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    SVA's color theme for May is pink for Mother's Day!
S.V.A. Events is updated daily (except Sundays and holidays):  18th May 2019 @ 12 noon (EST)




Saturday, June 22, 2019 -- "SVA's 50th ANNUAL CONFERENCE & STONEWALL REUNION + TESTIMONIALS"

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The National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") sponsors, produces and presents the milestone, informative, unique, interesting, rare and fascinating "SVA's 50th Annual Conference and Symposium & Stonewall Veterans Reunion + Testimonials".....  Many surviving veterans of the New York City police raids on the Gay STONEWALL Bar & Club and the five-night 1969 Stonewall Uprising attend -- and participate -- from all across America from California to Maine and Washington to Florida namely:  Bert Coffman (NY), Molly B. Aitken (MA), Jeremiah J. Newton (NY), Patti R. Stone (FL), Ramon F. Bellido (NY), Peter S. Fiske (CA), Rusty B. Rose (LI), David A. Scott (PA), Joani C. Sobel (NY), Philip Raia (FL), David Leong (NY)...........  Special 50th Anniversary Tribute to Gay icon: 'Saint' Judy Garland (1922-1969), international entertainer, award-winning actress, legendary dancer and iconic singer.....  New York City public officials including U.S. congressmembers, NY state senators, NYS assemblymembers, NYC borough presidents and NYC councilmembers among others are scheduled guest speakers.....  SVA's divine venue for "STONEWALL-50" is the landmark St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church ("SJELC") on Gay-legendary Christopher Street just off Seventh Avenue South in historic Greenwich Village, Manhattan, N.Y.  The SJELC's pastor Rev. Mark E. Erson delivers the yearly "S.V.A. Invocation".....  Film sequences from the powerful, exciting and timely movie "STONEWALL!" by the acclaimed, openly-Gay movie director Roland Emmerich will be shown.  The SVA's director Willson Henderson was the exclusive 'Stonewall' consultant on the film.  Mr. Emmerich is a pending special guest speaker.....  SVA's 'live' entertainment tradition continues with popular Stonewall Era folk singer Sandy Rapp.....  Music from the SVA's awesome compact disc (C/D) collection:  "Songs of the Original STONEWALL Dance Club Jukebox" (1966-1969)" highlighting the hit songs from Diana Ross & The Supremes, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Mary Weiss & The Shangri-Las, The Temptations, Dame Shirley Bassey, Len 'Dovell' Barry, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Spiral Starecase, The Fifth Dimension, Michael Jax & The Jackson 5 and Miss Connie Francis, et al......  The SVA's "The Spirit of Stonewall Award" is proudly presented to the most out-standing person on behalf of the legendary S.V.A. (there are several nominees).....  The S.V.A. spits out the notorious "Hater-of-the-Year Diss-ward" to the most hateful G.L.B.T. business or group (there are many nominees, e.g., GCN, SDC, LID).....  Many media communication (television, radio and print) companies have confirmed their attendance.....  SVA's conference, reunion and testimonials ignite the celebratory "Ten Days of Gay Pride" on Saturday, June 22nd @ 3:15 p.m. and it shindigs until 6 p.m. or so!  For much more S.V.A. 411, see:  www.StonewallVets.org/mainpage.htm.






Saturday, May 25 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MEETING at MANHATTAN L.G.B.T. CENTRE


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This Memorial Day Weekend, as the National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association plans ahead for the half-century celebration of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and the half-century anniversary of the S.V.A., we also remember the Stonewall veterans who the G.L.B.T. community has lost!  The list is long and includes Emile Griffith, Jr. (dementia from boxing career), Aubrey Drummond (AIDS), Storme DeLarverie (old age at 93), Terri Van Dyke (AIDS), Sonia Jane Attkiss (car accident), Eddie H. Wright, Jr. (AIDS), Dave F. West (bladder cancer), Stanley M. Dunne (AIDS), Electra J. O'Mara (pancreatic cancer), Steven M. Konigsberg (AIDS) and David R. Ali (motorcycle crash)!  Many more were mostly victims of the deadly AIDS War particularly during all of the 1980s and the 1990s!  The tremendous loss changed the face of the G.L.B.T. community today!

S.V.A. director Willson Henderson chairs - and tables - the guaranteed to be participatory, informative and exciting meeting.  Several Stonewall vets have confirmed their presence including:  Berti Coffman, Rusty Rose, Tony Viera, Ramon Bellido, Joani Sobel and Jitters Greenfield.  
Today's main topic:  Comprehensive discussions and planning for the "SVA's 50th Annual Conference & Reunion" including advertising, mailing lists, invitations, set-ups and foods.  Topic two: Voting regarding the march, the parade or neither!  There are three categories of S.V.A. voters:  1) "S/W Vets" Stonewall Club police raids and rebellion veterans, 2) non-vet general members, and 3) S.V.A. sponsors.  Pertaining to "Stonewall Sunday" on June 30th, they vote today choosing:  Plan "A" (Reclaim GLBT Pride's "Stonewall-50 March"), "B" (Heritage of Pride-produced "Mini-Parade from Nowhere {E. 29 St.} to Nowhere {W. 24 St.})", or "C" ("SVA's Culinary Cuisine Celebration).  The choice is which "S/W-50" activity should the S.V.A. activate on Stonewall Sunday on the last day in June!  Whichever, it shall feature the iconic blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car"!  Key topic three: nominations for S.V.A. president (WLH is director, not the president).  Main topic 4: Since the current beneficiary has been deemed ineligible and unworthy, naming a new G.L.B.T. organization to be the recipient of said famous and valuable vehicle!  

Topic '86':  In the bottom-of-the-barrel department, 'Druncan Ozburn' has struck again!  Like some vicious cancers, you presume they have been cured yet they flare up again.  SVA-ers and their Brooklyn-bred, pro-active attorney will give a presentation about the latest attacks.  SVA's legal cousel has analyzed the gross misrepresentations and libelous lies against the S.V.A. recklessly published by Schneps Communications, Inc. aka Schleps Media in their Orwellian-truth and ethically-deprived Gay City News!  The voting membership decides which legal action against the libelous, defamatory and slanderous GayRagPaper additionally known as 'Gay Sh*tty News' as evidenced by the sleaze, slime and scum vomitted out by its dubious poison pen Duncan Osborne!  The SVA's public relationist Kelsie J. Jones delivers all of the Druncan dirt and how to bury it!  


SVA's general manager AnDre Christie greets folks at the door and collects dues and donations, similiar to the doorman at the original STONEWALL Club!  Comfort foods like hot, organic, gormet Neopolitan pizza and zesty beverages are provided complementary 
to S.V.A. members.  Meeting and commemoration begin at the Manhattan LGBT Centre @ 3:15 p.m.






Tuesday, May 21 -- NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC OFFICIAL HOSTS G.L.B.T. RECEPTION @ 6 p.m. (T.B.A.)





Monday, May 20 -- LEGENDARY STONEWALL JUKEBOX SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY:  CHER SARKISIAN





Sunday, May 19 -- STONEWALL VETS' ASSN.'s 16th ANNUAL STREETFAIR in GREENWICH VILLAGE

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association holds its "SVA's 16th Annual NYC Stonewall Streetfair"!  Come meet and greet several legendary veterans of the historic Stonewall Rebellion!  After all, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the uprising and, naturally, the S.V.A., so many in Manhattan are full of so much... Pride!  Another rare feature of only this streetfair is that on display for the public's information and interest will be the famous blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car", illegally 'impounded' by the NYCPD at the 1969 uprising!  One of the unique items for sale at omly the S.V.A. streetfair is the "Songs of The Stonewall Jukebox" compact disc!  Streetfair is produced by Mardi Gras Productions.  The SVA's streetfair venue is on University Place between East 14th Street and Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, NYC.  Subways are the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q and R to the Union Square station.  Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Visit: www.StonewallVets.org/StonewallStreetfair.htm.






Sunday, May 19 --
NEW YORK CITY A.I.D.S. WALK @ 9 a.m.





Thursday, May 16 -- NYC GAY PRIDE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
: 50 YEARS (1969 to 2019)

The highly-praised "New York City Gay Pride Parades Photographs" of Suzanne Poli are timely on display for "STONEWALL-50"!  Suzanne has been dilligently photographing the parade for an incredible 50 years from the bird's eye view  of her apartment's fire escape on Christopher Street!  Look for a photo(s) of the renowned blue 1969 convertible a.k.a. the "Stonewall Car"!  Time: 6 p.m.  The Norwood Gallery is located at 241 West 14th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Manhattan, NYC.  





Wednesday, May 15 -- LEGAL POW-WOW: S.V.A. and ITS ATTORNEY re: NYC GAYRAGPAPER

The SVA's legal counsel and recent NYC public advocate candidate Jared M. Rich, Esq., met with S.V.A. representatives at his scenic law office opposite Brooklyn Borough Hall today.  The topic is the Schneps Communications publishing an obviously libelous article by the infamous Druncan Ozburn aka Duncan Osborne.  SVA's attorney Mr. Rich is fully aware of the sordid history, the prior legal case (which the S.V.A. and its director were clearly victorious) and the current bogus and defamatory slander sheet in the NYC Gayragpaper aka Gay City News.  Attending for the S.V.A. was director Willson Henderson, board member Ramon Bellido, general manager AnDre Christie and treasurer Mendy Seltza.  After the productive and informative meeting and before out to a Brooklyn promenade restaurant supper, the contingency took a 'field trip' in walking distance to the one-room, tele-marketing style office of the Gayragpaper publishers Schneps!






Tuesday, May 14 -- SVA's DIRECTOR WILLSON HENDERSON INTERVIEWS with MAJOR NYC NEWSPAPER

The National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association regarding its elected director Willson L. Henderson's newest interview provides Clue #1 that it is a major publication and factual newspaper, thus, it is not Schneps Media and their NYC Gayragpaper!  Among the timely topics covered for this "STONEWALL-50" story are the following:  1) Gross diss-respect and ingratitude of the Heritage of Pride, Inc. (heavy on the incorporated) a.k.a. 'Heritage of Shame' in not naming the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association as the grand marshal of that parade (they would maybe name Grandma-the-Clown as head of the St. Patrick's Day Parade); 2) the ultimate Gay rip-off "The Stonewall Inn" (formerly The Bagel Nosh, Christopher Street Dry Cleaning and Leatherosa {clothing store} now a.k.a. The Gay Cash Cow and virtually owned by heterosexuals with a liddle percentage to two 'investment owner' Gay tokens and selfishly gives zilch to the S.V.A., greedily keeping all the ca$h for them$elves; 3) the Manhattan LGBT Centre shamefully charging the Stonewall veterans to meet there monthly, flying in the face of "R-e-s-p-e-c-t" besides zillion-dollar Google & Company forking over $1,000,000 to 'The Centre' for "Stonewall stories" and preserving the legacy of Stonewall -- the recipient should have at least been in part to the non-profit S.V.A. which posseses the Stonewall legacy, the Stonewall veterans and the Stonewall car; and 4) what legal proceedings and other actions the S.V.A. will be exercising against the NYC Gayragpaper (last time they were sued by Willson and the S.V.A., the NYC Civil Court declared the SVA-ers as analogous to The Suffragets and WLH as the 'Gay Rosa Parks' - who won that lawsuit?!).  Notice how #1 to #3 is all about money! Money! MONEY! for them!  Look for the informative, accurate and food-for-thought major newspaper article to be published this week! 
  







Monday, May 13 -- ANOTHER S.V.A. OFFICIAL REACTS to NYC GAYRAGPAPER's PUBLISHED LIBEL

Is the jaded New York City G.L.B.T. community tone deaf, asks actual Stonewall veteran Mary Twist?  Upon information and belief, Duncan T. Osborne was or is a member of the NAMbLA!  Besides the information that has been gathered and continues to be investigated, NAMbLA's headquarters was or is in Massachusetts.  And guess where also know as Druncan Ozburn is from?  No, not New York!  He's from... Massachusetts.  Coincidence?  Maybe not.  No wonder dubious Druncan knows so much about witch-hunts!  Just like the evil witches attack at Christmastime, Druncan attacks at Gay Pridetime.  Wake up everybody and smell nthe schmear!  Druncan desperately conspires to make the S.V.A. 'controversial'.  Hello, the entire G.L.B.T. community is controversial!  Learn more about the controversial Gay organization NAMbLA at:  www.NAMbLA.org.






Saturday, May 11 -- CONCERT: "LEADING LADIES of MOTOWN" STARRING MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS and BRENDA HOLLOWAY and MARY WILSON of THE SUPREMES at the ST. GEORGE THEATRE in STATEN ISLAND

The "Leading Ladies of Motown" starring the legendary Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Mary Wilson of The Supremes is an exciting and unique double-header concert!!  Many great songs of the original Stonewall Club jukebox will be performed.  The hits surely will include:  "You Can't Hurry Love" (MW), "Jimmy Mack" (MRV), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (MW), "My Baby Loves Me" (MRV), "Reflections" (MW), "Honey Chile" (MRV) and "Someday We'll Be Together" (MW)!  The S.V.A. has an attending contingency including Willson L. HendersonAnDre M. Christie and Baron Morris, Jr. with their supreme guests NYS Senator Dyane J. Savino, NYS Assemblywoman Nicole C. Malliotakis and Staten Island borough president candidate Leticia S. Remauro and her stunning daughter Jennifer in the special "presidential pit" right in front of the stage!  The concert happens at the historic St. George Theatre in Staten Island @ 8 p.m.  We arrive @ 7 p.m. for excitement, reunions and cocktails!  For more 411, visit:  www.SGTR.org.






Tuesday,  May 7 -- SVA's GENERAL MANAGER REACTS to 'SICKO' DRUNCAN's TRASH

The STONEWALL Veterans' Association and its over 10,000 subscribers and many others are sick of this damn menace Duncan Osborne better known as 'Druncan Ozburn'!  For Stonewall 50, Ozburn attacks the Stonewall Uprising vets!  Who's crazy?  Druncan has been sued for slander and libel before in court by the S.V.A. and the liar still hasn't learned!  Unethical Gay City News aka the GayRagPaper published by Schneps Communications, Inc. is the sole enabler for his sleaze.  Now devious Druncan is trying to cause trouble between S.V.A. and Heritage of Pride parade organizers.  Fortunately, both groups are wise to him and his sleazey tactics.  Fact: HOP presented SVA with a deserved honorarium just ten months ago!  Did you read that in Druncan's lies?  No!  Last year the S.V.A. with the blue 1969 convertible led (along with the march marshals) the New York City GLBT Pride Parade!  Druncan is a nasty, miserable, self-hating gay man full of toxic sh*t!  Regarding Willson Henderson, the only gay leader I've known, besides the late SVAer Storme DeLarverie, I'm not running down any list of accomplishments but WLH, as just one example, takes over a few hundred calls a year for FREE with the welcoming to all and the patience of a saint from school educators, teachers and students as young as ten phoning and emailing about the Stonewall life, Stonewall club and uprising events.  If you want to know about 'Stonewall', you don't call the GayRagPaper!  That loser Druncan needs to shut the 'F' up and that slanderous queer ragpaper needs to be sued in f'ing court again and asap!  AnDre M. Christie, S.V.A. General Manager.  www.StonewallVets.org/AnDreChristie.htm






'Monday, Monday', May 6 -- GAYRAGPAPER's DRUNCAN OZBURN IS at IT AGAIN: SLANDER!

The STONEWALL Veterans' Association firmly believes that when you win a game anywhere else, you win!  But not always in the underbelly of the partially jaded NYC Gay diss-community.  Sometimes "You Just Can't Win" (song from "The Wiz").  Or can U?  The S.V.A. thinks so.  Several years ago the S.V.A. and its founder had to sue the Gaypaper's predecessor (same three gay white men key staff) ragpaper LGNY New York.  The court nutshell declared: The Stonewall veterans of the S.V.A. are analogous to The Suffragets and its leader fighting for GLBT rights Willson Henderson is the 'Gay Rosa Parks' and "...he continues to fight for gay rights"!  WLH was not awarded money ionly because he was deemed a "NYC public figure".  Nice compliment but it was news to him.  On the eve of "STONEWALL-50", the demented brain and poison pen of 'Druncan Ozburn' (aka Duncan Osborne) scribbles more of his potentially damaging dribble.  That is self-hating Druncan's intent: to harm!  He will have the embarr-ass-ment to be a troom 'defendant' once again!  Sadly, some in the local gay political clubs are complicit in these smear attacks by their silence!  That's not the "Spirit of Stonewall"!






Tuesday, April 30 -- SVA's WILLSON INTERVIEWED by GAY CITY NEWS re: "S/W-50" GAY PRIDE MARCHES!!

Although it surprised everybody that successful G.L.B.T. activist Willson Henderson ("WLH") agreed to do an 'interview' with Gay City News (GCN), after they contacted him, particularly with the inteviewer being devious Duncan Osborne!  For your information, the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association and WLH had to sue the defunct predecessor (same three white gay men key staff) of the GCN known as LGBT New York, previously for slander, defamation and libel by this same writer.  The LGBT ragpaper went out-of-business filing bankruptcies subsequent to the lawsuit's 7-page decision and the backlash against the ragpaper and Duncan a.k.a. Druncan Ozburn!  Some now think maybe he wants to redeem himself.  The SVA's Willson was contacted by email and then telphone by Duncan.  The topic was stated as the Heritage of Pride thoughtlessly and rudely not selecting the Veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion as thee grand marshall of the "Stonewall 50 March"!  Many SVA-ers who were informed of the planned interview had 'reservations' because the questionable questioner was Duncan.  However, this shows the type of person WLH is: trusting and nice!  Lettuce see if the Duncan can be likewise?  Many stated that they: "Don't trust Druncan"!     






Sunday, April 28 --
REMEMBERING STONEWALL VET DAVID R. ALI, DIED in 1986 MOTORCYCLE CRASH





Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- STONEWALL VETERANS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING


The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association members and supporters mark the countdown of exactly two months until the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Stonewall Uprising... June 27, 1969!  This S.V.A. gathering focuses on strategizing and planning for "STONEWALL-50"!  Get2gether is hosted by S.V.A. director Willson L. Henderson.  Reports from S.V.A. Executive Committee members (all Stonewall veterans) such as Bert CoffmanRusty B. Rose, A. Tony VieraJoani C. SobelRamon BellidoKeith Lonesome and David Leong.  
Documentarians will be present.  So will members of the press including the Associated Press, National Public Radio and Reuters News Service.  "Miss April" guest speaker is:  Kelsie Jones, a prominent, national Transgender all-media investigator.  Like endless other persons in the G.L.B.T. community, she is concerned about the mistreatment of the legendary Stonewall veterans vis-a-vis "Stonewall-50".  KJ: "It's disrespectful that this is an issue.  Worsening the offensiveness is that all of the iconic Stonewall vets are now senior citizens!  That's how the G.L.B.T. community treats its elders?  Sad.  Too many Gay groups for self-promotion are hijacking 'Stonewall' from the Stonewall veterans"!  Today: Stonewall Veterans tell about how they first learned of the original Stonewall Club (nobody called it an "Inn").  Attendees are greeted by the SVA's handsome general manager AnDre M. Christie.  Meeting at the Manhattan LGBT Centre starts promptly @ 3:15 p.m.






Thursday, April 24 -- STONEWALL JUKEBOX STAR BIRTHDAY:  BARBRA STREISAND

Geographically, Barbra 'Birthday Girl' Streisand had the closest proximity to the original Stonewall Club, not only because of her not-so-far-away Broadway musicals "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" and "Funny Girl", but because Babs used to perform  down-the-block and around-the-corner at The Bon Soir Club.  In the Stonewall Jukebox, there was always a Barbra song whether a ballard like "My Man" or fast like "Don't Rain On My Parade", a custom-fit G.L.B.T. song for Gay Pride parades!





Monday, April 22 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS "33rd ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION"

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS ("BC/EFA") is known for decades for producing some of the most professional, talented and fascinating shows on- or off-Broadway!  This is the incredible thirty-third incarnation of the awesome "Easter Bonnet Competition" -- a fund-raiser for BC/EFA.  Tom A. Viola is the incredible hands-on/feet-on executive producer!  Once again, the production is held at the legendary Minskoff Theatre at 200 West 45th Street at the famed Shubert Alley in the Times Square area of Manhattan, NY.  Showtime is @ 8 p.m.  For more 411:  www.BroadwayCares.org.





Sunday, April 21 (Easter) -- "MOTOWN 60" TELEVISION SPECIAL STARRING DIANA ROSS

This "Motown 60" television special celebrates the remarkable 60th anniversary of Motown Records founded by the musically and business brilliant Berry Gordy, Jr.  Original legendary Motown singing artists who perform include:  Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Thelma Houston, Boyz-2-Men and Brenda Holloway!  Expect to hear several "Songs of The Stonewall Club Jukebox" (1966-1969) during the height of the Motown Era!  (Willson Henderson, the SVA's music expert, will let you know which songs to be posted here.)  Confirmed hit songs performed by Miss Ross are "Do You Know Where You're Going To" from her movie "Mahogany" and "My Man" from her #1 film "Lady Sings The Blues".  There are 'In Memoriam' tributes to:  Michael Jackson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Levi Stubbs (of The Four Tops), Gladys Horton (of The Marvelettes), Jimmy Ruffin, Barbara Randolph, Shorty Long and Florence Ballard (of The Supremes), plus from The Temptations: Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin and Paul Williams.  Ironically, it was fifty years ago during the Stonewall Era when Diana Ross & The Supremes (Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong) with The Temptations (Dennis, Eddie, Paul, Melvin and Otis) had their second successful national television special "Get It Together (GIT) on Broadway"!  Showtime tonight is @ 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on CBS-TV.  Read more about the show:   www.PRNewswire.com/News/Motown-60-a-Grammy-Celebration-a-Diamond-Jubilee.html

Post-Event Updates -- "Songs of The Original Stonewall Club Jukebox" performed on the show include: "You Can't Hurry Love", "My Guy", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "I Can't Get Next To U" and the 1969 re-released "Dancing In The Street"!





Saturday, April 20 -- FILMING for "STONEWALL-50 DOCUMENTARY: 'AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING'"

The Stonewall veterans scheduled for this "STONEWALL-50 Film" segment, including Willson Henderson, Tony Viera and Leigh McManus, have been notified as to location and time.  One "S/W-Vet" who is so anxious for their close-up is the 1969 "Stonewall Car"!  Theme song by Motown's legendary duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.  





Monday, April 8 -- TRANSITION: S.V.A. BOARDMEMBER RAY J. McMCAFFREY DIED at HOME in NJ at 87

Besides being a charter member and boardmember of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association and a longtime official of the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York, Raymond James McCaffrey was also a military veteran of the Korean War!  For more info on "Ray-Jay", visit his webfile at the S.V.A.:  www.StonewallVets.org/RayMcCaffrey.htm.






Friday, April 5 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY: QUEEN ALLYSON ANN ALLANTE





Saturday, March 30 -- MONTHLY MEETING of the STONEWALL VETERANS @ 3:15 p.m.


This is the three-month marker before "STONEWALL-50" with the SVA's conference, the G.L.B.T. festivities involving S.V.A. and the two simultaneous Gay Pride parades/marches in New York City!!  Discussing and planning for those happenings is the main topic for today's meeting.  Some national media "S/W-50" project planners have confirmed.  Commandeering the meeting is the SVA's director Willson Henderson.  Communications with public officials are reported by Bert Coffman.  Updates on the Reclaim New York City G.L.B.T. Pride March are delivered by S.V.A. boardmember Ramon Bellido, who bi-weekly attends their weekly meetings.  Leigh McManus tells one-way conveyances with the main NYC Pubic Library in Manhattan regarding their overtly exclusionary and grossly lacking 'Stonewall' history display.  Rusty Rose updates outreach with other G.L.B.T. organizations including the diss-respectful 'Heritage of Shame'!  Joani C. Sobel reports on the SVA's next streetfair and the SVA-won battle with Community Bored #2.  Stonewall vet David Scott fills us in on the SVA's "S/W-50" committee news.  Members and guests are greeted at the door by the SVA's general manager AnDre M. Christie.  S.V.A. dues and sponsorships are payable by check or money order.  Meeting at the Manhattan LGBT Centre begins sharply @ 3:15 p.m.






Friday, March 29 -- JAMES E. "JED" DAVIS, FORMER NYC COUNCILMAN, TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

In their new television news series "Only In New York", local tv station PIX-11 presents a documentary on former NYCPD police officer and NYC Councilman James E. (Jed) Davis.  Interviewing Jed's dedicated mother Thelma Davis and his virtually lifelong little brother Geoffrey A. Davis are crucial.  Interviewing Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, also a former NYCPD police officer and Jed friend, makes total sense.  Getting comments from Al 'Sharp-tongue' is a disconnect.  Jed referred to him as "a former hairdresser"!  Jed was a known active and ardent supporter of the STONEWALL Veterans Association.  In fact, he was an honorary member.  Since PIX-11's junior creative producer Heath Benfield failed to contact several key people, we are presuming that the Jed documentary will not be a 'complete' retrospective of Jed's real life.  The project shows signs of straight-washing!  We doubt, in advance, they know his non-family nickname was "Jed".  Nonetheless, the S.V.A. is glad that Jed is getting attention he deserves.  The half-hour show airs on Channel 11 locally in the NY Tri-State area on Friday evening, March 29th @ 10:30 p.m. (EST).
www.KingsCountyPolitics.com/PIX-11-documentary-on-late-City-Council-Member-James-E-Davis-Politics






Thursday, March 28 -- FORMER NYC NYC COUNCILMEMBER and NYC PARKS COMMISSIONER HENRY J. STERN DIES at 83

Koch Stern Henderson
Pictured:  SVA's Willson Henderson, Commissioner Henry J. Stern and Mayor Ed Koch

Henry Jerome Stern, a legendary New York City figure for four decades, served as the very successful, entertaining and unique NYC Parks Commissioner under three mayors:  Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.  At a ceremony, including dinner, at the Central Park Arsenal around the turn-of-the-century, Commissioner Stern publicly presented Willson Henderson's park name as, of course, "Stonewall"!  HJS's park name is "StarQuest".  After government service, "S/Q" founded the popular New York Civic government group with its outstanding and introspective newsletters on current policy issues and government-related happenings plus political personalities (good and bad).  "Henry J" (like the vintage car) was a solid and proud supporter of the S.V.A. for over forty years!  He was a keynote speaker a decade ago at an S.V.A. conference at the Manhattan Gay Centre.  An interesting obituary on Mr. Stern is in the New York Post.  It shows a picture of StarQuest with a future president, a trim Donald J. Trump in Central Park!  NYPost.com/2019/03/28/Henry-Stern-City-Parks-Commisioner-dead-at-83






Wednesday, March 27 -- NEW YORK CITY G.L.B.T. PRIDE PARADE/MARCH TOWN HALL

This G.L.B.T. town hall is sponsored by the Reclaim GLBT Pride Coalition ("RPC").  The well-planned G.L.B.T. community forum is to openly discuss and plan the "Spirit of Stonewall March - STONEWALL-50" aka "the alternate GLBT march"!  Thus, this get2gether welcomes community input.  The actual milestone marches, three months away, happen on the last Sunday in June on the 30th.  This march blasts-off appropriately in Greenwich Village, NYC, in the the Stonewall National Monument area at Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street at high noon!  The march proceeds up a major avenue and into Central Park on The Great Lawn for the largest G.L.B.T. rally in history!  Tonight's event is co-hosted by Ann Northrop and Colin P. Ashley.  Forum is held at the charming Church In The Village at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 13th Street.  Ignite time is @ 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  For more 411, visit:  www.ReclaimPrideNYC.com.





Tuesday, March 26 -- DIANA ROSS: #1 STONEWALL JUKEBOX SINGER and WORLD SUPERSTAR BIRTHDAY

To commemorate Miss Diana Ross's birthday, among many other tributes, there are commemorations on "Entertainment Tonight", "Extra", "Inside Edition" and even "Nightline"!
 A documentray on "Diana Ross" will be released in nearly 1,000 movie theatres across America.  It includes the remastered "Diana Ross Central Park Concert".  






Wednesday, March 20 -- S.V.A. DINNER MEETING with REPS of the NYS GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO @ 5:30 p.m.





Saturday, March 16 -- NEW YORK CITY 258th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK's DAY PARADE on FIFTH AVENUE

Contrary to misinformation, the New York City St. Patrick's Parade has always had Gay people in it as participants and, of course, at it as spectators!  Currently, the G.L.B.T. Lavender & Green Alliance is the official Gay Irish group in the St. Pat's Parade.  Special luminary marchers include NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The parade line-up is on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.  Parade proceeds up Fifth Avenue to East 80th Street.  Note: Although St. Pat's Day is on the 17th, the parade is 'never on a Sunday'!  Parade launches @ 11 a.m.
 





Wednesday, March 13 --  S.V.A. DINNER MEETING with "S/W-50" PROJECT PRODUCERS @ 5 p.m.





Wednesday, March 13 -- SVA's SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL HALLY WEINER's 84th BIRTHDAY!





Monday, March 11 -- BROADWAY CARES PRESENTS GENDER-BENDER MUSICAL "BROADWAY BACKWARDS"

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS produces this exciting and highly-talented "Broadway Backwards" musical and theatrical event every year.  Executive (and hands-on) producer is Tom A. Viola.  Venue is the New Amsterdam Theatre at 214 West 42nd Street in Times Square in Manhattan.  Showtime @ 8 p.m.  For more 411, please visit:  www.BroadwayCares.org.





Sunday, March 10 -- ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSICAL TRIBUTE on TELEVISION SPECIAL

The "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, who passed a half-year ago, was also the soul queen at the original Stonewall Club in NYC!  Watching this super special will acquaint you with many songs by Aretha in the 1967 to 1969 Stonewall Jukebox.  They include: "I Ain't Never Loved A Man The Way I Love U", "Respect", "Dr. Feelgood", "Baby I Love U", "A Natural Woman", "Chain Of Fools", "Since You've Been Gone", "Think", "The House That Jack Built", "See-Saw" and "Share Your Love With Me"!  Performers featured singing Aretha songs are Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Smokey Robinson, Belinda Carlisle, John Legend and many other singers.  Showtime on CBS-TV is @ 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.  





Saturday, March 9 -- CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY'S ANNUAL ST. PAT'S PARTY in QUEENS

Among the confirmed guest speakers are Queens Borough President and Queens Borough District Attorney candidate Melinda R. Katz and former NYC Councilwoman and current Queens Borough President candidate Elizabeth Crowley.  The party venue is The Globe Tavern, a popular Irish drinkery and eatery, at 4910 Skillman Acenue in Sunnyside, Queens.  Blast-off is @ 7 p.m.  





Thursday, March 7 -- S.V.A. STAFF BIRTHDAY: RAINBOW MELLIQUE, YOUTH-4-SVA ORGANIZER





Wednesday, March 6 -- STONEWALL JUKEBOX SINGER BIRTHDAY: MARY WILSON of THE SUPREMES





Monday March 3 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY:  SVA's V.P. BERT COFFMAN from MANHATTAN





Friday, March 1 -- S.V.A. SOCIAL COMMITTEE SUPPER MEETING at ROSSO'S RESTAURANT

Co-chairing the S.V.A Social Committee's dinner meeting are the SVA's director Willson Henderson, S.V.A. vice-president Bert Coffman and SVA's general manager AnDre M. Christie, pulling up next to the eatery in his big BMW sedan.  This open-ended get2gether, with an expansive agenda, will be approximately three hours complete with Lambrusco and a four-course dinner!  Glasses clang @ 4:30 p.m.





Tuesday, February 26 -- SPECIAL ELECTION: N.Y.C. PUBLIC ADVOCATE





Saturday, February 24 -- 91st ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS a.k.a. THE OSCARS

Unquestionably, the gayest show on television virtually every year is the Academy Awards or, as Bette Davis named it, The Oscars -- Hollywood's biggest night!  It is the gayest show because of all the Gay talent, grand attire and over-the-top fanfare!  Gay favorite Barbra Streisand presents the 'Best Picture' award.  Glenn Close, on her seventh nomination for same, should win her well-deserved 'Best Actress' award for "The Wife" and her outstanding four-decade career!  Bette Midler sings "The Place That Lost Things Go" from the movie "Mary Poppins Returns".  Glamorous Jennifer Lopez appears with her dapper husband Alex Rodriguez!  "Dreamgirls" winner Jennifer Hudson belts out "I'll Fight" from the film "RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)".  La Gaga performs "Shallow" from (the fourth remake of) "A Star Is Born"!  Showtime is @ 8 p.m. on ABC-TV until 11 p.m. or so!





Saturday, February 23, 2019 -- STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING

Attendees can expect an informative and exciting meeting at the S.V.A.  There is a diverse assemblage planned with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Lee Adams, several Stonewall veterans confirmed including Berti Coffman, Leigh McManus, Ramon Bellido and Joni Sobel, representatives from Reclaim LGBTQ Pride March, two producers from a national television network, a professor of Gay studies at Columbia University, and a few public advocate candidates confirmed including Jared Rich, Esq. activist Tony Herbert and Dr. David Eisenbach!  The SVA's general manager AnDre Christie provides a unique retrospective of the S.V.A. since he became a young staffer in 2003 including WLH being declared the 'Gay Rosa Parks' by the Civil Court of N.Y.C. and the pivotol Stonewall vets who the G.L.B.T. community lost over that period such as Storme DeLarverie, Emile Griffith, John-Paul Ranieri, Electra O'Mara, Charles Snyder and Dave West.  The S.V.A. meeting starts promptly @ 3:15 p.m. captained by Willson Henderson

S.V.A. Monthly Meeting - Saturday 23, 2019

SVA's February 2019 Monthly Meeting with a Surprise Brooklyn Male Public Official Guest!
There will also be a handful of 'select' (it means not all) N.Y.C. Public Advocate candidates.





Wednesday, February 20 -- S.V.A. BUSINESS SPONSOR PARTY in SOHO, MANHATTAN @ 6 p.m.






Tuesday, February 19 -- NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE FORUM 

This important forum, exactly one week before the special election of a new N.Y.C. Public Advocate, is sponsored by the Manhattan Black Bar Association ("MBBA").  Confirmed candidates include  Jared M. Rich, Esq.Dawn Smalls, Esq. and Michael A. Blake.  Currently, the public advocate position is vacant.  The impressive venue is in the state-of-the-art auditorium of the Fordham Law School at 150 West 62nd Street opposite Lincoln Center in Manhattan, NY.  Program commences @ 6:30 p.m. followed by a catered reception!  





Monday, February 18 -- SUPPER MEETING with a NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC OFFICIAL @ 5 p.m.







Tuesday, February 5 -- PUBLIC ADVOCATE DEBATE at MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE @ 6 p.m.






Tuesday, February 5 -- LONGTIME GAY DEMOCRATIC LEADER JAMES R. "JIM" McMANUS DIES at 84






Tuesday, February 5 -- S.V.A. BOARDMEMBER BIRTHDAY: SANJAY PETERSEN of BROOKLYN, NY





Saturday, January 26, 2019 -- STONEWALL VETERANS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING

S.V.A. Monthly Meeting - Saturday 26, 2019

STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association does not meet on holidays or holiday weekends.  The SVA's
next monthly meeting is on 'the last Saturday of the month', January 26th, 2019 @ 3:15 until 5 p.m.
There is a surprise New York 'elected' guest speaker!  This meeting features 'select' candidates for the next NYC
Public Advocate (P/A).  Candidates 
must schedule a specific time with S.V.A.  P/A election is Tuesday, February 23th!


Post-Event Update:  The special public official guest speaker was New York State Senator Dyane J. Savino!








Saturday, January 19 -- STONEWALL VET BIRTHDAY: LEIGH P. McMANUS of HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND






Wednesday, January 16 -- NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE CANDIDATES' FORUM at GLBT CENTRE @7 p.m.
 






Wednesday, January 2 -- S.V.A. FORMER STAFFER BIRTHDAY: DONALD RAY WILLIAMS of LONG BEACH, LI






2019:  HALF-CENTURY ANNIVERSARY of 1969 G.L.B.T. STONEWALL REBELLION







Updated:

4 March
2019