Stonewall Veteran 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible Still Flies Rainbow Flag After 40 Years

Illustration for article titled Stonewall Veteran 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible Still Flies Rainbow Flag After 40 Years

A reader recently pointed out that the DOTS 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible is actually a '70. How did he know that? Because he owns the most famous 1969 Cadillac DeVille convertible in the world!

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Not only that, but Williamson Henderson also pointed out- correctly- that there is no such thing as a Coupe DeVille convertible; only two-door hardtops were so named. So, I was wrong on the year and wrong on the name of the car; sorry about that, Cadillac lovers! During the course of my Cadillac history lesson, I learned a bit more about Mr. Henderson's car, which is known throughout the LGBT world as the "Stonewall Cadillac," and this Cad has quite a story:

Illustration for article titled Stonewall Veteran 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible Still Flies Rainbow Flag After 40 Years



Back in 1969, a routine-harassment-of-gays police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City touched off the not-so-routine Stonewall Riots. Henderson was there, and his brand-new DeVille was parked in front of the bar. It was spared any damage in the chaos that followed, the police impounded it, and since then the legend of the Stonewall Cadillac has continued to grow. These days it's pretty much a parade car, getting plenty of duty in the annual NYC Gay Pride parade and other events. Check out the Stonewall Rebellion Veterans' Association site for the whole story.

DISCUSSION

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Rob Emslie

You may think I'm foolish

For fighting cops like I do

You may wonder how come I love you

When you get on your knees like you do

Well baby you know you bugger me

There ain't no secret 'bout that

Well come on over here and hug me

Baby I'll spill the facts

Well honey it ain't your money

'Cause baby I got plenty of that

I love you for your Stonewall Cadillac

White Vinyl seats

Riding in the back

Oozing down Hyde street

Waving to the boys

Feeling out of sight

Spending all my money

On a Saturday night

Honey I just wonder if you'll take it in the back

Of your Stonewall Cadillac

Stonewall Cadillac

Well now way back in the Bible

They said only a woman could marry man

But if it weren't for proposition 8

You'd know we surely can

Well they tempt you, man, with pleather

And they tempt you, sir, with gold

And they tempt you with the pleasures

That the flesh does surely hold

They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple

But man I ain't going for that

I wanna' ride in his Stonewall Cadillac

White Vinyl seats

Riding in the back

Oozing down Hyde street

Waving to the boys

Feeling out of sight

Spending all my money

On a Saturday night

Honey I just wonder if you'll take it in the back

Of your Stonewall Cadillac

Stonewall Cadillac

Now some folks say that it's too big

That it'll never fit

Their parking spots are too small

They're scared, they will admit

But my love is bigger than a Honda

It's bigger than a Subaru

Hey man there is only one thing

And one car that will do

Anyway we don't have to drive it

Honey we can do it in the back

And have a party in your Stonewall Cadillac

Stonewall Cadillac. . .