Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month
Congratulations to Anne Tischer for being chosen as the Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month!
Anne has been recognized as being instrumental in the passage of NY marriage equality. Some of the many, many events that Anne has sponsored and coordinated (often with the help of her wife, Bess Watts) are:
- Rochester’s first ever Gay History Fair
- Several Gay Alliance “InQueery” classes from “Creative Float and Sign Making” to “Legal Protections Needed By Same-Sex Couples.”
- Monthly programming for Rochester PFLAG
- The Nearly Wed Game" to increase awareness around marriage equality
- "The Life & Times of Harvey Milk" film and discussion
- "Life after DOMA" speaker’s panel
- "The Trans World Today” a community forum on trans* health concerns
In 2009 when the annual Gay Alliance Sweetheart Ball was at risk of discontinuance, Anne and Todd Plank coordinated a "Family & Friends Valentine’s Day Dance” at Temple Sinai, and thereafter chaired the annual dance as the Gay Alliance signature event now called the "Red Ball". This year's "Steampunk" themed Red Ball was a huge success!
Other ways that Anne has volunteered her time and energy to help make a difference include:
- Making "anti-violence" signs for a rally protesting the Reggae singer whose lyrics called for the death of gay people
- Organizing speakers who challenged the anti-gay policies of the town of Greece School Board when a PFLAG mother needed Gay Alliance intervention on behalf of her bullied son
- Organizing a public response to the anti-gay slurs of a political candidate and to a Spencerport hate crime
- Contributing photos and articles to The Empty Closet
- Presenting, as a Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau member, to college classes on “LGBT discrimination, policy and protest", "effective activism" and "visibility and creating change."
Anne is also actively involved with ESPA, Equality Rochester, Pride at Work AFL-CIO and Marriage Equality New York. She states that she recognized that before direct political advocacy for LGBT equality could happen, community consciousness-raising was required. She kindly credits the Gay Alliance for the early education and mentoring that enabled her and her wife Bess Watts to confidently advocate for equal rights for LGBT people.
Anne, you are a treasure! The Gay Alliance staff and board is so very grateful for all that you have done for us over the year.
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.