Stormé DeLarverie

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Stormé DeLarverie (December 24, 1920 – May 24, 2014), who was born in New Orleans[1] to a white father and black mother, was a lesbian whose scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action.[2] Some have referred to her as "the gay community’s Rosa Parks".[3] During the 1950s and '60s she toured the black theater circuit as the only drag king of the Jewel Box Revue, America’s first racially integrated female impersonation show.[4] In 1987 Michelle Parkerson made the movie Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box about this.[4] In the 1980s and '90s Stormé worked as a bouncer for several lesbian bars in New York City.[5] From 2010 to 2014, she lived in a nursing home in Brooklyn.

On June 7, 2012, Brooklyn Pride, Inc. honored Stormé DeLarverie at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Michelle Parkerson's film Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box was screened. On April 24, 2014 Stormé was honored alongside Edie Windsor by the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and received a Proclamation from the Public Advocate of the City of New York, Letitia James. She died of a heart attack on May 31, 2014 in Brooklyn.[6][2]


  1. ^ Goethals, George (2004). Encyclopedia of Leadership - Volume 1. Thousand Oaks: Berkshire Publishing Group LLC. p. 1494. ISBN 0-7619-2597-X. 
  2. ^ a b Chu, Grace (2010-07-26). "An interview with lesbian Stonewall veteran Stormé DeLarverie | People, Celebrities, Actresses & Profiles Of Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Women In Movies, TV Shows & Music". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ Stormé DeLarverie[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "WOMEN MAKE MOVIES | Storme The Lady of the Jewel Box". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  5. ^ The gay & lesbian theatrical legacy ... - Google Books. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
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