April 18, 9:00 - 11:00 am - Auditorium Theatre, Gay Alliance Nopper Room. Shoulders to Stand On needs your help to identify photos from the Empty Closet photo archives. Coffee will be served.



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Renown as the city of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Rochester, NY has a long-standing history of being at the forefront of social justice; a strong voice during the abolition movement, civil rights and women's liberation.

With the spark of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, Rochester quickly rose to the challenge once again with the birth of the gay rights movement. Beginning with a small group of students and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, Shoulders to Stand On reveals a largely unknown and undocumented history of Rochester's LGBT community and its influences across the nation.

Audiences are engaged through very personal stories, a journey that celebrates New York's oldest gay newspaper, the first openly gay candidate elected to public office in NY, a fight for federal funding, the first city in New York to pass a domestic partnership policy and more recently the passage of same sex marriage in New York.

Experience the stories of courage, sacrifice and accomplishments of those whose shoulders we stand on.

Watch the Shoulders to Stand On trailer here!

To screen Shoulders to Stand On, you must provide marketing for the screening, space to view the documentary, and either DVD or BluRay equipment. A presentation/panel is also required to introduce the documentary, give background and provide a discussion with Q&A.

Fee:  $250 for Not for Profit; $1,000 for Profit.  Both fees include a presentation/panel.

Contact:  Scott Fearing, Executive Director of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-244-8640.


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