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====Stonewall 26====
, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Pride Parade
of New York City
Sunday, June 29th
=always the Last Sunday in June=
Manhattan, New York


 Veterans Association

of the 1969 5-night Gay Stonewall Rebellion in NYC

Allyson Allante, Sylvia Rivera, Ivana Valentin

"Queens of Stonewall"
  *  Sylvia  *  Ivana
[Photography by Benay Phillips]

Members leading the Gay Pride Parade in the 1969 Caddy

STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association leading the Gay Pride Parade
[Photo by Willson L. Henderson, Founder of the S.V.A.]

Stonewall Rebellion Veterans (except one) proudly pictured above in and about the always fabulous and now famous metallic blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car" are (l-2-r):  Stormé DeLarverie, S.V.A. Ambassador and Chief-of-Security (wearing aptly attired rainbow military helmet and S.V.A. "Stonewall" sash); Yvonne Ritter, R.N., S.V.A. Executive Committee (reddish hair); Jeremiah Newton, S.V.A. President (white flat-top hair); Evie Gabore (wearing shades and red lipstick); Randy Wicker, S.V.A. Executive Committee (wearing pink hat, rainbow suspenders and holding "Justice for Marsha Johnson" sign); Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, S.V.A. Executive Committee (rear-seated left, who stated 'thrilled to be with my Stonewall vets and riding in the luxurious 'Stonewall Car'); Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A. Treasurer (shotgun-seated, who said 'one of the happiest days of my life'); Farrell Armstrong, IQKNY King and S.V.A. chauffeur (wearing white cap, black shades, white tank top and brown muscles); Queen Allyson Allante, S.V.A. Spokesperson (standing proud and wearing striking rainbow dress); and last (and certainly least) Stefan Van Cline a.k.a. "Mr. Blue Bluster" -- uphonious as his name and unravelled non-vet who could not get close enough to so many actual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") living legends, especially his idol the "Stonewall Queen"!  Not shown is S/W-vet Wayne R. Herndon (well-known Hollywood hairstylist) who stretched his legs from his front center seat in the "Stonewall Car"!  No other G.L.B.T. group has as much history or diversity as the S.V.A.!


The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") proudly leading the
26th Annual New York City Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th, 1995
with the symbolic and stunning blue 1969 convertible known as the "Stonewall Car"!

Martin Duberman breaks through police barriers to personally greet Queen Allyson
[Photo by Electra O'Mara]

The "New York City G.L.B.T. Pride Parade" always -- and should -- get slowed up in the narrower streets and huge sidewalk crowds in Greenwich Village.  Shown here on Waverly Place is Martin S. Duberman, the author of the only authentic book on "Stonewall", and Queen Allyson Allante, whose sexy, custom rainbow Gay dress had a 13-foot long train, held up by Sylvia Rae's friend, Smittie.  He alternated holding the dress train, when needed, with Randy Wicker's D/Q friend Coco Rodriguez.  Also shown in the "Stonewall Car" is (l-2-r):  King Stormé DeLarverie ("Chief of Security", wearing rainbow helmet), Yvonne Ritter (S.V.A. Executive Committee member, sitting next to Storme atop back seat), Jeremiah Newton (S.V.A. President, standing outside the "S/W-Car") and Randy Wicker (longtime Gay activist and S.V.A. supporter, wearing cap).  Sitting in the shotgun seat is Terri Van Dyke (S.V.A. Treasurer, not visible due to sun glare).  Driving the blue beauty is brown body builder Farrell J. Armstrong (with white cap).

The long, long, long 1969 "Stonewall Car" with S.V.A. imprinting
[Photo by Leigh McManus]

Sitting atop the back seat is S.V.A. Ambassador Storme DeLarverie and S.V.A. Executive Committee member Yvonne Ritter.  Shown directly sitting in the center of the famous "Stonewall Car" is S.V.A. member Tommy Lanigan Schmidt.  Riding shotgun is S.V.A. Executive Committee member R. Wayne Herndon.   

At Gay Parade's Finish with the Judge & the Queen
[Photo by Farrell Armstrong]

Proudly pictured post-Parade are:  Exhausted Parade Grand Marshal Judge Karen Sue Burstein (center), smilin' Marion Lee (her partner) and beaming Imperial Queen Allyson Ann Allante.  In the right background are Feliciano "Smittie" Smith (a homeless Stonewall vet friend of Sylvia's with rainbow cap) and Sylvia Rae Rivera (partially shown in red dress).  In the left background is a newer (and cheaper) version blue "paddy wagon".


"Stonewall Duncheon" after the Gay Pride Parade at Melville Restaurant
[Photo by Ray McCaffrey]

Proudly included above are (l-2-r):  King Farrell J. Armstrong, muscular S.V.A. Security Chief and hot "Stonewall Car" driver; Queen Allyson Ann Allante, glamorous S.V.A. Spokesperson and Imperial Queens & Kings of NY President; Terri Van Dyke, dedicated (and dishy) S.V.A. Treasurer; Sylvia Rae Rivera, sometimes S.V.A. Secretary (and sometimes sober); and Smittie, Sylvia's penniless and homeless streetpal, in the front row.  In the top row (l-2-r) are:  Stephan Van Cline, uphonious (as in U-phony) S.V.A. groupie, 86'd by year's end; Tommy Iorio, S.V.A. videographer and momentary boyfriend of SVC; Gary Whitten, elusive S/W-vet and member of the S.V.A. Executive Committee; and Storme DeLarverie, loyal S.V.A. pistol-packin' Chief-of-Security.  Not shown are a half-dozen others including Ramon 'Rona' Bellido and Antonio 'Tony' Viera (both born in Puerto Rico) and Ray Jay McCaffrey, faithful S.V.A. Financial Secretary, who snapped the swell photo!  All fifteen people were treated to drinks, dinner and desserts -- and a truly prideful time -- by the always gregarious, generous and gifted S.V.A. founder Willson Lee Henderson

  5th October   

G.L.B.T. History Month!


=====2020:  51st Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====  
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]


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