STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
Former S.V.A. President (2004)
Former NYC Stonewall Democratic Club Vice-Prez (2006-2009)
Former New York City District Leader / Manhattan (1999-2003)
Aubrey Lees over-delighted at The Stonewall Club with Willson Henderson
In the background is the famous '69 "Stonewall Car" in blue
and the well-known S.V.A. Chaplain Reverend Magora in red!
[Photo by Dave West]
As a Stonewall veteran of the 1969 rebellion and a longtime member of the STONEWALL Veterans Association Executive Committee, Aubrey L. Lees was eligible to be an S.V.A. elected officer. At the April 2004 meeting of the S.V.A., her fellow S.V.A. official and Greenwich Village pal, Willson L. Henderson, announced his need of a real break from all G.L.B.T. group commitments due to his own personal business and that he would not be the candidate for S.V.A. president in the 2004 mid-year election (S.V.A. president only). He made the announcement having encouraged Aubrey to "give it a whirl". In May of 2004 at the monthly meeting of the S.V.A., with WLH's urging and her agreeing, Aubrey was nominated by Storme DeLarverie, seconded by Electra O'Mara and thirded by Rose Giordano -- symbolically all women -- to be a candidate for S.V.A. president. The following month at the June meeting, Aubrey was, in fact, elected the new President of the S.V.A. She, in the presence of her dog companion Harry, gave a very nice acceptance speech and touched on the future for the significance and importance of the S.V.A. The very next day "Mr. Lees" was with the S.V.A. -- and S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and S.V.A. Honorary Member Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum -- and the 1969 "Stonewall Car" convertible leading the annual New York Gay Pride Parade. New S.V.A. President Aubrey also served as an Honorary Banner Guard, carrying the familiar S.V.A. banner! To see several other parade pix, visit: www.STONEWALLvets.org/parade/SW-34.htm
Aubrey Lees "Lee-ds" the NYC Gay Pride Parade with the S.V.A.
[Photo by Willson L. Henderson]
Pictured above are (l-2-r): Greg Curatolo of the GLBT Community Center; Aubrey Lees, the just-elected S.V.A. President; Steven Gradman, Vice-President of PRIDE Democrats of NYC;
and Storme DeLarverie, S.V.A. Ambassador. Outstanding in background is the "Stonewall Car".
Aubrey proudly carrying one of the "SW-Car" parade signs
[Photo by Willson Henderson]
Aubrey Lees' Annual Letter to her Fellow Rebels in the S.V.A.
Aubrey Lees with the S.V.A. is sampled by Gay Pride Parade websites!
*G*L*B*T* Month: "STONEWALL-50"
*=====2019: 50th Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion in NYC=====