Program Overview

A unique program; a unique partnership

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is a program that represents a very unique partnership between the Out Alliance, the Rochester Public Library, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and ImageOut, with support from Humanities New York, the Rochester LGBTQ Giving Circle and with additional input from Brockport faculty as well as community volunteers.

The Anthony Mascioli 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 Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. An all-day educational event will be held at the Central Library Downtown, 115 South Avenue. An evening celebration will be held at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.

Special Guest Speaker:
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, will speak at both events.
“LGBTQ archives are important to the LGBTQ community because they are the tools from which history will be written. And, if you don't provide historians with the tools, your history will either not be written or written using someone else's tools. As with many minority groups the LGBTQ community has to take its place at the historical table, no one is going to give it to you. You must claim it.” – Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

Program content
Recently, the Rochester Public Library began working on a multi-year project with the Out Alliance -- with support from the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library -- to permanently transfer dozens of LGBTQ special collections to the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division. The collections include documents, newspapers, videos, books and ephemera. The Rochester Public Library will serve as the permanent home for the collections, providing the community-at-large with greater accessibility to the content. The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is the first program featuring the special collections that have been transferred to the Rochester Public Library. To review collections click here

Event Schedule


9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Rochester Public Library’s Central Library Downtown, 115 South Avenue

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is a series of community building conversations based on those special collections that have been transferred to the Rochester Public Library. The Dialogues will demonstrate how LGBTQ history and archival documents from the past are relevant for people today, and will reference and contextualize LGBTQ life in Rochester against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues.


The all-day event at the Rochester Public Library is free, but advance registration is required. Click to register:

Schedule

  • 9:30am Registration and Check In
  • 10:00am Welcome Plenary, Welcome, Orientation to Day
  • 10:30 am – 12:00pm Dialogue Break Out Session I

    1. Influence of Gay Liberation on Faith Communities in Rochester
    Facilitator: Rev. Stephanie Suave
    Moderators: Deborah Hughes, Ralph Carter, Rev. Denise Donato, ECC,
    The role gay liberation played in creating open and affirming communities of faith in Rochester, NY is not known. Individuals and their faith communities each experienced their “Stonewall” moments. Faith communities in Rochester 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, minds and attitudes of faith communities toward the LGBTQ+ inclusion in ministry and service to the community.

    2. Marriage Equality: What it Takes to Create Change
    Facilitator: Franklin Robinson
    Moderators: Anne Tischer & Bess Watts
    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

    3. Community Response To A Recurring Crisis: HIV/AIDS
    Facilitator: John Altieri – Rich Fowler
    Moderators: Jasa’n Ward, Zena, Jo-Z Powers
    From the very beginning in 1981 when AIDs was identified by Michael Gottlieb, graduate of UofR 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 unparalleled and ongoing. This dialogue will focus on what the response was, what it is today, and what it will be in the future.

  • 12:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch

    Participants are encouraged to visit the archives information fair

  • 12:00pm - 1:45pm Archives Information Fair
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Dialogue Break Out Session II

    4) Cinema Makes Gay Culture Visible & Vital
    Facilitator: Gerry Szymanski
    Moderators: Larry Champoux and Adam Lubitow
    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, with a focus on the impact cinema has on understanding, accepting, and owning our own culture, as well as creating it.

    5) An Evolutionary Process: From TVA To Transgender Today
    Facilitator: Rowan Collins
    Moderators: Pam Barres and Chloe Corcoran
    In the early ‘70’s who were the role models? What role did crossdressers and transvestites play 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.

    6) The Liberation Movements: Where and What Do They Look Like Today
    Facilitator: Tim Judd
    Moderators: Barbara LeSavoy and Milo Obourn
    In the early ‘70’s the Civil rights Movement, the Women’s Movement and the Gay Rights Movement converged 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.

  • 3:30pm Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm - 4:30pm General Plenary Wrap – Up
  • 4:30pm Departures

Archival Recognition Celebration

From 6pm-10pm, the first Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues Humanities Archival Recognition Celebration will be held at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.

The Celebration is to recognize the organizations and individuals who have created, documented, housed and helped preserve Rochester’s LGBTQ history. This event will feature live music, dramatic performances, awards and a buffet dinner.

Schedule


The evening celebration is $50 per person. To purchase tickets:


Schedule

  • 6:00 pm Arrival and Check-In
  • 6:15 pm Welcome
    Introduce First Musical Archive – Thomas Warfield – First World AIDS Day 1990 Memories
  • 6:40 pm Buffet
  • 7:40 pm Keynote Speaker – Franklin Robinson

    Museum of Amer. His Archive - Smithsonian
    Presentations - Funders – Archives - Collection Donors
    Special Recognition - AIDS: A Matter Of Urgency
    Dr. William Valenti
    Author and Physician

  • 8:40 pm Second Musical Archive – Sarah Kilborne, The Lavender Blues
  • 9:30 pm Q & A for Thomas Warfield and Sarah Kilborne
  • 9:50pm Wrap up and Thank You’s

Anthony Mascioli, 1930-2013

Anthony Mascioli was a colorful and charismatic entrepreneur who boldly celebrated being a gay man when it wasn’t socially acceptable or safe. He provided a place for men, in and out of the closet, to socialize and find fulfillment in their identity. Most of all Tony lived his life openly with pride.

Tony grew up around North Street in Rochester, and went to Catholic schools. He knew he was gay as a young man, and when he came out to his family, his father was not very supportive. He left Rochester at 19 to briefly live in New York City, before returning to Rochester to attend The College at Brockport, State University of New York (then known as Brockport State Teacher’s College). He graduated from Brockport from an accelerated three-year program.

Tony returned to New York and attended Columbia University majoring in English Literature. In 1974 he went into partnership with his cousin and opened the Wall Street Spa and Sauna. Soon after, Tony also opened the East Side Sauna, and a guest house on Long Island.

He was personally and financially invested in all of our organizations and we are proud to collaboratively present the Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues for the benefit of Rochester’s LGBTQ community and the community-at-large.

For Facilitator, Moderator, and Performers Bios Click here