The S.V.A. Flagship crossing Avenue of the Americas
The famous, blue 1969 convertible known as the "Stonewall Car" -- owned by the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association -- is shown in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY. The iconic vehicle is traveling west on Waverly Place crossing Avenue of the Americas ("A/A") heading toward the nearby Gayest street in the world: Christopher Street. The well-known signage on the side of the car reads: "The 1969 Stonewall Car". Several S.V.A. Stonewall Veterans ridin' high in the "Stonewall Car" pictured above are (l-2-r): Terri Ann Van Dyke (ridin' "shotgun"); Cristina Santiago Hayworth (up from San Juan standing in the car a la Evita); Yvonne A. Ritter, RN (with red hair, atop rear seat, left, slightly obscured) and Rev. Magora Elmira Kennedy (atop rear seat, right). Countess Conni Briana (sun-glared) is driving the "Big Blue". Conni is on transgender loan from the Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York. Because for only the second time in New York City parade herstory, the "S/W-Car" contained only females, Terri Van Dyke labeled it the "Stonewall Fish Tank"! That was doubly hillarious as some people admiringly refer to the two-and-a-half ton car as built as strong as a tank! To which original car owner and the S.V.A. founder Willson Lee Henderson replies: "Tank U!"
Post-Parade Press Release from S.V.A. president Willson Henderson re: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
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The roll of film from this 2000 parade has been misplaced through the hands of three different S.V.A. officers, two of whom passed away, thus causing further delays; however, believe it or not, the film is not permanently 'lost' and will be located in the S.V.A.'s treasure vault of (refrigerated) undeveloped rolls of film spanning ten years. The "SW-31" film will be developed and the pictures will be placed here; hopefully, posted someday! Thank you for your continued interest and cost-free patience.
Leigh P. McManus
S.V.A. Newzletta Editor
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]