STSO Volunteer Research

Research Volunteers

Local History

Research Old LGBT Businesses and Services

Pictures of Buildings of LGBT Organizations, Owners

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Local history research of city records and archives for pictures of no longer existing buildings, businesses and their owners for background for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley production Shoulders To Stand On. Front St. Old city maps of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Public Bath Houses in the United States

Public and Private Bath Houses in Rochester, NY

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Research the origins of public bath houses, and those designated as “gay” for the impact of these on society, and as places where the social, political and cultural life of the Gay Community took place, was strategized and planned.

CETA Funding for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley            

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Research the CETA Funding for the GAGV in 1973. Research to include records of the Urban League, ABC, Community Chest, papers of Mayor Thomas Ryan, city council minutes and list of speakers, and newspaper articles and television news stories. Person will also conduct interviews and gather oral histories of people involved in the decision to apply for, receive, and administer the CETA Funding for the GAGV. Photographs of principles, correspondence, etc. Newsclips – video or paper.

Agencies/Organizations Seeded by Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Assist in research of founders of local Rochester agencies and organizations seeded by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. Task will include getting copies of incorporation papers, by-laws, and other statements of purpose and structure of these agencies and organizations.

Corporate Equality Index Ranking of Local Businesses

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Research where businesses in Rochester rank on the Corporate Equality Index. This task will also include researching the founders of employee lgbt support groups and organizations with descriptions of their purpose, by laws, and mission.

Jackie Nudd and GAGV Annual Meeting at Chamber of Commerce

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Desription: Research on the Chamber President Mooney’s response to request by Jackie Nudd to hold the Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley at the Chamber of commerce in downtown Rochester. Research the documentation of the the community response – gay and straight. Newsclips – video and paper.

Research Openly Gay Candidates for Political Office in Rochester, NY

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Desription: Research candidates for political office and elected politicians who are gay in Rochester. Need to look at their “Coming Out” stories and the impact their sexual orientation had on their success or failure.

Research Property Tax Law Suit by GAGV Against the City of Rochester

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Identify the issues,and the politics surrounding the refusal to give the Gay Alliance Property Tax Exemption when they bought the building on Atlantic Avenue. Locate and document the correspondence between the Mayor, council for the City, and the Gay Alliance. Obtain copies of the ruling. Lawsuit filed : 1991

Anita Bryant in Rochester, New York            

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Desription: Research on the Anita Bryant Campaign against LGBT communities. Specificly identify the leaders and research the history of the protest in down town Rochester when Anita Bryant appeared at the Dome Arena. Any news clips – video or written.

New York

The Influence of the Mattachine Society on Gay Liberation

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Explore the foundation the Mattachine Society provided the gay community after the Stonewall Riots.

The Story Behind the Passage of Marriage Equality in New York

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: The road map for New York’s passage of Marriage Equality brought state, church, politics and business together as a model of change for the country. Explore these components and their interconnectedness in the larger political life of New York.

The Influence of the Iroquois Nation, a Matriarchal Society, on the Declaration of Independence and the US Constition, the Foundation of Freedom For All Peoples.

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Explore the influence of the Iroquois Nation on our forefathers, and its impact on our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Research for Future Documentaries

Women’s History

New Women’s Times

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Index and chronicle the new Women’s Times. Complete run at Brockport in the Women’s Studies Dept.

Midge Costanza’s Contribution To Gay Liberation

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Explore the political career and connections of Midge Costanza to LGBT Rights in Rochester and while in the White House. Assess the historical impact of Midge Costanza on Women’s Rights and politics.

Faith Community

Influence of Spiritualism on Gay Liberation in Rochester

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Research the influence of Quakerism and spiritualism on gay liberation. What was the impact of the Burnt Over District in Rochester on the fight for gay civil rights and equality.

From Death to Life: A Community’s Response to AIDS

AIDS Rochester to AIDS Rochester Inc.

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Research how AIDS Rochester began, developed, and became incorporated. Include who was involved, the politics involved, and the need for the organization. Describe how the programs developed over time to meet the needs of the community including HIV testing, the needle exchange program, and providing a place for people with HIV to live while fighting the disease.

Historical Outline of Headline Events

Indexing of Empty Closet Newspaper

Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Create a digitized index of the Empty Closet Newspaper, the oldeast continuously published newspaper in New York State, from March,2010 to December/January, 2010. Indexing requires going through the actual newspapers, recording headlines, identifying the significant historical events and persons locally and nationally who influenced the gay liberation movement in Rochester, New York. The Empty Closet was and is published monthly. Data entry, computer skills, and familiarity with Dragon, a voice recognition software, will be helpful.

Audio Transcribing

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Organization: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Address: 875 East Main St. Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 244-8640

Contact: Evelyn Bailey, Chair Shoulders to Stand On Advisory Board

Email: shoulderstostandon@gayalliance.org

Description: Transcribing interviews, video clips, and oral histories as part of the research for Shoulders to Stand On, a documentary on the history of gay liberation in Rochester.