2019 S.V.A. Supporters
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
"STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association Day" in Brooklyn!
"Whereas... Brooklyn joins together on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association, to honor and recognize this organization for the outstanding contributions it has made in our communities, and, whereas, on behalf of all Brooklynites, I salute the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association, which is comprised of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight patrons from the original Stonewall Club in New York City who encountered routine and dangerous New York City Police Department raids and/or participants in the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion for Gay rights, deemed to be heroes of the GLBT communities;....... Now, therefore, I, Eric L. Adams, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby confer this Citation on STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association 50th Anniversary Day in Brooklyn, USA, this 18th day of June 2019."
Dinner Meetings: Planning for G.L.B.T. Pride sponsored by the Brooklyn Borough President
This year 2019 marks the historic 50th anniversary of the 1969 G.L.B.T. Stonewall Rebellion right here in New York City -- and the strong Brooklyn connections to those week-long events. Prior NYCPD captain, former New York State senator and current six-year Brooklyn Borough President ("BK-B/P") Eric L. Adams("E.L.A.") has promised a super special 50th anniversary celebration in Brooklyn! Towards that end, starting in January, E.L.A. has agreed to having a monthly G.L.B.T. advisory council to the BK-B/P with the meetings held at Brooklyn Boro Hall. Said sessions, consisting of representatives from several G.L.B.T. groups, such as the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, would discuss and plan for "Stonewall 50" at Brooklyn Borough Hall! Also related, Brooklyn history-wise, is former Brooklyn N.Y.C. Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis who was a proud, active and very supportive honorary member of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association! He and Eric Adams shared service in the New Yok City Police Department besides their Central Brooklyn public service. No public official is more in the honest, outgoing and successful image of Jed than Eric Adams!
B/P Eric Adams is Guest Speaker at STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Eric L. Adams, as Brooklyn Borough President ("BK-B/P"), was the honored guest speaker of the legendary STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association at its monthly meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. Meeting was co-chaired by the dynamic down-low duo of Willson Henderson and AnDre Christie. The other Gay groups that had representatives at this up-front and personal sit-down with Mr. Adams were the G.L.B.T. Political Coalition and the PRIDE Democrats of New York City, whose president Steven Gradman and treasurer Sanjay Petersen live in Brooklyn. Coincidentally, at this same meeting were two candidates from Brooklyn, attorney Jared M. Rich, Esq., and community activist A. Tony Herbert, both running for New York City Public Advocate in a special election after this weekend. Originally, and ironically, the S.V.A. knows the latter through former NYC Councilman Jed Davis. This monthly meeting venue was the Manhattan G.L.B.T. Community Centre in Greenwich Village, NY.
Brooklyn B/P Eric Adams Hosts NYC Public Advocate Candidates' Forum
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts an important forum for the City of New York! The citywide public advocate of New York City succeeds the mayor if a vacancy occurs for whatever reason. Confirmed candidates tonight for Public Advocate include: Jumaane D. Williams, current NYC councilman, Jared M. Rich, Esq., community activist Anthony 'Tony' Herbert, and NYC Councilman Adrian Espinal, Jr., all from Brooklyn, in addition to Dawn Smalls, Esq., formerly worked for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and Benjamin 'Ben' Yee, both from Manhattan, and NYS Assemblyman Michael Blake from The Bronx. Eric Ulrich, a NYC councilman from Queens, is the only Republican public advocate candidate. There are no candidates from Staten Island. Representing the STONEWALL Veterans' Association is Willson Henderson and Ramon Bellido. On behalf of PRIDE Democrats is Mendy Seltza and Sam Weiss. This NYC Public Advocate forum was on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 6 p.m. at Medgar Evers College on Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. In New York City, there is currently a vacancy in the citywide Public Advocate position. The special election is at the end of this month.
Brooklyn's Borough President Adams Hosts G.L.B.T. Conference
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Lee Adams ("Bk-B/P") personally hosts a conference for the intended reunification and refocusing of G.L.B.T. organizations that are wholly or serving Brooklyn. Purposes include discussions of various issues with the groups as well as initial planning for the monumental "Stonewall 50" in Brooklyn next June! A winning majority of the invited groups participated namely the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association (S.V.A.) appeared via Willson Henderson (born in Brooklyn) and Ramon Bellido (attends a weekly support facility in Brooklyn), the GLBTS Political Coalition represented by Rogers A. Hunt (lives and works in Brooklyn for decades), the Brooklyn LGBT Center covered by assistant director Jere Keys (also lives in Brooklyn), and the PRIDE Democrats of New York City represented by Steven L. Gradman (lives in Brooklyn and a former co-chair of Brooklyn LGBT Pride). The S.V.A. has led about a dozen Brooklyn Gay Pride parades with the famous 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car". The S.V.A. has also been a Brooklyn Pride Parade grand marshal! The productive and needed meeting was held in the grand conference room.
In a disharmonious maneuver for the G.L.B.T. community, three of the organizations did a 'no show'. That's not unity. Imagine if one of the Germanys failed to show? Or one of the Viet Nams? That's not unity! Even the Koreas are incredibly on the path to reunifucation! This is proof of the fractured G.L.B.T. community in Brooklyn. The task of reunifying Gay groups in Brooklyn proved more daunting than the reunification of the two Germanys or the two Viet Nams!! However, as a Bk-B/P staffer pointed out, this is just the first meeting. Brooklyn Borough President Adams readily endorsed the proposal to have a Brooklyn Borough President G.L.B.T. Advisory Council as was done in all but one of the NYC boroughs. It will discuss and plan for GT.L.B.T. Pride Month. It will meet monthly through May 2019 in the Borough Hall classic conference room. In June is the Brooklyn B/P's annual G.L.B.T. commemoration at Brooklyn Borough Hall!
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams 2018 Letter of Appreciation to the S.V.A.
2018 NYC General Election Update:
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams' staff counsel, Andrew S. Gounardes
(on 'leave' from the B/P's office) with a crucial endorsement and great support from
Mr. Adams, won in an 'upset' victory as a New York State Senator from Brooklyn for
District 22 (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Fort Hamilton, Gerritsen Beach)!