National STONEWALL Veterans'
Former S.V.A. Financial Secretary
Although a half-century-plus New Jerseyite, Raymond
was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York on the
20th of February.... So, like the original Frankie Valli (also
from N.J.) song goes, Ray-Jay is a "Native New Yorker"! Ray is a
wonderful, generous and dedicated
organization person as proven longtime not only to the legendary
Veterans' Association but with its sister group, the acclaimed Imperial
& Kings of Greater New York. Both groups have been widely
praised by the most prominent public officials and organizations
Ray McCaffrey Returns to his Ray-Jay Roots in Brooklyn
[Photo by Leigh McManus]
Proudly pictured (l-2-r): Williamson
Henderson, S.V.A. President
(wearing red shirt and blond hair);
Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial
Secretary (wearing white shirt and
white cap); Ed Heffernan,
Executive Committee (wearing black hat and white beard); David
Jenkins-Foxworth, S.V.A. Social Chairperson (wearing black
jacket and white
Tony Phillips, Next Magazine
Editor (wearing burgundy shirt and brown
beard), author of "A
Visit with the Stonewall Veterans", a popular,
enduring article about the
STONEWALL Veterans' Association.
This event is for the annual Brooklyn
GLBT Pride Festival and Parade.
The photo location is
on Prospect Park West (adjacent to the park) in Brooklyn, New York.
As planned, the 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" -- which used to
significant time in Brooklyn and the pride of
Brooklyn today -- was on display during the rally and the entertainment
show and for the pre-parade line-up later. After the above photo
was taken, the S.V.A. officers present (except one) -- including
Ray, Williamson, Storme DeLarverie,
Jeremiah Newton, Keith
Lonesome and Rev. Magora
Kennedy -- are about to go on stage for
the 2002 Brooklyn Gay Pride Rally.
were presented to the big outdoor audience and after
self-introducing each Stonewall vet, Williamson spoke to the
wildly cheering crowd. Not shown are Leigh McManus, S.V.A. Stonewall
Newzletta editor, and Electra O'Mara,
S.V.A. Secretary. The S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van
Dyke, also a friend of Ray, was happily with us with
grand "Stonewall Car" for this outing but,
still ailing, he stayed seated in the open Stonewall
convertible during the rally.
When we all went out to eat later at the nearby Circle
Restaurant, kind Ray
kindly treated Terri to a quality dinner. (Brooklyn Pride
provided no accommodations or reimbursements for the S.V.A. or any
Stonewall vets or the famous car.)
Ray McCaffrey in Good Ole Greenwich Village
[Photo by cafe waiter Rudi Sarceno]
| After one of the GLBT Pride Parades (Queens), Ray McCaffrey
(left) and pal Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Director, enjoy outdoor
supper with other SVA-ers at one of their favorite restaurants, Hudson
Corner Cafe. You can't miss the phenomenal "Stonewall Car"
bigger than life in broad daylight -- with one of the rare pix showing
the glowing 1969 Cadillac "lantern" tail lamps.
Raymond J. McCaffrey with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
[Photography by the Office of the Mayor of the City of
| Smilin' Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary, with
New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his second annual
G.L.B.T. Pride celebration at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, New
York, on Thursday, June 26, 2003. All of the S.V.A.
officials and officers in good standing are invited every year to this
impressive event, as has been the respectful tradition through several
Best Wishes to Raymond J. McCaffrey from President George W.
[Photography by the Office of the President of the
Ray's lovely, appreciative and heartfelt 2004 Holiday Letter
(Letter was included for Williamson with Ray's
National Public Radio ("NPR") Special
Wanna actually hear Ray? Visit: www.NPR.org.
Enter three 'search' words: STONEWALL
Click on "Listen" button (circled in red) to hear a clip of the
by Margot Adler with Ray McCaffrey -- and Williamson Henderson and
Salzman -- of the National STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Story title appears: "Stonewall Anniversary Unites Police,
Click on the highlighted Stonewall story title
49th Anniversary of historic Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27
~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]