The S.V.A. leads the 2001 Gay Pride Parade and views the W.T.C. Twin
[Photo by Williamson Henderson]
Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") leading
32nd annual New York City Gay Pride
Parade shown above on Lower Fifth Avenue
below 8th Street -- in front of former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's
building -- and nearly at
Waverly Place, where the parade gay-ly turns right to "Go West".
That title "Go West" is a gayly-named song of The
Village People. Basking in the
sun and the packed crowd's applause, shown in back views are the
following: Dave West,
S.V.A. Public Relationist (left, holding a rainbow Gay pride flag);
S.V.A. Executive Committee (right, wearing rainbow hair); and walking
them is Electra O'Mara, S.V.A.
Recording Secretary (wearing print
dress, parade heels and a funny cone-shaped
straw hat). Directly ahead in this captivating photo is the
Washington Square Arch. And, literally 'framed' looking through
the famous arch, you
see -- nearly two miles south -- both of the even more famous
symbolic World Trade Center's scenic, stately and spectacular Twin
Pride Parade Pause in Gay Greenwich Village
by Leigh McManus]
|Shown above in and with the 1969 Cadillac DeVille "Stonewall
D. Lonesome, S.V.A. 2nd Vice-President (walking
of the car, wearing white shirt and dark cap); Terri Van Dyke, S.V.A.
(riding 'shotgun', partially obscured by the sunny glare on the car's
S.V.A. Financial Secretary (driving, wearing white
sports cap and shades); Rev. Magora
Kennedy, S.V.A. Chaplain (standing
proudly in the car, wearing light beige African gown,
beige headband and sunglasses);
Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York official
(sitting atop back seat, wearing rainbow boa); and
S.V.A. President (standing next to the classic
convertible). FYI, Conni (also from NJ) does great stage
performances of singer Connie Francis (from NJ) and particularly her #1
Gay anthem "Where The Boys Are".
SVA's "Leader-of-the-Pack" Williamson
[Photo by Princess Jenni June of IQKNY]
|After several STONEWALL
Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") members momentarily exited the
"Stonewall Car" to stretch their legs, Williamson
L. Henderson ("WLH") takes
brief "tea break" from his "Leader of the Pack" directorial and
cheer-leading responsibilities, after
traditionally walking the entire parade route (and continuing to
do so). Notice that WLH was still smokin' then! (Good that
he quit within about two years or so later.) The location
above is on Christopher Street, just
south of Bleecker Street. To WLH's left with the red roses
appears to be Queen Allyson
Allante. The black memorial
Williamson's shirt was tied there by New York Police Department
("NYPD") and Gay Officers'
Action League ("GOAL") official
Cregan in honor of the heroic Gay NYPD Sergeant Erin J.
suddenly at age 41 at home -- exactly the Sunday before
on June 17th.
Erin was an well-known avid "Friend-of-SVA" and a big fan of the
famous and police-blue "Stonewall Car", which was specially
driven by Williamson to her
funeral in Franklin Square, Nassau County, Long Island. GOAL's
Morgan, and a few
other GOAL police officers marched half the parade with the Gay
Officers' Action League and
the other half
with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association!
*G*L*B*T* Pride Month!
49th Anniversary of
the Gay Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~
Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]