Lisa Cannistraci owns Henrietta Hudson, a stalwart NYC institution for the LGBTQ+ community. After not landing a job she saw advertised in the Village Voice, Lisa fortuitously hopped into a bar in the West Village to avoid a sudden downpour. That's where she met Stormé. Soon, she would buy the bar, and the rest is history.

 
The person that really made the most impact on me - I worked Monday nights - and my bouncer was Stormé DeLarverie... She was 65 when I met her and she was the bouncer at Cubby Hole. You know, Monday nights would be really quiet, but we had to stay open until 4 am. I would study my psychology books from 1 am to 3 am, and then Stormé would share stories about her life... She was born in New Orleans, Christmas Eve, 1920. Her mom was black, her dad was white, which was frowned upon of course... Stormé was very light-skinned - the black kids didn’t want to hang out with her, and the white kids beat her up all the time... Stormé didn’t identify as trans, she was non-binary. She had a real David Bowie spirit, you know? She kinda lived in the middle... Now, there’s still a lot of confusion about who threw the first punch at Stonewall. Well, I can tell you it was Stormé, unequivocally... The cops would go in with drugs in their pocket and throw them on the floor, and say, ‘You step on that.’ They wanted a footprint on it. They could up the charges. ‘You’re gay and you have drugs. So they said to Stormé, ‘You step on that.’ And Stormé had a very baritone voice, and she said, ‘No!’ And the cop grabs her arm and she knocked the cop out with one punch.
— Lisa Cannistraci
 

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