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about Rainbow Dialogues

Using archival collections, the Gay Alliance in partnership with the Rochester Public Library, and ImageOut will develop an interactive community dialogue, Rainbow Dialogues, as a bridge from past to present as a discussion forum for current LGBT diversity issues.

This eighth ongoing Gay Alliance Shoulders to Stand On Program initiativeis Rainbow Dialogues: A Bridge From the Past To the Present, in partnership with the Rochester Public Library (RPL) and ImageOut, Rochester’s globally recognized LGBT Film Festival will provide the Rochester LGBTQ community and its allies a vehicle for an open honest dialogue about important current issues effecting our community and the greater Rochester community

Rainbow Dialogues Presents:

Community Dialogues

Rochester Public Library
9 am - 4:30pm

A non-threatening interactive conversation using 65+ new archival collections in a variety of formats to creatively engage participants in an open and honest discussion on current Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) diversity issues

Dialogue Descriptions

The Rainbow Dialogues humanities theme, suptopic, dialogue title and a brief description are given below. Each dialogue will be interactive with the audience. Audience participation is expected. There will be time for Q & A after each dialogue.


Humanities Theme: Gender and Sexuality


Transgender Issues- An Evolutionary Process For TVA's Past to Present

In the early ‘70’s who were the role models? Role Crossdressing and Transvestites played in transgender identity? Two members of the Transgender Community will share their personal experience of transitioning from different eras. The dialogue will focus on the differences in the culture at the time that shaped their journey, and the personal response each made to the decision to transition.

Collections:
Pam Barres, R. Kasparzyk AKA Nancy Ann Hughes,
Crossdresser/Transvestite Newsletters
Backstreets Photo Collection,
Miss Gay Rochester Pageant

Marriage Equality – Marriage Equality: A Path To Victory For Gender Equality

Political change does not happen in a vacuum. Anne Tischer and Bess Watts, Rochester’s Marriage Equality activists, will share the road they took in becoming grass roots organizers and activists in the fight for Marriage Equality NY. The dialogue will focus on a discussion of strategies, and political processes that changed the culture to make Marriage Equality a reality in New York State.

Collections:
Anne Tischer and Bess Watts, Tom Privitere Collection






Humanities Theme: Cultural Studies/Arts and Music


Serials Collections – Cinema Makes Gay Culture Visible & Vital

The ImageOut Film Festival, now in its 26th year, has provided the Rochester community with images of itself and gay culture in the United States and around the world. This dialogue will discuss the medium of film as the vehicle for bringing visibility to the gay community. The dialogue will focus on the impact cinema has on understanding, accepting, and owning our own culture, as well as creating it.

Collections:
ImageOut, Outlandish, Gay Alliance Video collections,
Crossdresser/Transvestite Newsletters
David Emert and Jon Templin Collection

Faith Issues – Influence of Faith Communities on LGBTQ Rights in Rochester

The history of the important role that Rochester’s faith communities played in supporting the LGBTQ community individually and collectively is unknown. Faith communities in Rochester has struggled within their denominations and externally with LGBTQ issues. This dialogue will focus on how these struggles helped to create the critical mass needed to change the hearts and minds of those anti-gay Rochestarians.

Collections:
Rev. Walt Szymanski, Tim Sally, John Noble Collection
Ralph Carter, “Bud” Minard




Humanities Theme: Humanities Education


Health AIDS – Community Response To A Recurring Crisis: HIV/AIDS

From the very beginning in 1981 when AIDs was identified by Michael Gottlieb, graduate of U of R Medical school, Rochester has been in the forefront of the fight to provide services to those infected and to find a cure. Rochester’s response to this crisis is unknown, unparalleled and ongoing. This dialogue will focus on what the response was, what it is today, and what it will be in the future.

Collections:
RATFA,
Sue Cowell’s Collection,
John Altieri Collection

The Liberation Movements: Where and What Do They Look Like Today

In the early ‘70’s you had the Civil rights Movement, the Women’s Movement and the Gay Rights Movement converging at about the same time. These movements are intertwined, and collectively contributed to the legal protections we now enjoy. Where are these movements today? This dialogue will focus on the changes that have occurred in these diverse movements, and where they are today.

Collections:
Empty Closet Photograph Collection
Sue Cowell, Kathy Reilly, Karen Monast, Unions, Joan Guiffre
Green Thursday Tapes, Lambda Kodak

Meet our Musical Presenters

Sarah Kilborne

Author, Performer, Activist

Sarah S. Kilborne is a writer, singer, performer and activist from upstate New York. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Philosophy and has been a fellow at the Five College Womens Studies Research Center. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, C-Span, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Slate, The Daily Beast and more. She has appeared on TV and radio and at venues throughout the United States.

Speacker Archive

Thomas Warfield

Performer, Activist

Mr. Warfield is a performing artist and activist having performed in more than 100 cities around the world. He is Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Artistic Director of PeaceArt International – using arts to foster greater human understanding. PeaceArt has raised awareness of and financial support for orphans afflicted with and affected by HIV/AIDS in 8 countries. Thomas has also worked for human rights through the National Coalition Building Institute, Alternatives to Violence Program and with grassroots social projects in local communities such as AIDS patients in Thailand and LGBT youth in Idaho. His commitment to multicultural community building continues as Founder and Chairperson of the Cultural Diversity Committee at the Rochester Arts and Cultural Council and the Chair of the RIT President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion.

Speacker Archive

Sarah Kilbourne

Author, Performer, Activist

Sarah S. Kilborne is a writer, singer, performer and activist from upstate New York. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Philosophy and has been a fellow at the Five College Womens Studies Research Center. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, C-Span, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Slate, The Daily Beast and more. She has appeared on TV and radio and at venues throughout the United States.

Speacker Archive

Thomas Warfield

Performer, Activist

Mr. Warfield is a performing artist and activist having performed in more than 100 cities around the world. He is Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Artistic Director of PeaceArt International – using arts to foster greater human understanding. PeaceArt has raised awareness of and financial support for orphans afflicted with and affected by HIV/AIDS in 8 countries. Thomas has also worked for human rights through the National Coalition Building Institute, Alternatives to Violence Program and with grassroots social projects in local communities such as AIDS patients in Thailand and LGBT youth in Idaho. His commitment to multicultural community building continues as Founder and Chairperson of the Cultural Diversity Committee at the Rochester Arts and Cultural Council and the Chair of the RIT President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion.

Speacker Archive

Event Schedule Register Now

Morning

  • 9:00am - 9:30am Welcome at the Rochester Public Library
  • 9:30am - 10:45am Dialogue Break Out Session I
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm Dialogue Break Out Session II
  • 12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch

    Lunch fee will be $15

Afternoon

  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm Dialogue Break Out Session III
  • 2:15pm - 3:30pm Dialogue Break Out Session IV
  • 3:45pm - 4:30pm General Dialogue Session Wrap – Up
  • 4:30pm Departures

Evening

  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Archival Recognition Dinner

    Join us for a night of celebration with special musical presenters and dinner at the Memorial Art Gallery. Tickets will be $50

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The Rainbow Dialogues Community Dialogues is a free event thank you to our great sponsors

Parking is available at both on-street metered spots and at the court street parking garage.

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