  The parade starts on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan @ 11 a.m.  For more 411, visit:  www.SaintPatricksDayParade.com.

   


 
Wednesday, March 14 -- DIANA ROSS CONTINUES on #1 "AMERICAN IDOL"

Supreme Diana Ross will be on "live" tonight for part two of her "American Idol" experience.  All of the contestants will do an ensemble tribute to Diana of Supremes songs including "Stop!"  Miss Ross is performing the show's special celebrity guest song.  Hopefully, it will be Diana's new, very Stonewallish single, "(I Love You) More Today Than Yesterday".  The "A/I" show (also eliminating one loser) kicks up @ 9 p.m.

Post-Event Note:  Miss Ross performed exactly what WLH predicted:  "ILYMTTY"!
   


     

Tuesday, March 13 -- #1 STONEWALL STAR DIANA ROSS on #1 T.V. SHOW "AMERICAN IDOL"

Tonight on "American ~Music~ Idol" is Superstar Diana Ross night -- plus twelve non-supreme contestants!  Special pre-filmed segments of Diana meeting separately with each contestant and giving each musical advice on performing her songs is shown.  The musical tease and challenge, however, is that each of the 12 contestants will be performing a Diana Ross or a Supremes song.  One of the dumbazz boys (Chris Richard-son, not phat Chris) in a television I/V dumbly stated:  "You can't make a Supremes' song 'manish'.  And it's hard for a male to pick a Diana Ross song because I'm not singing "My Man" or "I'm Coming Out"... cause I'm not Gay!"  Folks, vote that closety closet case and/or imebecile off the show!  Don't allow it to get near  the "top three"!  Meanwhile, with Diva Diana highlighting the show, this will be a blockbuster evening and very exciting with the various musical approaches.  Let's see how many songs will be from the Stonewall Era (1966 to 1969)?  The S.V.A.'s expert Williamson will be 411-ing us!  The two-hour show spectacular starts @ 8 p.m.  To be continued tomorrow evening.....

Supremes
Note:  As just one example, Phil Collins (a man) had a "Top Ten" song with a remake of The Supremes' #1 song "You Can't Hurry Love"!  Okay, two:  British rocker Adam Ant (another man) had a hit single with "Where Did Our Love Go"!  Allright, Motowner Junior Walker (do we hear three men) had a big R&B hit with "Come See About Me".  The Hollies men with their pop single of "Stop!"  Hey, and on an album, Stevie Wonder did a masculine version of "I Hear A Symphony".  And so on and so forth!

Post-Event Note:  What song did Miss Butch Chris R. sing?  "The Boss"!  OMG!  How ultra disco Gay is that?!

  





Monday, March 12 -- STONEWALL the CLUB:  HISTORIC RE-OPENING

Unfortunately, nearly four decades of GLBT history were desecrated in a year or so with the Stonewall Club being disgraced by making the legendary club -- a registered Federal historic site in America -- "the 'Head Quarters' of un-cut Latino Wednesday nights"!  How many women, non-whores, tourists, offended hispanics, non-GLBT people, youth, non-sex maniacs, et al. do you think that trash scenario attracted?  None!  Shame and shunda by the previous Stonewall club owners on that insulting situation to Stonewall history!  Except for the original leader with punch -- the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") -- the entire GLBT communities traitorously became mum on the sleaze.  Why didn't the ineffective and misguided Gay media expose the shame?  Well, all of that is now thankfully going, going, gone!!!
 

The new, nice and diverse -- and respectful to Stonewall's real history -- owners of the newly-renovated Stonewall are getting it all together.  That's why they even restored the club's historic name to The Stonewall Inn.  The new decor is also impressive -- the way that The Stonewall would have actually evolved over the years.  In fact, two of the owners, Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz, attended the recent S.V.A. monthly meeting.  They provided a perfect presentation regarding the new Stonewall.  Another owner, Bill Morgan, recently had a meeting with S.V.A.'s Williamson Henderson at the renovating Stonewall Inn!  Owner Anthony DiCicca, who has conferred with WLH via telephone, will be tonight's unofficial host.

Come to the "Stonewall Re-Opening" on the 12th of March @ 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for the first day's festivities of the New Stonewall Era!  Besides all of the fun and reunions, you will have the rare opportunity to hear the actual "Songs of The Stonewall -- 1969" (c).  Reperesenting the S.V.A. (confirmed) are the following SVA-ers:  Williamson, Storme DeLarverie, Bert Coffman, Ruth CampbellLeigh McManus, Ronny Shea, et al.  Besides everything else good, the only building (structure) landmark representing Gay Pride from the Stonewall Era is re-opening right on time for the forthcoming Gay Pride Month in June.  For more 411, visit www.TheStonewallInn.net.
 

   

 

Friday, March 9 -- TIME MAGAZINE CALLS the S.V.A. re: 2008 PRESIDENTIALS

Do U know Y?  Clue:  See the "S.V.A. Prominent Supporters"!  The investigative female political reporter from Time magazine querried whether the legendary Stonewall veterans organization favored Republican Rudy Giuliani or Democrat Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. President.  Williamson Henderson asked the reporter:  What about the other New Yorker, Independent Michael Bloomberg?  Then, WLH explained in detail that it is much too early in the process.  Williamson clarified that the S.V.A. is not a political group and does not "endorse" candidates; however, the S.V.A. has non-political avenues of very effective "support" and, sometimes, "anti-support".  [More 411 will come in  Time!]
 
 




Wednesday, March 7 -- S.V.A. TESTIFIES at COMMUNITY BOARD #2

It's not the first time over the decades that the S.V.A. has had to "testify" at Greenwich Village's Community Board #2 ("CB-2") -- and it's likely not the last!  Once again, the questioning CB-2 is questioning a wonderful community feature of the City of New York:  community-oriented streetfairs!  Because the S.V.A. maintains an annual streetfair permit, we have been invited to participate -- and protect our own interests as well as vis-a-vis less deserving streetfair sponsors.  Besides, the CB-2 sub-committee has demanded attendance for streetfair sponsors as mandatory -- or else!  
Speaking on behalf of the S.V.A. is Treasurer Bert Coffman.  He will be backed up by other SVA-ers, if needed.  We traditionally have back-up.  The chief spokesperson on behalf of streetfairs is Todd R. Berman, owner of Clearview Festival Productions, which is the most popular streetfairs promoter.  The "hearing" location is at N.Y.U.'s Great Room at 19 University Place at East 8th Street in Manhattan.  Time of the potential hootenanny is @ 6:30 p.m.   





Sunday, March 4 -- CONGRATULATIONS to ANDREW WUERTELE & JESSICA LAPPIN 
                                                
New constituent congratulations to S.V.A. supporter and pretty Councilmember Jessica Lappin and her handsome husband Andrew M. Wuertele -- we know both -- who had a beautiful baby boy (see photo) on Sunday, March 4th.  Baby boy's unique name is Lucas and he is nicknamed "Luke"!  To think that the S.V.A. wanted Andrew and Jessica to attend Bert Coffman's big birthday bash dinner just yesterday!  Not only may the baby have arrived during Bert's b-day event but the baby would have been born on Bert's birthday!  And, thanks, Jessica for your recent, fine,  supportive letter to the S.V.A.  Again, wonderful congratulations and cheer from all at the S.V.A. [Photo portrait courtesy of City Hall News]




 
Saturday, March 3, 2007 -- BERTI's BIG BIRTHDAY BASH at BRUXELLES BISTRO

This festive occasion is a big 5-course birthday dinner and big birthday cherry cake for the S.V.A.'s Treasurer Bert Coffman.  Bruxelles Restaurant is located at the Gay corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 13 Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Gay Greenwich Village.  The Gay shindig will be hosted by the Gay host with the most Williamson Henderson.  Other SVA-ers confirmed to attend the private affair are Storme DeLarverieRuth Campbell and Michael Livote.  Several politicos, some people of the arts and a few university professors from N.Y.U. have promised to stop by during the happening.  Stop!  Reservations are in the name of S.V.A.!  Cocktails launch @ 5 p.m.  There is a special participatory "Dishfest" for all!  "Happy Birthday" is sung @ 8 p.m.  To confirm your attendance, call AnDre at (212) 6-27-1969.  The Bruxelles Bistro's phone number is (212) 206-1830.  Loosen your seat belts, it's going to be a dishy night.





Wednesday, February 28 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE:  "UP, UP AND AWAY"

The very popular S.V.A. hit over one-twentieth of a million "visits" just for the short month of February.  Literally, every day of the month scored on the website's "S.V.A. Top 50 Busy Days".




     
Saturday, February 24 (evening) -- THE JAMES E. ("JED") DAVIS STORY

Originally a young New York City police officer from Bedford-Stuyvesant -- his minority neighborhood in Brooklyn -- James E. Davis ("Jed") found that he even had to fight bigotry from within the NYCPD.  Jed always advocated, stood his ground and enlightened and enlivened others.  Jed co-founded, with his brother Geoffrey Davis, the significant "Stop The Violence" organziation and their annual "Love Yourself" march.  Jed fought the election odds and was victorious in an upset win to become a N.Y.C. Councilmember.  Vivacious and popular Councilman Jed went on to be outstanding and dynamic in that  position.  Jed changed the political, economic, cultural and social climate of his beloved New York City.  Sadly, he died in the line of duty in the New York City Council Chamber  on the 23rd of July in 2003.   

The Castillo Theater is located at 543 West 42 Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Manhattan.  Subways at nearby Eighth Avenue are the "A", "C" and "E".  The crosstown 42nd Street bus (M-42) takes you to the theater's doors.  Showtime "one night only" is @ 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10.  The box office phone number is (212) 941-1234.  For much more 411, please visit:  www.Castillo.org

   


   
Saturday, February 24 (afternoon) -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

Among the many topics are next month's annual Gay Business Expo and the S.V.A.'s participation, exhibition booth, staffing and displays.  Williamson Henderson presides informatively and interestingly over the meeting.  Bert Coffman provides the monthly and hungry Treasurer's Report.  Storme DeLarverie, the star of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, provides more info about linking the "JBR" to the S.V.A.  Ruthybird Campbell updates the S.V.A. guest speakers schedule.  Michael Livote gives the newsies on public officials regarding meetings.  Special attendees include Hal Weiner, S.V.A. Boardmember and longtime Legal Counsel of the S.V.A.  
Meeting is at the Gay Community Center @ 4:15 p.m.  After the meeting, several members are hopping into taxicabs to the Castillo Theater for a special presentation of "The James E. Davis Story".  See above entry for 411!

The guest speaker is New York City Councilmember David S. Yassky.  This is part of the SVA's outreach program to maintain communication with councilmembers in all five boroughs of NYC  The S.V.A. has members and/or supporters in all parts of all boroughs.  Councilmember Yassky represents Brooklyn's 33rd district including Brooklyn Heights and Greenpoint and parts of Park Slope and Boerum Hill.  Besides GLBT issues and SVA support, David is presenting updates with Council legislation that he has introduced on environment issues and education matters.  Business visitors Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz, manager and liaison, respectively, gladly represent the new owners of The Stonewall Inn.  They present S.V.A. with a platinum sponsorship check.  Guest speakers are scheduled to start @ 5 p.m.
   




Monday, February 19 -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY to S.V.A. CO-CHAIR CAROLYN MALONEY

The Congressmember is an outstanding and longtime (15 years) member of the U.S. Congress' House of Represenatives.  Carolyn Maloney is also the prestigious Honorary Female Chairperson of the S.V.A. (since 1999).  We l-u-v her!  Visit Congressmember Carolyn at:  www.STONEWALLVets.org/CarolynMaloney.htm





Thursday, February 15 -- HONORARY S.V.A. MEMBER  RUDY GIULIANI CONFIRMS CANDIDACY for U.S. PRESIDENT!

FYI, former NYC Mayor Rudy is not the first S.V.A. Honorary Member to run for president!  That presidential distinction belongs to another former NYC Mayor, John V. Lindsay (in 1972)!
 




Wednesday, February 14 -- HONORARY MEMBER LIZ ABZUG on CABLE T.V.

Liz J. Abzug, activist and consultant and an Honorary Member of the S.V.A., appears on the longtime cable t.v. show "Eldridge & Company".  She will mainly be discussing her feminist and congressional mother Bella Abzug and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI).  The host Ronnie Eldridge was a longtime N.Y.C. Councilwoman and an even longer-time friend of Bella!  View the close-up, one-on-one, half-over show on CUNY-TV, channel 75 in New York City.  The show airs @ 4 p.m. and repeats @ 9 p.m. and @ 3 a.m.  And, the show encores on Saturday, February 17 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 18 @ 11:30 a.m.  The program includes vintage pictures of Bella!   





Wednesday, February 14
-- S.V.A. HONORARY MEMBER and NYC MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG'S BIRTHDAY

Yes, the New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's birthday is on Valentine's Day.   No wonder he's such a sweetheart!  Today is his milestone 65th!  As in every year since we had candidate Bloomberg as our special guest leading the 2001 Gay Pride Parade, the Mayor received a heartfelt birthday card from the S.V.A.
 
   


 

Tuesday, February 13 -- EAST VILLAGE COMMUNITY VALENTINE'S PARTY

The Bleecker Area Merchants' & Residents' Association ("BAMRA") is sponsoring their annual Valentine's Party in the East Village.  BAMRA's V-party is at Wicked Willy's -- formerly Asylum -- at 149 Bleecker Street between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street.  The club's phone number is (212) 254-8592.  Wear something red!  The party cupidly begins @ 5 p.m. and romantically raps @ 9 p.m.  Party-goers may pay their dues of $10 or make a donation of $10 or more.  All donations will benefit the continued beautification of Greenwich Village and special worthy causes.  For more 411, contact BAMRA's Resident Chair (and S.V.A. supporter) Lois Rakoff via e-mail at BAMRAnys@yahoo.com.  




Sunday, February 11 -- 14th CONGRESSIONAL POLITICAL FORUM

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney personally hosts her series of local political forums.  Today, however, the Congressmember must be out of state on a family health matter.  Her substitute host is MBP Scott Stringer.  The timely topic of this forum is the candidates for N.Y.S. Assemblymember in the 65th district on the Lower Midtown East Side of Manhattan.  There are three candidates:  Susan Chamlin (via Krueger), Micah Kellner (via Maloney) and Barry Klein (via Bing).  Recently, the new Governor Eliot L. Spitzer -- an S.V.A. Honorary Member -- announced the forthcoming appointment of Assemblymember Pete Grannis (who will be present today) to be the State Environmental Commissioner thus opening his Assembly seat after he is approved by the legislature in relatively short order.  Public officials verified to attend include N.Y.S. Senators Eric Schneiderman and Liz Krueger, N.Y.S. Assemblymembers Jonathan Bing and Brian Kavanagh and N.Y.C. Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and expectant Jessica Lappin.  Heading up the S.V.A. delegation is nearby resident and S.V.A. Treasurer Bert Coffman.  The PRIDE Democrats' attendees are organized by Steven Gradman.  Breakfast foods, coffee and tea are provided.  The venue is the forum auditorium at the N.Y.U. Medical Center at 530 First Avenue and East 31st Street in Manhattan.  The forum starts so early on a Sunday and freezing morning @ 10:30 a.m.  For more 411, please call (212) 987-5516.

Congratulations, again, to the S.V.A.'s Honorary Female Chairperson and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney on being honorably chosen as the Chairperson of the U.S. Financial Institutions Subcommittee.

               



Thursday, February 8 -- DEATH OF NEWEST GAY ICON ANNA NICOLE SMITH

The glamorous, legally blonde, zaftig bombshell and openly-fun actress, model, cover girl and national personna Anna Nicole Smith shockingly died at the young age of 39.  It happened while Anna was visitng in Florida.  All of the details are not clear at this time.  "Miss Smith", an untelling name for the exciting Anna, began her career as the Playboy magazine's  "Playmate of the Month" in 1993.  She became known as the hot model for the very popular Guess jeans.  ANS's life also included worthwhile yet mostly unknown facts such as her being the Grand Marshal for the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parde in 2005.  The Gay commmunity was a significant part of her being as evidenced by all of her Gay friends -- including Gay male couples -- and her mostly Gay staff.  That speaks volumes in real life!  This captivating woman added so much to the life of the world -- frequently at very needed times.  More commentary and 411 to be printed here throughout the next few months....  The S.V.A. is sincerely saddened by the loss of GLBT iconic Anna Nicole, who surely had "The Spirit of Stonewall" -- big time!  Anna Nicole is survived by an out-of-it estranged father, a horrendous, intoxicated-looking, truck-driver type mama (who ANS described as "dumb nasty bitch, Mommie Damndest") and a beautiful baby girl infant.
   
 
 
  
Sunday, February 4, 2007 -- BRIAN KAVANAGH'S SWEARING-IN as ASSEMBLYMEMBER 

Brian P. Kavanaugh's public "Swearing-In" as District 74's Assemblymember happens today.  Public officials confirmed to attend include U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, MBP Scott Stringer, N.Y.S. Senators Tom Duane and Liz Krueger, N.Y.S. Assemblymembers Thomas diNapoli (from L.I.), Jonathan Bing, Linda Rosenthal and Mark Weprin and N.Y.C. Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Eric Gioia, Jessica Lappin, Alan Gerson and Gale Brewer.  (Christine Quinn and Dan Garodnick and some other councilmembers are on a mission in Israel this weekend.)  Also confirmed are former public officials Henry Stern and Catherine Abate.  Plus, Marie Ternes representing Congressmember Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn).  The BPK induction and the party is booked at historic Cooper Union's Grand Hall.  The venue is located between Fourth and Third Avenues at East 7th Street in the East Village.  It is one block south of Astor Place.  Event time is @ 1 p.m.  For more 411, you may e-mail:  KavanaughB@Assembly.state.ny.us or phone (212) 979-9696.




February 3, 2007 -- CELEBRATING BOXING CHAMP, STONEWALL VET and S.V.A. OFFICER EMILE GRIFFITH'S BIRTHDAY

For more on Emile A. Griffith the champ, visit:  www.STONEWALLvets.org/EmileGriffith.htm.

   



Wednesday, January 31 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE BREAKS RECORD with BUSIEST MONTH

Although not "Gay Pride Month" in the middle of Winter, nonetheless, the more-than-ever popular S.V.A. website broke all monthly records with nearly 600,000 visits in January 2007!  The biggest individual file is "Songs of The Stonewall" #6 namely Diana Ross & The Supremes.





Saturday, January 27 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at GLBT CENTER

This is the first STONEWALL Veterans' Association meeting of the new year 2007!  Our 38th!  S.V.A.'s theme for 2007:  "Stonewall 38"!  The meeting starts @ 4:15 p.m.    

S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson is presiding over this agenda- and planning-packed meeting.  Emile Griffith will list the names of public officials that have met with the S.V.A. in the past two months.  Treasurer Bert Coffman will provide the overdue monthly "Treasurer's Report".  Corresponding Secretary Dianne Yodice  lists the letters that the S.V.A. has received in the past month.  Recording Secretary Ruth Campbell will announce the impressive schedule of upcoming guest speakers at the S.V.A. monthly meetings.  Ambassador Storme DeLarverie details outreach plans to increase S.V.A. supporters for the new year.  Liaison Michael Livote is distributing the new 2007 S.V.A. membership and support forms to those present and copies for friends.  We will also be celebrating an SVA-er's birthday with fresh hot coffee and/or hot tea and a big cherry birthday cake!  
   


Friday, January 26 -- ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM POWELL MEETING with S.V.A.

N.Y.S. Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell IV and the S.V.A. have had an active communication for many years.  His district has an unusually high Gay population (much of it closeted) and, likewise, a uniquely high incidence of AIDS.  Representing the S.V.A. are its president Williamson Henderson and its treasurer Bert Coffman as well as Youth-for-SVA Gina Wright.  From PRIDE Democrats is Luis Rivera (from East Harlem) and Luisa Torres (from Spanish Harlem).  The Assemblymember is personally presenting his letter of praise and support to the S.V.A.  On a social note, the S.V.A. will be acknowledging Mr. Powell as being the public official who had the best holiday party!  The meeting place is the Assemblymember's district office at 87 East 116 Street (double-lane, two-way street) between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue.  The closest train is the #6 subway stopping at Lexington Avenue and conveniently 116 Street.  There is a crosstown bus (M-116) on 116th Street.  Scheduled meeting time is @ 1 p.m.  Estimated outdoor temperature is 17 degrees!  ACP's office number is (212) 828-3953.  Ask for Pedro!
           




Monday, January 22 -- S.V.A. MEETING with COUNCILMEMBER DAN GARODNICK
 
Confirmed reps from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Bert CoffmanRuth Campbell and AnDre Christie.  This long-planned follow-up meeting is at Councilmember Dan Garodnick's bright and high-floored (the 20th) district office at 211 East 43 Street (between Second and Third Avenues) in midtown Manhattan.  Rendezvous time is @ 4:30 p.m.  S.V.A. attendees may call Lindsey A. (also attending) at (212) 818-0580 for any further 411.





Sunday, January 21 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE CONTINUES to BREAK RECORDS

This week was the busiest week ever for the website of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  The S.V.A. site had nearly 160,000 verified "visits" between January 15th and 21st, 2007.  Congratz!  





Sunday,  January 21 -- WOMEN'S KOFFEEHOUSE GUEST:  CAROL POLCOVAR, AUTHOR of "MY MOTHER TOLD ME I WAS DIFFERENT"

This Stonewall-related project, "My Mother Told Me That I Was Different" was ignited after Carol Polcovar called and met privately with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association in the last century.  As a result of the luncheon meeting with Williamson Henderson, agreements were reached and plans were made to interview many "veterans" of the Stonewall Rebellion.  Many informative and some riveting interviews were provided by members of the S.V.A. such as Williamson, Storme DeLarverie, Jeremiah Newton, Terri Van Dyke, Charles Snyder, Electra O'Mara, John-Paul Ranieri, Rusty Rose, Dave West, Sylvia Rivera, Leigh McManus, et al.  For years and years this languishing project had promised to support the S.V.A.  They did not.  Also promised was that the Stonewall Veterans interviews would be delivered to the S.V.A. and to each of the various participating Stonewall veterans.  That would be expected anyway!  It never happened despite many requests.  Unfortunately (chronologically), Ivana, John-Paul, Sylvia, Terri, Electra, Charles and Dave -- all interview subjects -- failed to live long enough to see their I/V tapes promised by Miss Polkovar.  It is troubling that she shops this program to everywhere she can except where she promised and should have presented it first:  the STONEWALL Veterans' Association -- the folks that ignited the subject and the project!!  Confirmed today are Williamson and Storme.  This gathering, ironically hosted by a S.V.A. member, Rose Giordano, starts at the GLBT Community Center at 212 West 13 Street off Seventh Avenue @ 3 p.m.  Below is the announcement posted in The Center's "Happenings":                                         
 
Advance Screening "My Mother Told Me I Was Different"
Carol Polcovar interviews eyewitness and participants
of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion along with
stories about life before Stonewall and what
moved them to act on that fateful day.
Coffee, tea and desserts.


S.V.A. Editor's Note: First of all, "day"? Try night -- real late night!
Secondly, "that" as in one? Try not one but five of them! And, although
it surely implies that SW-Vetz will be interviewed here, on the contrary
and in reality, the I/Vs were done years ago (most in the last century)
and many of the interviewees are now dead! There is no "I/V-ing" today!





Wednesday, January 17 -- COUNCILMEMBER DAVID YASSKY MEETING with S.V.A. OFFICIALS

The rescheduled meeting conference with Councilmember David S. Yassky -- a loyal Council colleague to the late Jed Davis, an Honorary Member of the S.V.A. -- has been re-arranged again.  Representing the S.V.A. are three of its officials:  lived-in-Brooklyn Bert Coffman, living-in-Brooklyn Ruth Campbell and longtime 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 @ 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.  If needed, DSY's office phone number is (718) 875-5200.


          

 

Friday, January 12 -- CONGRESSMEMBER CAROLYN MALONEY'S "SWEARING-IN", FORUM and PARTY

Congratz!  The S.V.A.'s longtime Honorary Female Chairperson, Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney, is having her public "Swearing-In" as the newly re-elected 14th District Congressmember.  There is also a discussion forum of the legislative goals of the new 110th U.S. Congress.  Confirmed public official guests are Congressmember Joe Crowley, former Congressmember Liz Holtzman, Queens Boro President (and oath administrator) Helen Marshall, Assemblymembers Jonathan Bing and Brian Kavanagh and Councilmembers Dan Garodnick, Eric Gioia, Jessica Lappin and David Weprin.  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are President Williamson, Treasurer Bert Coffman, Mrs. Mary Twist, Miss Betty Bristol and Master AnDre Christie -- a fave of CBM!  From the Imperial QUEENS of New York is Princess Brooke Lynn and Dr. Dyane Karron.  From PRIDE Democrats is Steven Gradman, et al.  From The Maloneys is Carolyn's husband Clif (one "f"), eldest daughter Virginia, Chief-of-Staff Minna Elias, District Manager Juanita Reyes and Press Secretary  Joe Soldivere.  CBM's event is held in Astoria in part of the Queens territory of the Congressmember's district.  The Museum of the Moving Image ("MMI") is the artistic venue.  The first parts of the program (induction and forum) are held in the museum's auditorium.  MMI's address is as follows:  36-01 35th Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets.  Directions via subway are the "N" or "W" trains to the 36th Avenue station or the "R" or "N" trains to the Steinway Street station.  The program begins @ 5 p.m. and concludes @ 7 p.m.  Quality refreshments are served.  To contact the museum for more event 411, call (718) 784-0077.  For info on the museum, mainly about movies, visit their website at:  www.MovingImage.US.   

Post-Event:  After the inaugural reception, keep celebrating by joining Williamson and AnDre with Dr. Dyane K and Mary T for dinner and drinx at the Hollywoodish eatery The Cup Restaurant.

   




Thursday, January 11 -- "BELLA!":  THE MOVIE

It got out in the New York Post today in their popular "Page Six" column that S.V.A. Honorary Member Liz Abzug is officially reporting (what we already knew longtime) that former "Cagney & Lacey" t.v. show actress Tyne Daly will play Liz's famous former congresswoman and feminist icon mother Bella Abzug in a movie about "Bella!".
 




Wednesday, January 10 -- ASSEMBLYMEMBER JONATHAN BING MEETS with the S.V.A.
Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing ("JLB") and the S.V.A. share many political and social events throughout the year.  In fact, we've been at a handful together just in the past few weeks.  Surprisingly, this is our official sit-down with the Assemblymember and an agenda meeting.  Meeting or not, that never stopped JLB from being a regular supporter of the S.V.A. over the years.  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are officers Williamson Henderson and Bert Coffman plus S.V.A. staffer AnDre Christie.  Location is the Assemblymember's district office at 360 East 57th Street at First Avenue (entrance on the avenue) in midtown Manhattan.  This rescheduled (from December 22) meeting is @ 2 p.m.  For related 411, call JLB staffers Barry or Keith at (212) 605-0937.



Sunday, January 7 -- N.Y.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW CUOMO'S "SWEARING-IN" CEREMONY and PARTY

Andrew M. Cuomo had his induction as the 64th New York State Attorney General in Albany on New Year's Day.  To quote AMC, "We've come a long way!"  Today's "swearing-in" and significant speeches are thoughtfully occasioned for the "Downstaters".  Special guests confirmed include, but are not limited to, the following:  former N.Y.S. Governor Mario Cuomo and First Lady Matilda (a.k.a. AMC's parents), former N.Y.C. Mayor Ed Koch, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (revised due to her ill mother out-of-state), Bronx Boro President Adolpho Carrion, Queens Boro President Helen Marshall, Manhattan Boro President President Scott Stringer, N.Y.S. Senators Eric Schneiderman, Liz Krueger and Tom Duane, N.Y.S. Assemblymembers Herman Farrell, Danny O'Donnell and Hakeem Jeffries, N.Y.C. Councilmembers Christine QuinnDavid Weprin, Gale Brewer, Eric Gioia, Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick.  The ceremony is held at the great Metropolitan Museum of Art, directed and hosted by Gay-friendly, former Bella Abzug staffer Harold Holzer.  AMC's ace Campaign Director and now Chief Counsel Joe Percoco personally extended the invitation and arranged for the S.V.A. contingency.  Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are boxing legend Emile Griffith, Williamson HendersonBert Coffman, Ruth Campbell, Leigh McManus, Marlene RamcharitarSteven Gradman, Michael Livote, Luis Rodrigo and AnDre Christie (wearing a designer orange shirt).  Quality foods and beverages is another nice feature of any =AMC= event.  This museum is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan on fabulous Fifth Avenue at elegant 81st to 82nd Streets.  Traveling there via train, take the #4 or #5 express subways on Lexington Avenue to East 86th Street.  On the local #6 train, get off at the East 77th Street station.  Via bus, take any uptown/downtown bus -- Eastside or Westside -- stopping at 86th Street and the M-86 crosstown 86th Street bus.  The momentous event commences @ high noon.  To rsvp, please e-mail =AMC= Headquarters at SwearingIn@AndrewCuomo.com or telephone (646) 747-6055.  For more Met 411, visit:  www.MetMuseum.org or phone (212) 535-7710.
                                                                                                                               



Monday, January 1, 2007 -- NEW YEAR'S DAY  *  INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY

A happy, healthy and Gay new year to all of the Stonewallers, our friends and our supporters and all of the admirable advertisers with the S.V.A.





 



                                                                                  
     2007 S.V.A. Staff & Credits
                                                                        
         S.V.A. Editor:  Leigh McManus  (212) 627-1969  

 Webmistress:  Babsala Lynn  (212) 473-7621

SW-Newzletta Reporter:  Vito Abzuzzolucciano  (212) 346-9699

S.V.A. Computer Gyrl:  B
rooke Lynn  (212) 229-2727   

    SW-Newzletta Advertising:  Jon Buenatesta  (212) 613-6039        

S.V.A. Assistant:  AnDre Christie  (212) 613-6039 
www.STONEWALLvets.org/AnDreChristie.htm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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