JAMESTOWN – Bert Coffman from the Stonewall Rebellion Veterans’ Association will be speaking about his participation in the June 1969 Stonewall “Riots” in the Jamestown Community College student union on Wednesday Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
The Stonewall “Riots,” named after a bar in Manhattan and now a national historic site, is often referred to as the birth of the modern movement for LGBTQ rights in the US.
Coffman will be on hand to share details of his involvement with the incident, as well explain how it spurred a civil rights movement for the LGBTQ community that is still active today, nearly 50 years later.
The event is free and open to the public.
The National Stonewall Rebellion Veterans’ Association (“S.V.A.”) is comprised of the actual, surviving and active veterans of the 1969 Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender (“GLBT”) monumental 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at and the former regular patrons of The Stonewall Club at 51 and 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
The S.V.A. was founded on the following Friday, July 11, 1969, literally just a stone’s throw from The Village in a big New York delicatessen / restaurant known as The Victoria Kosher Deli Restaurant on 14th Street, just off Fifth Avenue.
The S.V.A. organization is a cultural, historical, educational, advocacy and politically-aware, non-profit, volunteer organization primarily, but not exclusively, for the GLBT communities. The S.V.A. is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau and listed with the City of New York’s non-profit groups.