About

ABOUT US

The Out Alliance is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture.
We envision a future where all members of the greater Rochester LGBTQ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, celebrating their lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.

The goal of the Out Alliance Education Program is to encourage all of our social systems to become inclusive and welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and allied individuals. We provide education and training that touches the heart as well as the mind to help our program participants understand the people behind the identities that make up the LGBTQ communities. Our sessions are custom designed and continually updated to remain relevant.
We speak at conferences, in high schools, colleges, mental health organizations, businesses, faith communities, health facilities, recreation centers, any place conversation is desired. Our 43 years of experience and our highly regarded trainings have us presenting to a wide variety of clients all around the country.

The Out Alliance Library is a circulating and reference collection of over 6,000 fiction and non-fiction books, and 800 magazine and journal titles, as well as video and audio recordings related to gay and lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-gendered and Queer issues.

The Out Alliance Archives house a historic collection of copies of The Empty Closet newspaper, as well as vital paper records and ephemera of the events, organizations, and people important to the Rochester LGBT community.

Our Cyber Center, provided through the generosity of the David Bohnett Foundation, consists of 6 state-of-the-art computers with full Microsoft Office software, printing access, broadband connections, and more. Four of the computers are in our 5th Floor Lounge and are available Monday-Friday from 11a-3pm. The other two computers are located in our Library and Archives and are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm. The David Bohnett Cyber Center is free an open to the public.

The Empty Closet is the nation’s longest continually published LGBTQ publication. Every month the Empty Closet covers local and national LGBTQ news, upcoming and recent events, regular columnists and an extensive resource page. The Empty Closet has long served as a vital source of LGBTQ news and information in the region and can be picked up for free at a number of area locations. Donors who contribute at least $30 a year to the Out Alliance also receive a copy of the Empty Closet in the mail each month.

Renown as the city of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Rochester, NY has a long-standing history of being at the forefront of social justice. With the spark of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, Rochester quickly rose to the challenge once again with the birth of the gay rights movement. Our feature-length documentary, Shoulders to Stand Onreveals the largely unknown and undocumented history of Rochester’s LGBTQ community and its influences across the nation.

The Out Alliance Resource Directory was created and is maintained by the Rochester, NY lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) community for the LGBTQA community. It includes statewide and national resources.

 Sage Rochester is an affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) the world’s oldest & largest non-profit agency addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders and has affiliates nationwide.

The Out Alliance Youth Program is dedicated to empowering LGBTQ young people ages 13-20, to reach their fullest potential by providing a safe environment in which to explore their identity, learn important life skills and to develop leadership skills.