Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month
Congratulations to Tara Winner for being chosen as the Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month for April!
Tara received her Masters of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo in 2006 and a Masters of Art History from Binghamton University in 1999. As a librarian cataloger at the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at the Strong, Tara is busy making sure that their amazing collection is accessible to researchers from around the world, but she also makes the time to help out with the library collection at the Gay Alliance.
Tara has been volunteering for the Gay Alliance Library & Archives since 2009, primarily cataloging the large book collection. She heard about the library program by visiting a table at the Pride Festival and is now a member of the Library Leadership Team. In addition, Tara has worked as a grant-funded archivist for the Shoulders to Stand On archives project, and was a major volunteer contributor to the Forging Alliances History Panel exhibit that was unveiled at Pride 2013.
“Tara is such an important member of our team,” said Gerry Szymanski, Gay Alliance Library & Archives Director. “From raising funds for our Pride banner, to working hard on converting our non-fiction book collection over from Dewey Decimal to LC, her dedication each week and beyond to helping the library and the alliance is nothing short of amazing!”
We are so grateful to have Tara as a part of our Library and Archives volunteer team. On behalf of the Gay Alliance staff and board, we thank you for all of your hours, your commitment and your support.
The Gay Alliance Takes a Stand Against Racism
Please join us for the Intersectionality Between Race and LGBTQ Identities Panel Presentation that will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7-8:30pm and is free and open to the community. This is part of the month long “Stand Against Racism” initiative spearheaded by the YWCA. We are partnering with the National Coalition Building Institute, the MOCHA Center, Open Arms MCC, Young Audiences of Rochester and the Center For Youth to bring about this wonderful opportunity.
Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, will moderate this panel presentation where we will create a safe place to discuss how race and ethnicity come into play in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Our goals are: to explore the intersectionality between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race and ethnicity; to increase awareness of the systems of oppression that creates multiple forms of discrimination; and to share ways that we can work together for racial justice. Panelists will share insights and experiences through personal stories and Q & A.
Please join us on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church (707 E. Main St. Rochester, NY 14605)
Shoulders to Stand On Screening at RIT
Shoulders to Stand On, the Subtitled Premiere
The new RIT Q Center is happy to announce that the Premiere screening of the subtitled version of the documentary, Shoulders to Stand On will occur in the RIT Fireside Lounge on Wednesday April 16, 2014 starting at 6:00pm.
Documenting the history of the LGBTQ Communities in Rochester, this feature length documentary was produced in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Gay Alliance. The Producer's Premiere of the film which occurred in September 2014 was sold out as was the Public Premiere that occurred during ImageOUT. However, neither of these screenings were fully accessible.
Working with the RIT Q Center, The Gay Alliance is happy to screen this important documentary film now more accessible.
This subtitled screening will be FREE and open to the public. Opening comments by the films Executive Producer, Evelyn Bailey will be interpreted.
No advance tickets are required for this free event.
Support Us in Workplace Giving
If you work in for an employer who runs a workplace giving campaign such as the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) or NY State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) you can designate the Gay Alliance to receive your gift. See the graphic below for the necessary code numbers to use.