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every November is red for Christmas!
Updated:  Friday, December 1st,
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Friday, December 1 -- NATIONAL AIDS AWARENESS DAY: REMEMBERING THOSE LOST





Thursday, November 23, 2023 -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING -- be thankful for your freedom (hopefully, you have it) and ~all~ of your blessings!







Monday, November 13 -- WINNING VOTING RESULTS:  MOST POPULAR NEW YORK CITY MAYORS in PAST HALF-CENTURY!

  #1 > Mayor Ed KOCH (Dem.)

  #2 > Mayor Rudy GIULIANI (Rep.)
  #3 > Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG (Ind.)

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Prior Polling Event sponsored by the S.R.V.A.:   
VOTE for YOUR FAVORITE NEW YORK CITY MAYOR as of STONEWALL Era!
    You may officially vote once via telephone, e-mail, fax or text!
    Candidates listed traditionally S.R.V.A. in reverse alpha order:
    1.  Mayor John V. LINDSAY (1966-1973) [2 terms]
    2.  Mayor Edward I. KOCH (1978-1989) [3 terms]
    3.  Mayor Rudy W. GIULIANI (1994-2001) [2 terms]
    4.  Mayor David N. DINKENS (1990-1993) [1 term]
    5.  Mayor Michael R. BLOOMBERG (2002-2013) [3 terms]
    6.  Mayor W. Bill DE BLASIO (2014-2021) [2 terms]
    7.  Mayor Abraham D. BEAME (1974-1977) [1 term]
    8.  Mayor Eric L. ADAMS (2022-present) [1 term]
    Voting was from October 1st through November 7th, Election Day!
    To vote once, see the SRVA's contact info (phone, email, and fax #).









Friday, November 10 -- BIRTHDAY: MOVIE PRODUCER ROLAND EMMERICH 

Among many other great movies such as "Independence Day", "The Patriot", "Stargate", "The Day After Tomorrow", "2012", "Independence Day Resurgence", "White House Down", "Midway" (remake) and "Moonfall", Roland Emmerich created, produced and directed the quintessential media source about the historic G.L.B.T. Stonewall Rebellion... his movie "STONEWALL!".  In fact, openly-Gay Roland personally and his producers interviewed over a baker's dozen actual Stonewall veterans, plus some NYCPD Stonewall cops, of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising!  We know that with his incredible forty-year filmography, Mr. Emmerich will have an out-of-this-world birthday!  For more on Roland and his powerful, informative and exciting movie "STONEWALL!", visit:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/Stonewallmovie.htm.







Tuesday, November 7 -- ELECTION DAY -- vote! Vote! VOTE!







Tuesday, October 31st -- HAPPY HALLOWEEN also known as GAY XMAS!

The "50th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade" is this evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Avenue Of The Americas (aka Sixth Avenue) from appropriately-named Broome Street in Greenwich Village to West 19th Street in Chelsea, NYC.  For many decades when more, not less, Stonewall veteran survivors were alive, the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association was a known favorite in the annual Halloween Parade with the famous, eye-catching, blue 1969 "Stonewall Convertible"!







Saturday, October 28, 2023 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION's G.L.B.T. HISTORY MONTH MEETING

This is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") History Month!  Unequivocably, the G.L.B.T. veterans and our strait friends of the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion are the sole catalyst for the modern history and the subsequently created "Gay History Month"!  Exactly two weeks after the uprising, the first G.L.B.T. organization to be created was the S.R.V.A. on Friday evening, July 11th, 1969 -- not any so-called 'liberation front group'!  Fifty-four-and-a-half years later, at the get2gether today, we are presenting the SRVA's most significant letters of praise and appreciation in the past year from prominent public officials and G.L.B.T. organizations including, but absolutely not limited to, the Human Rights Campaign (America), U.S. Congressman Hakeem S. Jeffries (Brooklyn),  S.A.G.E. {Seniors Active in a Gay Environment} (USA), Congresswoman Nicole C. Malliotakis (Staten Island), the G.L.B.T. Political Coalition (NYC), and New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams (Queens), the most important councilmember!  The always informative and uniquely interesting S.R.V.A. meeting is from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. or so at The Church Of The Village at 42 Seventh Avenue at the corner of West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NYC.
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/upcomingevents.htm






Wednesday, October 25 -- S.R.V.A. MEETING with CORPORATE SPONSOR in THE BRONX, NYC @ 1 p.m.







Wednesday, October 11 -- GAY+ "COMING OUT" DAY!








October 5th (Thursday) -- BIRTHDAY of  SRVA's FOUNDER and DIRECTOR WILLSON LEE HENDERSON


Willson Lee Henderson("WLH") is the provocative founder and persistent director of the first G.L.B.T. organization after the historic 1969 Stonewall Uprising!  Fortunately, WLH is still 'ready, willing and able' plus still dedicated to perform all of the myriad duties of the concerns, needs and issues of the iconic Stonewall veterans!  When educational administrators, teachers, students, et al. and all of the media want to know the 411 about the original STONEWALL Bar & Dance Club and the actual Stonewall Rebellion, they first and foremost contact WLH or one of the other members of the S.R.V.A.!  And Willson, more than anyone, remains the founder of more organizations in G.L.B.T. history!  They are listed in his S.R.V.A. webfile (which is linked below).  We cannot imagine anyone in the G.L.B.T. communities that deserves a happier, healthier and more thankful birthday than WLH!
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/WillsonHenderson.htm








Saturday, September 30, 2023 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS AUTUMN MEETING

For the S.R.V.A. monthly meeting on the last Saturday of every month details and venue at The Church Of The Village, see the below 411.










Saturday, August 26, 2023 -- S.R.V.A. SUMMERTIME MONTHLY MEETING
For all of the S.R.V.A. meeting details and venue at The Church Of The Village, see below.
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/upcomingevents.htm










July 29 (Saturday) -- THE SRVA's 54th ANNIVERSARY MEETING

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Asssociation
("S.R.V.A.") -- the oldest G.L.B.T. organization in New York, if not America and the World -- holds its incredible 54th annual anniversary get2gether!  The non-profit S.R.V.A. has been registered with the New York State Charities Bureau since the Summer of 1969.  On this auspices anniversary occasion today, the organization is providing copies of that vintage documention.  Although the S.R.V.A. is, naturally, without most of our Stonewall participants, and despite all the odds, we are still here and with our spirit still enlightening and our determination still full-steam ahead!  When educational administrators, teachers, students and the media want anwers about the ~original~ STONEWALL Club, the "Stonewall Era" and the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, they do-not-call the current heterosexually-owned Stonewall Bar nor the revisionist Gay caucus at the NYC Council -- they contact the real thing... the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association!   

The SRVA's *Surprise Special Speaker* is an outstanding New York City congressional candidate for next year's Primary election in late June!  There are tributes to two prominent members of the S.R.V.A. who share their demised anniversary this month:  NYC Councilman and S.R.V.A. honorary member James E. Davis and Boxing Champion and S.R.V.A. charter official Emile A. Griffith.  The monthly get2gether is reliably and dilligently hosted by the SRVA's founder and Screen Actors Guild ("SAG") member Willson Lee Henderson.  This special anniversary meeting is at The Church Of The Village begins @ 3:15 p.m.  Quality foods and refreshments are provided by the S.R.V.A.  Today's appropriate ~original~ STONEWALL Jukebox theme song is "Heatwave!" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas on Motown Records.








July 23rd, 2023 (Sunday) -- SRVA'S EMILE GRIFFITH REMEMBERED - Ten Years Later
The unquestionably legendary E
mile A. Griffith, born in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was once a women's hatmaker (that was a Gay clue) and went on to become a worldwide Boxing Champion! 
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/EmileGriffith.htm






Sunday, July 23, 2023 -- REMEMBERING COUNCILMAN JAMES E. "JED" DAVIS

Former New York City Councilman and District Leader and former New York City Police Department officer and trainer James Earl "Jed" Davis was shockingly and publicly gunned down two decades ago by an openly-Gay associate of his in New York City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2003.  Jed was only 41.  He was a prominent, active and supportive honorary member of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association.  Te last Gay organization that Jed attended was the the S.R.V.A.  For more 411 on Jed and his strong relationship to the S.R.V.A. and especially its director Willson Henderson, please view:
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/JamesDavis.htm









June 29 (Thursday) -- DIVA DIANA ROSS RETURNS to RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

It is supremely significant that Miss Diana Ross returns to the internationally-known Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, NYC -- and so soon -- to perform during Gay Pride Week!  After all, with her legions of worldwide Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") admirers and the fact that the Stonewall Rebellion ignited in Manhattan, makes it all the more significant!  Besides the great opening song of the greatest Gay anthem, "I'm Coming Out", we expect to hear several hit songs that were supremely popular in all of the Gar Bar and Dance Club jukeboxes around the world!  Those Diana-led Supremes songs include, but are not limited to:  "Reflections", "U Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "I'm Gonna Make U Love Me", "(Mama Said) You Can't Hurry Love", "I'm Living In Shame", "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart", "Love Child", "My World Is Empty Without U, Babe", "There's No Stopping Us Now", "No Matter What Sign U Are", "In And Out Of Love" and, of course, "Someday We'll Be Together" -- the final #1 song of all of the 1960s!  Trust us, as always, several members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association have our front and center tickets for Thursday evening @ 8 p.m. to supremely enjoy all of Diana!  









27th June 2023 (Tuesday) -- FIRST NIGHT of the 1969 NYC STONEWALL REBELLION

The most significant date in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") his/herstory -- bar (pun intended) none!  The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") was founded on July 11th, exactly two weeks after the last night of the Stonewall Uprising!  Happy -- and historic -- June 27th!








June 24th, 2023 (last Saturday) -- The STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION PRESENTS its "S.R.V.A. 54th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, STONEWALL REUNION + TESTIMONIALS" @ 3:15 p.m. until 6 p.m.


Theee most authentic "Pride" in the World that anyone could attend or particpate in is the authentic and annual National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") conference, Stonewall Veterans reunion and Stonewall Era testimonials!  There shall be many relevant guest speakers, especially actual Stonewall vets and elected New York public officials!  On display: the classic and iconic blue 1969 convertible 'impounded' by the NYCPD on the first night of the Stonewall Rebellion on Friday, June 27th 1969.  The famous vehicle is now 54 years!  

Confirmed iconic veterans of the five-night, non-consecutive nights from June 27, 1969 to Juky 3, 1969 Stonewall Rebellion include, but are not limited to:  Willson Henderson, Patti Stone, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus, Joani Sobel, Ramon Bellido and Ruthybird Campbell.  All will provide on-the-scene unique and varied experiences at the Stonewall uprising!

Special guest speakers include, but are definitely not limited to:  U.S. congressmembers, N.Y. assemblymembers, state senators, district leaders, judges, et al. and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangender ("G.L.B.T.") organization heads!  (Diss-invited are the ill-informed, slanderous and noxious liars of the 'LGBTQRIA2SNB+++' caucus of the current New York City Council.) 
 
The SRVA's event "The Happening" (a number one song during the Stonewall Era) features great and actual songs popular in the ~original~ STONEWALL Bar & Dance Club jukebox!  While the songs typically featured commercial hit songs, it played songs uniquely successful in the national Gay community.  The most popular songsters in the jukebox include, but are not limited to:  Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gay, Candy & The Kisses, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, The Shangri-Las, The Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Edwin Starr, The Fifth Dimension, The Beach Boys, Brenda Holloway, B.J. Thomas, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Herb Alpert, The Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Jackie de Shannon, Len Barry, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Tommy James & The Shondells, Cilla Black (she's White), Frank Sinatra, The Flirtations, Michael Jackson & The J-5, and many more -- plus Miss Connie Francis with the original Gay Anthem... "Where The Boys Are"!

The 'Shindig' miraculously ignites in The Sanctuary of The Church Of The Village @ 3:15 p.m. until it resurrects @ approximately 5:30 p.m.  To see a picture of the famous Church and its scenic steeple, visit the New York City popular G.L.B.T. geographic sites at:
Https://www.NYCLGBTsites.org/site/metropolitan-duane-united-methodist-church
'The Hullabaloo' dances on until 6-ish!  For more event 411, refer folks to this weblink:  
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/upcomingevents.htm.






June 22 (Thursday) -- STONEWALL VETERANS on WABC RADIO'S GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION w/ Mr. CATS

This annual celebration of authentic Gay Pride is sponsored by New York's #1 radio station: WABC-AM!  
Confirmed original STONEWALL Club patrons and Stonewall veterans include Willson Henderson, Leigh McManus and Bert Coffman.  The S/W vets are joined by longtime S.R.V.A. supporter former New York Governor David Patterson and openly-Gay former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreavey.  The show is hosted by the legendary Mr. John Catsimatidis ("Mr. Cats") himself and sweet Rita Cosby.  The show airs 'live' @ 5 p.m.







May 27 (Saturday) -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MEETING on AMERICAN MEMORIAL WEEKEND



This STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association's monthly meeting zeroes in on planning for next month's "S.R.V.A. Conference & Stonewall Reunion" {see above entry}!  Legal updates on current defamation lawsuit against Schleps Media dba Gay City News aka the Gayragpaper!  Meeting venue is held religiously at The Church Of The Village in Greenwich Village, NYC, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Special tribute to an ~original~ Stonewall Club jukebox songstress Tina Turner.  There is also a special "Stonewall Veterans Memorial" -- remembering all of the Stonewall Rebellion veterans we have lost -- dinner at Morandi Restaurant after the get2gether.  Somebody should remember them!  That is yet another function of the S.R.V.A.!






May 24 (Wednesday) -- TRIBUTE: SONGSTRESS TINA TURNER

The quintessential "Queen of Rock & Roll + Soul" Tina Turner
transitioned today, after eight decades, into Rock & Roll Heaven!  Miss Tina was always a favourite of the G.L.B.T.  communities not only because of her great entertainment talent as a singer, dancer and actress, but due to her total uniqueness, speaking her mind and overcoming many victimizations!  Did Tina have any songs in the ~original~ Stonewall Gay Bar & Dance Club jukebox?  What do U think?  TT's biggest hit in all of the Gay bar jukeboxes was the exciting, super mid-1960s dance song "River Deep, Mountain High", written by Ellie "Be My Baby" Greenwich and produced by the legendary Phil Spector.  It was the impressario's greatest musical production.  "RDMH" was the solo song by Tina that liberated her to an incredible life in successful song.  R.I.P., Tina!    






May 13 (Saturday) -- SRVA's 20th ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY STREETFAIR

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") sponsors its twentieth annual "NYC Stonewall Streetfair"!  The S.R.V.A. shall participate in its "Stonewall Vets Streetfair" with a display booth and tent with Stonewall veterans interviews, distributed literature and limited seating for S/W vets.  There is plenty to buy, including unique artwork, distinctive clothes and all types of food!  Something that you will not find at any other streetfair:  the classic and famous blue 1969 "Stonewall Convertible"!  The streetfair is again appropriately 'On Broadway', south of Union Square from East 14 Street to East 9th Street in Manhattan, NYC, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.  The SRVA's streetfair is professionally produced by Mardi Gras Productions.







April 29 (Saturday) -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MEETING at THE CHURCH OF THE VILLAGE, NYC

Stonewall Rebelliion veterans shall be continuing their planning for their "SRVA's 54th Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion" in two months on June 24th.  Venue is the monumental Church Of The Village at Seventh Avenue and West 13 Street in Greenwich Village.  Get2gether commences @ 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
 






Apiril 16 (Sunday) -- SRVA's WILLSON HENDERSON INTERVIEWED in THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A Prizefighter's Double Life at Madison Square Garden, and at the original STONEWALL Gay Bar & Dance Club in New York City"!  Researched/written by Corey L. Kilgannon of The New York Times {"NYX").  Emile Griffith & Willson Henderson, 1970s NYC Gay Super Couple.

On the occasion of the brand-new, Gay-oriented Metropolitan Opera of New York ("The Met") presentation "Champion!", based on the wild life of one of Willson Henderson's  longtime ex-lovers, Emile A. Griffith, Jr., investigative reporter Corey Kilgannon of The New York Times ("NYX") has published an informative, interesting and revealing story about Emile and some about WLH and them as a super Gay New York City duo! 

In the collage of five photos at the top of The New York Times story by Corey Kilgannon, Willson is in three of the pix (wearing a powder blue, flamboyant jump suit with white fringe hanging off the sleeves and {not shown white fringe in an inverted 'V' design across the back) created by Emile's Gay designer Charlez -- all the other males wore a suit or a
tux, one of WLH's other handsome and hot boyfriends model Michael Toney, wearing an open black shirt (the first cousin of Thelma on TV's "Good Times"), and WLH's Uncle Gerry Paige, regarded as a father figure and mentor to Willson, and the fifth photo is the cover of Emile's book "Nine... Ten... OUT!" belonging to WLH.  The NYX photographed these pix at a S.R.V.A. meeting.  Also included in the five pix is the 'best man' / boxing heavyweight champ Smokin' Joe Frazier standing next to WLH's mother Helen Henderson, whom Champ Emile personally invited and insisted on her and her then husband Heinz (actually born in Germany) attending to his grand (what WLH then termed "press conference") wedding!

Initially, Willson understandably refused to participate.  That is why Emile got WLH's mother to agree.  In many photos, particularly for all of the press and the plan to off-set Gay rumors, interestingly, Emile had the pretty bride on his one side and real-life boyfriend Willson on the other side of his publicly blatant double life event!  That exacerbated the true-life Gay "rumors"!  The original STONEWALL Club fag-hag (fun girls that hang out with Gay guys) and dear friend Adrienne Seiden (she is still alive), who co-introduced Emile & Willson, also attended.  In fact, Willson and his friends drove up to the renowned Concord Hotel in Monticello, N.Y., in the classic and fabled, blue 1969 Cadillac DeVille convertible with the top down!  Unquestionably, the NYX's Corey Kilgannon detailed a far greater and deeper analysis and report of Emile Griffith's Gay life than The Met's exclusionary and watered-down version! Https://www.NYTimes.com/2023/04/11/nyregion/emile-griffith-boxer-champion.html







March 26 (Sunday) -- SUPREME BIRTHDAY: DIVA DIANA ROSS

Nobody brought more joy and fun to the patrons of the ~original~ STONEWALL Bar & Dance Club and thousands of other Gay bars and dance clubs throughout the World than Miss Diana Ross, along with her Supremes (Mary, Florence and Cindy)!  Their upbeat, motivating and fun dance songs during the Stonewall Era include: "My World Is Empty Without U, Babe", "Love Is Like an Itchin' In My Heart", "You Can't Hurry Love", "U Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "The Happening", "In And Out Of Love", "Some Things You Never Get Used To", "Forever Came Today", "Love Child", "I'm Living In Shame" and "No Matter What Sign You Are"!  Thank U, Diana and The Supremes, for the late 1960s dance hits and all of the great memorable "Reflections"!  Happiest of birthdays to U!





March 25 (Saturday) -- STONEWALL REBELLION V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

The monthly meeting of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") is held religiously on 'the last Saturday of every month'!  Planning for the SRVA's fifty-fourth annual conference in late June is the main topic.  Special media guest: The New York Times for their upcoming interesting super Stonewall veteran project!  Besides interviews, the S.R.V.A. will be providing archival photographs!  
The mystery S/W vet shall be revealed when U read the story soon in the NYX!  In a separate media story, legal updates will be provided in the civil court case of  "Willson Henderson -versus- The Schneps / Schleps-owned Gay City News aka the Gayragpaper"!  The defendants' devious maneuving has centered on desperately  attempting to get the case dismissed.  Aha-ha-ha!  SRVA's vice-president Berti Coffman reports on communications with NYC public officials.  Boardmember Ramon Bellido summarizes this month's sponsorship renewals and newbies.  The divine venue is at the grand and gayly-welcoming Church Of The Village.  The Church is situated appropriately in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City.  It is at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 13th Street.  This "Spring is Here" -- a Rodgers And Hart album song recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes in 1967 during the Stonewall Era -- meeting is from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.







11 March (Saturday) -- BIG BERTI'S BIGGA BIRTHDAY BRASSERIE BASH ('6-B')

Celebrate
Robert 'Berti' Coffman as a renowned Stonewall Rebellion veteran and the SRVA's longtime vice-president on his 74th birthday!  He is endeared by many electeds (not The Natler) for his out-going charm on behalf of the legendary STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association with New York public officials.  Special guest is Berti's Gay-life long friend Patrick Suraci.  Five-course dinner and 'let them eat cake' (at a French eatery) is co-hosted hosted by the SRVA's general manager AnDre M. Christie and assistant manager Dante K. Smith.  The 'bigga birthday bash' is at the famed La Brasserie Restaurant at 411 Park Avenue South between East 28th and 29th streets in Manhattan, NYC @ 5:15 p.m.  Berti's birthday bonanza parties on until 8 p.m.!  







25 February (Saturday) -- S.R.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING

Attend the 'last Saturday of the month' meeting of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.")!  Come join the legendary, surviving and unquestionably interesting veterans of the historic Stonewall Uprising!  Social: Topix include planning for the SRVA's 54th annual conference (on June 24th).  The SRVA's Vice-President Bert Coffman provides communication updates with New York public officials.  Legal: Willson Henderson's civil court lawsuit for libel and slander against the defamatory Schleps Media heterosexually-owned Gay City News aka G.C.N. worser known as the Gayragpaper!  The SRVA's get2gether is at the landmark Church Of The Village from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 







28 January 2023 (Saturday) -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MEETING

The meeting of the legendary STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") for its new year 2023 debut and the 54th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Rebellion is on the last Saturday of the month, January 28th.  The SRVA's get2gether is hosted by its elected director Willson Lee Henderson.  Other Stonewall veterans confirmed to attend include:  Leigh Peter McManus, Nance Lomax, R. Bert Coffman, Joani C. Sobel and Ramon Bellido.  Among the topix are the updates on the NYC civil court libel case of the "W.L.H. vs. The Schleps' Media Gayragpaper aka G.C.N. aka "Gay Sh*tty News".  The case has successfully been restored to the court calendar since 2020 after the long lapse due to the three-year pandemic!  The S.R.V.A. meeting venue is at The Church Of The Village.  The Church is located at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.






2023:  54th Anniversary of the STONEWALL Club Rebellion!


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December 28 (Wednesday) -- SHANGRI-LA BIRTHDAY:  MARY WEISS, "LEADER OF THE PACK", and SONGSTRESS of the ORIGINAL STONEWALL CLUB JUKEBOX

For more on Mary Weiss -- and The Shangri-Las -- including all of their single-release records, other songs, album covers and select pictures, visit:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm.








24 and 25 December -- CHRISTMAS WEEKEND INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY







16 December (Friday) -- SEE DARLENE LOVE PERFORM "CHRISTMAS BABY" on "THE VIEW" on ABC-TV @ 11 a.m. EST

"Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" belted out by Darlene Love
, produced by Phil Spector and written by Ellie Greenwich, was the number one holiday song year after year in the original STONEWALL Bar & Dance Club jukebox and every other Gay club!  (You will not find this historic 411 in the NYC Gayragpaper aka Gay City News aka G.C.N.)  Over five decades later, "Christmas Baby" has grown as a ranked number one holiday song for the mainstream.  Today it is celebrated big time on "The View" with annual performance of same by Miss Love!  Her powerful voice also remains the same -- if not stronger!  See Darlene and the original "A Christmas Gift For U" album cover and 411 at:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm.






15 December (Thursday) -- DARLENE LOVE CHRISTMAS CONCERT& SHOW at the ST. GEORGE THEATRE in STATEN ISLAND, NYC @ 8 p.m.

See Darlene Love and the famous Phil Spector "A Christmas Gift For U" album cover at:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm






12 December (Monday) -- CONNIE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY: LEGENDARY SONGSTRESS in the ORIGINAL STONEWALL CLUB JUKEBOX

Besides being the rated number one female singer in America for seven consecutive years, Connie Francis's number one songs include the national Gay anthem: "Where The Boys Are (Someone Waits For Me)"!  Connie also starred in the Gay (and mainstream) favorite movies "Where The Boys Are" and "Follow The Boys" (also with the hit title song)!  Over the decades, Connie has appreciatively and admirably maintained her correspondence with the S.R.V.A.  To see an album cover photo of Miss Francis and her Gay club jukebox single records discography, visit:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/songsofStonewall-4.htm.







December 12 , 2022 -- REMEMBRANCE: NYC 3-TERM MAYOR and SRVA's HONORARY MALE CHAIRPERSON ED KOCH

For much more on the New York City's great Mayor Koch and the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association's wonderful 'Gayor' Ed, including letters, notes and photos, please view:
Https://www.StonewallVets.org/EdKoch.htm.







12 December -- ORIGINAL STONEWALL JUKEBOX SONGSTRESS BIRTHDAY: DIONNE WARWICK








26 November (Saturday) -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MEETING and 5-COURSE TURKEY SUPPER

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association meeting shall be at The Church Of The Village at Seventh Avenue South and West 13 Street in Greenwich Village, NYC @ 3:15 p.m.  The subsequent "Stonewall Veterans Thanksgiving Supper" for S.R.V.A. boardmembers and executive committee members @ 5:15 p.m. shall have its venue announced by phone!








11 November (Thursday) -- AMERICAN VETERANS' DAY








8 November (Tuesday) -- AMERICAN ELECTION DAY - Get Rid of Sean Pat Baloney!

P.S.  "Mission Accomplished!"








30 October (Sunday) -- S.R.V.A. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE DUNCHEON MEETING at MASALA RESTAUANT on East 34 STREET in MANHATTAN @ 3 pm









Saturday, October 29 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING

The monthly gathering of the surviving, willing and able veterans of the historic 1969 Stonewall Club rebellion -- as represented exclusively by the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association-- shall again be one of our popularly successful and always reuniting duncheon meetings!  Of course, the venue is appropriately in gay Greenwich Village, NYC.  Surprise guest:  A New York statewide political candidate!  The atmospheric and spacious restaurant is Morandi on Seventh Avenue South at Waverly Place and Charles Street.  The "host with the most" is the SRVA's founder and elected director Willson Lee Henderson.  He is handsomely assisted by the SRVA's general manager AnDre Christie and assistant manager Dante K. Smith.  Seating begins @ 3 p.m.  Bubbly glasses clang @ 3:15 p.m. and special birthday desserts for all wrap up bi 5:45 p.m.   








Tuesday, October 11 -- NATIONAL "COMING OUT GAY" DAY








Wednesday, October 5th --  BIRTHDAY of S.R.V.A. FOUNDER and DIRECTOR WILLSON LEE HENDERSON

A quintessential "Native New Yorker" -- born in Brooklyn (Flatbush) and lived in Manhattan (Upper West Side, Greenwich Village and Chelsea) and The Bronx (Riverdale) -- Willson Lee  Henderson steadfastly and proudly remains in New York City!  A *private birthday dinner* has been arranged for Willson at his longtime, favorite restaurant Tavern on the Green in Central Park!  Special friends, organization officials and select electeds are invited directly.  For much more on WLH, including select biography and photographs, visit:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/WillsonHenderson.htm.





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Sunday, September 25 -- BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS PRESENTS THEIR OUTDOOR BROADWAY FAIR & AUCTION

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS' annual "Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction" is the ultimate event for fans of Broadway paraphanalia!  It includes signed photos, compact discs, posters, autographs and costumes.  The outdoor event happens at Schubert Alley 'off Broadway' (pun intended) between West 45th and 46th streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For much more 411, visit: BroadwayCares.org.








Saturday, September 24 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING and OUTDOOR DUNCHEON -- the last of the Summer Season!

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") holds court with its last outdoor duncheon meeting of the Summer of 2022!  With Election Day in six weeks, a few campaign personnel will be guest speaking.  The S.R.V.A. only supports honorable candidates who support the S.R.V.A.  The aforementioned criteria thus excludes the exclusionary and slanderous "Sean Pat Baloney".  The hoopla is entertainingly hosted by S.A.G. member and SRVA's director Willson Henderson.  "Clang! Clang! Clang!" (channeling a Judy Garland song) goes the glasses at Morandi Restaurant & Lounge @ 3:15 p.m.





Friday, September 23 -- REMEMBRANCE of BARON P. MORRIS, JR., SVA's ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER in the 1980s and the 1990s





September 11th, 2022 ("9/11") -- WORLD TRADE CENTER TERRORIST ATTACKS - 21st TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY







Saturday, August 27 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING and DUNCHEON @ 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The legendary STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") meets the last Saturday of every month come hell (AIDS War) or high water (Superstorm Sandy) or plague (Wuhan Virus) -- unless it is an American holiday or a holiday weekend!  Last Saturday in August also serves as the Annual S.R.V.A. Election Meeting for the S.R.V.A. officials for the new G.L.B.T. Pride season which commences September 1st.  Just like anywhere else in the civilized World, only dues-paying members and supporters are eligible to vote!  SRVA's duncheon meeting happens at lively Morandi Restaurant & Lounge located on Seventh Avenue at Waverly Place in the heart of West Greenwich Village, NYC.  The event is entertainingly hosted by the SRVA's founder and current director Willson Henderson with muscular assistance by SRVA's office manager AnDre Christie.  Glasses clang @ 3:15 p.m.  To RSVP for a place at the duncheon table, contact Big Berti at (917) 286-0616.  Cheers!





Thursday, August 18 -- REMEMBERING STONEWALL VET:  MICHAEL DALLAS TONEY of BROOKLYN, NYC, DIED of AIDS (1952 to 1992)







Saturday, July 30 -- MONTHLY MEETING of the STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION

This significant STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.R.V.A.") get2gether celebrates the 53rd annual anniversary of the legendary organization!  The S.R.V.A. perennially and incredibly still meets the last Saturday of every month, unless it is a national American holiday!  The S.R.V.A. owns the famous 1969 blue convertible also popularly known as "The Stonewall Car", impounded in front of the ~original~ STONEWALL Club by the NYCPD on the first night June 27th of the 1969 uprising!  Who do you know that could keep a vehicle -- and in out-standing condition -- for over a half-century or anything near it?  No one!  Post-Pride, sooo many people are sooo interested in everything "Stonewall" as long as it does not involve their giving credit where credit is due to the Stonewall veterans or supporting the historic, advocacy, educational, accommodating and non-profit S.R.V.A.!  Their alleged "Stonewall" interest is sooo superficial!  It is akin to 
"Lee's Press-On Nails!  Instead, many pretend the actual participants in everything "Stonewall" all magically disappeared -- or never existed!  Many act as if Gay history is a fairy-tail and Gay rights grew on a tree.  Like the ~original~ STONEWALL Bar & Dance Club jukebox song advises: "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, Baby".  Pow-wow ignites at Morandi Restaurant at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Waverly Place in Manhattan, NYC @ 3:15 p.m.  RSVP for attendance at (917) 286-0616.






Saturday, July 23 --  REMEMBRANCE:  FORMER NYC COUNCILMEMBER JAMES E. "JED" DAVIS

New York City Councilmember and Brooklyn District Leader James 'Jed' Davis was shockingly assassinated incredibly within the New York City Council Chamber at City Hall!  This tragedy occurred on July 23, 2003.  Jed was outstanding, vital, outgoing and exciting representing District 35.  He was the  super proud honorary member of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association.  Born in Brooklyn on September 3, 1962, Jed was only 41.  For more info on Jed, please visit:  Https://www.StonewallVets.org/JamesDavis.htm









Sunday, July 15 -- SPECIAL S.R.V.A. CONGRESSIONAL DUNCHEON with a... NYC CONGRESSMEMBER @ 3:15 p.m.








Monday, July 11th -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION: 53rd ANNIVERSARY!









JUNE 27th -- THE MOST IMPORTANT DATE in GAY+ HISTORY: JUNE 27th!

June 27th, 1969is the quintessential most imporatnt date in Gay+ history!  It is the real date of the first night of the five-night, historic Stonewall Rebellion in Greenwich Village, NYC!  On Friday, June 27th, was the internationally sad day of the funeral of entertainment legend and Gay icon Judy Garland.  It happened in Manhattan, NYC, 'home' of the Stonewall uprising that same night!  June 27th, 1969.








Monday, June 27 -- S.V.A. STONEWALL VETZ APPEAR on a NATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORK!






Sunday, June 26 -- STONEWALL REBELLION VETERAN BIRTHDAY: RUFUS 'SONNY' CARSON






Saturday, June 25th, 2022 -- The STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:  "SRVA's 53rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE & STONEWALL VETERANS REUNION + EYEWITNESS TESTIMONIALS"



Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") Pride was largely created by subsequent members of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") -- not by the new century revisionists!  The S.V.A. was formed, just two weeks after the uprising, on Friday, July 11th in Greenwich Village, New York City.  It was the first G.L.B.T. group to be formed after the rebellion.  The Stonewall survivors continue the S.V.A. organization 53 years later through today!  Incredible!  Confirmed Stonewall vets include, but are not limited to, Willson Henderson, Ramon Bellido, Bert Coffman, Leigh McManus and Nance Lomax.  For the anniversary "S.V.A. Conference, Reunion & Duncheon" today,
we have a special surprise keynoter!  U.S. congressmembers, NY state senators, assemblymembers, et al. are confirmed!  For the first time, ALL participants must R.S.V.P. via email at SVA@StonewallVets.org or telephone at (917) 286-0616 in order to have a reserved seat at the table(s).  The unique event has seating begin @ 3 p.m. with the happening from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Please wear your 'Sunday best'!   




Saturday, June 18 -- ORIGINAL STONEWALL CLUB JUKEBOX SINGER'S BIRTHDAY:  PAUL McCARTNEY @ 80







Friday, June 10, 2022 -- JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL BIRTHDAY

Miss Judy Garland
, starting in 1939 with her Academy Award-winning "The Wizzard of Oz", became an international entertainer, actress and singer -- and the quintessential Gay icon!  For Judy's songs in the ~original~ Stonewall Club jukebox, immediately after her demise on June 22 of 1969, see:
https://www.STONEWALLvets.org/songsofStonewall-5.htm
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For the episode about Judy Garland + The STONEWALL Club + the Stonewall
Rebellion, the "In The Life" show was nominated for their -only- Emmy
Award thanks to 'Saint Judy' and having two actual veterans of the 1969 G.L.B.T.
Stonewall Uprising from the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association!
https://www.Cinema.UCLA.edu/collections/inthelife/episodes/805
(For greater impact, click on your 'View' to enlarge the show screen.)




Saturday, June 4 -- STONEWALL VET and ORIGINAL MAGIC TOUCH CLUB (LI)_BIRTHDAY: MICHAEL I. SWERDLOW (of Long Island + FL)




June 2022 --  *  GAY  *  PRIDE  *  MONTH  *





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Saturday, May 28 -- S.R.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING & DUNCHEON on MEMORIAL  WEEKEND

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") is holding its monthly meeting this Memorial Weekend today!  A member of the NYC's Mayoral Administration is the special guest.  Happening is hosted by the SVA's defatigueable director Willson Lee Henderson.  Reports on public official communications provided by the SVA's outgoing Vice-President Bert Coffman.  Highlights of the SVA's recent NYC Streetfair are given by S.V.A. bombastic boardmember Ramon Bellido.  The five-course duncheon shall be at Morandi Restaurant in Greenwich Village (of course) from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.








Saturday, May 14 -- SRVA's 19th ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY STREETFAIR

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association's 19th annual streetfair happens on the sunny 14th of May in Manhattan.  Unique unto all NYC streetfairs, the non-profit S.V.A. has on display the famous 1969 blue classic convertible "Stonewall Car".   Location of the all-day streetfair is on Broadway -- where else for the legendary Stonewall vets -- south of Union Square from East 14th Street to East 9th Street.  Accessible subways at the corner include the #4, #5, #6, L, N, R and Q at their 14th Street stations.  The SVA's streetfair is exclusively produced by Mardi Gras Productions!





Saturday, May 7 -- CONCERT: FRANKIE VALLI & HIS JERSEY BOYS

The super legendary Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons ("FVFS") -- they even have a Tony-awward winning Broadway musical in their honor -- are performng at the grand Radio City Music Hall in the heart of Manhattan.  FVFS were one of the prime and consistent artists in the original STONEWALL Club jukebox!  Their dance music brought so much joy and fun to the Gay boys and girls and their friends, including the Mafia men owners!  As a fellow Italian, Frankie V., like Frank S., was a great favorite.  The S.R.V.A. has had our FVFS tickets longtime.  Showtime is @ 8 p.m. with a monumental overture of over twenty FVFS hit songs!





Tuesday, May 3 -- ORIGINAL STONEWALL JUKEBOX SONGSTER BIRTHDAY: FRANKIE VALLI

For more 411, their records discography and photos of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, visit: https://www.StonewallVets.org/songsofStonewall-4.htm
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Saturday, April 30 -- MONTHLY MEETING of the STONEWALL REBELLION VETERANS' ASSOCIATION

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association is again, by majority vote of its active member Stonewall veterans, holding its monthly get2gether as a duncheon meeting!  That way, we can do three things simultaneously.  As usual, expect a surprise public official guest speaker!  (She has been confirmed!)  Event is happily hosted by the SVA's director Willson Henderson.  This month's duncheon is co-hosted by the SVA's assistant manager Dante K. Smith.  The SVA's vice-president