Gay rights activist Stormé DeLarverie, who fought police during the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, has died. The 93-year-old passed away in her sleep on Saturday morning in the Brooklyn nursing home where she lived.
The Bronx LGBTQ Community Services Center released a statement that reads, in part:
The Bronx LGBTQ Center is deeply saddened by the loss of a pioneer of the modern-day LGBTQ civil rights movement, Stormé Delarverie. Often referred to as the “Rosa Parks” as the gay rights movement, Stormé was a fierce woman who stood up for our community on countless occasions. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Saturday, May 24, 2014.
DeLarverie was born in New Orleans in 1920. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, she performed as the only drag king in the Jewel Box Revue, America’s first racially integrated female impersonation show. She was the subject of the short film Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box, released in 1987.
One month before her death, on April 24, 2014, DeLarverie was honored alongside Edie Windsor by the Brooklyn Community Pride Center for her bravery, love, and fearlessness within the LGBT community.
Rest in peace, Stormé. And thanks for everything!
Scroll down to see photos of DeLarverie throughout her life.
DeLarverie, in drag, poses for a publicity photo for Jewel Box Revue.
DeLarverie poses atop the famous “Stonewall Car” in 1996.
DeLarverie in 2011.
DeLarverie in the 1999 NYC Pride Parade.
Another publicity photo for Jewel Box Revue.
DeLarverie rocks an awesome faux-fur hat at her birthday party in 2007.
DeLarverie and Edie Windsor, April 2014.