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"Stonewall 25"
 ===Spirit of STONEWALL March===
for the
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community
proudly and Gay-ly led by both the

STONEWALL
Rebellion
Veterans
' Association
with the big blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car"
-and-
ACT-UP
 
(AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power)

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Manhattan, New York
 Sunday, June 26th
1994

 
      'The Gay March' that virtually everyone said would never happen!!

Spirit of Stonewall March 1994

SVA's 1969 "Stonewall Car" Leading the historic NYC "Spirit of Stonewall March" in 1994
SOS = Spirit of Stonewall
[Photo by Williamson Henderson]


The great Gay history scene above with the "Spirit of Stonewall March" ("SOS") celebrating the remarkable 25th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on Sunday, June 26th, 1994.  The huge march as shown is almost at its completion on upper Fifth Avenue prior to arriving at the 'front doors' of Central Park.  Pictured above are two members of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."):  grandly Queen Allyson Allante, also of the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York ("IQKNY"), and John B. O'Brien ("JOB"), also of AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power ("ACT-UP")!  The openly-Gay fellow in the car 'riding shotgun' wearing the rainbow headband is Andreas "Andy" Bahmann of Frankfort and West Berlin, Germany!  Behind Andy is Stonewall veteran Beverly Bluegown, also of the S.V.A. and the IQKNY, wearing a spaghetti strap blue gown.  It is a veiled Gay reference to "Alice Bluegown" (code term meaning the police) in the Stonewall Era!  (Blue is derived from the color of NYCPD police uniforms.)  The scene above was a multi-media street press conference and a strategizing pit-stop.  That is why you see people standing in different directions.  On the left in the photo is the ostentatious Trump Tower and in the distance on the right is the landmark Empire State Building, both on Fifth Avenue.  The sign "Justice for Marsha" refers to S.V.A. charter member and Gay Village character, Stonewall vet and transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating dead in the Hudson River after "Stonewall-23" just two years prior near the Gay people's Christopher Street pier.  Mr. Randy Wicker, a Gay pioneer and active supporter of the S.V.A., created the sign and he is holding it.  Marsha's death, although investigated by the NYCPD and ad hoc committees, remains a mystery and an enigma, just like the transgendered life of Marsha! 


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Some Background by Some G.L.B.T. People as to Why there were Ultimnately Two Marches 
a.k.a. When Fellow Gays Shamefully Ignore the Stonewall Vets, There's a Price -- or Two -- to Pay!!

www.NYTimes.com/1994/05/06/NYRegion/remember-Stonewall-but-how-Gay-Groups-clash-over-Commemoration.html

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The historic 25th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion saw not one but two Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") marches in New York City.  The "Spirit of Stonewall March" -- marching from the original Stonewall Club on Christopher Street across Waverly Place through part of Greenwich Village and then, from the Washington Square Arch, all the way up Fifth Avenue and into Central Park at the Avenue of the Americas entrance -- was the real Stonewall March.  This historic march was sponsored by the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."), the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power ("ACT-UP"), the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of New York ("IQKNY"), the GLBT Political Coalition and the PRIDE Democrats of New York City -- and no other G.L.B.T. organizations!  Not one international G.L.B.T. group!  "It is the Gay Pride march that virtually everyone said ....could never and would never happen".  The S.V.A., under the innovative leadership of its founder and elected president Williamson Henderson, declared and promised that the march would happen one way or another, with or without arrests.  NYC Mayor Rudy W. Giuliani and NYCPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are the two people who ultimately made eveything possible.  Judge Robert Patterson helped, too.  So did civil rights attorney Norman H. Siegel, Esq. of NYC.  The "Spirit of Stonewall March" did happen and it happened big time!  Uniquely, this march had one only main vehicle and the SVA's trailer car for supplies, etc.  The march was led by the classic and historic blue 1969 convertible with the big whitewall tires also known as the "Stonewall Car".  This monumental event in a word, to quote a number one Diana Ross & The Supremes' song of The Stonewall Club jukebox, "The Happening"!  


Stonewall Act Up 1994


ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), at its zenith, was the driving force in making this alternate Gay Pride march happen.  Unlike the 'official' "S/W-25" committee, ACT-UP had the approach representing inclusion of, respect for and consideration of the veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion -- the unquestionable sole reason that there is a "Stonewall 25"!  This alternative march was clearly for the Gay people and allies not the corporate money interests.  The bottom Gay line was that both the "Spirit of Stonewall" led by the S.V.A. and the "Stonewall 25" marches converged at the main entrance on West 59th Street to Central Park to evolve into the biggest Gay Pride Rally in history anywhere in the World!






"STONEWALL 25" Brochure of the 'Official' "L.G.B.D.T." March on the United Nations




Queer Note:  The "International Stonewall-25 Committee" incredulously referred to the community as "L.G.B.D.T."?!  These soupy letters are shamefully historically wrong, besides stupid, and chronologically inaccurate -- especially on a long-awaited anniversary day of celebrating our true history.  "Stonewall" the rebellion and the civil rights movement that was launched was inclusively about "Gay Rights", "Gay Power" and "Gay Unity" not Alphabet Soup created a decade later by bored and boring revisionists.  And, what in their "LGBDT" what the hell is the "D"?  Divorced?  No!  Dyke?  No!  It's Drag"!  OMG!  They were more whacked than we knew....  Can you imagine that people allegedly in the "community" -- though from California -- didn't know that "drag" (an unappealing word by itself) is considered part of the "Transgender" community?  Obviously, not!  Read their brochure.

 
To "celebrate" (as in steal) the Silver Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, this 'official', bureaucratically-organized, self-serving, overly well-funded but misappropriated, ad hoc, clandestine group thought of just about everything -- except the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion Veterans!  Was the uprising computer-generated, asked SVA's Williamson?  Very little ever recognizes, nevermind honors, the people who created the "Pride"!  This oddly concocted group -- an expanded version of the Heritage of Pride, Incorporated (they're very into incorporation) with some of the same cast -- used our "STONEWALL" event to rake in endless cash for themselves from Gay people and Gay supporters from all around the world but zilch for the founding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") organization -- the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.").  

The S.V.A. represents the people, living and deceased, who actually made this historic event happen in the first place.  They were the mostly kids who were regular patrons of the Mafia-owned and operated the STONEWALL Dance Club and Bar!  In fact, with an out-of-control budget of millions of dollars, "the committee" did not even offer "gas money" (about $19.69) to fill up the tank of the historic 1969 blue  convertible "Stonewall Car" which led the alternative Stonewall march into Central Park.  Stop!  The Stonewall International Committee including our local Heritage of Pride and company did not even invite the car!  Rude!  Dum!  This ad-hoc group was so 'smart' that they 'voted' to hold the 'protest' against the symbolic United Nations ("U.N.") on a Sunday -- when the U.N. is always "closed"!  Duh!  "Meaningless" said activist Ann Northrop!  We remember the era (not long ago) when Gay people still had a reputation for being courageous, well-dressed, attractive in some way such as hair or smile, and smart!  That era has apparently and sadly ended!  Marching on a place when you know it is closed is really ineffective and, quite Janely, simply stupid.  There is absolutely no other explanation or excuse.  For example, "Oh, we could not get a permit for a Monday".  Huh?  Really?  The "alternate Gay march" did not have an authorized 'permit' for any day!  In fact, we had no permit!  Yet, we happened.... big time!!  Why?  Because the S.V.A., ACT-UP and the I.Q.K.N.Y., acting in unity, had the real "Spirit of Stonewall"!


This likely once-in-a-lifetime G.L.B.T. happening story was originally covered in the New York Times and all other NY papers!
"Two New York City Gay Pride Marches" described in The New York Times"
query.NYTimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E2D6163CF934A15755C0A962958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
The New York Times about 20 years later, unfortunately, disabled this Stonewall Veterans "S/W-25" link along with 1,000 other links!










Members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.")
broadside the huge stage for "Stonewall 25" on the Great Lawn in Central Park,
Manhattan, New York City, with an excited audience of over one million people
by New York City Police Department professional estimates!
[Photo by Leigh McManus of the STONEWALL V.A.]









Christmastime
2018
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Nearly 25 incredible G.L.B.T. years since... "STONEWALL-25"!

Stonewall 50:  "Spirit of Stonewall March, Part 2"
 Sunday, June 30th, 2019  --
always "The last Sunday in June"
@ high noon (rain, shine, wind or heatwave)



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===2018:  49th Anniversary of the NYC Gay Stonewall Rebellion
-- and the blue 1969 Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car"===
   


 
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