STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
Past S.V.A. Acting Director (January
- March 2014) and
Former S.V.A. Executive Committee Member
"Billy" Miranda Salzman in 1970
Bill's Basic Bio
William Miranda "Bill" Salzman was born in the very first
year of the second half of the last Century on the 10th of June in
Bill attended a
Brooklyn. For high school, Bill went public to Eli Whitney
High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He admirably went on to
first in his family to do so. Bill holds a
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from New York
University (NYU, Class of 1980). Shortly after,
openly-Gay Bill became the founding principal of the first of its
Milk High School in Manhattan, New York.
Bill Salzman with the historic 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car" in
[Photo by Margot Adler for National Public Radio]
The occasion of this event above was the theatrical production of
of the original Stonewall cops at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater on
East 54th Street in Manhattan. It was the third part of the
afternoon and evening reuniting the "Stonewall Police" and the
"Stonewall Vetz". In addition to Bill Salzman (shown above), other veterans of
Stonewall Rebellion present and introduced by retired NYPD Sergeant
Frank Tuscano of the Sixth Ptrecinct were: Willson
L. Henderson, Bert Coffman, Dave F. West, Leigh McManus and Dianne Yodice. The story
was covered by most print media such as The New York Times and the New York Blade News;
television such as a CBS-TV "Eye On America" national news feature
with Anthony Mason and gayly on "Gay USA"; and
radio such as National Public Radio (NPR) with Margot Adler and WNYC.
Bill Salzman with Colonel Cammeyer visit at Harvey Milk High
where Bill was the Founding Principal
Thankful Note to the S.V.A.
Thanks again for your warm welcome at yesterday's monthly meeting of
the STONEWALL Veterans' Association
. Yes, it is true that like
others, I have been an anonymous Stonewall Veteran after all these
Nonetheless, I have been an admirer of the leading S.V.A. from
sidelines of the parades. .Back in the days, I was a shy and scared
16-year-old when I first sat down (or really riding on the sides) at
Stonewall Club, the Tel-Star, the Gold Bug and the 1-2-3 those many years ago. I will
your offer to join the S.V.A. I hope that I can contribute in
ways after all these years to the continuing spirit of the Gay
revolution. And, of course, the SVA's unique and crucial function
of educating the public -- Gay and straight.
Principal Bill Miranda Salzman
April 24, 2004
New York Times Profile: Bill
Bill Salzman - "Trying to make His Special Students feel
[Photo via The
New York Times]
Bill Salzman Exits the Harvey Milk Gay High School
Bill Salzman with the "Stonewall Car" leading a NYC Gay Pride
[Photo by Willson L. Henderson for the S.V.A.]
Bill Salzman with N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
[Photo by William Gonzales]
Like the SVA's Bill Salzman, the native New Yorker, Joel Klein, another
native New Yorker, was also born in Brooklyn. The latter was on
October 25, 1946 and he lived in New York City public
as Bill is the first
principal of the Harvey Milk High School, the first Gay high school in New
York, Mr. Klein is the first
New York City Schools Chancellor to be appointed.
It is two more reasons that the two educators instantly
off. Joel was previously in the national Clinton Administraion
as Deputy Counsel to the President and as Deputy Attorney
General and in private law firm business. Mayor Michael Bloomberg
did the appointing of Mr. Klein on July 29, 2002, when the Mayor
got control of the school sytem, over a school
system with 1.1 million children. Bill is also proudly part of
the NYC Education Department. The education of children is of
great importance to the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association with one of our
chief goals being to educate -- youngsters and adults! That
is why the S.V.A. is so extra proud of Bill!
---------------------------- Original Message ------------------------
Subject: Dan Dobbs * 1963-2008
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9:27 pm
To: "Will son" <WLH@nyct.net>
My dear friend and partner Daniel Dobbs, died today of colon
Although he was a longtime sufferer of AIDS, that is not what
Dan was a faithful member and voice of the Gay community in the 1990s.
Dan died ready and in peace. He was interned in my family plot at
Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. Dan will be much missed.
Bill and Jonathan Rodriguez in 2009 readying for the Grand
=411 about the picture from Bill
"I've been mentoring Jonathan Rodriguez since he was in high school.
He now has
his own computer software company. He took me to Las Vegas,
Nevada, for a
Champaign helicopter exciting and scenic ride into the Grand Canyon,
later at the five-star French restaurant Le Cirque. For
nighttime, Jonathan wanted
to celebrate my 40 years in the Gay community by taking me to
to the aptly-titled
"Stonewall Club" located in a Vegas hotel where the legendary Judy
- "Stonewall 40" (1969 - 2009)=
Bill M. Salzman
proudly serves as a member of the
STONEWALL Veterans' Association
For "Stonewall 40" in 2009, Bill
served on the
S.V.A. Planning Committee for significant S.V.A. events namely the
"SVA's 40th Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion"
27th) at the New York City GLBT Community Centre, leading the "New York
Annual Gay Pride Parade" most of the the SVA-ers riding on the
"STONEWALL Float" in Manhattan (Sunday, June 28th), and
participating in the incredible "40th Stonewall
Rebellion Anniversary Party" (Monday, June 29th) sponsored by the
S.V.A. at the
now famous Stonewall Club in Manhattan, New York. Our
doorkeeper is a favorite of Bill's: SVA's manager AnDre Christie!
Appointed as the S.V.A. Acting Director=
At the end-of-year 2013 STONEWALL
Executive Committee supper meeting, Bill Miranda Salzman was
appointed as the acting director of the S.V.A. for the first three
months in 2014 and then the other candidate for director Leigh P. McManus serve for
three months. (No one can be officially elected as director until
annual membership conference in June.) Bill succeeded elected director
Willson L. Henderson whose
tenure was completing in June but who chose not to
continue for the new year. Stated Willson: "Give me a
break!" In addition to his Stonewall history, Bill Salzman also
has the meaningful G.L.B.T. history of being the founding principal of
the Harvey Milk Gay High School in Manhattan, NYC. Willson
recommended Bill and his organizational, educational and
loyalty as the acting director for
three months, followed by another acting director,
until a permanent director, likely Bill, be elected at SVA's conference in June. In his first week representing the
S.V.A., Bill drew up an agenda plan for S.V.A. in 2014, attended
New York City Council inaugurations representing the S.V.A.,
issued a press release
with SVA's plans for its 45th annual conference, participated in a
community board hearing for the SVA's annual streetfair, proudly
promoted his new position and met with various public officials
including NYC Council Speaker Melissa Viverito, Councilwoman Helen
Rosenthal and Councilman Rosie Mendez. Running
is multi-dimensional and multi-demanding. The rotational acting
director role ended after the first quarter in March of 2014.
Bill's favorite and humorous Stonewall
Club expression when
referring to the antics of Gay boys is: "Girls will
Bill's Best Wishes for SVA's
Forthcoming "Stonewall 47"
Original Message -----------------------------
Subject: SVA Meeting today and "Stonewall 47"
From: "William Salzman" <BillSalz@gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:27 pm
To: "Willson L. Henderson" <WLH@nyct.net>
"AnDre M. Christie" <Dre_NYC@Yahoo.com>
Dear STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Congratulations on another year filled with recognition of
G.L.B.T. legal rights and the struggles since June 27th, 1969;
especially the youth and those coming out in this year, 2016!
The G.L.B.T. rights work never ends and our memories must
always remember that Freedom is not Free!
And that WE must continue until the light of all of our rights
are in the hearts of all Americans, not just "US" who were there
those eventful and now historic nights, in a hot and a sweltering
New York City, ignited on Friday night the 27th of June 1969!
We love you, Saint Judy!
Bill Miranda Salzman,
Retired, PD, B.A., M.A.
------------ Original Message -----------
Subject: Happy Birthday, BILL!
From: "Stonewall Vets U.S.A." <SVA@StonewallVets.org>
Date: Mon., June 10, 2019, 10:10 am
* Happy Birthday! * Stonewall veteran Bill Miranda Salzman!
It's extra happy to have your birthday, as it turns out,
during Gay Pride Month!
Enjoy your very special day, June 10th, and we look forward
to seeing you very soon with the SVA's upcoming 50th annual
conference and Stonewall rebellion reunion and testimonials!
Your comrades at the S.V.A.,
Willson Henderson, Director
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
S.V.A. Director Willson's Birthday!
*G*L*B*T* HISTORY MONTH * "STONEWALL 50"
50th Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion in NYC=====
[Friday night, June 27
~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969]