Stormé DeLarverie, a longtime member of the Stonewall Veteran’s Association, epic drag king performer and pioneer LGBT activist, has died at age 93.
After living in a Brooklyn nursing home since 2010, she passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, May 24th, 2014.
Stormé is best known for being part of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, a popular drag performance group created in 1939. For two decades in the 1940s and 1950s, Stormé performed as their only male impersonator.
DeLarverie made her indelible mark on LGBT history during a faithful night, June 27, 1969, while hanging out in Greenwich Village. Though, almost 50 years later, the events have been called the Stonewall riots, DeLarverie was very clear that that wasn’t the case.
“It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience — it wasn’t no damn riot”.