May 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Stonewall veteran dies
Stonewall Inn, gay news, Stormé DeLarverie, Washington Blade

The Stonewall Inn in 1969 (Photo by Diana Davies; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A lesbian activist who took part in the 1969 Stonewall riots died on May 24.

The Associated Press reported that Stormé DeLarverie died at a Brooklyn nursing home. She was 93.

The AP noted DeLarverie, who was born to a black mother and a white father in New Orleans in 1920, was a member of a traveling drag troupe in the 1950s who performed while dressed as a man. She was among those who fought against members of the New York Police Department during a raid on the Greenwich Village bar in June 1969 that became a watershed moment in the modern LGBT rights movement.

DeLarverie’s funeral was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

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