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New York City
Gay Pride Parade

"STONEWALL 8"

June 1977
Manhattan, New York


Gay Pride Parade 1977

Williamson Henderson with sign marches proudly up Fifth Avenue with real Gay Pride
[Photo by Stonewall vet Christopher B. Falco]


Pictured above are (l-2-r):  Williamson HendersonSTONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") Founder and President, wearing blue, tight, stitched, designer flair jeans and a hand-made, multi-colored, Oriental print satan shirt plus stylish platform shoes and carrying a Gay rights protest sign; Stan Mallow (who lived with his boyfriend around the corner at The Victoria Apartments on East 14 Street), SW-vet and S.V.A. Executive Committee member, wearing blue flair jeans, dark blue tee-shirt, sandles and dark sunglasses (wonder why); and, to his right, Electra O'Mara, S.V.A. Corresponding Secretary, wearing blue designer jeans, blue plaid shirt over dark blue tanktop and high-heeled shoes (with head turned and mouth yacking as usual).  You will notice that of all the people shown, only Williamson wore a colorful, really Gay-spirited shirt.  The blouse/shirt was designed by Charlez, the designer for Williamson's on/off public boyfriend boxing champ Emile Griffith.  Virtually everyone else wore something low-key, tacky and/or drab -- not the Gay spirit of Stonewall!  If you know Williamson, it is no surprise that in all of the marchers shown, only he carried a Gay rights sign!  At that time, it was definitely a determined and brave act to do so.  One never knew of pedestrian reactions, which could be threatening or violent.  It is obvious that Williamson did it quite unabashedly, proudly and with a nice smile.  :)

The theme of "Stonewall 8" in 1977 was anti-homophobe, orange juice queen Anita "Paper Roses" Bryant out of orangey Florida!  What a hateful witch!  That explained why this Gay Pride Parade was the biggest by far to that point.  No one -- before or since -- unified the Gay community like soon-to-be-dethroned hate monger "Anita the Bee".  Spouting her evangelical tirades of hate against Gay people, Williamson's sign (shown above) reacts and reads:  "Anita made me an atheist"!

"Stonewall 8" in 1977 was the last year that the New York City Gay Pride Parade went up Fifth Avenue.  At the time of the 1977 parade, strongly rumored to be Gay, never-married, candidate Congressman Ed Koch was campaigning for NYC mayor.  Although the STONEWALL Veterans' Association was the only Gay group to support him -- the others all endorsed Mario Cuomo from Queens -- our "Kotch-ya" placed first in the primary election and won the run-off election -- God bless!  In 1978, as the Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch smartly and proudly granted our long-sought wish to march from Central Park West and down Fifth Avenue appropriately into Greenwich Village and past the landmark Gay Stonewall Club, historic site of the revolutionary 1969 Stonewall Rebellion!
 



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


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