S.V.A (Stonewall Veterans Association)
For my presentation I am working off the reading we did for class which was by Che Gossett called Silhouettes of Defiance. It basically covers a few of the historical sites of queer and transgender resistance. Stonewall was an example of this resistance so I thought it was perfect to relate the reading to its main focus and choose the S.V.A.
The S.V.A is an association that’s sole purpose is to help all veterans that were involved in the stonewall riots of 1969. None the less they help many others that are part of the LBGT community
Even though the Stonewall Rebellion took place in 1969 — not 1869 — the rebellion was not photographed or filmed by the media because they deemed it “unimportant”. Unless a treasure trove of forgotten images is one day unearthed, there will be endless speculation of what exactly occurred during those five, inconsecutive, steamy nights and early morning hours. We must preserve the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (“GLBT”) heritage we have before it is significantly and irrevocably lost!
The STONEWALL Veterans’ Association (“S.V.A.”) positively and proudly represents Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender (“GLBT”) history and culture. The Executive Committee of the S.V.A. consists exclusively of actual participants in the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. The S.V.A. focuses our multi-dimensional and diverse organization as a viable group of Gay men, Lesbian women, Bi folks and Transgender people. We strive for the facts and challenge the inaccuracies.
The S.V.A. delivers the following:
(5) outreach as our primary purposes.
Therefore, to educate, for example, we provide, on a regular and reliable basis, unquestionably unique, invaluable and factual information to individuals, groups, public officials, organizations and institutions via various means including mailings, phone calls, promotions and guest speakers. An expanded purpose under our rainbow umbrella of support consisits of homecare assistance, legal advice and financial support to help keep all of the actual Stonewall veterans active, healthy and united.
Ensure that the STONEWALL Vetrerans’ Association continues to be a significant, visible and activist force in the New York City area and far beyond.
Allocate funds to assist Veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion who are indigent and need financial assistance with shelter, medical care, utilities, food, transportation, etc.
Creation of a free or low-cost food/clothing collective for the needy in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (“GLBT”) communities.
Preserve our colorful and varied history by updating our archives consisting of videos and audio tapes and, of course, photographs and images of Stonewall Veterans and other notables of the GLBT communities.
Maintain a consistent, strong, persistent and unified voice in politics and the media.
The S.V.A. is registered with the State of New York Charities Bureau.
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SVA relates so perfectly with the course during this time we are talking about history and resistance for queer and transgender. It was interesting for me to find the SVA and see how recent and long they have kept their association together they still have meetings today and are constantly trying to help support any LBGT members of their community.
I think this organization helps illustrate our course discussion very well. It lets us take a view into something that I don’t know too much about and has really opened my eyes that even though there are so many organizations and events referring to the LQBT community there is still a long way to go with not only their rights but being heard.
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