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); Williamson 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.
|Enthusiastically pictured above in a festive snapshot segment
the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association's parade contingency riding in
and walking with the magnificent metallic blue 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall
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), Williamson
Henderson (wearing hot white linen pants and animated with
"Stop!" gesture), Electra O'Mara
(standing outside the car) and Les
(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
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
the Lion (stoned) in the background with a Gay boy sitting on top of
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!
Geraldine Ferraro as Parade Guest of STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association
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