Daily Archives: June 25, 2016

Well now, isn’t that lovely?

Sonewall

President Obama was 8 years old when it happened.

riots

I was a lot older and so was Tommy (see lower right)

Tommy

I knew him from the street. Never went into Stonewall itself. It was a dive run by the Gambino family

Carlo

who paid off the cops. When the money wasn’t what the cops liked or was late in coming, dives like this were raided. That fateful June night, however the customers fought back. The notion that a “Transgender Woman of Color” — namely Marsha.

Mar

“started it all,” makes for good copy. What was really important was what came afterwards — the Gay Rights Movement.

GRM

I was with the Gay Activists Alliance. We met in a church in Chelsea before renting an abandoned firehouse on Wooster for our meetings.

FH

It’s currently occupied by Anderson and Ben

AB

And now to sing us out one of 1969’s biggest hit songs, written by James Rado and Jerome Ragni

R&R

sung by the lovely Gavin Creel.

Listen closely. It’s a prayer.


UPDATE: I have been informed that Anderson and Ben’s Firehouse is not THE Firehouse. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Carry On Camping.