STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association
25th Anniversary of the
1969 New York City
Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender
and Strait Friends and Allies
Rebellion at The Original STONEWALL Club
Sunday, 26 June
Stonewall Veterans On-Stage
with an Audience of over One Million People
in Central Park, New York City, U.S.A.
Incredible backstage view of some Stonewall Veterans at "SW-25"
[Photo by Rockwell O'Neill]
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") members incredibly pictured standing in front of a crowd of over one a million people above (left-2-right) is firstly "The Stonewall Queen" Allyson Ann Allante (grandly statured in a muave sequinced gown and long blonde hair), the second is Rolando Ortiz (in tight white tee-shirt and tight blue jeans, well-built Puerto Rican originally from The Bronx and now up from Florida), the third person is S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke (wearing yellow pants and carrying his/her ever-present huge shoulder bag), the S.V.A. Secretary Yvonne Ritter (with red hair up) is fourth, Danny Garvin (in tacky shorts unfit and shady for this momentous occasion) is fifth, Christian Holland the "Stonewall Dutch Boy" (in traditional Hollandaise garb) is sixth, John O'Brien (wearing dark blue shirt and slacks, in from Los Angeles) is seventh.... Also on stage but not shown in this photo are (alphabetically): Molly Aitken (down from Massachusetts)..... David Bermudez and Bob Isadore (also Massachusetts)..... Ruthybird Campbell.(in from Kensington, Brooklyn).... Bert Coffman (up from the Prince Residential Hotel)..... Storme DeLarverie (from Chelsea's Hotel Chelsea)..... David Foxworth (up from Philadelphia)..... Xavier Harrison (up from Atlanta, Georgia)..... Cristina Hayworth (up from Puerta Rica)..... Williamson Henderson (down from his Upper West Side condominium)..... Wayne Herndon (in from Hollywood)..... Carl Keller (in from Connecticut)..... Leigh McManus (in from Huntington, Long Island)..... Jeremiah Newton (up from Avenue C in the East Village)..... Ronnie Nieves (over from Staten Island, NYC)..... Electra O'Mara (down from Washington Heights in Manhattan)..... John-Paul Ranieri (in from Milwaukee, Wisconsin)..... Sylvia Rivera (flew in on her broom fueled by alcohol)..... Jack Rojas (from the Times Square Hotel, Manhattan)..... Rita "Rusti" Rose (in from Amityville, Long Island)..... Bill Miranda Salzman (over the bridge from Williamsburg, Brooklyn)..... Monsignor Charles Snyder (the Archbishop of Greenwich Village)..... Richard Strahan (in from South Shore, New Jersey)..... Mary S. Twist (also New Jersey)..... Ivana Valentin (up from the very East Village)..... Dave F. West (Midtown Manhattan, NYC)..... et al.....
The well-organized STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."), which had just led the "Spirit of Stonewall March" with the blue 1969 Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car" up Fifth Avenue from in front of The Stonewall Club in Greenwich Village, and, now, finally, after waiting over an hour, broadsided the very high and very wide stage in Central Park, USA. Only one-third of the SW-Vetz present on stage are shown in this incredible photo. The approximate one million (1,000,000)-plus attendees from all over the world responded with a great, sound-breaking, five-minute chant of "Thank you... Thank you... Thank you... Thank you... Thank you..."! Every Stonewall Veteran -- except one -- was overcome with emotion, lightly crying with pride or just having a few tears of joy or sadness stream from their eyes. Queen Allyson Ann, the President of the Imperial QUEENS and the S.V.A. elected Spokesperson, was not having her professionally-done make-up ruined. Anxious to begin her speech, Allyson finally said to the huge millionish crowd (a la Barbra Streisand and invoking a Brooklyn accent): "Thank you from the STONEWALL Veterans' Association of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion! Thanks! Alright already... enough already. Ohh! Thank you! Already enough, thanks! Oy! We thank you, too -- for being here today on the 25th! Enough now!" What's a queen supposed to do already? "Thanx! (Convincing one million people to "Stop!" is not easy.) We love you, too!" However, the enthusiastic crowd continued their extraordinary chant: "Thank you... Thank you... Thank you... Thank you.... Thank you...."
Highlights of the entire Stonewall 25 event, including the S.V.A. segment is/was available on the video, "The Future is Ours" -- a queerly inane title for the hugest Gay event in world history. Celebrities included openly-Gay actor/entertainer Harvey Fierstein who stated that none of us would be here today on this stage if not for the Stonewall Veterans. And, another Gay favorite, Liza Minnelli who reminded everyone that "It is the 25th anniversary of Stonewall.... and it is also the 25th Anniversary of Mama" -- referring to the Gay icon of Judy Garland, whose funeral was the first day of the rebellion that night June 27th. Coincidence? No!
=====2018: 49th Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]