In today from the Stonewall Veterans Association:
Stonewall Veteran Storme DaLarverie has passed away on May 24, 2014. Storme’ a Drag King who participated in the Stonewall Rebellion was 93 and fought for the LGBT community for a damn good portion of his life. Storme’ was there the night that our people rose up and said NO, in June 1969.
“It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience — it wasn’t no damn riot”, declared Stormé at a public and videographed SVA-sponsored “Stonewall Symposium”, referring to the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Stormé was a part of the uprising on the very first night, Friday, June 27th. “The cops were parading patrons out of the front door of The Stonewall at about two o’ clock in the morning. I saw this one boy being taken out by three cops, only one in uniform. Three to one! I told my pals, ‘I know him! That’s Williamson, my friend Sonia Jane’s friend.’ Williamson briefly broke loose but they grabbed the back of his jacket and pulled him right down on the cement street. One of them did a drop kick on him. Another cop senselessly hit him from the back. “Right after that, a cop said to me: ‘Move faggot’, thinking that I was a Gay guy. I said, ‘I will not! And, don’t you dare touch me.” With that, the cop shoved me and I instinctively punched him right in his face. He bled! He was then dropping to the ground — not me!”
Bravo Storme’, Bravo. We have always loved to hear those words over and over. Yes the cop hit me so I hit him back. Our people that evening were in the hit back mood. For too long the heavy hand of the state, of society of the mafia of just about everyone was over us ready to slap us back down. Well Storme we thank you for being one blow against those who oppressed us. We thank you Storme’ from the bottom of our queer hearts. Storme’ DaLarverie… PRESENTE’!!!!
For a wonderful and full tribute to Storme DaLarveri go to the Stonewall Veterans Page.