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William M. "Bill" Salzman
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association

Past S.V.A. Acting Director (January - March 2014) and
 Former S.V.A. Executive Committee Member

"Billy" Miranda Salzman in 1970

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Bill's Basic Bio

William "Bill" Salzman was born in the very first year of the second half of the last Century on the 10th of June in 1951!  Bill attended a Catholic elementary school in Brooklyn.  For high school, Bill went public to Eli Whitney High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  He admirably went on to college, the first in his family to do so.  Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from New York University (NYU, Class of 1980).  Shortly after, openly-Gay Bill became the founding principal of the first of its kind openly-Gay Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan, New York. 

 


 

Bill Salzman with the historic 1969 Cadillac "Stonewall Car" in 2004
[Photo by Williamson Henderson]

The occasion of this event above was the theatrical production of some of the original Stonewall cops at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater on East 54th Street in Manhattan.  It was the third part of the afternoon and evening reuniting the "Stonewall Police" and the "Stonewall Vetz".  In addition to Bill Salzman, other veterans of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion present and introduced by retired NYPD Sergeant Frank Tuscano were Williamson Henderson, Bert Coffman, Dave West and Dianne Yodice.  The story was covered by most print media such as The New York Times and the New York Blade News; television such as a CBS-TV "Eye On America" national news feature and gayly on "Gay USA"; and radio such as National Public Radio (NPR) and WNYC.  
       
   


   

Bill Salzman with Colonel Cammeyer visit at Harvey Milk High School, 
where Bill was the Founding Principal

   


 
 

Bill Salzman's Thankful Note to the S.V.A. 


Thanks again for your warm welcome at yesterday's monthly meeting of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  Yes, it is true that like many others, I have been an anonymous Stonewall Veteran after all these years.  Nonetheless, I have been an admirer of the leading S.V.A. from the sidelines of the parades. .Back in the days, I was a shy and scared 16-year-old when I first sat down (or really riding on the sides) at the Stonewall Club and at the Gold Bug those many years ago.  I will accept your offer to join the S.V.A.  I hope that I can contribute in some ways after all these years to the continuing spirit of the Gay revolution.  And, of course, the SVA's unique and crucial function of educating the public -- Gay and straight.  

Sincerely,

Principal Bill Miranda Salzman
April 24, 2004
  


   

The New York Times Profile:  Bill Salzman

NYX:  Bill Salzman - "Trying to make His Special Students feel Ordinary" 
[Photo via The New York Times]

NYTimes.com/BillSalzman/SVA.html

 


 

Controversy:  Bill Salzman 86'd by the Harvey Milk Gay High School

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/10970/index1.html

 


   
    

Bill Salzman with the "Stonewall Car" leading a NYC Gay Pride Parade
[Photo by Williamson]

 



 

Bill Salzman with N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
[Photo by William Gonzales]

 
Like the SVA's Bill Salzman, the native New Yorker, Joel Klein, another native New Yorker, was also born in Brooklyn.  The latter was on October 25, 1946 and he lived in New York City public housing.  Just as Bill is the first principal of the Harvey Milk High School, the first Gay high school in New York, Mr. Klein is the first New York City Schools Chancellor to be appointed.  It is two more reasons that the two educators instantly hit it off.  Joel was previously in the national Clinton Administraion as Deputy Counsel to the President and as Deputy Attorney General and in private law firm business.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg did the appointing of Mr. Klein on July 29, 2002, when the Mayor got control of the school sytem, over a school system with 1.1 million children.  Bill is also proudly part of the NYC Education Department.  The education of children is of great importance to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association with one of our chief goals being to educate -- youngsters and adults!  That is why the S.V.A. is so extra proud of Bill!





 
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---------------------------- Original Message ------------------------
Subject:  Dan Dobbs * 1963-2008
From:   BillSalz@aol.com
Date:    Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9:27 pm
To:  "Williamson" <WLH@nyct.net>

Dear Williamson,

My dear friend and partner Daniel Dobbs, died today of colon cancer.
Although he was a longtime sufferer of AIDS, that is not what killed him.
Dan was a faithful member and voice of the Gay community in the 1990s.

Dan died ready and in peace.  He was interned in my family plot at Mt.
Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, N.Y.  Dan will be much missed.

Sadly,
Bill

 





Bill Salzman Jonathan Rodriguez

Bill and Jonathan Rodriguez in 2009 readying for the Grand Canyon!

=411 about the picture from Bill Salzman=
"I've been mentoring Jonathan Rodriguez since he was in high school.  He now has
his own computer software company.  He took me to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a
Champaign helicopter exciting and scenic ride into the Grand Canyon, and dinner
later at the five-star French restaurant Le Cirque.  For nighttime, Jonathan wanted
to celebrate my 40 years in the Gay community by taking me to to the aptly-titled
"Stonewall Club" located in a Vegas hotel where the legendary Judy Garland
actually performed!"
   





=Bill Salzman - "Stonewall 40" (1969 - 2009)=

Bill M. Salzman proudly serves as a permanent member of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association Executive Committee.  For "Stonewall 40" in 2009, Bill served on the S.V.A. Planning Committee for significant S.V.A. events namely the "S.V.A. Annual Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion" (Saturday, June 27th) at the New York City GLBT Community Center, leading the "40th Annual New York City Gay Pride Parade" with the S.V.A. riding on the "STONEWALL Float" in Manhattan (Sunday, June 28th) and participating in the incredible "40th Stonewall Rebellion Anniversary Party" (Monday, June 29th) sponsored by the S.V.A. at the now famous Stonewall Club in Manhattan, New York.
   

   




=Bill Salzman Appointed as the S.V.A. Acting Director=

At the end-of-year 2013 STONEWALL Veterans' Association Executive Committee supper meeting, Bill Miranda Salzman was appointed as the acting director of the S.V.A. for the first three months in 2014 and then the other candidate for director serve for three months.  (No one can be officially elected until the S.V.A. annual membership conference in June.)  Bill succeeded elected director Williamson Henderson whose tenure was completing in June but who chose not to continue for the new year.  Stated Williamson:  "Give me a break!"  In addition to his Stonewall history, Bill Salzman also has the meaningful GLBT history of being the founding principal of the Harvey Milk Gay High School in Manhattan, NYC.  Williamson recommended Bill and his organizational, educational and loyalty as the acting director for three months, followed by another acting director for three months, until a permanent director, likely Bill, be elected in June.  In his first week representing the S.V.A., Bill drew up an agenda plan for S.V.A. in 2014, attended New York City Council inaugurations representing the S.V.A., issued a press release with SVA's plans for its 45th annual conference, participated in a community board hearing for the SVA's annual streetfair, proudly promoted his new position and met with various public officials including NYC Council Speaker Melissa Viverito, Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Councilman Rosie Mendez.  Running the S.V.A. is multi-dimensional and multi-demanding.  The rotational acting director role ended after the first quarter in March of 2014.

Bill's favorite and humorous Stonewall Club expression when referring to the antics, sometimes, of Gay boys is:  "Girls will be girls!"

  




2016

Bill's Best Wishes for SVA's Forthcoming "Stonewall 47"

Original Message -----------------------------
Subject:  SVA Meeting today and "Stonewall 47"
From:  "William Salzman" <BillSalz@gmail.com>
Date:  Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:27 pm
To:  "Williamson Henderson" <WLH@nyct.net>
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Dear STONEWALL Veterans Association Membership:

Congratulations on another year filled with recognition of
LGBT legal rights and the struggles since June 27th, 1969;
especially the youth and those coming out this year, 2016!

The LGBT rights work never ends and our memories must always
remember that Freedom is not Free!

And that WE must continue until the light of all of our rights
are in the hearts of all Americans, not just "US"� were who there
those eventful and now historic nights, in a hot and a sweltering
New York City, ignited on Friday night the 27th of June 1969!

We love you, Saint Judy!

Bill Miranda Salzman,
Retired, PD, B.A., M.A. 









June
Worldwide GLBT
Pride Month!

2017 

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

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