Sue Cowell will be presented with a Shoulders To Stand On Lifetime Achievement award at a reception on Saturday, May 2 at Studio 180, 180 St. Paul St. The reception runs from 3-6 p.m.

Sue has served the Rochester LGBTQ community for many years, starting with feminist activism in the 1970s, as a member of Rochester Women Against Violence Against Women, organizers of the first Take Back the Night marches.

A registered nurse by profession, she was a founder of AIDS Rochester, now Trillium Health, and worked with the Monroe County Health Department and the University of Rochester Health Services. Sue has been both President of the Gay Alliance board and Executive Director.

Sue has also worked with the local Democratic Party, was a delegate to the National Democratic Committee and attended several national conventions. She has organized campaigns for Louise Slaughter, Tim Mains, Bill Pritchard and Matt Haag. She was also a businesswoman as co-owner of Ace Mailing. In fact her achievements are too many to list here, but Sue’s influence, organizing skills and service have touched every part of the LGBTQ community over the past 40 years.

Monies raised at this reception will be used by The Gay Alliance to establish a scholarship in Sue’s name within the “remove agencies” new Rochester LGBTQ Scholarship Fund, which will be housed at the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

“A scholarship to recognize Sue’s many accomplishments is a great way to kick off funding of the new LGBTQ Scholarship Fund,” said Gay Alliance Executive Director Scott Fearing.

Tickets to the May 2 event are $50 and all proceeds will be directed to the new Scholarship Fund; attendees will be encouraged to consider further contributions in Sue’s honor.

“Sue has done so much, usually behind the scenes, for the LGBTQ community of Rochester,” Fearing continued. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity to shine a little light on her to thank her for all that she has done to improve the quality of LGBTQ life in Rochester. “