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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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