Wednesday, January 1, 2003 -- S.V.A.'s HOLIDAY/NEW YEAR'S GREETING CARD
| Happy and
healthy holidays and the start of a new year to all of the members,
friends, supporters and advertisers of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans'
Thursday, January 16 -- BELLA! ABZUG MEMORIAL STATUE & FUND COMMITTEE MEETING @ 5 p.m.
See location and contact details in "S.V.A. Recent Events" (Oct. 29). Special guest: Hon. Midge J. Costanza, former Presidential special assistant -- flying in from California just for this meeting. So why can't rude and cheab Philis Read get on the #6 local subway? By the way, Midge is a Special Assistant to California Governor Gray Davis. The two GLBT organizations that are represented are the STONEWALL Veterans' Association and PRIDE Democrats. The meetings are chaired by Bella's youngest and Gayest Liz Abzug.
Meeting takes place on the last Saturday of every month at the G.L.B.T. Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Among the topics will be: induction of 2003 officers to be performed by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney; public officials' reports from Bert Coffman; G.L.B.T. organizations' reports from Leigh McManus; upcoming meetings with the aforementioned; more S.V.A. website "411" input -- this month is our biziest month; "Save the Stonewall Car" project; voting on next month's "Stone-Wall-of-Shamer" loser; and much, much more as always. Guest speaker is P.O. Michael Theogene of the New York City Police Department Headquarters' Community Affairs along eith an assistant officer.
GLBT activist, Stonewall Vet and author Sidney Morris died at 73 from AIDS on November 7, 2002. Sidney (a.k.a. "Gay Great Granddaddy") was a Gay activist member in the 1950s of the Mattachine Society and the East Coast Homophile Organization (ECHO) and since 1969 as an ardent, yet behind-the-scenes, member of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association. He was at the Stonewall Rebellion on the second and third nights with his friend Rene Dagron. Sidney would not publicly parade but he "loved being a spectator of the big Gay show". Interestingly, his most popular Gay play, "If This Isn't Love", he conceived in his vivid mind while viewing the 1977 Gay Pride (anti-Anita Bryant) Parade in N.Y.C. Other plays he wrote include: "The Six O'Clock Boys", "Last Chance at the Brass Ring" (which is how he viewed his life), "The Twilight Ladies", "Uncle Yossil" and "The Magic Formula". The memorial service will be fittingly held at the GLBT Community Center in the Auditorium on the third floor from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Sidney's Gay companion of over three decades, Bert Coffman, Vice-President of S.V.A., Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Director, and Terri Van Dyke, Treasurer of S.V.A. "Gay USA"'s co-hosts Ann Northrop and Andy Humm will be present to do a feature for their Gay Cable News show. For further "411", call Bert at: (917) 286-0616.
Glamourously pictured above: Supreme Mary Wilson
Confirmed to attend supreme Mary Wilson's concert at B.B. King's Nightclub are S.V.A. officers Williamson Henderson, Electra O'Mara, Dave West, Dianne Yodice and Leigh McManus.
Wednesday, February 12 -- S.V.A. OFFICERS MEETING
Since we communicate regularly, sometimes daily, with each other, we rarely have an S.V.A. Officers Meeting. However, we have special matters including, but not limited to, the very queer statistical 'tie' for "Stone-Wall-of-Shamer-of the-Month" between "The Glickster" and "Philis Reed". It's like a scene out of the last round of the "The Weakest Link" television game show -- when there are only three contestants left and the "strongest link" has to choose the "weakest link". Well, in this game, the "strongest link" is the S.V.A. officers. Location of meeting? The place we made famous: The Stonewall, in their newly-renovated 'lounge area'. Starts promptly at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 -- McMANUS MIDTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION DINNER MEETING with S.V.A. OFFICERS
Both M.M.D.A. President Carl Manzano and District Leader "Ole King (Queen)" Jim McManus are longtime supporters and honorary members of the S.V.A. Confirmed from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Jeremiah Newton and Bert Coffman. Location will be a Greenwich Village restaurant business supporter of the S.V.A. The winner is: Stonewall Bistro on Seventh Avenue South at Christopher Street. Dinner time is @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at GLBT CENTER @ 4 p.m.
Among the matters to be discussed are as follows: S.V.A. website (with consisyently increasing visitors); fund-raising for the "Stonewall Car" (the garage ain't free); ad strategies by the S.V.A. Advertising Manager; St. Patrick's Day (March 17) festivities (wear something green); planning for S.V.A. display and staffing at the Gay Biz Expo (March 22 and 23), car must be at Javits Center the prior afternoon; S.V.A. speaking engagements; and coordinating S.V.A. semi-annual mailing. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney is sending her new (not new to us) Special Assistant Brice Peyre. University students from Baruch, Columbia and N.Y.U. will be present to learn and to schedule interviews with Stonewall Veterans for various projects and graduate theses.
What is innocuously, Council-dubbed the "Equal Rights Bill" actually refers to the N.Y.C. Contractors' Bill regarding G.L.B.T. domestic partnership benefits to be provided by any companies doing $100,000 or more worth of business and/or contracts with the City of New York. It should pertain to all companies doing any business (starting with $1) with N.Y.C. There are already far more than enough councilmembers on board to make the current proposal a law. This rescheduled meeting, sponsored by Gay Councilmember Christine Quinn, is on Tuesday, February 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the G.L.B.T. Center. For any other "411", call (212) 788-6979.
Wednesday, February 26 -- TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING
This date "February 26" should be remembered by responsible American citizens and others for many reasons. Besides being the date of what would become the first attack on the World Trade Center, it was the terrorist event that killed six people and wounded approximately 1,000 others.
To be held at the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) at their headquarters on the third floor at 355 Lexington Avenue at East 40th Street, Manhattan @ 5 p.m. Representatives will be there from Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields, Councilmember Eva Moskowitz and others. Contact B.S.A. Project Co-Chair Liz J. Abzug via phone at: (212) 346-9699; e-mail at: LJAnys@aol.com or visit "Bella!" at: www.BellaAbzugMemorial.org
This big 10th annual Gay & Lesbian Business Expo & Entertainment Festival promises to be its best. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney is the returning Keynote Speaker on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m., for the official opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Guest Speaker is N.Y.C. Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. Williamson Henderson is the annual Master of Ceremonies. The 1969 "Stonewall Car" will be on display, as it is every year, inside the Javits Center. The S.V.A. will have a big display area and booths with literature and other info. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet Stonewall Veterans. SW-Vetz confirmed to attend, besides Williamson, are Jeremiah Newton, Bert Coffman, Keith Lonesome, Terri Van Dyke, Electra O'Mara, Ray McCaffrey, Rev. Magora Kennedy, Dave West, Leigh McManus, Rose Jordan, Richard Karlsson, Lucy Santiago, Mark Zatlow, "Tree", Dario Modon, Bob Barkan, Helena Martinez, Franklin Dozier and Clyde Meltzer. You can also become a "Friend of the S.V.A." at the expo site. Visit the expo on-line at: www.RDPgroup.com for business "411". Please see their ad in Stonewall NEWZLETTA and/or S.V.A. website's "Business Advertisers".
Wednesday, March 26 -- PASSING of FORMER U.S. SENATOR DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN (NY)
Please visit: www.STONEWALLvets.org/DanielMoynihan.htm
Review of S.V.A. at Gay Biz Expo and new ideas for next year's Expo. Reading of Mayor Michael's Expo "Proclamation" via S.V.A. Recent visit to Congressmember Carolyn's office. Updates on S.V.A.'s very popular website from Webmaster Warren. We will be accepting more vintage photos and biographical "411" from 1969 Stonewall Rebellion Veterans for the increasingly popular S.V.A. website. Representatives from Empire State Pride Agenda (Matt Foreman); Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (Phyllis & Herman Steinberg) and Village Reform Democratic Club (Greg Lambert) are confirmed to attend. A special tribute to the former U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY), a longtime S.V.A. supporter (since 1977), who suddenly passed away three days ago on March 26 in Washington, D.C. Dinner after the meeting at the Village Den Restaurant on Greenwich Avenue at West 12 Street in Manhattan @ 7 p.m.
In conversations with some H.O.P. members who visited S.V.A. and our display at the recent Gay Biz Expo and in accordance with the endorsed idea at our last meeting, we are exchanging members attending each other's monthly group meeting. This will better serve communication, concerns, cooperation and understanding between S.V.A. and H.O.P. -- especially pertaining to the annual G.L.B.T. Pride rally and parade. Meeting is at the GLBT Center @ 8 p.m.
Agenda includes S.V.A. website's busiest month ever (March), report on S.V.A. leafleting in front of the G.L.B.T. Center on Friday, April 4 for 3 hours (6 to 9 p.m.), public officials updates (meetings, correspondence, support), meeting with H.O.P. (April 14), renewed NEWZLETTA advertisers, new ads, (newest) New York Daily News interview, follow-up with E.S.P.A., new S.V.A. members, upcoming Rainbow Heights Center speaking (April 30), fund-raising, Vetz' biographical info, G.L.B.T. Pride parades preparations, ordering new S.V.A. banners (any sponsors?), "Stonewall Symposium" (June 20) and much more. Representatives from Heritage of Pride. Presiding officer: Jeremiah Newton.
Always nice to be back in Brooklyn, U.S.A. Guest speakers from S.V.A. include Williamson Henderson (born in Brooklyn), Bert Coffman (used to live in Brooklyn) and Keith Lonesome (lives in Brooklyn). The subject will be an S.V.A. website icon: "Stonewall: The Era, The Club, The People, The Rebellion". Time of event is 3 p.m. at the Rainbow Heights Club located at 25 Flatbush Avenue (between Fulton and Lafayette Streets), Brooklyn, U.S.A. Via train, take the #2, #3, #4 or #5 subway to the Nevins Street station.
Coordinated planning between STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") and Heritage of Pride ("HOP") organizations regarding the New York City G.L.B.T. Pride Parade's "lead" section, S.V.A. cars, the 1969 "Stonewall Car", S.V.A./H.O.P. "float", public official guests of the S.V.A., honor guard, banners, promotion, contribution, S.V.A. parade stop in front of The Stonewall plus the Gay Pride Rally and more. Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are Williamson Henderson, Jeremiah Newton, Bert Coffman, Rev. Magora Kennedy and Rose Jordan. From H.O.P. are March/Parade co-chairs Michele Irimia and Tommy Homm and office manager Anthony Dean.
Saturday, May 31 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at the G.L.B.T. CENTER @ 4 p.m. with the "STONEWALL CAR" on DISPLAY
S.V.A.'s undisputed, most important meeting of the year -- it always is on the eve of Gay Pride Month (starting tomorrow). Agenda includes: planning, preparing and coordinating the upcoming 5 N.Y. Gay Pride Parades which the S.V.A. leads; preparing for the 1969 "Stonewall Car" (including large garage bill, new brakes and annual servicing); need for more S.V.A. renewals, contributions and sponsorships; S.V.A. website's busiest month (April, nearly 54,000 "visits", already superseded in May by nearly 60,000 to date; journal ads for Stonewall NEWZLETTA and website; leafleting of pink May S.V.A. flyers; promoting and planning for "Stonewall Symposium XXXIV" (June 20); press release; G.L.B.T. Pride Rally; exchange meetings with H.O.P.; parade banners; upcoming events involving S.V.A. (see section on website), special events, guest speaking, S.V.A. tributes, interviews, parties, etc.; and much more. Also, as per S.V.A. Bi-Laws, nominations for S.V.A. President (the only officership election which is held mid-year), election of which is at June meeting. Special guests include: N.Y.C. Civil Court Judge John J. Stackhouse (with a 100% G.L.B.T. rating); legendary civil rights attorney Hal M. Weiner (who ultimately represented Williamson Henderson in court as a result of the Stonewall Rebellion); a radio reporter from station Nova in Paris, France, here to interview actual Stonewall Veterans; representatives from Heritage of Pride; and four Chinese-American students from Stuyvesant High School, who are doing a G.L.B.T. project on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion.
LESBIAN, BI & TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH * NYC/2003
Original Rainbow Gay Flag -- with Eight
[Creation by Stonewall Vet Gilbert Baker]
Sunday, June 1, 2003 -- 11th ANNUAL QUEENS GAY PRYDE PARADE & FESTIVALThe STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") annually leads this N.Y.C. borough Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("GLBT") Pryde Parade with the blue 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" convertible. Parade line-up is 37th Avenue and 90th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens. The parade steps-off at approximately 12:30 p.m. There is always an interesting pre-parade street socialization and reunion as GLBT people and public officials arrive. S.V.A. members and friends should confirm your attendance with our Queens rep, Tom Stevens, at: (718) 357-7075. For further "411" on the Queens Pryde Parade, rally and/or festival, call the Queens Gay Pryde Parade Committee at: (718) GAY-2300 and/or visit: www.QueensPryde.com.
Wednesday, June 4 -- MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT's G.L.B.T. PRIDE CELEBRATIONManhattan Borough President Clara Virginia Fields hosts her annual "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride ("GLBT") Celebration" this year again at the GLBT Community Center at 212 West 13 Street, Manhattan, NY. The times of the event are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The S.V.A. will, of course, be there. Clara Virginia is a longtime Honorary Member of the S.V.A. and the S.V.A. were the recipient of her 1999 Gay Pride Honoree Award. Refreshments will be served. For any additional "411", call Noah Pfefferblit at (212) 669-4451 and/or e-mail him at: NoahPf@yahoo.com.
Saturday, June 7 -- 7th ANNUAL BROOKLYN G.L.B.T. PRIDE NIGHTTIME PARADECome out at night to see the 1969 "Stonewall Car" (with all its lights on) and many veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion lead this only New York (Gay) nighttime parade. The parade literally kicks-off amidst much whoopla at Prospect Park West and 14th Street at Bartel-Pritchard Circle (one of the big circles used by trolley cars to turn around) in Park Slope, Brooklyn @ 9 p.m. The gayla parade then travels along Seventh Avevue all the way to Lincoln Place (not far from Flatbush Avenue). For directions and other "411", see the S.V.A. website's icon "Recent Past Events" from last year's Brooklyn GLBT parade. For all other info, call Brooklyn's Gay Pride Parade Committee at: (718) 670-3337.
Sunday, June 8 -- 13th ANNUAL LONG ISLAND GAY PRIDE PARADEThe always scenic Long Island Gay Pride Parade rolls off @ 1 p.m. in Huntington, Long Island at Main Street and West Neck Road. The perfect setting for the also scenic 1969 blue "Stonewall Car". The parade -- with many classic cars, unlike N.Y.C. parades -- travels along charming Main Street past all the quaint shops and then the greenery. Next stop is the "Gay Pride in the Park" rally, festival and show. For more "411", call: (631) 321-0906; e-mail: info@LIPride.com or visit their website (when it's up) at: www.LIPride.com.
Monday, June 9 -- S.V.A. REPS at HERITAGE of PRIDE MEETINGThe parade-planning meeting is at the GLBT Community Center @ 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 10 -- S.V.A. CONFERENCE with COUNCIL SPEAKER's OFFICE
Agenda is centered on the "new" City Council Speaker A. Gifford Miller obviously being negatively influenced and falsely informed by the "Gay Taliban". After all, WE started the Gay community in New York City; not them! They just benefitted from it with City Council and other jobs prior. Considering that the Speaker got his first political job through our Honorary Female Chairperson, he should be able to connect the dots. Nonetheless, he hasn't. This is a formal attempt -- once again, obviously with his knowledge, to clear the slate. One of the many problems has been a "proclamation" to the S.V.A. that Mr. Miller allegedly did last year yet, guess what, we never received it and still haven't. Then, they accused us of picking it up. Oh, really, we would know not where. Then they realized that charge was ludicrous and insulting and changed the "excuse" to it "disappeared". Another major issue is that ignoring the Stonewall Veterans is no one's idea of celebrating "Gay PRIDE" unless you belong to the "Gay Taliban". Representing the S.V.A. will be Williamson Henderson (Director), Bert Coffman (V.P.) and Rev. Magora Kennedy (Chaplain). The Speaker will also be represented by three staff members. The meeting is @ 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 14 -- ALBANY/NY GAY PRIDE PARADE & RALLY
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") is the "Grand Marshal" of this state capitol GLBT Pride parade. The parade starts much too early (especially for a Saturday) @ 11 a.m. The location is State Street at South Swan Street and Hamilton Street in front of Empire State Plaza. The parade route proceeds along Swan to State Street and onto Washington Park Road ending up well into Washington Park. The S.V.A. will also speak at the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Commumity Council's (CDGLCC) "Opening Ceremonies of GLBT Pride in the Park" @ noon. Reverend Magora Kennedy, S.V.A.'s Chaplain, will be the chief spokesperson of the S.V.A. Ironically, Magora was born in Albany! Following that event is their festival. For more "411", call (518) 462-2101 or visit: www.CDGLCC.org.
Monday, June 16 -- N.Y.C. COUNCIL SPEAKER's "GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION"
The annual New York City Council's G.L.B.T. Pride Celebration takes place on Monday, June 16th, in the historic City Council Chambers of City Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The S.V.A. is supposedly receiving a "Proclamation" from N.Y.C. Council Speaker Alan Gifford Miller. Unfortunately, he weirdly does not want to present it before witnesses at the City Council Gay Pride celebration. Stonewall Vetz confirmed to attend include: Williamson Henderson, Jeremiah Newton, Bert Coffman, Ray McCaffrey, Electra O'Mara, Leigh McManus, Keith Lonesome, Rev. Magora Kennedy, Franklin Dozier, Mary Twist and John Rothwell. Also, health-willing, possibly Terri Van Dyke. To r.s.v.p. to this event, please call the Council at (212) 788-9194 (be sure to include event name, date, your name and the S.V.A. organization).
Tuesday, June 17 -- FORDHAM UNIVERSITY RADIO STATION (WFUV/90.7 FM) I/Vs STONEWALL VETZ at the PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL @ 7 p.m.
Friday, June 20 -- "STONEWALL VETERANS SYMPOSIUM XXXIV"
This unique, rare, annual event is composed of a panel of several actual veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Gay Rebellion. A G.L.B.T. celebrity guest will co-host with S.V.A.'s President, Jeremiah Newton. So many people claim to have so many questions about the Stonewall Era, the Stonewall Club, the Stonewall patrons, the Stonewall Rebellion, the Stonewallthis and the Stonewallthat and so on and so forth. Well, those are the people that you will not see at this interesting, well-attended event. This is for people who want the facts, the truth, the stories, the experiences, the realities, etc. For example, how many drag queens were arrested the first night of the Stonewall Rebellion? The answer is none. And the second night? None! Oh, you didn't even know there was a second night -- much less a third, and maybe more -- you should plan on attending.
This event ignites the "Ten Days of G.L.B.T. Pride" -- how's that for positioning? Among the Stonewall Veteran panelists will be (alphabetically): Bert Coffman, Stormé DeLarverie, Williamson Henderson, Rev. Magora Kennedy, Keith Lonesome, Electra O'Mara and Tom Stevens -- plus a reserved front row for many other 1969 Stonewall Veterans. The only Guest Speaker will be the appropriately-related Heritage of Pride via its Co-Chair Alan J. Reiff. We have a full, informative, fast-paced, interesting, three-hour program. It will be filmed by videographer Clayton Paterson. It is held at the G.L.B.T. Community Center and ignites at 7 p.m. Of course, the 1969 "Stonewall Car" will be on display. For further "411", visit S.V.A.'s website icon "Photo Album, Biographies, Parades & Narratives" and see "Stonewall Veterans Symposium XXVIII" and "SW-Symposium XXXIV". Or, you may call Jeremiah at his office at (212) 998-1760 at New York University.
Sunday, June 22 -- N.Y.C.'s ANNUAL "G.L.B.T. PRIDE RALLY"This big, outdoor event is in Bryant Park at Avenue of the Americas and West 42 Street behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan. It starts at 2 p.m. and runs thru 6 p.m. The S.V.A. speakers on stage are Jeremiah Newton (S.V.A. President) and Electra O'Mara (S.V.A. Secretary). Electra will give the famous "S-T-O-N-E-W-A-L-L Cheer" with the crowd-pleasing audience response. Also on hand from the S.V.A. is Williamson Henderson (Executive Director), Bert Coffman (Vice-President) Storme DeLarverie (Ambassador), Dave West (Public Relationist) and Leigh McManus (Executive Committee). Youth-for-SVA will be distributing lavender S.V.A. flyers. The Rally is sponsored by the Heritage of Pride. For more "411" or to volunteer, call H.O.P. at: (212) 80-PRIDE or visit their website at: www.NYCpride.org.
Monday, June 23 -- 20th ANNUAL "GARDEN PARTY" for the GAY, LESBIAN, BI & TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CENTER @ 6 p.m.Call (212) 620-7310 or visit: www.GayCenter.org for all details on the big 20th Anniversary Party.
Wednesday, June 25 -- N.Y.S. ASSEMBLYMEMBER JONATHAN L. BING's "GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION" at O.W. BAR @ 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 26 -- "THE SUPREMES" HAVE a NEW #1 HIT SONG: "I'M LIVIN' IN PRIDE"In the beginning of 1969, months before the Stonewall Rebellion, Diana Ross & The Supremes had a "Top 10" song with "I'm Livin' In Shame" and believe us, WE were! It was #1 at The Stonewall. Well, now there is an updated sequel, "Im Livin' In Pride", thanx to the "U.S. Supremes". The G.L.B.T. community has finally, at long last good God almighty, been 'legitimized' by a two-punch 6 to 3 decision by the highest Court in the land, that is, the world. And, to think that the fact is, it all started at Stonewall!
Thursday, June 26 -- N.Y.C. MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG's "GAY PRIDE COCKTAIL PARTY" at GRACIE MANSION @ 6 p.m.This is Mayor Michael's 2nd GLBT celebration. Two years ago in 2001, when he was N.Y.C. mayoral candidate Michael, he marched, along with Mayor Rudy and Congressmember Carolyn, in the GLBT Pride Parade as the special guest of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association. Besides S.V.A., other GLBT groups whose officials are invited for this event are: Gay Officers' Action League, Fire-Flag, Empire State Pride Agenda, PRIDE Democrats, Stonewall Republicans, Gay Men's Health Crisis, the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of New York, among others. Stonewall Vetz confirmed to attend include: Williamson, Storme, Bert, Ray, Tom Stevens, Electra, Dave West and Cristina (up from PR). A special guest is NYPD Commissioner Ray W. Kelly. There will also be an on-going tour of the newly- and beautifully-renovated Gracie Mansion.
(Note: This is a pre-arranged, closed, invitation-only event.)
S.V.A. will be having a very special, private, celebratory dinner for
Stonewall Vetz at 7 p.m. at an undisclosed location (except for the
invitees). However, afterwards, look for the SW-Vetz riding in
the big blue
Caddy convertible up Christopher Street, across Hudson Street, down
Greenwich Avenue and then up Christopher again. We'll call it the
"M-1969" route. (For those of you from "outta town", the "M"
Manhattan and is used by all bus routes in Manhattan; the routes in
use "Q".) This will be a Gay, wild and hot night in N.Y.C. as it
was on 6-27-1969!
Sunday, June 29 -- 34th ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER (GLBT) PRIDE PARADEThe STONEWALL Veterans' Association leads this, the biggest, most significant and most important G.L.B.T. Pride Parade in the world. The parade is escorted by the renowned motorcycle group, The Sirens. Also in the lead section are the Grand Marshals. The S.V.A. will have the spectator-familiar blue 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" and another classic car, a powder blue 1959 Edsel -- the first time an Edsel has been in this Gay parade (or probably any other Pride parade). It was arranged by Williamson Henderson, a well-known classic car enthusiast. Plus, for the very first time, a float, provided by Heritage of Pride, for those Stonewall Vetz unable to walk the gayly long parade route. The others love to walk the route or ride in one of our cars. Special guests of S.V.A. include: Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and the legendary Gay civil rights attorney/premier photographer Hal M. Weiner. N.Y.S. Senator Eric Schneiderman joins us along the route.
The Parade ignites at exactly 12 noon at Fifth Avenue and West 52nd Street in Manhattan and travels all the way down the glorious "Queen of Avenues" to Greenwich Village and then down legendary Christopher Street, past the famous Stonewall Club -- where we have our "Stonewall Stop!" and "Stonewall Prayer" -- and down to the near-Hudson River final reviewing stand and dispersal area.
To confirm your attendance with S.V.A., you must call us at: (212) 6-27-1969. Leave a message for social coordinator Mary Twist. For more "411" on the parade or on the Fireworks Show at 10:30 p.m. off Pier 54 (opposite West 14 Street), call H.O.P. at: (212) 80-PRIDE or visit their website at: www.NYCpride.org.
Stonewall Vetz confirmed to attend (walk, ride in a classic car or on the H.O.P.-provided SW-Vetz float include: Williamson (S.V.A. Director), Aubrey Lees (newly-elected S.V.A. President), Bert Coffman (Vice-President), Ray McCaffrey (Financial Secretary), Electra O'Mara (Recording Secretary), Dave West (Public Relationist), Storme DeLarverie (Ambassador), Cristina Hayworth (Ambassadress and up from Puerta Rica), Rev. Magora Kennedy (Chaplain), Amir Qaharr (Security), Charles Snyder (Archbishop), Jack Rojas (with activists sign), Wayne Herndon, Bobalu Candelaria, Molly Bee, Kelly Dee and "Papa" Gene Devente. Plus, there will be Stonewall Vetz, such as Leigh McManus and his boo Benson, Fred "Tree" Folk and Les Morganstern, scattered along the parade route. We will also be joined by the legendary Gay civil rights attorney and photography whiz Hal M. Weiner. Some active Stonewall Vetz, such as Terri Van Dyke (Treasurer), Tom Stevens (General Secretary) and Keith Lonesome (2nd Vice-President) will not be able to attend for health reasons due partly to this week's heatwave!
The S.V.A. has its annual "Stonewall Brunch" immediately after we complete the entire parade route. This year's location is again the Hudson Corner Cafe on Hudson Street and West 11 Street. Since we eat outdoors, behind the white picket fence, we encourage people in the community to come by and say "hello" or "Happy Gay Pride" and maybe even "thanks". Look for the 1969 Cadillac convertible and the rare 1959 Edsel coupe parked outfront (at the open space fire hydrant). To reserve for the brunch, if you are an S.V.A. member or "Friend-of-SVA", call the S.V.A. office at (212) 6-27-1969.
Monday, June 30 -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BIG PHOTO's the STONEWALL VETERANS' ASSOCIATION: "GAYS PARADE with a NEW SENSE of PRIDE and a SENSE of POSSIBILITY"
The New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott actually had their cameraman climb (as in The Supremes' 1970 song, "Up the Ladder to the Roof") to the top of the S.V.A. float to shoot a rather dramatic and huge photo of most of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association contingency leading the "34th Annual Gay Pride Parade" on Fifth Avenue, ironically just south of St. Pat's Cathedral. The photo caption is: "Veterans of the Stonewall Uprising marched down Fifth Avenue". On the float you can see the back of Princess Jenni (of the Imperial QUEENS) holding her big rainbow hat from a gust of breeze. In the foreground on the street is "Hurricane" Dave West (holding a rainbow flag), King Storme DeLarverie, S.V.A. Ambassador (wearing a rainbow Army helmet), Greg Curatolo and Steven Gradman ("Friends of S.V.A.") holding the brand-new S.V.A. banner, Jack Rojas (holding the perennial sign, "In Honor of All Gay Activists"), Rev. Magora Kennedy (in African garb), Williamson Henderson (with very Warholish hair today and back turned), Greg Lambert (S.V.A.'s new Community Liaison, also with back turned), Electra O'Mara and others holding an on-location conference. In the lower right of photo is a City Council candidate (8th District), Edwin Marciel, who is opposing S.V.A.'s "Stone-Wall-of-Shamer-of-the-Season" (Philis Reed). And in the near background is the 1969 "Stonewall Car", showing Dianne Yodice, China Fucito and Hal Weiner, Esq. (sitting atop the back seat). Partially seen in the far background is the rare 1959 Edsel, a special guest of the S.V.A. Ironically, at the parade line-up, Williamson was informing people how the NYX failed to cover the Stonewall Rebellion (1969), took 20 years to finally use the word "Gay" (1989) and asked if Gay Jayson Blair would be reporting on this parade? Well, we're glad to say, "The Times" have changed. Ask S.V.A.
In the text of the story on the front page of The Metro Section, the NYX interviewed Greg Curatolo ("Friend of SVA"), who was specially selected with the honor of being an S.V.A. "Banner Guard". The Times stated: "In keeping with past (Gay) parades, Veterans of the 1969 Gay rights disturbances helped lead the parade entourage. "This is what pride is all about", said Greg Curatolo, of the West Village, as he held the STONEWALL Veterans' Association banner awaiting his cue to march."
Don'tcha luv it? We couldn't have described it better in a title ourselves. And this, a basically conservative paper, even tied in the Judy Garland connection -- which goes right back to historic 1969. How come no Gay paper ever came up with that title? And the subtitle to this front-page story is: "Marchers Celebrate Supreme Court's Sodomy Ruling". The first sentence was: "Fifth Avenue was a rainbow road yesterday as an estimated 750,000 people gathered for the 34th annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade".
On the front page and the continued story inside, the
S.V.A.'s Executive Director Williamson: "For Williamson
Henderson, the parade was
proof how far the Gay rights movement has come since its birth in June
1969 when he and many others were arrested at The Stonewall Inn, a Gay
club on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.... The Gay
movement has come tremendously far from not being recognized at all, to
our being legally acknowledged by the highest court in the world", Mr.
The main topic would have been the post-Gay Pride month and all of its events involving the S.V.A.
Due to the horrendous murder of our Honorary Member Councilmember James E. "Jed" Davis, the main subject, tribute, discussions and planing is Jed! It is the number one news story!
Councilmember Jed, as S.V.A. and close friends call him, will be honored with this public dignitary "viewing". By being in the beautiful and landmark Rotunda, Jed joins the ranks of former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. It is most appropriate as Jed literally died in the line of duty. Even in his demise, Jed made history. He is unquestionably the first person of color to have the Rotunda honor and, in fact, he is the first person with this honor in over eighty (80) years! The S.V.A. will have a diverse and saddened contingency in attendance. This public paying of respects is from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Among the many dozens of public officials confirmed to attend, will be: NYS Governor George E. Pataki, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, N.Y.S. Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer, former Mayor David N. Dinkins, NYC Public Advocate Betsy F. Gotbaum, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and openly-Gay NYS Senator Thomas K. Duane. They, and endless others, will be in addition to virtually every other NYC Councilmember -- 49 of 50 of whom were eyewitnesses to the horrific event of July 23 at City Hall. For more information, call Councilmember Jed's District Office staff at: (718) 857-0959 in Brooklyn. RIP - Councilman Jed Davis.
Wednesday, August 20 -- PRIDE DEMOCRATS PRESENTS JED's BROTHER, GEOFFREY A. DAVIS, N.Y.C. COUNCIL CANDIDATE, at the GLBT CENTER
Monday, August 25 -- S.V.A. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
This meeting is for S.V.A. officers only to discuss matters and strategies for the next year -- "Stonewall 35". It will be chaired by the SVA's new President Aubrey Lees. The meeting is @ 6:15 p.m. in the GLBT Center's outdoor garden patio. To confirm, call Aubrey at her office at (212) 477-1899 in Manhattan.
Saturday, August 30 -- S.V.A. MONTHLY MEETING at the GLBT CENTER
Since S.V.A. President Aubrey Lees will not be present, the meeting will be chaired by S.V.A. Vice-President Bert Coffman. Topics will include an upcoming "Stonewall Showtyme", raising revenues for the garaging and insuring of the 1969 "Stonewall Car" and the strong presence and growth of the S.V.A. website. In view of the loss of our #1 N.Y. City Councilmember, James E. "Jed" Davis, our S.V.A. Editor Leigh McManus will be presenting and discussing which Councilmembers are supportive of the S.V.A., which need to be contacted for follow-ups and 'witch' (such as QQ) are hypocrites. Meeting start-up time is @ 4:15 p.m.
Monday, September 1 -- 36th ANNUAL WEST INDIAN-AMERICAN DAY PARADE & CARNIVAL in BROOKLYN
This year's West Indian Day Parade & Carnival is dedicated to N.Y.C. Councilmember James Jed Davis, in whose district the parade takes place on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Davis Family, his brother Council candidate Geoffrey A. Davis, their mother Mrs. Thelma Davis, Jed's supporters, friends and staff and members of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, of which Jed is an Honorary Member, will lead the parade. Public officials confirmed to attend include: N.Y.C. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, N.Y.C. Comptroller Bill Thompson, Jr., U.S. Congressmember Edolphus Towns, N.Y.S. Senators Carl Andrews and Kevin Parker, N.Y.C. Council Speaker Gifford Miller and, of course, many NYC Councilmembers such as Bill De Blassio, David Yassky and John Liu. Weather-permiting, the S.V.A. will bring the 1969 "Stonewall Car", which Jed loudly loved. It will symbolcally be driven by young AnDre Christie of the S.V.A., a Jed protege and an authentic West Indian! The parade and carnical starts @ 11 a.m.
Thursday, September 11th, 2003 -- 2nd ANNIVERSARY of the WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS and CATASTROPHE
In total tribute to the living memory of the terrorist attacks -- 1-2-3-4 -- of September 11th, 2001, against the United States of America, and centered in Manhattan, New York City, the STONEWALL Veterans' Association will be totally closed with no communications whatsoever. Remember the victims, the survivors, the towers and the reality that it happened right here in our town. There will be non-stop, around-the-clock news coverage of this most tragic day in American history!
Saturday, September 20 -- 65th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION of S.V.A. CHAPLAIN REV. MAGORA KENNEDY
Come celebrate with the Gay Rev. and her friends and fans at the G.L.B.T. Center from 8 to 10 p.m. The event is billed as "Sixty-Five Alive Birthday Jubilee", celebrating the life of Stonewall Vet "Gay-gora". Because Councilmember Jed Davis promised the Rev. in June that he would be there, the commitment is very thoughtfully being kept by his brother, Geoffrey Davis, who confirmed such recently at a meeting with Black Gay Pride/NYC and Rev. Magora. Confirmed representing the S.V.A. are President Williamson Henderson, Vice-President Bert Coffman, Secretary Electra O'Mara, Archbishop Charles Snyder and Assistant AnDre Christie. Champagne and a light buffet will be served. And, a very big birthday cake allowing space for 65 candles! For more "411", call (212) 340-8064.
This cordial and informative event is being held at T.G.I.F.'s at 47 East 42 Street (off Madison Avenue) starring Congressmember Carolyn. Besides networking and great food, there will be timely speeches by Congressmember Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, N.Y.S. Senator Liz Krueger, N.Y.S. Assemblymember Jonathan Bing, Councilmember Eva Moskowitz and District Leader Jim McManus (5 of the 6 are S.V.A. supporters). Williamson and Aubrey are confirmed to represent the S.V.A. The event time is from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $50; the special amount for S.V.A. members is $25.
The Special Guest Speaker is U.S. Congressmember and S.V.A. Honorary Chairperson Carolyn B. Maloney. There will be a special appearance by the late Councilmember Jed Davis' brother, Geoffrey Davis, who personally wants to thank the S.V.A. for all that it has meant to his brother, as publicly evidenced when Jed presented S.V.A. with a City Council Citation at an awards ceremony this past December in Brooklyn. The Davis Family is also deeply grateful for all of the S.V.A.'s efforts since the tragedy to Jed. To get a head count on this meeting, which will serve quality foods, please confirm your planned attendance with AnDre at (212) 6-27-1969.
Sunday, October 5, 2003 -- S.V.A. PREZ WILLIAMSON HENDERSON'S BIRTHDAY
The private affair's secret location will only be revealed to confirmed participants by WLH's partner-in-crime Terri Van Dyke at (212) 369-1969 or his assistant AnDre Chrsitie at (212) 613-6039.
Tuesday, October 28 -- S.V.A. OFFICIALS MEET with U.S. SEN. SCHUMER's OFFICE @ 4 p.m.
Confirmed to attend from the S.V.A. are President Williamson Henderson, Vice-President Bert Coffman and Public Relationist Dave West. Our Treasurer Terri Van Dyke had to bow out due to his various health conditions, however, he made all the attendee arrangements from home.
Terri Van Dyke has proudly been the Treasurer of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association for the past decade and re-elected almost unanimously every year. For longer than that, he has been fighting G.R.I.D. later renamed A.I.D.S. for 23 years -- one of the world's longest AIDS survivors to date, written up in the American Journal Association, the New York Blade News, the New York Native and others. He also died from the combined effects of H.I.V., leukemia, wasting, severe arthritis, neuropathy, hepatitis B, pain killer drug addiction and probably lung cancer -- he daily smoked 3 packs of non-filtered Lucky Strike cigarettes for over 40 years since he was 13. Terri OUT-lived all the doomsday warnings of doctors of yesteryear and their "double orders of prognosis negative". In fact, Terri outlived some of them! On May 1st, Terri fell in his own home, landed horizontally on his aluminum cane, broke his left hip and had necessary surgeries but never walked again. He was undaunted in his zoomy wheelchair. On very early Monday morning before sunrise, Terri died in his sleep, at his home, in his bedroom and in his bed -- all just as he wanted when the time arrived. Terri is survived by his father, his stepmother, two sisters, his domestic partner, his cat Jazzpur and all of his comrades and friends at the S.V.A..
S.V.A. Treasurer Terri J. Van Dyke will be viewed and memorialized at McManus/Buckley Funeral Home at 445 West 43 Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) in Manhattan, New York from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People who wish to speak on the Gay life and Gay times of Terri from The Stonewall to AIDS to S.V.A. will have the opportunity to do so starting at 8 p.m. The funeral will start on Friday at 12 noon at the funeral home with burial in Peekskill, NY. For further 411 on the funeral home arrangements, call (212) 246-8060. Terri's public obituary is in the New York Daily News.
Terri would be overwhelmed to know that his following Stonewall Veteran comrades have already confirmed to attend: Williamson Henderson, Dianne Yodice, Jeremiah Newton, Bert Coffman, Keith Lonesome, Ray McCaffrey, Electra O'Mara, Dave West, Leigh McManus, Amir Qaharr and Rev. Magora Kennedy, who will be giving a special song and prayer. Friends-of-SVA confirmed to attend this rainy evening include: Liz Abzug, former S.V.A. Co-Chairperson; Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Metropolitan Community Church; Carl Manzano, Midtown Democratic Club; Tommy Jeans, Gay Officers' Action League; Brooke Lynn, Imperial QUEENS & Kings of New York; Steven Gradman, PRIDE Democrats; Greg Lambert, S.V.A. Community Liaison; Will Weder, Village Reform Democratic Club; et al. -- in addition to Terri's father Robert Price, sister Melissa, doctor (from Mt. Sinai Hospital), psychiatrist Mariano Nevares, dentist Wayne Yee, nurse Lynn and evening healthcare aide AnDre Christie.
Friday, November 7 -- TERRI VAN DYKE's FUNERAL @ 12 noon
Confirmed to be present are S.V.A. President and longtime domestic partner Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Executive Committeemember and longtime Gay friend Jeremiah Newton, S.V.A. Corresponding Secretary and longtime faghag friend Dianne Yodice and S.V.A. Chaplain Magora Kennedy -- all of whom will be riding in the Stonewall Vetz limousine. Terri's Dad Robert Van Dyke and his step Mother Lilllian Siracuse will also be in the limousine. For further 411, please call Andre Christie at Terri's apartment at (212) 369-1969. God Bless Terri!
Nominations of all S.V.A. officers for 2004. Each person must be seconded and thirded by another S.V.A. member in good standing. Dues must be paid to S.V.A. Financial Secretary Ray McCaffrey prior to the meeting in order to vote!
There will be special tributes to and discussions about our recently demised Treasurer, the inimitable Terri Van Dyke. S.V.A. Legal Counsel Hal Weiner will be present. Williamson, with the help of AnDre Christie, will be bringing a collection of Terri's books from home to distribute only to S.V.A. members. All persons, however, are welcome to attend the meeting and tribute.
This year's event will be held at the big Rupert Houses Community Center at 222 East 93 Street (between Second and Third Avenues) in Manhattan, New York, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Members of S.V.A. are always in attendance for this wonderful function. Confirmed are Williamson Henderspon and Dianne Yodice as well as the parents of the late Terri Van Dyke. Quality foods and diverse beverages will be served -- plus plenty of holiday decorations. For more "411", call Millie Margiotta at: (212) 860-0606.
"Frosty The Snowman" and
Thursday, December 25 -- CHRISTMAS - INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY
Saturday, December 27 -- MONTHLY MEETING of S.V.A. @ 4:15 p.m.
Election of all the S.V.A. officers for 2004 -- "Stonewall 35"! There will be a post-meeting birthday dinner for our S.V.A. assistant AnDre Christie at Elephant & Castle Restaurant on Greenwich Avenue @ 6:15 p.m.
S.V.A. Website Stats
S.V.A. Website Busiest Month: November 2003 - over 67,000 successful website "visits"
S.V.A. Website Busiest Week: December 1 to December 7, 2003 - over 17,400 successful "visits" in one week!
S.V.A. Website Busiest Day: Monday, March 31, 2003 - over 4,000 successful "visits"
Website 2nd Busiest Day: Friday, March 28, 2003 - over 3,550 successful "visits"
Website 3rd Busiest Day: Saturday, November 1, 2003 - over 3,500 successful "visits"
Website 4th Busiest Day: Friday, August 1, 2003 - nearly 3,400 successful "visits"
Website 5th Busiest Day: Saturday, July 12, 2003 - nearly 3,300 successful "visits"
Website 6th Busiest Day: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - over 3,250 successful "visits"
Website 7th Busiest Day: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - over 3,225 successful "visits"
S.V.A. Website Busiest Month for Request for Pages: June 2003 - about 14,000 requests for S.V.A. website pages
S.V.A. Website Credits
S.V.A. Editor: Leigh Peter McManus
S.V.A. Webmaster: Warren T. "Webboy" Chin
"Stonewall" Newzletta Reporter: Vito Abzuzzoluccione
Herstorian: Rachael L. Woodhouse
Assistant-to-the-Director: AnDre M. Christie
Newzletta Advertising: Jon Buenatesta (212) 613-6039
S.V.A. 2003 Events Updated
Note: As we uncover prior S.V.A. event 411, the STONEWALL Newzletta Editor will post it!
Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion==
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969]