Category: Interviews

The Making of a Forever Family: Steve and Gary Norselli

The Making of a Forever Family: Steve and Gary Norselli

By Rowan Collins From almost the moment they met, Steve and Gary Norselli knew they wanted a family of their own. The duo, real estate agents and Roc Pride sponsors, worked in the months...

LIFE: Ron Schutt of PrintRoc

LIFE: Ron Schutt of PrintRoc

By Rowan Collins “I like coming into work, seeing the parking lot full of cars, and knowing I created those jobs.” Ron Schutt, owner and president of PrintRoc, grew up in the Southern Tier...

Interview: Mark Ellenwood

Interview: Mark Ellenwood

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...

Conversations: Paul Allen of ImageOut

Conversations: Paul Allen of ImageOut

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...

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

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

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...