Stormé DeLarverie — the gay community’s “Rosa Parks” — to be honored this Thursday at the 2014 Founders’ Ball (DUMBO Loft)

Stormé DeLarverie will be honored this Thursday, April 24th, at the 2014 Founders’ Ball, sponsored by the Brooklyn Pride Community Center. The event will be held at the DUMBO Loft (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), located at 155 Water Street in Brooklyn.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.lgbtbrooklyn.org/founders-ball-2014, or call 347-889-7719.

Stormé DeLarverie’s scuffle with the police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. Some have referred to her as “the gay community’s Rosa Parks.” During the 1950s and ’60s, she toured the black theater circuit as the only drag king of the Jewel Box Revue, America’s first racially integrated female impersonation show, which was celebrated in the 1987 movie Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box by Michelle Parkerson.

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