|The historic 25th anniversary of the 1969
saw not one but two Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
("GLBT") marches in New York City. The "Spirit of Stonewall
March" -- marching from the original Stonewall Club on
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
Kings of New York ("IQKNY"), the GLBT Political Coalition and the PRIDE Democrats of N.Y.C. -- and
no other GLBT organizations! "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.
The "Spirit of Stonewall March" did happen and it
time! Uniquely, this march had one only vehicle and it was
led by that one vehicle: the
classic and historic 1969 blue Cadillac convertible also known as the
Car". This monumental event in a word, to quote a number
one Diana Ross & The Supremes' song of The Stonewall Inn
ACT-UP, at its zenith, was the driving force in making this alternate Gay Pride march happen. Unlike the 'official' "SW-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"! The bottom Gay line was that both the "Spirit of Stonewall" and the "Stonewall 25" marches converged at the main gates on West 59th Street to Central Park to evolve into the biggest Gay Pride Rally in history anywhere in the World!
|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! Very little 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" event to
in endless cash for themselves from Gay people and Gay supporters
from all around the world but zilch for the founding Gay, Lesbian,
Transgender ("GLBT") organization --
the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans'
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 STONEWALL Dance Club! 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 Cadillac 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! 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. had the real "Spirit of Stonewall"!