LGBT History Month, October 2014
Starting in October, each day this video will feature a different LGBTQ icon- check back regularly to learn about a GLBTQ person who has made history. Video created and updated by www.lgbthistorymonth.com.
Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month
Congratulations to BJ Scanlon for being chosen as the Gay Alliance Volunteer-of-the-Month for October!
This handsome, single, young chap came to Rochester 6 years ago to work with the runaway and homeless youth program at the Center for Youth Services (CYS) as a part of the Rochester AmeriCorps Program. He knew right away that Rochester was for him, and decided to start making it home. The Street Outreach team at CYS made weekly stops at the Gay Alliance's Youth Program. BJ was delighted with the young people at the Gay Alliance and soon found himself learning and using hip new lingo.
In 2009, he began volunteering with the Gay Alliance Youth Program, chaperoning dances and special events. He soon became a regular facilitator for the Friday night Youth Group.
In March of 2012, BJ became a member of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau, a merry band of travelers who provide educational workshops and discuss LGBTQ issues in classrooms, corporate settings, and non-profits. BJ has also volunteered in the Gay Alliance offices, at Roc Pride and for the Red Ball.
BJ currently works for the City of Rochester City Council as their Senior Legislative Analyst, and is an avid participant and advocate in local politics. He also likes to have fun in the local comedy scene, with improv teams: The Broken Couch (Loser for City Newspaper's Best Improv Team in 2009), the Monstrossssity; and his current sketch comedy team Canary In A Coal Mine. BJ has also dabbled in stand-up comedy. Most recently he was approached by an old woman from the audience who smiled and politely said, "Nice job" she paused momentarily and as he was turning around she added, "keep working at it," and he will, you bet he will.
BJ is an indispensable member of the Gay Alliance Youth Program and the Speakers Bureau. We are so thrilled to have him as a part of our team. Thank you so much BJ! We wouldn’t know what to do without you!