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Saturday July 2nd 2016



Roc Pride Timeline: Let’s Make Magic!

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Rochester Victory Alliance Beach Party. 5-9 pm, Ontario Beach Park


Pride 5K Run. Check-in 7 am, Cobbs Hill Park

Pride Games – Tennis Tournament. 10 am, Cobbs Hill Park

Pride Games – Volleyball Tournament. 10 am, Cobbs Hill Park


Video Gayme Night. The Playhouse, 820 Clinton Ave. S.


Euchre Tournament. 5:30-10 pm, 384 East Avenue Inn and Suites


Sassy in the South Wedge. Out & Equal Second Thursdays Networking. In collaboration with Out & Equal, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Lux Bar

The Good, The Bad and The Funny trans open mic. 7-9 pm, Gay Alliance LGBTQ Resource Center, 100 College Ave.


Pride Flag Raising. 6 pm, Cobbs Hill Park


Let’s Make Magic — Roc Pride Parade. Starting at Alexander St. and heading east down Park Avenue to Culver. Free Parade/Festival Shuttle; parking available at Monroe Square, 259 Monroe Ave., and First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. S.

Roc Pride Fest. 1 pm-9 pm, Cobbs Hill Park. Emcees Samantha Vega & Dee Dee Dubois. Food Truck Rodeo, Beer & Liquor Garden, SAGE activities, Family Fun, Pride Art Colony, Music, Drag Shows, Performances by recording artist Diana King, RGMC, Frankie and the Jewels, RAPA’s Spring Awakening, more.


Roc Pride Fest Part Two. 1 pm- 6 pm, Cobbs Hill Park. The fun continues! Featuring recording artist Johnathan Celestin, DJ Neill McLeod, more. Hostess Mrs. Kasha Davis, We 3 Queens Drag Show with Aggy Dune and Darienne Lake.

Presented by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley with support from presenting sponsor Trillium Health. Get more information and the latest updates at


Court blocks Miss. law permitting anti-gay discrimination

Judge Carlton Reeves

Judge Carlton Reeves

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) lauded U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ decision to block the implementation of Mississippi’s discriminatory and harmful H.B. 1523, right before it was set to go into effect.

H.B. 1523, deceptively titled “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” enables almost any individual or organization to discriminate against LGBTQ Mississippians at work, at school and in their communities. This legal victory will block the immediate implementation of the law, and HRC will continue to push for the full repeal of this unconstitutional bill. The injunction comes from a case litigated by Roberta Kaplan, the civil rights lawyer who argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in the landmark case United States v. Windsor.

“This legislation was rooted in hate, it targeted the LGBTQ community and it was a deliberate attempt to undermine marriage equality and the dignity of LGBTQ Mississippians who lawmakers have sworn to serve and protect,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We will continue our fight to ensure that H.B. 1523 is repealed in its entirety.”

“We are glad to see that Judge Carlton Reeves has made clear what we already knew: H.B. 1523 is indefensible, both morally and legally,” said Rob Hill, Mississippi state director for HRC. “For months, Mississippians, the business community, faith leaders and countless others have made clear their opposition to this harmful bill, and we are pleased to see it will not go into effect this week. We will continue to look toward a full repeal of the law, and pursue comprehensive legal protections for all LGBTQ Mississippians.”

Earlier this year, hundreds of Mississippians — including representatives from faith communities and civil rights organizations — rallied against the bill outside Gov. Phil Bryant’s residence alongside HRC and its allies. Gov. Bryant has, to this day, refused meetings with members of the LGBTQ community throughout the lifespan of the bill. Read more about the law here.

In 2014, HRC launched Project One America, an initiative geared towards advancing social, institutional and legal equality in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. HRC Mississippi continues to work to advance equality for LGBTQ Mississippians who have no state level protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations. Through HRC Mississippi, we are working toward a future of fairness every day — changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.


N.H. governor bans anti-trans discrimination

Governor Maggie Hassan's inaugural address

Governor Maggie Hassan’s inaugural address

Andy Towle posted on New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan on Thursday signed an executive order banning the state from discriminating against its employees on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

The order also applies to the administration of state programs and state contracts.

According to Hassan’s office, existing anti-discrimination policies protect the state’s transgender employees from being discriminated against on the basis of gender.

Said Hassan in a statement, 

“Throughout our history, it has been clear time and again that we always grow stronger when we work to ensure the full inclusion of all citizens in our democracy, our economy and our communities,” Governor Hassan said. “By making clear that gender identity and gender expression are protected in the State’s anti-discrimination policies, this Executive Order helps ensure that New Hampshire state government welcomes and incorporates the talents and contributions of all of our citizens. As we celebrate Pride Month, this Executive Order reinforces that New Hampshire is a welcoming state where everyone has the opportunity to share in our high quality of life and economic success.”

Of the effect of Hassan’s order, her office said in a statement,

In addition to making clear that gender identity and gender expression are included in the State’s anti-discrimination policies and provisions, the Governor’s Executive Order requires state agencies to review and revise their policies as necessary to ensure that they do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or gender expression; the Department of Justice and the Department of Administrative Service to review and revise state contract language to include protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression; and the Division of Personnel to provide guidance to state agencies in implementing the Executive Order by September 15, 2016, and propose rules changes as necessary.

You can read the full text of the executive order HERE.

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