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Interview: Mark Ellenwood

Interview: Mark Ellenwood

Mark Ellenwood. Photo: John DeHaas By Susan Jordan Electrician Mark Ellenwood has run his business, Ellenwood Electric (“We do it without shorts”), for 37 years. In the early years he helped to defy the stereotype that gay men can’t be masculine and do “butch” things. Before starting Ellenwood Electric, Mark was a DJ and also [...]

Conversations: Paul Allen of ImageOut

Conversations: Paul Allen of ImageOut

Michael Gamilla and Paul Allen at Pride 2017, where ImageOut was an Honorary Grand Marshal. Photo: Bess Watts By Susan Jordan Rochester’s ImageOut Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. The Empty Closet recently spoke with Board Chair Paul Allen about the past, present and future. ImageOut was founded in 1992 by Larry [...]

Life: Elana Spezio’s journey to becoming a trans interfaith rabbi

Life: Elana Spezio’s journey to becoming a trans interfaith rabbi

Elana Spezio. Photo: Susan Jordan By Susan Jordan Elana Spezio has overcome many of the challenges that trans people face, including being rejected by part of her family and struggling with suicidal feelings. Now she wants to stand up for all people who experience discrimination and are made to feel “less than”. Born in Albion, Elana [...]

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