Iconic treasure of the LGBT Community Stormé DeLarverie passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, May 25th

Storme´ DeLarverie fought the police in 1969 at the historic riot at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village and helped kick off the gay rights movement in the States.  Some writers believe Ms. DeLarverie may have been the cross-dressing lesbian whose clubbing by the police was the catalyst for the riots (the woman has never been identified).

The iconic treasure of the LGBT Community Stormé DeLarverie passed peacefully early Saturday morning, May 25th, 2014. In celebration of her life and immeasurable contributions to the modern Gay civil rights movement (her scuffle with the police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring people to action), we invite you to join us at Greenwich Village Funeral Home @ 199 Bleecker Street @ 6th Avenue this Thursday, May 29th, from 7-9pm. All are welcome to honor the woman who changed all of our lives forever, and for the better.

For more on Stormé DeLarverie, see this recent story at the Huffington Post, or visit Wikipedia. And check out this video, below, in which she sings for the last time on tape.

 

Stonewall Veteran’s Wisdom on ‘Ugliness’ from Kirk Klocke on Vimeo.

Storme in hat

Storme dancing

Storme looking through

Storme poster

Poem For Stormé

I write this because Martin had his mountaintop
And Rosa’s feet were tired and she had had enough.
I write this because freedom isn’t only fought for overseas
in camouflage gear and combat boots–
Sometimes war paint is made by Maybelline
and sometimes the king is a woman
and gender is nothing but a constructed illusion
and there’s more to her than meets the eye;
and silky voiced singers wear suits
and defy convention even when convention is law.
I write this because if I don’t
invisibility will be the only way
for us to be seen,
’cause sometimes boys dress like girls
and girls dress like boys
and genders are fluid
and cuffs are no longer the only bracelets
we are allowed to wear.
I write this because in 1969 @ 57 Christopher Street
someone had the courage to say
“enough is enough”.
I write this because blank pages fill history books
where stories of bayou country warriors should be.
Instead we are taught that we never existed
and that gay rights are but a passing trend
and that Rosie & Ellen are groundbreakers,
when seeds of revolution had already been planted
in the West Village decades ago.
See, “it ain’t easy being green”
is more than just an expression,
it’s a call to action,
where the only response is resistance,
where sometimes you have to fight back and say:
‘enough is enough.”
‘Cause Rosa had her bus and Martin had his mountaintop,
and Storme has her Stonewall.
They say sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me–
except when followed by a club or a fist
and Storme had the courage to fight back and say
“not tonight.”
I write this because
when folk strut around in feathers
and rainbow gear on hot Sundays in June
it’s important to remember that it wasn’t always like this
and that “The Lady of the Jewel Box Revue
is one of the people we need to thank.
I write this because there is a lady
who “dressed like a man”
who carries two sides of a coin
in her wallet refusing to choose either one.
I write this because it’s easy to forget
when ignorance is our teacher
and portraits are never painted–
See I write this if for nothing else but to say:
THANK YOU

written by Karen Jaime