Stevens ("TRS") was born in the New York City
borough of The
Bronx and after eight years young, he was raised in the borough of
Queens. Tom still lives in the same house in
Fresh Meadows, Queens,
with his parents (at last report). After college and law
school, Tom became a practising attorney in NYC.
Tom was also a
guest university professor and an adjunct lecturer. TRS
longtime activist for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
("GLBT") rights and privacy. As Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens, he has
on many national television shows including, but not limited to,
"Phil Donohue", "Geraldo Rivera", "Sally Jesse Raphael", "The Jerry
Springer Show", "Jenny Jones", "News Talk Television" and "Gay
U.S.A.". At one point, in fact, Tom Stevens was
developer and host of
his own local cable television show entitled "In Focus". Also
noteworthy, Tom has been an effective guest speaker, speaking
out on behalf of Gay rights
on endless national and regional radio shows. In June 2004,
regarding Gay history, he was a panelist at the annual "Stonewall
Rebellion Symposium" sponsored by the STONEWALL Veterans' Association
The forum was filmed to be included in a future documentary.
The event was held at the popular
New York City Gay
Community Services Center in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
In the Gay community, "TRS", as he is popularly known in some quarters, has served as the following: General Secretary of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A."), the association of veterans of the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at the legendary Stonewall Club; the longtime president of the Stonewall Republicans ("S.R."), the first Gay Republican group as of 1972 in New York City and, since 1984, spanning three very different decades as S.R.'s head; as Geistmeister TRS, the one-term Imperial King of the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York ("IQKNY"), an activist and social transgender group and their many friends; the executive director of the national Stonewall Republicans Federation ("SRF") and under Tom's leadership establishing many chapters; and a boardmember of the diverse G.L.B.T. Political Coalition, a variety of non-profit and non-political GLBT organizations and their non-Gay supporters.
Outside the GLBT community -- though clearly overlapping -- Mr. Stevens served as the president of the renowned New York Young Republican Club ("NYYRC") in the mid-1980s. The theatrical and delightful newsletter "Applause, Applause" was the creation of Tom Stevens, where he served as editor-in-chief. He also served as its outstanding critic, which enabled his attending many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Tom gained notoriety for producing and directing "An Evening with Quentin Crisp". Because of Mr./Ms. Crisp's full endorsement and personal participation, the show was nominated for a MAC award. Mr. Stevens also served as chairman of the legendary Beaux Arts Society ("BAS") in the late-1990s. "Geistmeister", as he was also known at BAS, presided over their annual "Leonardo da Vinci Awards". The BAS is worldly known for their annual "Beaux Arts Charity Ball", which was even referred to in the long version of the timeless popular song, "The Lady Is A Tramp"!
In recent times, due to serious life-threatening medical conditions, which have required hospitalizations, Tom has been inactive with the organization. Medically, TRS reported to the S.V.A. with approval to disseminate: "I had a 90% blockage in one of my heart arteries. This is in addition to diabetes, cellulitis, arthritis, painful disc problems in my back and, now, coronary heart disease!" TRS last attended an S.V.A. monthly meeting at the Gay Community Center in Manhattan several years ago. We do anticipate his return at some time in the future....
Tom R. Stevens remains active in the Libertarian Party of New York State.
You may view some other Thomas Robert Stevens ("TRS") photos at the S.V.A. website:
See Tom Stevens with the S.V.A. at "Stonewall 29" at the Gay Pride Parade line-up standing with some other S.V.A. members such as Storme DeLarverie, Terri Van Dyke, Cristina Hayworth, Electra O'Mara, Dave West and Molly Bee Aitken. Also shown is a pic of TRS riding -- and slumping down in the back seat -- in the S.V.A.'s 1969 big blue "Stonewall Car" in the 1998 annual New York City Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan at: www.STONEWALLvets.org/parade/SW-29.htm
Tom Stevens as "Geistmeister TRS" is on stage (rear) for a curtain call at The Stonewall Cabaret in 1998 for a "Stonewall Gay Showtime" featuring the transgender group Imperial QUEENS & Kings of New York with Imperial Queen Allyson Ann, Duchess Rayette Carefree, Princess Jenni June, Miss Kitt Holiday, Lady Electra Lux, Hurricane Dave West and Squiress Cindi Chan at: www.STONEWALLvets.org/QueenAllyson.htm
49th Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]