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Up-Close with Miss Ruthybird Marmelstein
[Photograph by Eileen "Lezbean" Levy]
 

 






Ruthybird WLH art show

Williamson with water-color portrait and an admiring Ruthybird at Chelsea Art Show
[Photograph by artist Anthony Zito]


 





Ruthybird Turkeybird

Ruthybird -is- Turkeybird
[Collage by Roy's Artwork]


Ruth Campbell Marmelstein, affectionately known as "Ruthybird", had a zest for anyone as outrageous as she was at the time of the late 1960s, especially with flambouyancy and overdone make-up.  That answer was some of the femme Gay boys of Greenwich Village, particularly the 'flame queens' along Christopher Street.  Ruthybird was especially compassionate and helpful to many of the homeless Gay youth.  She gave them small amounts of money, bought them food and, in some cases, did their make-up.  They called her "La  Bird".  Remember, until January 20, 1969, in the White House with President Lyndon B. Johnson ("LBJ") was the First Lady named Lady Bird and their two White House daughters Lynda Bird and Lucie Bird!  The Gay Birdcage, if you will, was inside the black wrought iron fencing and on the benches of the quaint Sheridan Triangle Park, now known as Christopher Park, located diagonally across the street from The Stonewall Club.  Most of the Gay nightlife activity centered on Greenwich Avenue and Christopher Street in near proximity to the now famous Stonewall Club.  Although the flame queens were basically not permitted in The Stonewall Club (besides, hardly any of them had the admission fee), Ruthybird helped many of them with their hair and fashion tips for their attire besides their make-up!





 


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Williamson and AnDre Christie, King Storme DeLarverie and Ruthybird
[Photo by Rogers A. Huntana]
Note:  This photo was used for inside C/D cover of "Songs of The Stonewall 40"

 






Ruthybird

Ruthybird in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, NY -- with the Birds!
[Photo by Elizabeth "Lizbit" Smith]


Ruthybird Mermin Feinsilver, on behalf of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") was in regular communication with several New York public officials such as U.S. Congressmembers Anthony Weiner (Queens), Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan East Side), Joseph Crowley (Bronx), Yvette Clarke (Brooklyn) and Jerrold Nadler (Manhattan West Side) and NYC Councilwomen Gale Brewer, Rosie Mendez, Jessica Lappin, Melissa Viverito and Margaret Chin -- plus former Councilmembers Bill de Blasio, David Weprin, John Liu and David Yassky, who all moved on to bigger and better positions!  Along with other SVA-erts, Ruthybird formerly represented the S.V.A. at conferences, streetfairs, meetings, forums and dinners.  With the milestone of "Stonewall 40" in 2009, Ruthybird did several interviews with newspapers and magazines besides television locally, such as New York 1 Television News, and, nationally, about the Stonewall Era and the S.V.A.  Ruthy is also the S.V.A. co-Liaison to the Heritage of Pride ("HOP") parade organizers.  In the Summer of 2009, Ruthybird joined the SVA-er concert outings to see Miss Connie Francis at New York City's Seaside Concert Series and Frankie Valli & His Jersey Boys, outdoors, in good old Brooklyn!  Later in the Summer of 2009 it was to see, at the same great scenic outdoor location, the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer!  In 2010, it was to see The Beach Boys, The Monkeys, The Turtles and Paul Revere & The Raiders!  In 2011, besides Gracie Mansion in Manhattan with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others, it was musically to see Betty & The Bristol Stompers!  In 2011, Ruthybird's favorite event of the year was the "S.V.A. 42nd Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion".  It was held in The Greenwich Village Auditorium at which "La Bird" spoke from the podium!  And, musically, it was to see Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Motown's The Spinners in July at Brooklyn-by-the-Sea Concerts and in August it was Aretha!  "What's not to like?"      

   





Ruthybird WLH De Blasio

Williamson Henderson, NYC Public Advocate-Elect Bill De Blasio and Ruthybird
[Photo by BDB's assistant Phil Micah Jones]
 








The Flying Byrd!


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Ruthybird, Williamson, Harriette Rose, Andrew Coren and Rogers Hunt
at NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Pride Party at Gracie Mansion
[Photograph by Hally Weiner]

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Ruthybird's favourite song of the original Stonewall Club:
"A Bird In The Hand (Is Worth Two In The Bush)"
by The Velvelettes
(Motown girl group)









 


5 December
2017
Happy Chanukah from Miss Marmelstein!

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=====2017:  48th Anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]

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1 January
2016
"The Last Non-Supper" at Ruthybird's Rattery

Attended by two Gay couples Williamson & AnDre Christie and Mendy & Sanjay Petersen

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S.V.A. 45th Conference & Stonewall Reunion at GLBT Center
21 June
2014

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S.V.A. Social Committee Dinner Meeting at Morandi Restaurant
with famed movie director Roland "STONEWALL!" Enmmerich

 12 May

 2014

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