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Why do we still need Pride?

Why do we still need Pride?

Paul Scheib. Photo: Susan Jordan By Susan Jordan After marriage equality became the law in 2011, some LGBTQ people asked, why do we still need Pride? Aside from the value of the visibility factor, Pride marches had become parades and Pride was more of a social event than a political action. Was all this really necessary now? Since 2011, [...]

Rev. Yolanda Roger will lead Pride interfaith service

Rev. Yolanda Roger will lead Pride interfaith service

Rev. Yolanda Roger By Susan Jordan The Reverend Yolanda Roger of Brooklyn, NY will lead the Interfaith Service at Rochester Pride this month. She recently responded to some questions from The Empty Closet. Rev. Yolanda says, “I was raised in church, in Alabama in the early ‘60s. I understood my personal connection to Spirit (God, [...]

Dr. Bill Valenti talks about ending HIV transmission

Dr. Bill Valenti talks about ending HIV transmission

Dr. Bill Valenti By Susan Jordan Dr. Bill Valenti’s memoir “AIDS: A Matter of Urgency” came out in April. It describes the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Rochester, upstate New York and all over the country, starting in 1981 and continuing today, with New York State’s campaign to end HIV transmission by 2020. Proceeds from book sales [...]

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