S.V.A. Upcoming Events:  Updated September 23 @ 4 a.m.






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S.V.A. CURRENT + UPCOMING EVENTS

  







Saturday, December 27 -- SVA's ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS" MEETING and RESTAURANT HOLIDAY DINNER


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Thursday, December 25th -- CHRISTMAS DAY HOLIDAY







Wednesday, December 24 -- REMEMBRANCE:  DRAG KING STORME DeLARVERIE






Friday, December 12 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  DIONNE WARWICK







Saturday, November 29 ---  STONEWALL'S YEARLY "THANKSGIVING" MEETING and OUT-to-DINNER


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Thursday, November 27 -- HOLIDAY:  THANKSGIVING







Wednesday. November 26 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  TINA TURNER







Tuesday, November 4 -- VOTE!  ELECTION DAY






Friday, October 31 -- HALLOWEEN







Saturday, October 25 -- SVA's "HALLOWEEN" MEETING at the NEW YORK CITY GAY CENTER


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Sunday, October 5 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  SVA'S DIRECTOR WILLIAMSON HENDERSON






Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  JULIE ANDREWS







Saturday, September 27 -- STONEWALL VETS ASSN. END-of-SUMMER MEETING at THE CENTER



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All monthly meetings of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") are held each month at the New York City Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender Community Center located in their beautifully remodeled landmark building at 208 West 13 Street between Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York.  The S.V.A. never (repeat, never) cancels a meeting so you can count on it whether you receive a reminder notice.  Just remember:  S.V.A. meets the last Saturday of every month @ 4:15 p.m.!  Surprise us and maybe surprise yourself!!







Sunday, September 21 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS 28th ANNUAL FLEA MARKET & AUCTION










Saturday, August 30 -- STONEWALL V.A.'S MONTHLY MEETING FEATURING CANDIDATES

 









Saturday, July 26 -- SVA's POST-PRIDE MEETING at the GLBT CENTER


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Sunday, June 29 -- NEW YORK CITY 45th ANNUAL GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER PRIDE PARADE 

Gay Pride Parade Scenario:  Question:  Young child asks his two daddies:  "Daddies, why is there a pride parade?  Answer:  "Well, a long time ago there were Gay boys and Gay girls and their straight friends and fag-hags, most much younger than us, who finally stood up in unison and said 'No more Gay shame'!  Long-story short, that's why the world now enjoys Gay Pride"!

"Veterans of Stonewall" confirmed to be riding in the S.V.A. flotilla include Ruthybird Campbell, Robert Spiegel, Roby Giordano and Reverend Magora Kennedy -- and that's just the "R"s (as they say, list in formation).

Additional Stonewall veterans particpating include Williamson Henderson, (S.V.A. Director), Nance Lomax (from Philadelphia), Dave L. Leong (S.V.A. Executive Committee), Ruthybird Campbell (S.V.A. Scheduler), Leigh McManus (S.V.A. Newzletta Editor), Peter S. Fiske (in from Frisco), Leslie Maracos (NYC), Jeffrey Greenfield (NJ), Joan C. Sobel, et al. plus S.V.A. event D/Q hostesses Appolonia Cruz and Tyra A. Ross!

 After four decades of leading the New York City Gay Pride Parade, for the second year, the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association, at its request, shall be "le grande finale" of the parade with the blue classic Cadillac convertible!  The famous analogy is, of course, to the finale of the Thanksgiving Day Parade with Santa Claus and the reindeer.  Williamson plays the part of 'Gay Santa' and AnDre is 'Rudolph' driving the car!  The last contingency in the parade will be the lantern tail lights of the blue Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car" of 1969!  To be continued.......










Saturday, June 28 -- STONEWALL V.A. PRE-PRIDE MEETING at the NEW YORK CITY GLBT CENTER







Thursday, June 26 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  BRENDA HOLLOWAY, MOTOWN STAR










Saturday, June 21 -- "SVA's 45th ANNUAL CONFERENCE & STONEWALL VETERANS REUNION"

This year's "S.V.A. Conference and Stonewall Veterans Reunion" is scheduled one week earlier on a less busy weekend and to appropriately have the veterans of Stonewall kick-off the "10 Days of Gay Pride" in New York City!


This 2014 is a monumental year with the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion.  And, it's the 45th year since Judy Garland!  It is also the 45th for the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  While we are at "45", it is the 45th year of the 1969 "Stonewall Car"!  In addition to all of these "45"s, in the Stonewall Club jukebox, the records were known as "45"s!  The annual S.V.A. conference is gathering of members, supporters, friends, sponsors and youth of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association in addition to elected officials and the public, particularly academics and students.  
Celebrity co-host is Miss Tyra A. Ross!  Confirmed traditional opening entertainment is openly-Gay singer and songwriter Sandy Rapp.  She will be performing her well-known and heartfelt Stonewall tribute song dedicated to the Stonewall survivors.  Sandy will also sing a new song that she wrote "She Will Rise", based on Maya Angelo's support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton!  

U.S. Congressmembers
from the New York City delegation will be special guests and speakers.  Many New York City Councilmembers such as Dan Garodnick, Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal will be making appearances to speak to the crowd!  SVA-er Ruthybird Campbell provides the historicalbackdrop of the Stonewall Rebellion before presenting the first Stonewall veteran testimonial speaker.  Confirmed Stonewall veteran speakers include the following:  Leigh McManus, Bert Coffman, Nance LomaxRobert Spiegel  and Joan "JC"Sobel.  Another musical treat of this happening is the "Songs of The Original Stonewall Club".  Actual 1969 Stonewall songs are played at the beginning, during the intermission and at the end of the program.  SVA's office manger AnDre Christie heats up the SVA's "Welcome Wagon".  Youth-4-SVA's organizer Elton R. Johnson will sign up GLBTS youth volunteers for the S.V.A.  

Special "Stonewall" tribute:  the SVA's long serving Ambassador Storme DeLarverie who recently passed from his long and wild life at 93!  Storme was a charter member of the S.V.A.  Long lived the King!  Out-front and on-display:  the famous blue 1969 Cadillac convertible "Stonewall Car", which was legally parked near The Stonewall yet illegally impounded by the NYCPD on the first night of the Stonewall Uprising!  It is clearly the most, if not only, famous car in Gay history!  Admission:  $10.  Donors are encouraged to be generous.  Checks may be made payable simply to:  Stonewall Vets Assn.  The SVA's conference ignites @ 4:15 p.m. (as always) and has its musical finale about 7 p.m.  Note:  The S.V.A. will be adding 411 regularly to this announcement over the next two months until the conference and reunion on Saturday the 21st of June!



Update:  S.V.A. Conference & Reunion shall include a special memorial tribute to a founding member
 and longtime official of the STONEWALL Veterans Association........ King Storme DeLarverie








Tuesday, June 10 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY:  BILL M. SALZMAN








Tuesday, June 3 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY:  MICHAEL IRA SWERDLOW








JUNE 2014 -- GAY PRIDE MONTH








Saturday, May 31 -- STONEWALL V.A. PRE-PRIDE MEETING at the NEW YORK CITY GLBT CENTER


The SVA's meeting in May always has as its focus the plans and preparations for events during the forthcoming Gay Pride Month chiefly the SVA's annual conference and reunion.  SVA's director Williamson Henderson energetically chairs the gettogether.  Jeremiah Newton provides a "Tribute to the SVA's Storme DeLarverie" with input from attendees.  Storme passed at an incredible 93 on Memorial Day weekend and a week before Gay Pride Month!  Ruthybird reports on updates with public officials.  Meredith Nelson suggests communication ideas for the 45th anniversary of Stonewall and the S.V.A.  The SVA's office manager AnDre Christie greets folks at the door and accepts S.V.A. dues.  Meeting ignites @ 4:15 p.m.








Friday,  May 30 --  STORME DeLARVERIE:  TRIBUTE STORY in "AFTER ELLEN" MAGAZINE








Thursday, May 29 --  "WAKE" for GLBT LEGEND KING STORME DeLARVERIE

Storme DeLarverie can never be replaced in his unique entertainment accomplishments nor his dedicated and loyal service to the Gay community vis-a-vis the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association.  "The "Wake" will be a tribute to Storme's incredible and long GLBT life!  The S.V.A. contingency is appropriately headed-up by the SVA's director and Storme's true-blue friend Williamson Henderson.  Other Stonewall veterans confirmed include Jerremiah Newton, Leigh McManus, Bert Coffman and Reverend Magora Kennedy.  The service is co-coordinated by Storme's legal Gay guardians Lisa Cannistraci and Michelle Zalopany.  The happening is at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home at 199 Bleecker Street off Avenue of the Americas in Greenwich Village.  Storme's final performance opens @ 6:30 p.m. with the final curtain @ 9 p.m.  








Wednesday, May 28 -- WILLIAMSON HENDERSON IS INTERVIEWED by WNYC RADIO REGARDING STORME







May 24, 2014:   DEATH of LEGENDARY S.V.A. AMBASSADOR STORME DeLARVERIE at 93!

SVA's King Storme DeLarverie with the 1969 "Stonewall Car"
leading the nighttime Brooklyn Gay Pride Parade in Brooklyn
[photo by Williamson Henderson]







Saturday, May 24 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  NANCE LOMAX of PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA








Sunday, May 18 -- AIDS WALK - NEW YORK CITY









Friday, May 2 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  JACKIE W. BARRETT of MIAMI, FLORIDA








Saturday, April 26 -- SVA'S MONTHLY MEETING / SAME TIME, SAME PLACE


SVA's April meeting has a surprise guest speaker -- a public official who is also a candidate!  This meeting's focus shall be on planning for the "SVA's 45th Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion".  The conference occurs in less than two months!  SVA's director Williamson Henderson chairs the meeting.  Secretary Ruthybird runs through list of potential public official and community leader speakers to be invited.  SVA's office manager AnDre Christie welcomes attendees (and keeps out riff-raff) at the door.  Today's gathering starts promptly @ 4:15 p.m.  Afterward, SVA-ers go out to beverages and din-din!








Monday, April 21 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS "28th ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION"

This year is the 28th annual "Easter Bonnet Competition" benefitting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.  The creative competition with song, dance, comedy and costumes is amongst the casts of Broadway, off-Broadway and national touring production shows highlighted by the most creative and elaborate Easter bonnets.  The really unique and truly great production happens at the Minskoff Theatre at 200 West 45 Street in Manhattan @ 4:30 p.m.  An encore presentation and the awards happens tomorrow @ 2 p.m.  For more 411 and photos of last year's spectacular event, visit:  www.BroadwayCares.com.








Sunday, April 20 -- EASTER SUNDAY









Monday, April 15 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  RUTHYBIRD M. CAMPBELL of QUEENS, NY








Monday, April 14 -- CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY HOLDS IRS and GAY COUPLES PRESS CONFERENCE

U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12, Manhattan and parts of Queens and Brooklyn) holds a Gay history-in-the-making press conference on the occasion of a new rax law enabling "married Gay couples now being able to file Federal joint income tax returns"!  Special Gay guest is Randy Jones, formerly the cowboy in the Gay singing group The Village People.  The SVA's director Williamson Henderson is a scheduled speaker tying Gay history full circle from the Stonewall uprising to married Gay couples with the right to file joint tax returns.  New SDC president Eunic Ortiz speaks for Stonewall Democratic Club.  Steven Gradman and members represent PRIDE Democrats.  Press conference in balmy weather lifts off @ 2 p.m.  See CBM pictures and letters at:  
www.STONEWALLvets.org/CarolynMaloney.htm









Wednesday, April 9 -- NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER MELISSA VIVERITO HOSTS SPECIAL RECEPTION at CITY HALL

On March 12th, there was a shocking and deadly gas explosion in East Harlem in Manhattan which resulted in the total destruction of two 5-story apartment buildings, the killing of eight innocent victims in their homes and the injuring of over 20 other persons.  New York City Council Speaker Melissa Viverito, who organized and hosts the event, is not only the speaker but she is the councilmember for that District 8.  This event is a memorial to the victims and a tribute to the survivors and, especially, a salute to all of the first responders (fire, police and emergency medical departments) and the volunteers who helped in so many ways!  NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, very involved in overseeing the aftermath and coordinating help, is the fitting keynote speaker.  Williamson Henderson, as ever reliable, represents the S.V.A.  The poignant program begins @ 6 p.m.









Thursday, April 3 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE TEMPORARIY CLOSED HALF-DAY for SECURITY INSTALLATIONS  









Wednesday, April 2 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE CLOSED for TECHNICAL RENOVATIONS

The S.V.A. website STONEWALLvets.org was closed for two-thirds of a day for behind-the-scenes renovations and recommended technical reconstructions.  This was in addition to a temporary hijacking of the website by the expelled Guillermo "Bill" Salzman and his computer savvy boy Jakir.  Thus, if you view the day's statistics, you will observe a drop in the numbers.  Three of the SVA's four auxillary websites were open.









Monday, March 31 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE HITS OVER 1/3 MILLION VISITS for MONTH

With this past month's website statistic figures calculated, the S.V.A. site hit over one-third of a million verified visits in March.  That makes it the busiest month of the year, so far.  How's that for current popularity!








Sunday, March 30 --  GUILLERMO "BILL" SALZMAN HAS COMPLETED 90-DAY ACTING S.V.A. DIRECTOR








Saturday, March 29 --  S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

The SVA's monthly meeting in March is on the 29th -- always the last Saturday of every month!  This year is "Stonewall 45"!  Guest speaker as "Miss/Mister March" is openly-Gay NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez!  The group guest is Gay youth group V.O.I.C.E. -- Vocal Organization for International Courage and Equality.  VOICE's aim is to promote Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender unity, courage and pride throughout the world.  SVA's founder Williamson Henderson co-chairs (someone has to keep the train on the track) the gathering, provides the S.V.A. financial report and the need to circle the fund-raising wagons.  The now-expelled Bill Miranda Salzman was allegedly the co-host who failed to address any of the SVA's agenda items.  Instead he chose to create  tension.  This is "Stonewall 45"!  We have everything to do (set back three months by the acrimonious Bill Saltzman) for our commemorative festivities and more to help, particularly indigent Stonewall veterans.  SVA even arranges travel for some SW-vets to get to NYC for the Stonewall reunion!  Ruthybird reports on significant correspondence to the S.V.A. mostly from public officials.  Youth-4-SVA's Beyon Jarju tells the S.V.A. youth report and all that the group is doing for other GLBTS youth.  AnDre Christie, the SVA's office manager, greets attendees at the welcoming table.  Meeting happens at the New York City GLBT Community Center at 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan, N.Y. @ 4:15 p.m.  After the meeting, S.V.A. members and friends are welcomed  to celebrate with drinks and dinner at an SVA-supportive restaurant in Greenwich Village!








Wednesday, March 26 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  DIANA ROSS








Monday, March 17 -- ST. PATRICK'S DAY and NEW YORK CITY ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Many of the Stonewall veterans have been attending or marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade since they were young children.  For some of us Stonewall survivors, this year will not be any different!  Contrary to misinformation, of course, Gay people are allowed to march in the parade and, of course, Gay people are in the parade!  Trust us; we know.  The sponsors of the parade, the Ancient Order of Hybernians ("AOH") have the wrong-headed policy of not permitting Gay group banners.  Guess what?  We don't want the AOH in the Gay Pride Parade with their banner!  St. Patrick's Parade starts on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan kind of early @ 11 a.m.  Wear something green!   "Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh" -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Recent NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade for his 13th year as a dignitary!  To read about the parade controversy regarding Gay groups and their banners, read the former mayor's new interview with Katie Koric:
 news.yahoo.com/video/Bloomberg-St-Patrick's-Day-Parade-053242680.html.








Monday, March 17 (Top of the Morning) -- ST. PATRICK'S DAY ANNUAL BREAKFAST & BAR

This year's invitation-only St. Paddy's Day Breakfast, Bar and Beyond is co-sponsored by Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York County District Leader Jim McManus and the Riese Organization of Restaurants.   Although the current mayor and council speaker, unfortunately, won't be present, the former mayor Michael Bloomberg and a former speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. will!  FYI, all four are SVA-supporters.  Confirmed other public officials include New York state senators such as Tony Avella, NYS assemblymembers such as Brian Kavanaugh and NYC councilmembers such as Elizabeth Crowley.  The S.V.A. is represented by SW-vets Williamson Henderson, Bill Salzman, Leigh McManus, Keith Lonesome and Ruthybird Campbell -- plus SVA's office manager AnDre M. Christie.  Political clubs guaranteed to be there are the Downtown Independent Democrats and its president Jeanne Wilcke, its treasurer Sean Sweeney and its ambassador Pete Gleason; the Village Reform Democratic Club, Village Independent Democrats and the openly-diverse PRIDE Democrats rep'd by Steven Gradman and Sanjay Peters.  Event is hosted by Mickey Spillane, president of the McManus Midtown Democatic Club.  It starts shamefully early @ 7 a.m. for the early birds and continues through 11 a.m. just before the St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks-off!  









Friday, March 14 -- S.V.A. MEETING with NYC COUNCILMEMBER ROSAURA MENDEZ

This yearly meeting between openly-Gay Councilmember Rosie Mendez with the S.V.A. has a specific agenda on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and the 45th anniversary of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  The S.V.A. is represented by Williamson Henderson, Bill M. Salzman, Bobalu Candelaria and Ruthybird Campbell.  Meeting is at Councilwoman Rosie's renovated district office at First Avenue and East 14th Street in Manhattan, NY @ 3 p.m. 







Thursday, March 13 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  LEGAL COUNSEL HAL M. WEINER









Tuesday, March 11 -- S.V.A. FOUNDER WILLIAMSON HENDERSON MEETING at N.Y.S. ASSEMBLYMEMBER OFFICE @ 7 p.m.








Sunday, March 9 -- CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY'S ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S PARTY @ 6 p.m.

Congressman Joe Crowley (sounds Irish to us) hosts his annual St. Patrick's Party this year at Sidetracks Restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens.  The S.V.A. is represented by three Irish-Americans:  Leigh McManus, Jenni Egan and Mary S. Twist.  Wear something green!  The party is from 4 to 6 p.m.








Thursday, March 6 -- S.V.A. PRIVATE MEETING with NYS ASSEMBLYMEMBER @ 6 p.m.








Tuesday, March 4 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  BERTI COFFMAN of MANHATTAN, NY









Sunday, March 2 -- "86th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS" -- GAYEST SHOW-of-the-YEAR!

The "Stonewall" connection was prominent with the 75th anniversary celebration of the Judy Garland star-vehicle movie "The Wizard of Oz"!  Acknowledged for an audience stand-up were Judy's three children mainly Liza Minnelli.and also Lorna Luft.  Btw, Little Joey is now bald.  Singer Pink did an outstanding rendition of "Over The Rainbow" with a background showing film clips of Judy in "Oz".  Golden Hollywood legends Sidney Poitier and Kim Novak were grand presenters.  S.V.A. founder Williamson Henderson's longtime friend Darlene Love is the main performing subject in the documentary "20 Feet From Stardom".  It won an Academy Award for best (real-life) documentary!  Darlene was on stage glowing for the acceptance speech.  She spoke at first seguing into and singing the last few lines of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" with a powerful delivery and hitting great notes earning Darlene the evening's first standing ovation!  Film clips and pix provided the memorial tribute to Shirley Temple and many other stars such as Gay favorites Joan Fontaine, Esther Williams, Eleanor Parker and Deanna Durbin (made her first film, ironically, with Judy Garland in "Every Sunday") lost in the past year.  The memorial segment was followed by Bette Midler singing the reflective "Wind Beneath My Wings:".  The entertaining and high-quality show was hosted sometimes humorously and always self-servingly by openly-Gay (thanks to the Stonewall kids in 1969), tuxedoed butch from t.v. land Ellen DeGeneres!









Friday, February 28 -- GAY MARRIAGE:  TEXAS FEDERAL JUDGE ORLANDO L. GARCIA RULES EXCLUDING SAME-GENDER MARRIAGE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL   










Thursday, February 27 --  S.V.A. REUNION after 40 YEARS:  SONNY CARSON of MINNESOTA

Yes, folks, an actual Stonewall veteran reunion after exactly 40 years!  It was 1969 when Rufus "Sonny" Carson was a semi-regular at The Stonewall Club.  It was 1974 when he moved from Manhattan back to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  No one from the S.V.A. had seen or spoken with him in the past four decades until today.  Sonny has a treasure trove of info about the other Gay and after-hour clubs from that time as he frequented them all and was the bouncer at a few.  He has emailed the S.V.A. a few photos from over the decades and he still looks like Sonny!  Mr. Carson will be reuniting with the Stonewall vets on June 21st at the SVA's annual conference and reunion!









Wednesday, February 26 -- GAY RIGHTS:  ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER VETOES  HATE LEGISLATION









Tuesday, February 25 -- COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING:  "STONEWALL PLAQUE" 

Arranging just the wording for the "Stonewall Plaque" -- especially since it was erroneously given by a Gay public official to a committee of Manhattan's Community Board #2 -- has already taken more preparation than the Stonewall Rebellion for which this plaque is commemorating.  Previously, consideration of the plaque had excluded namely the Stonewall veterans!  Duh!  Original wording was inaccurate, wrong, wanting and un-smart.  The S.V.A. staged a demonstration last mid-July and gave press interviews against it.  The situation became such an embarrassment that it has been reported in local newspapers.  This CB-2 social committee has already inexplicably cancelled, postponed and rescheduled meetings since last Summer!  Williamson Henderson, as founder of the S.V.A., is the chief spokesperson (if not only) at this event providing the factual 411 about all things "Stonewall!  Hearing is jointly conducted by the board's chairman David Gruber and the committee chair Sasha Greene.  Venue is at St. John's Lutheran Church first-floor meeting room.  The church is at 81 Christopher Street off Seventh Avenue in Greenwich Village.  It's a stone's throw from the #1 train.  Pow-wow starts up @ 6 p.m.









Saturday, February 22 -- MONTHLY MEETING of STONEWALL V.A.

Special guest speaker "Miss February" is New York City Councilmember Helen A. Rosenthal.  She is the councilmember for District 6, centered in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY.  Helen succeeded S.V.A. supporter Gale A. Brewer, now the Manhattan Borough President.  For today's special feature "Stonewall Session", Stonewall vets headed up by Williamson Henderson will answer interesting and detailed questions from Youth-4-SVA about the original Stonewall Club and the rebellion!  This meeting is chaired by the SVA's Acting Director Bill M. Salzman.  The meeting commences @ 4:15 p.m.









Thursday, February 20 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  RAY JAY McCAFFREY of NEW JERSEY









Monday, February 10 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  BETTYE C. BRISTOL of CLEVELAND, OHIO








Thursday, January 30 -- RE-INAUGURATION of CONGRESSMAN HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES








Wednesday, January 29 -- INAUGURATION:  NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO

This is a remarkable political story insofar as Melissa Mark-Viverito ran for the New York City Council a decade ago and lost and then, two years later, ran again in a field of four candidates narrowly-winning (about 86 votes) in an upset victory!  Plus, the councilmatic district 6 in East Harlem and the South Bronx is largely composed of minority people.  And now, Melissa is the elected by her peers citywide Council Speaker!  It is quite a feat!  Keynote speaker is NYC MayorBill De Blasio.  Confirmed guest speakers include S.V.A. supportive Congresswomen Yvette Clarke, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez plus likewise SVA-supporter Manhattan Borough PresidentGale Brewer.  The STONEWALL Veterans' Association, who have been with Melissa since the beginning (unlike any other GLBT group), are specially invited guests with 'reserved' seats.  Chief reps for the S.V.A. are founder Williamson Henderson and acting director Bill M. Salzman.  The appropriately big scale inauguration happens in the huge auditorium of Hostos Community College on the Grand Concourse and 149th Street in The Bronx @ 6 p.m. 









Monday, January 27 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  DAVID VELASCO BERMUDEZ of CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS









Saturday, January 25, 2014 -- SVA's FIRST MONTHLY MEETING of the NEW YEAR

New (but soon-to-be short-lived) S.V.A. 'Acting' Director William "Bill" Salzman, who evolved from the S.V.A. Executive Committee, chairs his first of only three S.V.A. meetings.  Bill will be temporarily helped by his predecessor Williamson Henderson, office manager AnDre Christie, Youth-4-SVA organizer Elton Johnson and S.V.A. assistant Duran Wilson.  Order is called @ 4:15 p.m.








Sunday, January 19 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  LEIGH P. McMANUS of LONG ISLAND







Thursday, January 9 -- INAUGURATION:  MELINDA E. KATZ as QUEENS, NYC, BOROUGH PRESIDENT

The inaugural event for the new Queens Borough President and S.V.A. supporter Melinda E. Katz happens today!  The new New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio inducts the new Queens Borough President.  The S.V.A. is represented by its founder Williamson Henderson and office manager AnDre Christie plus S.V.A. members and supporters from Queens.  Confirmed to be present is the founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, also known as "Mr. Katz", and their two young sons!  The venue is appropriately at Queens College.  Ceremonies commence @ 1 p.m.







Wednesday, January 1, 2014 -- HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to the STONEWALL VETERANS, S.V.A. MEMBERS, SUPPORTERS and SPONSORS








2014 S.V.A. Website Statistics

January
 (grey):  335,228+ minimum recorded visits

February
(red):  326,227+ minimum visits

March
(green):  335,138+ minimum visits 

April
(yellow):  313,000+ visits {including SVA.com}

May (pink):  371,054+ minimum visits 


June (lavender):  105,500+ visits {as of 9 June 2014}

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+ = does not include thousands of results from other search
 engines such as Yahoo, Webcrawler and Ask.com.

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Visit the SVA's interesting and revealing last complete month's stats:

www.STONEWALLvets.org/stats/2014_03.html











S.V.A.  Staff

S.V.A. Director:  Williamson L. Henderson  

Stonewall Newzletta Editor: Leigh P. McManus

Webmistress:  Babsala Levi

S.V.A. Office Manager: AnDre M. Christie

Stonewall Reporter: Penny Lane

S.V.A. Scheduler: Ruthybird Campbell

Youth-4-SVA Organizer:  Elton R. Johnson

Computer Girl:  Brooke Lynn

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1 September @ 1 a.m. (EST)
 2014

Remembering the SVA's Ambassador:
KingStorme DeLarverie
"I hate the word 'riot' for Stonewall; it wasn't!  I'm not a rioter!" -- KSD
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"Don't Rain On My Parade"
by Barbra Streisand
from the movie "Funny Girl" (1968)






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SVA Calendar Card 2013

Official STONEWALL V.A. 2013 Calendar
[Printed by Prudent Publishing Co. in USA]

     


 

 SW-Vetz pictured:  Williamson Henderson (standing outfront), Cristina Hayworth
(standing in "SW-Car"), Storme DeLarverie (ridin' shotgun, partially seen w/ hat +
shades), Bert Coffman (rear-seat right), Roby Giordano (back-seat left) and David
Bermudez (walking behind car).  Driving the famous blue 1969 Cadillac convertible
      "Stonewall Car" is the orange-shirted Youth-4-SVA's young AnDre M. Christie.      
[Vintage New York City GLBT Pride Parade photograph by Hally M. Weiner]







December 31, 2013 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE SCORED over 4 MILLION VERIFIED VISITS for 2013!









Monday, December 30 -- NYC COUNCILMEMBER MELISSA M. VIVERITO'S RE-INAUGURATION   

New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito celebrates her third inauguration in the Council from the 8th District in Manhattan and South Bronx, NYC.  Confirmed guests include Congressmember Jose E. Serrano, New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, Manhattan Borough President-elect Gale A. Brewer, Assemblyman Gustavo Rivera and several NYC councilmembers such as Andy King.  The S.V.A. is represented by one-day-to-go current director Williamson Henderson and the next executive director Bill Miranda Salzman.  Venue is the Mill Brook Houses in their big community room at 201 St. Ann's Avenue off 138th Street in Mott Haven in The Bronx.  Bountiful foods are provided.  The event commences @ 3 p.m.








Monday, December 30 -- PRIDE DEMOCRATS BIRTHDAY:  1st VICE-PRESIDENT STEVEN L. GRADMAN









Monday, December 30 -- PRIDE DEMS BIRTHDAY:  2nd VICE-PRESIDENT SHARI CLEMONS  








Saturday, December 28 -- STONEWALL V.A.'s END-OF-YEAR MEETING


SVA Monthly Meeting October 2013


This month, December 2013, the STONEWALL Veterans' Association holds its meaningful end-of-the-year meeting and dinner.  Ruthybird presents a synopsis of last month's S.V.A. meeting with newsworthy guest speaker Melissa M. Viverito.  The S.V.A. is -not- meeting at the GLBT Center.  Hello, dinner!  The S.V.A. shall be meeting and dining at beautifully Christmas-decorated Onegin Restaurant at 391 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, New York, between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place.  Wera something red!










Saturday, December 28 -- BIRTHDAY:  S.V.A. OFFICE MANAGER ANDRE M. CHRISTIE HITS the BIG "THREE-OH"








Wednesday, December 25th -- CHRISTMAS -- INTERNATIONAL HOLYDAY and HOLIDAY








Tuesday, December 24 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  STORME DeLARVERIE TURNS an INCREDIBLE 93!









Christmastime 2013 -- CHRISTMAS SONGS from the ORIGINAL STONEWALL CLUB

On the radio you can hear many of the original "Christmas Songs of The Stonewall Club" in the Tri-State NY/NJ/CT on WCBS-FM at 101.1 on your radio dial!  This is provided
24/7 for one week as this #1 radio station in New York City regularly plays "the greatest hits of all time".  You'll hear the Christmas singles of Diana Ross & The Supremes, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, The Ronettes, The Temptations, Connie Francis, Lou Christie, The Crystals, The Beach Boys, Julie Andrews, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Peggy Lee, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and, of course, the ultimate rock 'n' soul Christmas voice:  Darlene Love!  On the radio you can hear these songs through Christmas night.  The "Christmas Songs of The Stonewall", compiled by Williamson Henderson and produced by Ro-Ro Havana, are available in a 30-song collection exclusively for S.V.A. members in great standing and sponsors of the S.V.A.!    









Sunday, Deck 22 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS RONNIE SPECTOR'S "BEST CHRISTMAS SHOW EVER"

Miss Ronnie Spector, one of the pop princesses in the Stonewall Jukebox was also one of the three Christmas queens, along with Darlene Love and Connie Francis, at the original Stonewall Club.  Ronnie had her three big Christmas hits from the legendary Phil Spector (they weren't married yet) Christmas album:  "Frosty The Snowman", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Sleigh Ride" -- all sung with Ronnie's inimitable little-girl yet sexy voice.  Expect the ex-Mrs. Spector to perform all her pop 'n' soul hits such as "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "The Best Part Of Breakin' Up (Is When We're Makin' Up)", "Do I Love You (Yes I Love You)", "Walking In The Rain", "Is This What I Get For Loving U" (written by Carole King), "I Can Hear Music" and "U Came, U Saw, U Conquered".  Ronnie performs at B.B. King's Nightclub off Times Square on West 42nd Street in Manhattan, N.Y. @ 8 p.m.  








Friday, Deck 20 (night) -- DOUBLE DARLENE:  In PERSON in EVE and on TV at NIGHT

Miss Darlene Love makes her legendary pre-Christmas appearance -- her 27th -- on "The Late Show" to perform the declared #1 rock 'n' soul Christmas song "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home".  Count on a rousing rendition replete with the ultimate girl group back-up including her sister Edna Wright (former lead singer of The Honey Cone), an expanded band (with added guitars and strings) led by Paul Shaffer, a surpise entrance sax solo by David Sanbourne (dressed as Santa), a santa-fied gospel chorus and special snow effects!  It's all joyously hosted by David Letterman.  Show @ 11:35 p.m.









Friday, Deck The Halls 20 (eve)-- DARLENE LOVE'S 2nd CHRISTMAS CONCERT in MANHATTTAN (ENCORE)

Darlene Love is lovingly back for a big encore show!  The most popular rock 'n' roll or soul Christmas album in music history is Phil Spector's spectacular "A Christmas Gift For You" performed by four artists:  Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans.  Darlene solos on one-third of the album.  Her legendary Spector-produced rock 'n' soul Christmas songs include "White Christmas", "It's A Marshmallow World", "Winter Wonderland" and the super hit production of "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"!  That song "CBPCH" was the #1 holiday song year after year at The Stonewall Club.  Showtime is @ 8 p.m.







Thursday, December 19 -- NEW MEXICO IS RIGHTLY and PROUDLY the 17th U.S. STATE LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE









Monday, Deck 16 -- CONGRESSWOMAN YVETTE CLARKE'S POST-BIRTHDAY & PRE-HOLIDAY PARTY at WOODLAND RESTAURANT & LOUNGE in BROOKLYN @ 7 p.m.








Monday, Deck 16 -- CONGRESSMEMBER CAROLYN'S CHANUKAH & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION ("5-C)

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney hosts her annual holiday party in the auditorium of the new school P.S. 527.  Confirmed officials include Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Judges Kathryn Freed, Barbara Jaffe and Marcy Kaplan.  The gathering begins @ 6 p.m.  Public School 527 is located on East 91st Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue on the Upper East Side.  Trudy Mason "The Lady In Red" says wear something red!







Friday, Deck The Halls 6 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS:  DARLENE LOVE PERFORMS in MANHATTAN, NY

The Christmas songbird of the original Stonewall Club jukebox and all around the world for a half-century is Darlene Love!  Besides the legendary, full-production holiday songs, Darlene's memorable pop hits are always included in her show:  "He's A Rebel" (#1), "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry", "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts", "He's Sure The Boy I Love" and "A Fine, Fine Boy".  The finale song, "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" was the #1 holiday song at The Stonewall.  B.B. King's Nightclub (with a great stage and an intimate room) is located off Times Square on West 42 Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.  Doors open @ 6 p.m. for foods and drinks.  For more 411:
www.BBKingBlues.com/bio.DarleneLove2013









Sunday, December 1, 2013  --  NATIONAL A.I.D.S. DAY











Saturday, November 30 -- SVA'S MONTHLY MEETING at NEW YORK CITY GLBT CENTER

SVA Monthly Meeting October 2013

The STONEWALL Veterans' Association's monthly meeting is on Saturday, November 30th -- the last Saturday and the last day of the month!  Melissa M. Viverito is  "Miss November"!  She is a New York City Councilmember from Manhattan, an S.V.A. supporter and a longtime friend.  Melissa is also a candidate for NYC's next City Council Speaker!  The SVA's November meeting is its last regularly scheduled meeting of the year!  How many S.V.A. meetings, forums or events have you been to this year?  Probably, we can say "Shame on U"!  This Thanksgiving Weekend happening is hosted by Williamson Henderson at the GLBT Community Center from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  In December, with another City Councilmember guest, instead of just an informative and interesting meeting, the S.V.A. provides its annual Christmas Holiday Banquet!









Friday, November 29 -- T.V. SPECIAL:  PBS PRESENTS "BARBRA STEISAND'S BACK TO BROOKLYN" CONCERT @ 9 p.m.

What a great opportunity for the millions of Barbra Streisand fans and others who were not able to see her remarkable "Back to Brooklyn" concert tour!  It is a great chance to see the concert again if you saw the original last year.  Barbra performs some songs that were in the Stonewall Club jukebox namely "Don't Rain On My Parade" and "He Touched Me".  This Barbra Weekend on PBS-TV will feature a composite of Barbra's two concert nights in Brooklyn!  Showtime begins @ 9 p.m. and will be repeated throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend!








Thursday, November 28 -- THANKSGIVING (HOLIDAY)








Sunday, November 24 -- SONGS of THE ORIGINAL STONEWALL CLUB MUSIC VIDEOS

www.bing.com/videos/1969+Stonewall+songs+Diana+Supremes








Friday, November 22, 2013 -- 50-YEAR REMEMBRANCE:  U.S. PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY









Thursday, November 21 -- BROADWAY DEBUT:  "BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL"

Carole King -- of Brooklyn, N.Y. -- shall have her highly-acclaimed musical "Beautiful" on Broadway!  Carole wrote some of the most memorable and prolific songs of the 1960s for other artists.  Many of these songs were perennial favorites in The Stonewall Club jukebox.  The songs include The Chiffons's "One Fine Day" and Maxine Brown's "Oh, No, Not My Baby", both originally released before The Stonewall opened, plus the worldwide #1 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (a T/G fave) by Aretha Franklin and the compelling remake of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" performed by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the height of the Stonewall Era in 1968 (the year before the Stonewall Rebellion).  Carole King famously penned songs for girl groups such as The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Cookies and The Ronettes in addition to solo female singers such as Aretha, Dusty SpringfieldEydie Gorme, Skeeter Davis, Little Eva and Cher!  The "Beautiful" musical opens at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at 142 West 43 Street (between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas) in Manhattan, N.Y.
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Oh, No, Not My Baby" written by Carole King and sung by Maxine Brown:
www.YouTube.com/watch?v=JXokD5qOcMw
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"ONNMB" written by Carole and sung by Maxine 'live' in 2001:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-VqyE1QZN0









Wednesday, November 20 (eve) -- HIP-HOP with HAKEEM... CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES, THAT IS

Congressmember Hakeem S. Jeffries of Brooklyn hosts his pre-holidays party.  Special guests are the next Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and Brooklyn Councilmember-elect Laurie Cumbo.  The S.V.A. is represented by Williamson Henderson, Youth-4-SVA by AnDre Christie and PRIDE Democrats by Steven Gradman.  Event is at EVR Club at 54 West 39th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y.  Party starts @ 7 p.m.









November 20 -- GAY RIGHTS:  ILLINOIS IS the 16th STATE to ENACT MARRIAGE EQUALITY!









Wednesday, November 20 -- NATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY of REMEMBRANCE









Tuesday, November 19 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE with N.Y.S. ASSEMBLYMAN KEITH L. WRIGHT @ 4 p.m.








Tuesday, November 12 ("11/12/13") -- HAWAII:  15th U.S. STATE to MAKE GAY MARRIAGE the LAW

Aloha to Hawaii!  Folks, the Gay Marriage game is changing big time.  A year ago there were only 7 states with marriage equality law.  A decade ago, there were zero!









Monday, November 11 -- VETERANS' DAY in U.S.A. and 85th ANNUAL VETERANS' DAY PARADE in N.Y.C.








Friday, November 8 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  JITTERZ GREENFIELD of NJ








Thursday, November 7 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS:  DIONNE WARWICK PERFORMS in MANHATTAN, N.Y.

Dionne Warwick was one of the prime solo-singing princesses -- like Diana, Barbra, Shirley, Aretha, Darlene, Mary, Tina and Connie -- of the Stonewall Club jukebox.  Expected to be performed this evening are some of Dionne's many gems at The Stonewall such as "Alfie" ("what's it all about?", a Gay question of the era), "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Movie Theme From Valley Of The Dolls" (which was originally going to be sung by Judy Garland!), "This Girl's In Love With You", "Promises, Promises" (from the Broadway musical), "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (no one believed that) and her most favorite song at Stonewall, "I Say A Little Prayer For You"!  Dionne's post-Stonewall hits include "Then Came You" and "That's What Friends Are For".  B.B. King's Nightclub is located on West 42nd Street between Seventh Av. and Eighth Av. near Times Square!  Showtime is @ 8 p.m.








Tuesday, November 5, 2013 -- ELECTION DAY:  V*O*T*E!

The S.V.A. is invited to several election night parties including NYC mayoral nominee Bill De Blasio, Manhattan Borough President nominee Gale Brewer and City Council candidate Benjamin Kallos (Manhattan, 5th District).  Update:  All 3 won!!!
 








Tuesday, November 5 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  KEITH LONESOME








Sunday, November 3 -- 10-YEAR REMEMBRANCE:  STONEWALLER TERRI VAN DYKE








Thursday, October 31 -- NEW YORK CITY 40th ANNUAL GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE








Monday, October 28 -- RALLY for NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE ADOLFO J. CARRION

Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr. ("AJC"), the Independence Party candidate for NYC mayor has been discriminatorily and unfairly excluded from the three major television network mayoral debates.  Thus, AJC has been unduly deprived of a helluva lot of free airtime!  This is a rally for Mr. Carrion as the mayoral candidate of independence!  "What's not to like?  SVA's Director Williamson Henderson and Youth-4-SVA's Duran Wilson head up the S.V.A. participants.  POI:  Adolfo Carrion is a longtime, respectful and reliable supporter of the STONEWALL V.A.  Event happens at the movie theatre-like Manhattan Scholastic Auditorium located at 557 Broadway off Spring Street in Manhattan, N.Y. @ 6:30 p.m.  For more event 411:  
www.Carrion2013.com









Saturday, October 26 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING with GUEST SPEAKER NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE JOE LHOTA


SVA Monthly Meeting October 2013

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association meets the last Saturday of every month.  The SVA's "Mr. October" this year is Joseph 'Joe' Lhota, candidate for NYC Mayor.  Meeting is held at the New York City GLBT Community Center located at 212 West 13th Street off Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y., from 4:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.








Saturday, October 26 -- S.V.A. BIRTHDAY:  OFFICE ASSISTANT DURAN WILSON









Monday, October 21 -- GAY MARRIAGES COMMENCE in "GARDEN STATE" NEW JERSEY

New Jersey is the fourteenth state in America to legalize same-gender marriages!  That completes Gay marriage in the famous Tri-State area including New York and Connecticut in addition to every state in New England.  As usual, just like we did with the start of the modern Gay rights movement, it started in the East!  The worst geographical area for civil rights, also a historical fact, is where not one state has adopted Gay marriage:  the South.  







Wednesday, October 16 -- S.V.A. REMEMBRANCE:  C. ELLA LEGGETTE (since 2007)








Tuesday, October 15 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  ADRIENNE SEIDEN







Friday, October 11 -- 25th ANNUAL NATIONAL *G*A*Y* COMING OUT DAY








Saturday, October 5 -- STONEWALL BIRTHDAY:  S.V.A. DIRECTOR WILLIAMSON HENDERSON









Tuesday, October 1, 2013 --  NEW YORK CITY "RUN-OFF ELECTION" for PUBLIC ADVOCATE








Saturday, September 28 -- STONEWALL V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at NEW YORK GLBT CENTER

SVA Monthly Meeting September 2013

Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr., former NYC councilmember and recent Bronx borough president and current NYC mayoral candidate is this month's special guest speaker!  Adolfo is the SVA's "Mr. September"!  He is enthusiastic about again addressing the S.V.A.  The exciting and interesting Williamson Henderson (not Judge Judy) is presiding!  Stonewall vet Keith Lonesome reviews and analyzes the political scenarios vis-a-vis S.V.A.  Stonewall vet Ruthybird presents this month's public official correspondence to the S.V.A.  Happening is at the New York GLBT Community Center at 212 West 13th Street off Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y. from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  AnDre Christie greets you at the door.  After the meeting, some members go out to Cole's Restauarnt for dinner!









Friday, September 27 -- GAY MARRIAGE in NEW JERSEY:  JUDGE ORDERS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Considering that New Jersey is the missing link in Marriage Equality in the Tri-State area and, in reality, the only state in the connected New England area without Gay Marriage.  This ruling, of course, will be challenged by the discriminators and the haters.  Remember, in New York State in 2005, the wonderful, equitable and brave visionary NYS Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan concluded and ordered Gay Martriage.  It was challenged and overturned.  Fortunately, in NY, six years later the state enacted as law what Judge DLC demanded a half dozen years earlier:  Depriving Gay couples the right to marry and its benefits is unconstitutional!  Expect a similiar scenario in NJ!  









September 22 --  TV's 65th ANNUAL TELEVISION EMMY AWARDS SHOW

Only the Academy Awards is gayer than the Emmy Awards.  Both have always been big favorites of the Gay community and their best friends.  Special presentation by television legend Diahann Carroll!  She is the first Afro-American (male or female) to win an Emmy!  After a half-century, an Emmy alas goes to Stonewall Era t.v. star Bob Newhart!  "In Memoriam" tributes to singing television stars:  Patti Page and Andy Williams and Eydie Gorme!  Emmy nominees include the Gay t.v. movie "Beyond The Candelabra" about Gay entertainer Liberace.  Showtime is @ 8 p.m. (EST) on CBS-TV.







Sunday, September 22 -- BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS PRESENTS ITS "FLEA MARKET  & GRAND AUCTION"

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents this yearly outdoor flea market and auction event.  For more information about BC/EFA and this wonderful streetfair of mostly incredible Broadway memorabilia, silent auction and grand auction event, please visit:
www.BroadwayCares.org.








Thursday, September 19 -- PAPAL HISTORIC EDICT - POPE FRANCIS:  REACH OUT to GAY PEOPLE








Sunday, September 15 -- NYC 20th ANNUAL MEXICAN-AMERICAN PARADE

This colorful parade Mexican Day Parade celebrating Mexican heritage travels down Madison Avenue from East 40th Street to 23rd Street in Manhattan.  This year in the lead contingencies are two mayoral candidates:  Republican Joe Lhota  and Independent Adolfo Carrion, Jr.  The S.V.A. has members and supporters with both contingencies.  One featured speaker is S.V.A. supporter Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.  Parade launches on Madison Avenue, Manhattan @ 12 noon.








Wednesday, "September 11th", 2013 -- 12th TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY of the 4 BARBARIC, MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALIST, TERRORIST ATTACKS on the U.S.A.



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Tuesday, September 10 -- NEW YORK CITY PRIMARY ELECTION

VOTE!  It is crucial to get-out-the-vote for New York City mayor, comptroller and public advocate and borough president in Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx plus N.Y. City Council candidates!  PRIDE Democrats is the only GLBT organization that duly-submitted their candidate endorsees to the S.V.A.  The endorsements are as follows:  Bill De Blasio for mayor (no other Gay group endorsed him, only PRIDE), Eliot L. Spitzer for comptroller, Reshma Saujani for Public Advocate and Gale A. Brewer for Manhattan Boro President (only PRIDE Dems endorsed her), Melinda E. Katz for Queens and Ruben Diaz, Jr. for re-election in The Bronx.  Vote between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.  To see PRIDE Dems' full endorsements:
www.STONEWALLvets.org/PRIDEdemocrats.htm








Monday, September 1, 2013 -- NEW YORK'S 46th ANNUAL WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE in BROOKLYN








Saturday, August 31 -- STONEWALL V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at NYC GLBT CENTER

SVA Monthly Meeting

The SVA's mid-Summer gathering heats up at the monthly S.V.A. meeting!  Guest speaker:  Surprise N.Y. Citywide Candidate!  No, it's not The Shlub!  Last month's super-surprise guest was former NYS Governor and NYC Comptroller candidate Eliot L. Spitzer.  SVA's political liaison Mendi Seltza dishes out the political report, especially which candidates are good and witch are exclusionary or a waste of time.  S.V.A. Executive Committee Member Joan Sobel chats up SVA's four visits at Gracie Mansion this year!  Elton Lowery reports on Youth-4-SVA activities including The Jacksons's exciting concert!  AnDre Christie mans the S.V.A. welcoming table.  Meeting is at the New York City GLBT Community Center @ 4:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.  Visit the GLBT groups that meet at the NYC Gay Center:  www.GayCenter.org.








Friday, August 30 -- PRIDE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCES ITS NYC PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATES

PRIDE Democrats uniquely collects votes from its paid members, its on-line supporters and its candidates' forum attendees.  The tallying is thus more complex and then triple-verified before releasing the final results.
http://www.STONEWALLvets.org/PRIDEdemocrats.htm







Wednesday, August 28 -- PRIDE DEMOCRATS' 16th ANNUAL CANDIDATES FORUM @ 7 p.m.

PRIDE Democrats
, which regularly meets the third Wednesday of every month, has this evening as an exception this fourth Wednesday to present its yearly candidates' forum.  This year promises to be extra significant!  Confirmed NYC mayoral candidates are Bill De Blasio, John Liu and Sal Albanese; for NYC comptroller Eliot L. Spitzer, for NYC Public Advocate Reshma Saujani; for Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; Robert Jackson and Julie Menin; and various City Council candidates from Manhattan including Mark Otto (7th) and Yetta Kurland (3rd).

Folks, for those of you who may not recall or never knew, the PRIDE Democrats organized and hosted the largest candidates' forum in New York State -- including New York City -- history!  It happened fifteen years ago to the week (August 27, 1998).  Candidates were as varied as the legendary Geraldine Ferraro to the known Charles B. Hynes to the unknown Eliot Spitzer and Eric Schneiderman.  At that historic event when 24 of 25 candidates appeared and spoke plus a lively questions and livelier answers session.  Ironically, some of the candidates are the same albeit for different offices:  Eliot L. Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Adolfo Carrion and Melinda Katz.  Ironic, too, the three guys won!!!  Provided that they register with PRIDE Dems, participating candidates are permitted to showcase their campaign posters and literature.  Forum happens at the New York City GLBT Community Center in Manhattan starting @ 7 p.m. and ending after 9 p.m. 









Tuesday, August 20 -- STONEWALL SPOUSE BIRTHDAY:  BOB ISADORE in CAPE COD, MA








Saturday, August 10 -- STONEWALL SONGSTRESS EYDIE GORME DIES @ 85

Born in The Bronx, NYC, in August 1928, Eydie Gorme excelled in entertainment with singing, comedy and television variety shows.  Her biggest solo hit was "Blame It On The Bossa Nova (The Dance Of Love)" in 1963.  During the Stonewall Era, Eydie had a handful of torch songs and uniquely-Gay hits.  They included "What Did I Have That I Don't Have" (from "Mame"), her Grammy Award-winning "If He Walked Into My Life Again" (also from "Mame") {1966}, "Softly, As I Leave You" {1967} and, in 1969, she belted out "Tonight I'll Say A Prayer".  The latter was so popular at The Sonewall Club that you could hear out in the street the sing-songy chorus sung loudly by most of the patrons!  (You won't read this 411 in the Gayragpaper or some 'riotous' book.)  Years later, Eydie had another Broadway song version hit with "What I Did For Love".  Eydie is one of the many dramatic singers sometimes imitated by drag queens -- the ultimate compliment!  So, for Eydie, 'tonight we'll say a prayer'!
     







Tuesday, August 5 -- MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S ANNUAL AMERICANS with DISABILITIES AWARDS

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hosts the 23rd yearly celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act("ADA") and awards for those who are physical disability admistrators or organizations that provide programs or assistance to persons who are physically disabled.  Special guest:  NYCPD Police Commissioner Ray W. Kelly.  The S.V.A. is represented by SW-Vetz Williamson HendersonJoan C. Sobel, Leigh McManus, Elaine Kimmel and Mary Twist.  The SVA's office manager, AnDre Christie, a favorite of the mayor, is also on hand.  Barbeque on the expansive Gracie Mansion riverbank lawn cooks up @ 5:30 p.m. prior to the speakers and awards.








July 2013 -- S.V.A. WEBSITE AVERAGES over 10,000 VERIFIED VISITS DAILY









Wednesday, July 31 (afternoon) -- SVA OFFICIALS MEET with ANOTHER NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE at HIS HEADQUARTERS in MANHATTAN








July 31 -- GAY MARRIAGE:  13th U.S. STATE RHODE ISLAND ENACTS GAY MARRIAGE as LAW








Saturday, July 27 -- 44th ANNIVERSARY of the STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION:  MEETING & PARTY

SVA Monthly Meeting

July is actually the month that the Stonewall Rebellion finished (you won't read that in the NYC Gayragpaper)!  It is also the month that the STONEWALL Veterans' Association began on July 11th, 1969.  (You won't read that in the Gayragpaper either). It is also the beginning of the world's largest civil rights movement.  (You won't read that in the Gayragpaper neither!) 

Post-Event Announcement - Surprise Guest Speaker:  Eliot L. Spitzer, former New York State Governor and NYS Attorney General and current more-than-qualified, popular, ultimate candidate for New York City Comptroller!  For the S.V.A., this was a "Welcome Back" theme song reception for our longtime and strong supporter Mr. Spitzer.  Stonewall veterans at the long conference table to welcome Eliot were Williamson Henderson, Keith Lonesome, Dr. Gil Horowitz, Leigh McManus, Bert Coffman, O. Gino Bez and David L. Leong.  Other guest speakers are candidates for the New York City Council in Manhattan, e.g., Mark Otto; Brooklyn, e.g., Antonio Reynoso; and The Bronx, e.g., Cynthia Thompkins.  Happening is hosted enthusiastically by Williamson.  Today the welcome table is manned by Elton Johnson.  Celebration meeting is at the New York City GLBT Community Center at 212 West 13 Street in Manhattan @ 4:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.







Friday, July 26 -- S.V.A. ATTENDS CONCERT of STONEWALL JUKEBOX BOYS:  THE JACKSONS

People are surprised to learn that The Jackson 5were in the original Stonewall Club Jukebox!  (U won't read that in the NYC Gayragpaper.)  Michael & His Brothers debuted in 1969 with their first #1 hit "I Want U Back".  The song was at Stonewall and, of course, so was its flipside "Who's Loving You".  Since the shocking loss of Michael four years ago, his brothers have reunited again and re-ignited on their Unity Tour.  Two dozen songs are performed with their original high-caliber style, tight choreography and great showmanship.  The Jacksons -- Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine and Tito -- and a kick-ass band appear at Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, L.I., with doors opening @ 7 p.m. and the show starting @ 8 p.m.







Tuesday, July 23 (Round 2) -- EMILE GRIFFITH:  GAY BOXING CHAMP & STONEWALL VET DIES at 75



Legendary Gay Boxer Emile A. Griffith (circa 1963)

www.STONEWALLvets.org/EmileGriffith.htm








Tueday, July 23 -- NYC COUNCILMAN JAMES E. "JED" DAVIS's TRAGIC 10th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE



10-Year Tragic Anniversary:  Murdered in New York City Hall
NYC Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis (1962-2003)









Saturday, July 20 -- THE BRONX'S 16th GLBT PRIDE FESTIVAL & GAY HEALTH FAIR

This year's Bronx Gay Pride Festival & Health Fair happening is sponsored by the Bronx GLBTQ Center.  Note:  For the record, there is no center; it's in name only.  Special guest speaker is former Bronx Borough President Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr., who is a major NYC mayoral candidate.  The effervescent emcee isAppolonia Cruz, hot off of hosting the STONEWALL V.A.'s annual conference on Gay Pride Weekend.  The elegant Tyra A. Ross co-hosts the program.  Stonewall veterans are pending to speak at the event.  FYI, The original Bronx Center closed over a year ago due to Gay incompetents and Gay thieves Lisa "Sleaza" Winters and Dork McGall!  Out-door fun begins @ 2 p.m.  Once again this year, the Bronx Gay Pride festivities happen near Indian Lake at the stone-seated Amphi-theatre in Crotona Park centrally located in The Bronx.  For more 411, visit: www.BronxLGBTQcenter.org .







July 16 (Update) -- UN-STONEWALL COMMEMORATION CANCELLED

The veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion are still having to fight -- and still winning -- 44 years after the 1969 uprising.  This time it was a snaeky and rude plan to 'honor' the Stonewall Rebellion while dishonoring the Stonewall veterans!  Ignorant and hateful!  In reaction, it is to all of the Stonewall veterans' credit, whether in the S.V.A. or not, that we instantly unified in need!  The sole exception was "Tommy the Traitor" who received a 13th hour phone invite from the sneaky snake state senator and although TT knew that Stonewall veterans were not consulted about the wording of any plaque nor the planning of the event much less invited, he traitorously meowed that he would attend!  Meanwhile, despite the announced last-minute cancellation of the non-event, the S.V.A. was on the scene in front of -- not in -- The Stonewall Club on the chance that this "stealing Stonewall" event was attempted.  They could have sneakily postponed it an hour or so.  To be continued.....  








Tuesday, July 16 -- "STONEWALL" COMMEMORATION in GREENWICH VILLAGE, N.Y.
Post-Pride Surprise:  "Stonewall"!  Once again, the cash registers at the old Stonewall Club (nobody called it an "Inn") will be stuffed and overflowing out into the streets!  Yet another group is 'honoring' the Stonewall Club.  Unfortunately, they discriminated (very un-Stonewall) and ignored all of the Stonewall veterans -- whether members of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association or not!  The S.V.A. recently held its 44th annual conference open to the public at the Gay Community Center and there was not a word about this event.  Coincidentally, our local old congressmember and new state senator did rude no-shows?  Folks, just like the piano did not write the concerto, the  Stonewall Club did not create the rebellion... it was the Stonewall People!  Surprise!!  The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (HLPC) is an organization (perhaps consisting of one person) that places cultural medallions on the exterior of  buildings at locations where something historic occurred or that a person or people made a difference!  In the case of "Stonewall", it's all of that!  The HLPC is memorializing the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion with a building medallion.  Unfortunately, the HLPC consulted much less invited the S.V.A. or any veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion for which this 'honor' is being bestowed!  Local Gay poliico, snealy snake state senator Brat Hoylman has curiously been self-promoting this porcelain medallion placement via his email newsletters, rudely minus any mention of the S.V.A., yet failed to attend the recent conference of Stonewall veterans and prominent public officials at the Gay Center.  Congressman Jerrold Natler and protege Brat are apparently big wigs in the "Stealing Stonewall Society".  For years, Jerrold has been propping up The Stonewall Club and ignoring the Stonewall People!  For "SW-25" in 1994, the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and again for "SW-30" in 1999 when The Stonewall Club was federally landmarked, The Phat Man, as he is affectedly known, gave a proclamation to the heterosexual owners of The Stonewall Club and zilch to the Gay non-profit S.V.A.  This disrespect and non-sense must end!  As in 1969, the club is wholly- or chiefly-owned by selfish "We Own Stonewall" heterosexuals.  Commemoration heats up (in more ways than one) in front of The Stonewa1l Club site on Stonewall Place opposite Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village @ 3 p.m.  The happening and the reaction will be covered by "LGBT-Today" and other media.  For more 411, visit:  www.HLPCculturalmedallions.org.








Saturday, July 13 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS "BROADWAY BARKS & MEOWS"

This wonderful annual event by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSenables the organized adoption of dogs and cats.  The on-stage part of the presentation is co-hosted by legendary movie and television star Mary Tyler Moore and Broadway darling Bernadette Peters.  Particularly for persons with various medical conditions such as HIV and AIDS, it is a fact that a loving pet can be companionship, joy and comfort.  Current identification and proper verification is required for all pet adoptions.  The outdoor happening is at Schubert Alley between West 44th and 45th streets at Broadway in Midtown Manhattan from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.









Thursday, July 11 -- VILLAGE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS MEETING at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH on St. Christopher Street in GREENWICH VILLAGE, N.Y. @ 6 p.m.








Sunday, June 30 -- Gay Pride Weekend -- NEW YORK CITY 44th ANNUAL GAY, LESBIAN, BI & TRANSGENDER PRIDE PARADE on FIFTH AVENUE and 42nd STREET, MANHATTAN, NY @ HIGH NOON

The "44th Annual New York City Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender Pride Parade" is re-fueled with the two recent landmark Supreme Court decisions in favor of Gay marriage equality!  For the first time in the 44-year history of the STONEWALL Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") or, in fact, any of the other Stonewall veteran groups of yesteryear (all very short-lived and all long-gone), the veterans of The Stonewall Club (it was no 'inn' as a Gay bar) and the Stonewall Rebellion (it was not a 'riot') will be "le grand finale" or "el gran finale" of the parade!  This is a total change from the S.V.A. leading the parade and/or being in the 'lead section' for four-plus decades.  It also gives the elder and late-night SVA-ers three more hours of sleep!  This is the embraced idea of S.V.A. director Williamson Henderson who declared:  "Being at the climax-building finale of the parade is like Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Santa has the reindeers, we have the convertibles!"  Confirmed SW-vetz paraders include Williamson Henderson, Bill SalzmanErica Kay Webster, David BermudezGil Horowitz, Chyna Fucito, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus, Keith Lonesome, Ruthybird Campbell, Jitterz Greenfield, et al. plus the SVA's longtime legal counsel Hally M. Weiner and S.V.A. event nurse Phyllis Murray, RN.  The S.V.A. has a flotilla of three convertibles:  1969 blue Cadillac, 1979 red Camaro and 2013 black Mustang.  

The SVA's public official guest this year is the former Bronx Borough President and current NYC mayoral candidate Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr.  The SVA's Gay organization guest is Fagz Fight Back led by Desmond Cadogan.  Line-up is on East 37th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan @ 1:30 p.m.  S.V.A. is in the last section #11 and the last group #30:  the grand finale!!  Look for the famous blue 1969 "Stonewall Car".  Bi the way, the parade route is shamefully shortened!  Next year, let's demand that NYC restore the Gay Pride Parade to its original lenghth, glory and pride!  Visit parade producers Heritage of Parade at:  
www.NYCpride.org.









Saturday, June 29 -- "SVA's 44th ANNUAL CONFERENCE & STONEWALL VETERANS REUNION" plus 'LIVE' ENTERTAINMENT THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADE at the NEW YORK CITY GLBT COMMUNITY CENTER
SVA 44th Annual Conference

The "SVA's Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion" is historically 'the last Saturday in June' commemorating the historic Stonewall Rebellion on the last weekend of June in 1969!  This authentic "Stonewall" occasion is arguably the most significant event of Gay Pride Month -- anywhere!  This is with who it all ignited!  Stonewall Veterans from across America such as California, South Carolina, New Jersey, Florida and District of Columbia are speakers telling some of their "Stonewall" stories.  To quote a Motown Stonewall song, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"!  The 3-hour program is split-hosted by SVA's Director and Screen Actors Guild member Williamson Henderson and NYC drag star Appolonia Cruz!  This year's keyniote speaker is New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan.  Speaking of song, our traditional Gay guest performer is Sandy Rapp who's repertoire features her original songs "Everyone Was At Stonewall" and "The Flag And The Rainbow".  Several NYC Public Officialssuch as Congressmembers Yvette D. Clarkeand Nydia M. Velazquez and a NYC mayoral candidate "Mister X" have confirmed their participation!  No, shamefully, the S.V.A. did not hear from "The Phat Man" (somebody needs to run against him next year; they'd win).  GLBT Groups such as the long-lived Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York, the GLBT Political Coalition and the PRIDE Democratshave representatives to speak.  The SVA's outstanding Gay Press Person-of-the-Year is Stephanie Donald, publisher and editor of the renowned LGBT-Today(internet newsletter).  Dr. Stonewallprovides a rare performance of Stonewall song "This Is My Life" by Shirley Bassey!  It was #1 at the original Stonewall Club.  NYC City Council candidates such as Yetta Kurland and Jenifer Rajkumar and Cynthia Thompkins are introduced and speak throughout the program.  

Williamso _Henderson microphone 2013

Vintage Williamson Henderson hosts an S.V.A. "Stonewall Showtyme"
[Photo by Donald Ray Williams]
Appolonia Cruz SVA

Appolonia Cruz, Co-Host of S.V.A. Conference
[Photo by Beyon Jarju]



Special finale entertainment is a 3-song and one girl groups medley performance by the legendary, all-Girl, all-Gay  The Deadly Nightshade!  Many of you know their late 1970s hit "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"!  TDN is one of the first all-female rock groups.  The TDN women perform a great medley of girl group songs including:  "Please Mr. Postman",
"Lollipop","My Boyfriend's Back", "The Locomotion", "Back In My Arms Again", "Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby" and "Dancing In The Street"!  The TDN's new song is "Don't The Lovers Ever Win".  Before and after the official program, "Songs of The Original Stonewall Club" are played by DJ Ro-Ro Havana.  These songs feature Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Shirley Bassey, Shorty Long, The Shangri-Las, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Jackie de Shannon, et al.  Television, newspaper and magazine press always cover this authentic S.V.A. Gay Pride Weekend event.  Join the S.V.A. and its members, friends and supporters for this important gathering and festive shindig.  SVA's office manager AnDre Christie greets you at the door to 'puh-leaze sign-in'.  Suggested donation:  $10.  Doors open in the top-floor auditorium of the New York City GLBT Community Center @ (not before) 4 p.m.  Sign-in with Youth-4-SVA's Elton Johnsonand Gina Wright.  Program begins at the SVA's familiar start time of 4:15 p.m.  The Center is located at 212 West 13th Street between Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NYC.  "The Happening" climaxes @ approximately 7 p.m.  Suggested donation:  $10.

To be an S.V.A. guest speaker, contact the SVA's scheduler Ruthybird Campbell at (347) 404-4427.

Auction of ultra-colorful, whimsical, abstract painting named "Mr. Minkel" by Susan Marie Olmetti:


Mr Minkel Olmetti

Auctioneer An-Dre conducts the bidding until there is a winning bid!



S.V.A. Conference Website Resources:

S.V.A. Business and Political Advertisers:
www.STONEWALLvets.org/businessadvertisers.htm

New York City Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender Community Center:
www.GayCenter.org

Honorable Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr., Independence Candidate for NYC Mayor
www.Carrion2013.com

S.V.A. Director Williamson Henderson
www.STONEWALLvets.org/WilliamsonHenderson.htm

Entertainer/Singer/Songwriter Sandy Rapp:

www.SandyRapp.com

1969 Cadillac Convertible a.k.a. "Stonewall Car"
www.STONEWALLvets.org/StonewallCar.htm

Entertainers/Singers The Deadly Nightshade:
http://www.TheDeadlyNightshade.net/Schedule.html

"Songs of The Original Stonewall Club":
www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-2.htm

Artist Susan Marie Olmetti:
www.SusanOlmetti.com

Youth-4-SVA Organizer Elton L. Johnson   
www.STONEWALLvets.org/EltonJohnson.htm
   







"June 27th" -- 44th ANNIVERSARY of the STONEWALL REBELLION

June 27th is the most important date in Gay history!  The first night of the Stonewall Rebellion was Friday the 27th of June in 1969.  Unfortunately, most of the Gay community does not even know this.  Many even use the police-time date.  June 28th was the second night of the rebellion.  It was not a 'riot'.  That, too, was police-designated.  You see, if the cops could label it a 'riot', that would make all the attendees as 'rioters' and, thus, vulnerable for arrest and jail!  Just as virtually all Americans know their historic day of independence, July 4th, most Gays should know ours:  June 27th! 







Wednesday, June 26 --
SUPREME VICTORY:  SUPREME COURT ENDS MARRIAGE DISCRIMINATION against GAY PEOPLE

Back in The Stonewall Era, the number one group was Diana Ross & The Supremes.  Today the number one group is Anthony Kennedy & The Supreme Court!  From the Stonewall Club to the Supreme Court, ironically they're both initialed "SC", Gay rights has taken a historic leap forward!  The Supremes struck down the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA demeaned Gay couples!  This new law-of-the-land finally reversed the discriminatotry and shameful decision of none other than Bill "I didn't have sex with that woman or any of the others who accuse me)" Clinton.  Who the hell was he to give decisions on marriage?!  Once again, Gay people have their dreams, rights and hopes restored.  Gay couples  now will have the same rights of allegedly straight couples.  There are so many benefits including employment, housing, visitation, military spouses, insurance, taxes, etc. will be covered for married Gay couples.  The Supreme Court also significantly restored Gay Marriage in the great state of California!  It knocked down the discriminatory "Proposition 8" which shamefully banned Gay marriage and promoted hate!  So, we're now up to 13 American states plus DC with the right to marry Gay!  That's equality!  This is a great day for democracy!  Stonewall Gay marriage theme song by Darlene Love is restored:  "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry"!







Monday, June 24 -- HERITAGE OF PRIDE'S ORIENTATION for NYC GLBT PRIDE PARADE

Every group that marches in the New York City Gay Pride Parade with a vehicle or a float requires two group marshals.  Dr. Gil Horowitz(SW-vet) and Elton Johnson 
(Youth-4-SVA) represented S.V.A.  Location is St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street between Seventh Avenue and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.  

The orientation starts @ 6:30 p.m.  Upon completion of the training, group marshals receive a certificate needed for vehicle entry in the parade on the last Sunday in June.