Support GLBT Vets of 1969 Stonewall Uprising

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Stonewall! Stonewall! STONEWALL! Over a half-century after the first punch was thrown by Storme DeLarverie on Friday the 27th of June 1969 - the day of the international icon Judy Garland's funeral - and miraculously, the name "Stonewall" has become a symbol of hope and courage for members of the Gay community throughout the world.  As Stonewall veteran Terri Van Dyke always stated, “It’s a good thing the bar wasn’t named “The Pink Poodle!” (wink-wink) Stonewall is more than an historic bar in Greenwich Village. For those of us who were there and who stood up against the accepted practice of homophobia and police brutality of that time, Stonewall was a catalyst for the Gay civil rights movement that greatly changed the course of our lives and the lives of all Gay people forever. 

The non-profit, national STONEWALL Veterans' Association, or SVA, is composed of the remaining living activists who took part in the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. This year, the SVA is proud to be celebrating its 51st Anniversary.  Every year endless cash is given to the Stonewall Inn to help preserve its supposed place in history, and to the Pride Parade that grew out of the rebellion, however, the individuals and activists who participated in the rebellion, standing up for their rights and the rights of GLBT people around the world, don’t see any of this money or support. 

Just like The Stonewall Inn, the place that we helped to make famous, the SVA has goals and expenses that are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. We here at the SVA strive to provide funds, housing, medical care, and resources to those who were at the rebellion, as well as members of the Gay community who are struggling and in need. We also help to cover funeral expenses for those who die from AIDS. Additionally, we continue to act as advocates for members of the GLBT community, striving to document and archive the achievements of community members, and promoting educational resources about the community through our speakers bureau, information services and interviews for educational administrators, teachers and students from colleges, high schools, and yes, nowadays, even elementary schools -- and all media

The SVA's fund-raising has been negatively affected by the current worldwide health pandemic.  Many STONEWALL veterans have been personally affected by the virus and they rely on the SVA for bill-paying, food shopping and travel aids (mainly to doctors). We need your help and support to show how grateful we are to the brave individuals who stood up for what is right and helped to light the flame of the Gay civil rights movement that won all of us the rights we enjoy today. Please give generously. Remember, those teenage activists who stood up against the police in 1969 are now 51 years older and we need your help.

The SVA meets regularly on the last Saturday of every month at the historic Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 83 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NYC from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. The organization also sponsors the annual "SVA Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion + Eyewitness Testimonials"!  Next year's event is scheduled in the full church at St. John's from 3:15 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th, 2021! 

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Visit: STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association  website 
Email:  [email redacted]
Phone:  (212) 627-1969

Donations

  • Steven Gradman 
    • $25 
    • 15 d
  • mari keiko gonzalez 
    • $250 
    • 23 d
  • Robert Coffman 
    • $100 
    • 29 d
  • Hally Pally 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo

Organizer

Stonewall Rebellion Veterans Association 
Organizer
New York, NY
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