As legend has it, Storme DeLarverie was there at the beginning of the gay rights movement. It was 1969. Police raided the Stonewall Inn - a popular gay hangout - to "bust" people who were breaking what was then a law against public displays of homosexuality in New York City. This is a small piece of my interview with her in fall 2009 - the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall raid and ensuing riots. As you'll hear, she wasn't too keen on directly discussing the events that happened at Stonewall, but the life she led as both a musician and a figurehead in the gay rights movement informs her wisdom.
In early 2010, Ms. DeLarverie was suffering from dimentia and was transferred from her longtime home, the Chelsea Hotel, to a nursing home. To my knowledge, this was the last time she ever sang on tape.