New location provides easier access for the LGBTQ Community and Allies
The Gay Alliance announced plans to relocate its offices and open a new LGBTQ Resource Center in the Neighborhood of the Arts later this summer. Today’s announcement coincides with the 46TH anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, considered by most historians as the start of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. It also comes on the heels of the historic announcement from the US Supreme Court ensuring national marriage equality.
According to Gay Alliance Executive Director Scott Fearing, the 6,000 square foot location at 100 College Avenue, which is next to RIT’s Gallery R and half a block from Village Gate, will provide more space and a stronger community presence.
“Our new location will be more accessible and visible to the entire Rochester community,” Fearing said. “We look forward to welcoming LGBTQ individuals and their allies into our offices and to provide them with the services, education and support they look to us to offer.”
David Zona, President of the Gay Alliance Board of Directors, is excited about the move: “Forty-six years after Stonewall, there’s still a major need for the work of the Gay Alliance,” he said. “As champions of LGBTQ life and culture, we are committed to the well being of our community in the region. This new space positions us to more easily and effectively carry out our mission.”
The new LGBTQ Resource Center, which Fearing anticipates will draw hundreds of people each week, will include a 6,000-volume lending library and a community archives, a large classroom, a small conference room, an art gallery/program space, and The David Bohnett Cyber Center, which provides free computer stations and internet access for visitors.
Currently, the Gay Alliance is reaching out to the local business community, the LGBTQ community and its allies to help raise $30,000 so that renovations to the space, which include handicapped accessibility and new technology upgrades, will be completed before the move. Fearing anticipates that the grand opening will occur in late August 2015.