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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

' Association
with the big blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car"
AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power


Manhattan, New York
 Sunday, June 26th

      '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 25th anniversary of the 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 (IQNY), and John B. O'Brien ("JOB"), also of AIDS Committee To Unleash Power ("ACT-UP")!  The 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 Blue, also of the S.V.A. and IQKY, wearing a spaghetti strap blue gown.  It's a veiled Gay reference to "Alice Bluegown" (code term meaning the police) in the Stonewall Era!  The scene above was a multi-media 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 fixture, 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 supporter of the S.V.A., created the sign and 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! 

The historic 25th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion 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 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 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 happened big 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 "Stonewall Car".  This monumental event in a word, to quote a number one Diana Ross & The Supremes' song of The Stonewall Inn jukebox, "The Happening"!  

Stonewall Act Up 1994

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!

"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 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!  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 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 ("GLBT") 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 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"!

This likely once-in-a-lifetime GLBT 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"{
The New York Times about 20 years later, unfortunately, disabled this Stonewall Veterans "S/W-25" link along with 1,000 others!

Members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.")
broadside the huge stage for "Stonewall 25" ("S/W-25") 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.]


Nearly 25 years since... STONEWALL-25!


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

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