Fundraising Update

The STSO Documentation and Preservation Project began its 3 month fundraising effort to raise $5,000 in November 2016.  The money raised will be used for continued processing of archival LGBT collections given to the Gay Alliance’s STSO Documentation and Preservation Project for archiving and preservation by individuals and organizations.

In just 6 weeks, STSO has raised approximately $3,500.  With another 6 weeks to go, I am confident we can reach our goal with your help.

You can contribute by donating online – be sure to write “For the STSO Doc and Pres Project” in the comment section – or write a check to Gay Alliance, please note STSO Doc and Pres Project on the memo line. Send the check to Evelyn Bailey, Gay Alliance, 100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Check: Made out to – Gay Alliance with STSO Doc and Pres Project written in lower left corner
Send to Evelyn Bailey, Gay Alliance, 100 college Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Thank you for your past and continued support.

–Evelyn Bailey, Shoulders To Stand On Project Chair

Excellence in Documenting New York’s History

Evelyn Bailey, chair of Shoulders To Stand On, was presented with the 2016 Debra E. Bernhardt Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Documenting New York’s History by the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust .


According to a New York State Board of Regents news release:  “This award recognizes the work of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) for the exemplary work of the Shoulders to Stand on Program. This program documents, preserves, and makes accessible the history of the LGBT Community in the Rochester region and its impact on New York State and the nation in advancing the cause for justice and equal rights.

“Examples of their work can be seen through digitizing the ‘Empty Closet’ newspaper; recording audio and video interviews capturing the stories, struggles and achievements of Rochester’s gay pioneers and allies; and a 90-minute documentary celebrating the struggles and courage of the LGBT community in Rochester.

“In addition, the GAGV Documentation Initiative identified and placed in permanent repositories 15 collections containing 120 cubic feet of records documenting Rochester LGBT organizations, agencies, groups, and individuals that set the bar for gay activism and religious tolerance from 1960 to today.”

RISE Brunch

Mimosas by the lake…for a good cause! Partner with the Gay Alliance as we empower tomorrow's local LGBTQ leaders with scholarships and leadership development opportunities. Tickets are $50. Your sponsorship or advertisement sends a powerful message of investment in the future of the local LGBTQ community! Learn more at

Rochester AIDS History Chapter 4

A Community’s Response To AIDS – The Beginning Years Before 1986 in Rochester, NY

The year 1982 was a pivotal year in the identification of AIDS.  Professionals and others were beginning to talk openly about the disease with as much information as was available at the time.  It would be later that the AIDS virus would be traced back to French-Canadian flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas who pays his first known visit to New York City bathhouses in October, 1981.  He would later be deemed “Patient Zero” for his apparent connection to many early cases of AIDS in the United States.