Shoulders to Stand On: a History of the Rochester LGBT Community

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fairport Public Library
Community Room

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Program has been cancelled. Please check back in the Spring for a future date.
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 NY 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.
Event Type(s): Adult Program

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