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"S.V.A. Symposium XXVIII"
20 June 1997

Stonewall Veterans' Symposium 
Some "Stonewall Symposium" Panelists
[Photo by Jeremiah J. Newton]

"What Really Happened at the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969" is the attention-getting headline we ask at the top of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association's ("S.V.A.") 28th annual "Stonewall Symposium" flyers.  These S.V.A. symposiums are unique opportunities to meet and greet actual Stonewall veterans of the five-night 1969 Stonewall Rebellion.  The S.V.A. has a panel of several Stonewall veterans ("S/W-Vets") on stage at the dais, all members of the S.V.A., who individually relate their unique "Stonewall" experiences for about seven minutes each vet.  Then, we have our "Stonewall Questions &  Answers Session".  We also have additional Stonewall veterans seated in the 'reserved' front row.  The event is hosted by a prominent Gay celebrity.  Last year (1996) it was moderated by "Stonewall" book author, Martin S. Duberman, who thoroughly enjoyed it.  He personally stated to the SVA's founder Willson L. Henderson that he was "inspired to maybe do a Stonewall sequel"!

Pictured above (l-2-r) are:  Jim "The Rat" Fouratt (a shady subject of the original "Stonewall" book), then S.V.A. Vice-President and symposium organizer Willson L. Henderson (Stonewall Vet consultant on the movie "Stonewall"), Sylvia Rae Rivera (also a subject of the book "Stonewall") and Randy Wicker (interview cameo in the movie "Stonewall" -- arranged by Willson).  The event was held at the New York.City Gay Community Services Center on Friday evening, June 20, 1997.  Stormé DeLarverie was also a Stonewall veteran panelist as well as the SVA's Chief-of-Security.  The S.V.A. charged the same admission that The Stonewall Club charged 27 years earlier on weekends: $3.  The S.V.A. allowed PWA's and indigent G.L.B.T. people such as S/W vet Ivana 'Barata' Valentin in for free.  The audience was enthralled, many asked for our autographs and took photographs.

Pictured below (l-2-r) are:  Stonewall veterans Terri Van Dyke (S.V.A. Treasurer), Rusty B. Rose (then S.V.A. Recording Secretary) and Jeremiah Jay Newton (then S.V.A. President); moderator NYC Judge Karen S. Burstein (the SVA's Corporate Counsel) and Stonewall vet panelist Willson L. Henderson (S.V.A. Director) -- wearing the exact blue with white piping, short-sleeved shirt that he was arrested in at the Stonewall Rebellion on Friday night, June 27, 1969.  See the New York City Police Department (NYCPD) "mug shot" photo on S.V.A.'s "Photo Album, Biographies and Narratives" website page.

Stonewall Veterans' Symposium XXVIII
Judge Karen with Stonewall Veterans Panelists
[Photo by Dario M. Modon]

 Gay Pride Celebrations throughout New York City

Attention:  Webmistress Leticia

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Pictured above in the LGNY Newspaper feature story, since they failed to identify the alleged 'heroes' (yet identified lesser persons in other photos), are as follows:  Stonewall vets Terri Van Dyke, Randy Wicker and Jeremiah Newton in the back row and Rusty Rose, moderator Judge Karen Burstein, Willson Henderson and Storme DeLarverie up front.
 [Photo is by attorney photographer Hal M. Weiner]


The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association hosted its annual "Stonewall Rebellion Forum" at the "same time, same place" at the NYC Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centre at 212 West 13 Street off Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan, New York from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  There was a diverse, half-dozen Stonewall veterans panelists plus many more S/W-Vetz in the front row including Leigh McManus, Nance Lomax, Bob Kohler, Daria ModonClyde Meltzer, Ray McCaffrey, Joni Sobel and Ramon Bellido.  The S.V.A. had its always super interesting and lively "S.V.A. Questions and Answers Session" from the audience and media.  The SVA's current President, Jeremiah Newton, was a co-moderator as he was in 1995 and 1996.  SVA's chief founder Willson Henderson produced, directed and managed the semi-complex event.  It is a public and unique educational project of the S.V.A.  This year's celebrity Gay person moderator is former New York State Attorney General nominee Karen S. Burstein.  The S.V.A. allows cameras at our events.  This is an event to photograph!  It is no longer the mostly "closet case" 1960s and 1970s.  Some previous Stonewall veteran panelists of the S.V.A. over the years such as Steven Konigsberg, Aubrey Drummond, Sonia AttkissEddie Wright, Ramon Bellido, Leroi Carr and Stanley Dunne are sadly no longer living.  Mark the date on your calendar or in your datebook to attend a living Gay history lesson!

G.L.B.T. History Month


=====2019:  50th Anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]

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