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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, [...]

LGBTQ Living: Sommelier Brian Aladesuyi

LGBTQ Living: Sommelier Brian Aladesuyi

By Susan Jordan Brian Aladesuyi is a sommelier – a wine expert – and server at Branca Midtown, an Italian restaurant, as well as being a classically-trained cellist. His Monday afternoon wine tasting group at Apogee, a wine bar at 151 Park Ave., will end now that he is moving to NYC. Brian hails from Marietta, Ga. and moved to Rochester [...]

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