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Sunday September 25th 2016



Trans woman Penny Sterling tells her story at MuCCC Oct. 5

The Multi-use Community Center (MuCCC) will present “Spy in the House of Men”, with Penny Sterling, who relates the very true story of her fictitious life as a man, and her true life as a transgender woman, on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Admission $10.

Jeff Spevak writes at Democrat & Chronicle: Rochester comedienne, parent, TV producer/director, improv artist, storyteller, and now informant, Penny will report the findings from her 54 years as a SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN.

She tells that story at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, with shows Saturday and Monday at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center. She calls the spoken-word performance — a blend of comedy and serious self examination — “Spy in the House of Men.”

Sterling, a producer and director of sports television programming at the local Time Warner cable channel, has been many things over the course of her 54 years. The gender identity bounces back and forth, like watching a tennis match, depending on where we are in the story. He was the youngest son in a stridently nuclear family. A college student, studying acting, earning a master’s degree in communications. Married, father to two adopted children and two biological children. At a comedy club’s open-mic night in 1992, when he finished second to a woman, Brian Pienkoski was technically correct when he declared himself “Rochester’s Funniest Man.”

-Read more at the Democrat & Chronicle

Sept. 29 event highlights journeys of trans professionals, service members

The Human Rights Campaign, Out and Equal NYFL and the Gay Alliance are sponsoring “On the Same Page,” an educational networking event, on Sept. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Rochester Educational Opportunities Center, (REOC), 161 Chestnut St., across from MLK Jr. Memorial Park.

The event will consist of small group conversations with transgender professionals, service members and families about their personal journeys, with Q&A opportunities at the end of each session.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 in advance online ( and $15 at the door, if space remains. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, three raffle tickets for prize drawings, and HRC membership/renewal.

City Councilmember Matt Haag criticizes Gates Supervisor Mark Assini’s anti-gay comments

A protest was held on Sept. 21 at Corn Hill Landing to protest anti-LGBT statements and actions by Republican candidates, including Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.

Ryan Whalen posts at Time Warner News/Spectrum: In his capacity as a Rochester City Council member, Matt Haag has worked with and come to know Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.

“I think when you run for office, it’s like being on a job interview. Your past history, your past work experiences are all out there for people to decide if you’re the best candidate for the job,” said Haag, a Democrat.

But recently he learned something knew about the Republican congressional candidate.

“I was quite frankly shocked at what I read,” Haag said.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s campaign shared with Haag a series of blog posts and comments made between 2004 and 2008 regarding the lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

Among the findings, Assini supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, called transgender Americans “mentally disturbed,” and agreed with comments calling members of the LGBTQ community sexual deviants.

“I think what really stuck me about them is the level of vitriol, the level of anger, the level of really hateful language toward LGBT people,” Haag said.

“I can’t take them back, other than to say I regret having made them and I am now on a different place on the issue,” Assini said.

-Read the full article at Time Warner News

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