Category: LGBTQ Living

Finding Home Again: Karen James

Finding Home Again: Karen James

by Rowan Collins “It’s a strange place, but a good place.” Karen James recently found herself with an empty nest. For the first time in almost 40 years, there are no kids (or, rather,...

Writing From the Gut: An interview with Rachel McKibbens

Writing From the Gut: An interview with Rachel McKibbens

By Javi Mason “I don’t care if white readers can’t relate. I’m here to tell my stories, and those of my ancestors and peers who are no longer on this planet. This intent requires...

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...

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...

Rev. Yolanda Roger will lead Pride interfaith service

Rev. Yolanda Roger will lead Pride interfaith service

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...