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 .

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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 http://www.gayalliance.org/rise/

Who is in the picture Coffee hour

Hello again all!
We are preparing materials for an NEH Grant to preserve archival material including photographs – hard copy and digital.
Each of you have been in the community a long time, and hopefully will recognize some of the people in the pictures.
Who Is In The Picture Coffee Hour
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9am – 11am
Gay Alliance
Nopper Room
Auditorium Theatre
STSO will host a coffee hour during which time the EC Photo Archives will be available for viewing as well as some photos on CD's that can not be identified.
STSO NEEDS YOUR HELP TO IDENTIFY
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN
There will be post it notes available for you to write down the identification.
Coffee will also be available
Nothing else so no sticky fingers!!!
Please RSVP to Evelyn at evelynb@gayalliance.org.

STSO: 7 initiatives

Shoulders to Stand On
A Community Program

The GAGV Shoulders To Stand On Program of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley focuses on documenting and preserving 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. This project gives credibility to our community and culture, and will be available to teach and inspire future generations.

Shoulders To Stand On Program has 7 initiatives:

1. Roots Chronology – Completed

2. Empty Closet Newspaper digitized, Completed 9/2010 University of Rochester

3. Volunteer project to identify headlines, people, groups, events and gay friendly establishments
through the Empty Closet Newspaper. Completed 1/2011

4. New Women’s Times Newspaper, 1978 – 1984 digitized. Completed: May, 2013
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