Author Archives: Michael Gamilla

21 Feb

Empty Closet: Newspaper to Magazine After Four Decades

In February 2018 The Empty Closet made the leap from newspaper to magazine format. This was an exciting opportunity for the historic publication that enabled larger scope, enhanced graphics, and a more reader-friendly presentation. The first issue made a splash ...

11 Oct

We are now Out Alliance!

The Gay Alliance is coming out as The Out Alliance on National Coming Out Day, October 11th. In celebration of our name change we’re shutting down College Avenue and throwing a block party! Our neighbors Three Heads Brewing will be ...

15 Aug

Volunteer of the Month: Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn is an educator, political activist and historian. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, which she identifies as the “Hub of the Universe”, she came to Rochester in 1976. A founding member of Catholics Against Nuclear Arms, Evelyn served as the treasurer ...

25 Jul

Volunteer of the Month: Darrell Killingsworth

If you were one of the many volunteers for Roc Pride 2017, by now you have heard from our Volunteer of the Month Darrell Killingsworth. Darrell and the Pride Volunteer team have been busy recruiting volunteers and working on job ...

13 Jul

2017 State of the Alliance

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT “It’s been an amazing year for the Gay Alliance,” said Executive Director Scott Fearing to the 70-plus people at the annual meeting on May 17. Fearing said that since the Alliance moved to ...

04 May

Volunteer of the Month: Shira May

Shira May is an adjunct Instructor of Interpersonal Communication at Monroe Community College, as well as a private communication coach. She is also mom to her son Evan and spouse to Mick Behan, whom she married in June 2016. Their ...

06 Apr

Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Balsis

Dawn Balsis says: I started as an intern with the Gay Alliance in the fall of 2013. I was working on my masters in social work. After my first meeting with Scott Fearing I knew that the Gay Alliance would ...

13 Mar

Volunteer of the Month: Jeana Bonacci-Roth

Since change happened in our political arena the Alliance has received an increase in volunteers stepping up to make a difference. Many of these volunteers have been our allies, wanting to do something to help our community. Jeana and John ...

04 Feb

Volunteer of the Month: Lizz McPhee

If you are visiting us at the Alliance and you see a flash move in front of you it will be Lizz McPhee our February volunteer of the month. Lizz works relentlessly at the Center making sure the rooms are ...

08 Dec

Volunteer of the Month: Jamie Allen

Jamie says: My love for photography and passion for museums brought me to Rochester three times. Each time I made the move from my home state of Arizona, and each time I learned a little more about the community here ...