*Weeks before Manhattan, the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association. travels to Queens
Jeremiah Jay Newton, born in Queens County and the President of S.V.A., proudly
touring with S.V.A. Director Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke,
S.V.A. Financial Secretary Ray McCaffrey and Princess Jenni in the blue 1969 Cadillac
"Stonewall Car" leading the "10th Annual Queens County Gay Pride Parade" on 37th Avenue
in Jackson Heights on Sunday, June 2, 2002. Note: The S.V.A. has lead all Queens Pride parades!
[Photo on S.V.A. camera by Queens Gay Committee chairperson Danny P. Dromm]
And for the always huge Gay Pride Parade with the STONEWALL Vets Assn. in Manhattan!
S.V.A.'s Shelli Vannelli disco-ing with "SW-Car" at Gay Pride Parade Line-up
[Photo by Dave West]
The STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion by its happenstance origin always had a real diverse variety of members -- and S.V.A. Assistant Social Chairperson Shelli Vannelli is living proof! And, believe it or not, Shelli lives in East Long Island in the East End of Suffolk County.
Princess Jenni and Dave West
[Photo by Williamson Henderson]
This is another scene at the exciting Gay Pride Parade line-up at a corner on upper Fifth Avenue. In the foreground is the stunning 1969 "Stonewall Car". Notice the pink S.V.A. button on Dave's pants' pocket -- on the small area for it to fit!
|U.S. Congressmember and S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson Carolyn Jane Maloney is back seat and center in the Stonewall Car"! N.Y.S. Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (right), a supporter of the S.V.A., catches up with part of the S.V.A. contingency just south of 14th Street. Eric energetically declared: "I had to trot two miles down Fifth Avenue to find all of you". Also shown are (l-2-r): Bert Coffman, S.V.A. Vice-President (sitting with shades); Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A. Treasurer (sitting in back seat with white cap -- and cane); Cristina Hayworth, S.V.A. Ambassadress up from Puerto Rico (sitting atop rear seat, waving); U.S. Congresswoman "Carolina" Maloney, S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson (sitting just for this photo, smartly dressed in pink and wearing a straw hat and an S.V.A. button); and Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Director (standing with sunburst shirt that reads "Gay" in pink lettering). In the busy background (left) is S/W-vet Meredith Nelson (showing hair only), Judy Popso (white shorts, talking to Meredith), Greg Lambert, Congressmember Maloney's GLBT Liaison (wearing blue cap) and Steven Gradman (right), PRIDE Democrats' Vice-President and "Friend-of-SVA" (wearing blue, tacky cut-offs and tacky t-shirt with tacky imprinting about a tacky printing shop on the back). You can also see the royal banner for Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, another S.V.A. guest, leading the parade!.|
"The Southermost Queen" LaLa Belle arrives for "SW-33" at
[Photo by Ray McCaffrey]
|Stonewall veteran and S.V.A. Executive Committee member LaLa Belle Meyers up from Key West, Florida, for the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") annual conference and Stonewall reunion and, of course, the 33rd annual GLBT Pride Parade! She is popularly known as "The Southern-most Queen"! It is a really beautiful and an utmost appropriate rainbow Gay Pride dress worn by LaLa plus the smartly matching rainbow parisol that she is holding high and proud. The scene is on a cross street at Fifth Avenue in the 50s for the S.V.A. parade line-up. Queen Belle is a longtime and proud member, spanning four decades, of the S.V.A. Executive Committee, composed exclusively of actual veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. FYI, she made the stunning rainbow dress to be on display with S.V.A.!|
'Hurricane' Dave West -- the Disco Cowboy!
[Photo by Leigh McManus]
|"On Fifth Avenue..." leading the 2002 GLBT Pride Parade are (l-2-r): Steven Gradman, Vice-President of PRIDE Democrats (oy! in tacky, cut-off dungaree shorts, ugh!); Williamson Henderson, SVA's Director and the host with the most; lovely and loved Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, S.V.A. Honorary Chairperson; Rev. Magora Kennedy, S.V.A. Chaplain (with traditional African garb); and New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, S.V.A. Honorary Member and Special Guest. The fun scene is near the Fifth Avenue Library.|
|Riding above in the blue 1969 "Stonewall Car" are (l-2-r): Bert Coffman, S.V.A. Vice-President (sitting in left rear); Cristina Hayworth, Ambassadress (standing and waving); Jeremiah Newton, S.V.A. President (ridin' shotgun); and Ray McCaffrey, Financial Secretary (driving). Obstructed, except for his white cap and waving arm, is S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke (sitting in right rear). Traditionally, some Stonewall Vetz usually alternate riding in the very popular "Stonewall Car" during each parade (see other car photo below).|
|Proudly pictured above riding in the "Big Blue" as it glides grandly and slowly down spectator-packed Christopher Street in Greenwich Village on Sunday, June 30, are (l-2-r): Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A. Treasurer (sitting in back with white cap with red brim); Cristina Hayworth, S.V.A. Ambassadress (yelling "Stonewall" back to the Gay boys up on the fire escapes); Bert Coffman, S.V.A. Vice-President (partially obscured, also sitting in back seat); Reverend Magora Kennedy, S.V.A. Chaplain (with big white hat facing other crowd); David Foxworth, S.V.A. Social Chairperson (riding 'shotgun'); and Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary (driving very carefully).|
|Proudly shown above in the blazing sun are (l-2-r): Rose Giordano, S.V.A. Executive Committee; Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (a.k.a. "The Lady-in-Pink"), non-SW-Vet but S.V.A. Honorary Female Chairperson; Williamson Henderson, S.V.A. Director; Reverend Magora Kennedy ("Good God almighty, the woman sure makes us feel real, y'all!"), S.V.A. Chaplain; Ambassadress Cristina Hayworth (said a prayer in Spanish); and S.V.A. President Jeremiah Newton. The arm on the right belongs to Bert Coffman, S.V.A. "Vice" President. Even the photo is by a Stonewall vet, Meredith Nelson. Thirty-three years ago it was the "Vice" squad. Also on the scene then and now was "Papa" Jean Devente. Notice the brick facade of The Stonewall Club hasn't changed a bit -- that is the original! You can also see part of the club's big Gay balloon arch. On the entire parade route, this popular scene -- or opposite in front of Sheridan Square -- is the ultimate place to be: "Where it all ignited!"|
*G*L*B*T* History Month!