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====Stonewall 29====
 New York City
, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
 (G.L.B.T.) Pride Parade

Sunday, June 28th
=always the last Sunday in June=
of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising  in Greenwich Village, N.Y.C.

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Proud and Happy Photo of 10 of the Stonewall Survivors
[Photo by #11 Ray McCaffrey]

The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association's ("S.V.A.") pre-parade, partial line-up off Fifth Avenue is shown on Sunday, June 28, 1998.  Pictured above are (l-2-r):  Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A. Treasurer (far left -- in all ways); Dave West, S.V.A. Public Relationist (wearing admiral hat); Cristina Hayworth (up from San Juan, Puerta Rica); S.V.A. Ambassadress (acting stoic and co-holding car sign); Electra O'Mara (smiling with hair pulled back and wearing glasses); S.V.A. Recording Secretary; Toni "La Putita Vieja" Polita, Back-of-the-Bus Ride Committee (co-holding car sign); Stormé DeLarverie, S.V.A. Vice-President (with rainbow military helmet); Molly Bee Aitken, Executive Committee (full-length black dress with sunglasses on head); Willson L. Henderson, S.V.A. President (standing sideways and wearing hot white linen pants); Thomas 'Tom' Robert "TRS" Stevens, S.V.A. General Secretary (right rear, peering over headtops); and Les Morgan, Executive Committee (little guy in front of big TRS).  Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary, among others, was with us, too -- he took the S.V.A. group photo.  

"We Remember The Stonewall!"
Ultimate Gay Pride:  The Stonewall Veterans, the Stonewall Car, the Gay Pride Parade
(Note:  The "36" you see on the car is actually the booklet's page number.)
[Photo credit:  Heritage of Pride's "GLBT Pride Guide"]

Enthusiastically pictured above in a festive snapshot segment of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association's parade contingency riding in and walking with the magnificent metallic blue 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" convertible are (l-2-r):  Dr. Amir Kurt Qaharr (driving), Toni 'Barata Puta' Polita (standing in car), Tom 'TRS' Stevens of Fresh Meadows (his first but not last Gay Pride parade and he is photo'd rather red-faced, ducking down, sitting so low off rear seat that he's nearly on the floor), Cristina Hayworth (proudly waving her Puerto Rican flag), Willson Henderson (wearing hot white linen pants and animated with "Stop!" gesture), Electra O'Mara (standing outside the car) and Les Morgan (clapping back appreciatively at the applauding crowd).  Obscured from view is Terri Van Dyke (riding 'shotgun' in the car's passenger seat).  This is one of the last photos of the "Stonewall Car" with the custom, vinyl white lettering on both sides of the car stating "STONEWALL Vets' Ass'n" before automotive restoral the following year.  Location of this photo is on Fifth Avenue just south of 42nd Street in front of the historic New York City Public Library.  You can see Patience the Lion (stoned) in the background with a Gay boy sitting on top of her.

Many other (somewhat tardy) Stonewall veterans joined us for the Gay Pride Parade.  Our special S.V.A. guest of honor was former U.S. Congressmember Geraldine A. Ferraro, who is a 1998 U.S. Senate candidate from New York.  Rev. Magora Kennedy, the colorfully flamboyant S.V.A. Chaplain, performed the special "Stonewall Prayer", as she does every year, when the S.V.A. parade contingency stops in front of The Stonewall Club on Christopher Street along the parade route.  The S.V.A. also does its annual photo-op in front of the place "where it all started".  Every year the number of Stonewall Veterans is less and the significance is more!


New York Blade News - Front Page:  The S.V.A.

Admiral Dave West leads the S.V.A. contingency with the 1969 "Stonewall Car"
Note (upper center left):  You can see the top of the Empire State Building
[Photography by New York Blade News]


Gay Pride Parade w/ SW-Car (Geraldine w/ WLH and 3 others)

Geraldine Ferraro as Parade Guest of STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
[Photo by Leigh McManus of the S.V.A.]

Shown above (l-2-r):  Former Congressmember and current S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson Geraldine A. Ferraro, currently a 1998 U.S. Senate candidate from New York; maricona SW-vet Toni "Puta Vieja" Polita (from Queens, NY); grand S.V.A. Ambassadress Cristina Hayworth (from Puerto Rico, partially hidden); white, Irish linen, fitted-slacks S.V.A. President Willson L. Henderson (from Manhattan, NY) and rotund S.V.A. General Secretary Thomas Robert Stevens (from Queens, NY).  As always, the legendary S.V.A. with the famous "Stonewall Car" was the gem of the parade! 



  Imperial QUEENS of New York City
Gay & Transgender Pride
in The Bronx, NYC

Proudly pictured upper right:  The Bronx Borough President Fernando F. Ferrer, as per his request, behind the wheel of the classic 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car", with the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of New York's Princess Jenni Egan and Countess Cindy Chan and the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association Founder and President Willson Henderson.  The SVA's bigga Chief-of-Security Amir Qaharr (from River Park Towers in The Bronx) is in the passenger 'shotgun' seat.  The occasion is the parade line-up on the Grand Concourse for the first annual Gay Pride Parade in The Bronx on Saturday, July 11th, 1998 -- proudly led by the SVA's Willson, the legendary STONEWALL V.A. and the famous "S/W-Car".  Some Stonewall veterans not pictured include Rev. Magora Kennedy (residing in The Bronx), Bert Coffman (formerly of The Bronx), Ramon Bellido (also formerly of The Bronx) and Janine Hakim and her girlfriend Crystal Paris (both from The Bronx)!  To quote a popular Bronxism:  "The Bronx is in the house!"


Lower left photo:  SVA's Stormé DeLarverie, S.V.A. Vice-President; Queen Allyson Allante, IQKNY President and S.V.A. Spokesperson; and Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A. Treasurer (currently of The Bronx) at an S.V.A. meeting at the New York City GLBT Community Services Centre in Manhattan, NY.  Sitting in the rear is David 'Ceil' Warren previously of the Log Cabin Republican Club ("LCR") and currently in the Stonewall Republicans of New York City.

 27th July  
52nd Anniversary of the S.R.V.A.


=====2021:  52nd Anniversary of the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]

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