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About Rainbow Dialogues

The Rainbow Dialogues is a series of community building conversations demonstrating how LGBTQ history and archival documents from the past are relevant for people today. The Dialogues will reference and contextualize LGBTQ life in Rochester against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues.

The Out Alliance Shoulders to Stand On Program’s 8th Initiative, the Rainbow Dialogues is presented by the Out Alliance in partnership with the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division, the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library,(FFRPL) and ImageOut, Rochester’s globally recognized LGBTQ Film Festival with support from Humanities New York, the Rochester LGBTQ Giving Circle and with additional input from Brockport faculty as well as community volunteers.

Rochester Public Library
9:30am – 4:30pm - Free
Two Break Out Sessions – Three Dialogues per Session


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.


Using the archival collections archived and preserved at the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division, the audience will be engaged in interactive conversations on the following topics:
Dialogue Breakout Session 1 - 10 am - Noon

  • 1. Marriage Equality: What It takes To Create Change
  • 2. Influence of Gay Liberation on Faith Communities in Rochester
  • 3. AIDS – Community Response To A Recurring Crisis: HIV/AIDS

Dialogue Breakout Session 2 - 2 pm – 3:30 pm
  • 4. Cinema Makes Gay Culture Visible & Vital
  • 5. An Evolutionary Process For TVA's Past to Present
  • 6. The Liberation Movements: Where and What Do They Look Like Today

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M&T Ballroom-Cutler Union: Memorial Art Gallery
6:00 pm – 10:00pm - $50


This event will recognize the institutions, organizations, agencies and individuals who have created, made visible, collected, documented, housed and provided financial resources to preserve and archive Rochester’s LGBTQ history. This event will include humanity’s related performances by Thomas Warfield who will perform selections from the First Rochester World AIDS Day 1990 and Sarah Kilborne who will perform the Lavender Blues, recognitions and a buffet dinner.

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Morning

  • 9:30am Registration and Check In
  • 10:00am Welcome Orientation
  • 10:30 am Dialogue Break Out Session I
  • 12:00pm Lunch

    On Your Own

Afternoon

  • 12:00pm - 1:45pm Archives Information Fair
  • 2:00pm Dialogue Break Out Session II
  • 3:30pm Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm - 4:30pm General Plenary Wrap – Up

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

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 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.

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

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