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Stormé DeLarverie, “Rosa Parks” Of The Gay Rights Movement, Dies At 93

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By:           Graham Gremore
On:           May 27, 2014
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  • 8 Comments
    • DMingledorff
      DMingledorff

      I remember seeing Storme when she appeared in the Jewel Box Revue back in the 60s. Her impersonation was perfect. I had lost track of her in recent years but so pleased to learn what an active productive life she led in our community.

      May 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blackceo
      Blackceo

      What an icon!!! Rest in Peace!!

      May 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      To all of you HOMOS, that pass a way and make the road for our equality; Thank you from me AdamHomo and my six children. We will always remember you take my word for that.

      May 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • odawg
      odawg

      These are the hidden gems of LGBTQ history that need to be told to a wider audience rather than retreading the same ground. I’m speaking, specifically, about the AIDS movies and television (Longtime Companion, Philadelphia, And the Band Played On, Angels in America, Normal Heart, etc.). I’m not saying these stories shouldn’t be told. I’m saying the wider viewing audience, as well as those of us who are younger, need to know more about our LGBTQ history. RIP Storme!

      May 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Hart
      James Hart

      The sad thing is that in her later years, Storme was destitute. I saw her many a time on the streets of Chelsea, in Manhattan, asking for financial assistance from passersby.

      May 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blackceo
      Blackceo

      @James Hart:

      What?!! That upsets me so much. No efforts were made by any gay organization to assist her?? Didn’t have to be much but my god if she was the “Rosa Parks” of the gay rights movement I think its disgraceful she was panhandling on the streets.

      May 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson
      DickieJohnson

      @Blackceo: Worse than digraceful, it’s criminal, and heartbreaking. It’s good to know she made it into a nursing home, and didn’t die on the streets. RIP

      May 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DK
      DK

      @DickieJohnson: Yeah, that’s pretty awful. I’m sure the queer community would have made her final years lucrative, but again, this is another example of LGB history that is obscure. I want to heat more about these people and their stories instead of finding out for the first time when they pass on.

      Does anybody know a gay history website that bios men and women like this, rather than rehashing the same old (Oscar Wilde, celluloid closet, Stonewall, Milk, AIDS crisis, DADT-marriage equality)

      May 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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