Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History

Video Interview, John Curtis, February 22, 2013
An interview with the founder and former Co-President of GALAXe Pride at Work at Xerox, John Curtis, conducted by Kevin Indovino. He talks about the relationship between the Xerox corporation and its gay employees, the creation of GALAXe Pride at Work to support LGBT employees at the company, and how GALAXe has had both a local and global impact. His discusses changes in LGBT civil rights, such as New York State's decision to pass legislation in support of gay marriage, and how these changes have impacted him both personally and professionally., Video Interview, John Curtis, February 22, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12036
Video Interview, John Noble, August 2, 2012
An interview with John Noble conducted by Kevin Indovino. Noble talks about moving to Rochester in the 1970s and becoming involved in the local gay community through events at the University of Rochester held by the Gay Liberation Front and later becoming involved in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. He shares his thoughts about the history of social activism in Rochester and his own motivations for being an activist. He discusses his experiences writing the first grant application on behalf of the Gay Alliance for the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), going into detail about the challenges they faced before officially receiving the grant and the support that they received from Bill Johnson at the Urban League. He also speaks about the Alliance being denied tax exemption by Mayor Tom Ryan and the legal battle that ensued. Tim Mains is discussed and commended for bringing further visibility to the gay community in Rochester., Video Interview, John Noble, August 2, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12068
Video Interview, John W. Grace and Nelson Baldo, August 16, 2012
An interview with members of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, John W. Grace and Nelson Baldo, conducted by Kevin Indovino. They discuss the challenges they faced being gay and serving in the military in the 1960s. They talk about the gay community in Rochester during that time, the beginnings of the Gay Liberation Front, and the organization's significance for the gay community. Grace and Baldo share their memories of participating in events held by the Gay Liberation Front such as dances and the Speakers Bureau. Grace goes into detail about the dance held at the restaurant Top of the Plaza and the start of the Green Thursday radio program on WCMF. Members of the Gay Liberation Front that are discussed include Elizabeth "Liz" Bell, Danny Scipione, Tim Mains, Karen Hagberg, R.J. Alcala, Marshall Goldman, Patti Evans, and Whitey LeBlanc., Video Interview, John W. Grace and Nelson Baldo, August 16, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12086
Video Interview, Karen Hagberg, May 23, 2012
An interview with one of the founders of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, Karen Hagberg, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Hagberg discusses coming to Rochester as a student at the Eastman School of Music and starting the Gay Liberation Front on the River Campus and the Speakers Bureau. She talks about the significance of the Gay Liberation Front and the events and services it provided for the gay community such as dances, the annual picnic at Genesee Valley Park, and the Empty Closet. She describes appearing on The Louise Show, a local morning talk show, to promote the organization in the early 1970s and attending the second gay pride march in New York City. Hagberg also speaks about her own experiences coming out as a lesbian and the difficulty her mother had publicly accepting her daughter’s sexuality., Video Interview, Karen Hagberg, May 23, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12049
Video Interview, Kathryn Rivers, June 6, 2012
Kathryn Rivers is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. As one of the original members of Lambda at Kodak, Rivers reveals why the Lambda at Kodak initiative was created. Rivers discusses what prompted the formation of the organization and her experiences with it as it moved forward. She mentions her encounters with individuals such as David Kosel, Deb Price, George Fisher, Elizabeth Birch, and Emily Jones. Rivers also shares her activities as a gay woman in Rochester, which involved frequenting local gay bars like the Riverview and participating in gay activism through marches and picnics with the Gay Liberation Front. Towards the end of her interview, Rivers explains the meaning of the word "Lambda" and speaks to the mission statement of Lambda at Kodak., Video Interview, Kathryn Rivers, June 6, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12078
Video Interview, Kelly Clark, April 15, 2013
An interview with Kelly Clark, the Intergenerational Programs Director at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Clark discusses the diverse LGBT community in Rochester and the different community support and outreach efforts that the organization conducts. She goes into detail about the Gay Alliance's Rainbow Sage Program, Intergenerational Program, and Youth Program. Clark also speaks about how the Gay Alliance's role within the community has changed and how the Gay Alliance has sought to address different challenges facing the LGBT community., Video Interview, Kelly Clark, April 15, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12111
Video Interview, Kevin Indovino and Evelyn Bailey, undated
An interview with Kevin Indovino and Evelyn Bailey. Bailey describes how the 30th anniversary of the Gay Alliance prompted her to take on the Shoulders To Stand On project. Bailey states that she was motivated by the AIDS crisis and educating youths. Bailey reveals that she believes oral histories can make growing up an easier process for LGBT youth. Bailey also reveals that, on a personal level, she has enjoyed collecting interviews because she finds the participants' stories enriching., Video Interview, Kevin Indovino and Evelyn Bailey, undated, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12053
Video Interview, Larry Champoux, November 1, 2012
Larry Champoux is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Champoux speaks to the gay movement and the arts by discussing the politics of ACT UP in the 1980s with the AIDS crisis and artists' responses to it. He describes working for the Pyramid Art Center, a multi-art organization which is now known as Rochester Contemporary. In 1992, Champoux was one of the founders of ImageOut, the Rochester LGBT Film and Video Festival in Rochester. He discusses why he developed the film festival and how it came to fruition after his participation in the Pink Flamingos and Purple Hearts Conference for LGBT awareness. Champoux explains some of his other involvement with the LGBT community in Rochester as he was on the board of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and was the Vice President of Rochester Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus. Champoux discusses the issue of censorship and how it ended up defunding many lesbian and gay artists and organizations. Champoux ends his interview by expressing how the LGBT community demonstrated its strength in Rochester through political, cultural, and health infrastructures as well as a media outlet., Video Interview, Larry Champoux, November 1, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12033
Video Interview, Larry Fine, March 25, 2013
An interview with Larry Fine conducted by Bruce Woolley. Fine discusses his experiences coming to Rochester in the late 1960s, being a student at the University of Rochester, and coming out as gay. He describes starting the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester with Bob Osborn, Marshall Goldman, Patti Evans, and R.J. Alcala. Fine talks about different events held by the Gay Liberation Front including dances on campus. He also shares his memories of how the Empty Closet was created and its significance., Video Interview, Larry Fine, March 25, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12045
Video Interview, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, April 24, 2013
An interview with former Lieutenant Governor of New York and Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy conducted by Kevin Indovino. He talks about his time on the Rochester police force in the 1970s after Gordon Urlacher started the Liaison Program with the gay community. He discusses the importance of having liaisons between the police force and the community to help build trust and foster relationships. He also talks about acting as Lieutenant Governor for Andrew Cuomo, the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, and his own experiences and reasoning for coming out in support of gay rights and marriage equality., Video Interview, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, April 24, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12041
Video Interview, Mark Hull, November 29, 2011
An interview with Mark Hull conducted by Kevin Indovino. Hull describes his experiences as a student at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. He primarily discusses the Rochester gay community's social scene including gay bars such as Dick's 43. He shares his memories of how his own understanding of his sexuality developed, his involvement in the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, and the significance of the Empty Closet and The Advocate. Hull also talks about his relationships with his parents after he came out., Video Interview, Mark Hull, November 29, 2011, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12052
Video Interview, Maureen Boyle and Vickie Fumia, April 11, 2012
Maureen Boyle and Vickie Fumia are interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Boyle and Fumia describe how they met each other and how they came about opening an antique shop together. Later, they closed the shop and opened up the gay bar, Rosie's. Boyle and Fumia describe how Friar's was something of a competition for their bar, and then describe the experience of walking into Rosie's. Boyle and Fumia also reveal how they sponsored events for the gay community like gay pride and parades and other political moments. They discuss what their relationship was with the police and police raids in the city. They describe the police liaison, Gordon Urlacher, as a customer. Boyle and Fumia, towards the end of their interview, discuss the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Rosie's and how they held drag shows to raise money for the cause. They end by offering advice to gay youth in contemporary times., Video Interview, Maureen Boyle & Vickie Fumia, April 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12100
Video Interview, Michael Gamilla, October 20, 2012
In this interview, Michael Gamilla extensively discusses his involvement with the ImageOut Film Festival, an annual LGBT film festival held in Rochester, New York. He talks about his interest in LGBT cinema and what he believes ImageOut has contributed to Rochester over the years. Gamilla then discusses his role as Chair of Programming for the festival. He also talks about the importance of making LGBT cinema accessible to the community., Video Interview, Michael Gamilla, October 20, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12047
Video Interview, Michael Robertson, May 23, 2012
An interview with Michael Robertson conducted by Kevin Indovino. Robertson discusses his previous involvement in the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester and why the organization was significant for Rochester's gay community. He shares his memories of starting the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley as well as the challenges the Alliance has faced over the years including its incorporation as a non-profit organization and applying for the first Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant. He talks about the Alliance's mission and significance as a unifying force. Robertson also discusses the history of political activism in Rochester, New York and instances of police discrimination against members of the gay community in Rochester., Video Interview, Michael Robertson, May 23, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12079
Video Interview, Nicholas Williams, February 22, 2013
Nicholas Williams is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Williams is the former director of Rochester's Gay Men's Chorus. He describes how the Gay Men's Chorus was created in 1982 and why it came into being. Williams talked about how the chorus posited itself in the larger gay movement in Rochester and how they managed civic engagement. Williams also discusses how the chorus dealt with the AIDS crisis with the gay community. Williams also describes a proud moment in his career when the Gay Men's Chorus performed at the Chamber of Commerce. Towards the end of the interview, Williams describes the formation of The Rochettes as part of the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus., Video Interview, Nicholas Williams, February 22, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12095
Video Interview, Ove Overmyer, May 23, 2012
Ove Overmyer is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Ovemyer worked with labor unions which led to legislation like gay marriage and Tim Mains campaign in the 2005 mayoral election of Rochester. Overmyer moved to Rochester from New York City in the mid 1990s and worked the Public Library downtown and immediately picked up on workplace rights issues there. In 2004, Overmyer became a local officer in Monroe County. In 2007, he formed a chapter of Pride at Work with other colleagues, which was instrumental in securing marriage equality in New York in 2011. Overmyer describes how he got labor unions to understand that gay rights were workplace issues and equal rights issues. Toward the end of his interview, Overmyer talks about his involvement with the Empty Closet as a librarian and historian after he became a reporter in the mid 1990s., Video Interview, Ove Overmyer, May 23, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12070
Video Interview, Pamela Barres, June 6, 2012
An interview with Pamela Barres conducted by Kevin Indovino. Barres discusses her experiences coming out as transgender and its impact on her life both personally and professionally. She talks about stereotypes labeled against gay men, the lack of information available to transgender people, and the dynamics between transgender people and the rest of the LGBT community. She discusses her career at Kodak, getting involved with Lambda at Kodak, and her involvement with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley., Video Interview, Pamela Barres, June 6, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12096
Video Interview, Pat Collins and Judy Lawrence, June 6, 2012
An interview with former president of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Pat Collins, and her wife Judy Lawrence conducted by Kevin Indovino. The two women discuss their experiences coming out as well as raising children together in Rochester, New York. Judy Lawrence discusses her involvement with the Speakers Bureau. Pat Collins talks about growing up in West Virginia and facing sexual discrimination throughout her career. She discusses getting involved with the Lesbian Resource Center at the Genesee Co-op through Patti Evans; the merger between the Lesbian Resource Center and the Gay Brotherhood to form the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley; and applying for the organization’s first grant from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). Collins and Lawrence also talk about the significance of the Riverview for the lesbian community., Video Interview, Pat Collins and Judy Lawrence, June 6, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12034
Video Interview, Patricia Finnerty, August 2, 2012
Patricia Finnerty, an archival consultant for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. She discusses discovering a collection of records from the organization Helping People with AIDS and arranged for it to be housed at the Smithsonian. Finnerty describes the importance of preserving these records for Rochester's gay community., Video Interview, Patricia Finnerty, August 2, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12046
Video Interview, Patti Evans, April 11, 2012
An interview with founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, Patti Evans, conducted by Kevin Indovino. She shares her memories of participating in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and becoming involved in the Rochester gay community through the Riverview bar and Bob Osborn who encouraged her to become active in the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester. She talks about police harassment and Gordon Urlacher’s efforts to lessen police discrimination against the gay community. Evans discusses participating in the Lesbian Nation and Green Thursday radio programs for WCMF radio. She also speaks the emergence of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley as well as her political activism and interactions with politicians such as Tim Mains, Louise Slaughter, and Midge Costanza., Video Interview, Patti Evans, April 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12044
Video Interview, Patty Hayes, February 22, 2013
An interview with Patty Hayes conducted by Kevin Indovino. In this interview, Hayes, the former youth program coordinator of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, discusses her role in that position. She discusses the importance of youth programming in Rochester, creating safe spaces for youth, the effort to have school's recognize LGBT youth and their issues, and the efforts of the GAGV to advocate for LGBT youth., Video Interview, Patty Hayes, February 22, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12051
Video Interview, Paul Allen, November 1, 2012
An interview with the Chair of the ImageOut film festival, Paul Allen, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Allen discusses the origins of the ImageOut film festival and why having a gay and lesbian film festival is significant for Rochester and for the gay community. He talks about the importance of diversity and acceptance within the festival and the different outreach efforts that take place each year to try to encourage involvement. He also shares his first impressions of Rochester's gay community after arriving in 2000, how he feels the community has changed over the years, and what challenges lie ahead both for the community and for LGBT cinema., Video Interview, Paul Allen, November 1, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12072
Video Interview, Paula Silvestrone, August 2, 2012
Paula Silvestrone is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Silvestrone was the Executive Director of AIDS Rochester in 1989 and worked for the organization for twenty years. Silvestrone describes how she became involved in grassroots organizing and non-profit work with AIDS. Silvestrone recalls being interviewed by Hazel Jeffries and Bill Valenti, and she proceeds to discuss the state of affairs in the office of AIDS Rochester when Jackie Nudd was terminated. Silvestrone describes how she was assisted in her work by Michael Beatty and the politics surrounding fundraising for AIDS. Silvestrone also describes AIDS Rochester's syringe exchange program and Rochester's collaborative community overall. Toward the end of her interview, Silvestrone talks about a few key figures including Bill Valenti and his vision for the AIDS clinic, Jeffrey Kost who developed the first AIDS walk, and Tony Green who posed both advantages and challenges for those who worked with him., Video Interview, Paula Silvestrone, August 2, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12085
Video Interview, R.J. Alcala, October 20, 2012
RJ Alcala is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Alcala recalls the impact of Stonewall while he was in school in 1969. Alcala describes the formation of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester. He talks about Bob Osborn and his influence as well as the divided politics on campus from the Vietnam War that inspired activist sentiments among students. This is why, according to Alcala, the Gay Liberation movement took off. Alcala speaks to the purpose of the Speakers Bureau and the first speaking engagement that he had. He spoke at schools with Tim Mains. Alcala describes working with Larry Fine and Marshall Goldman. Alcala expands on Bob Osborn's impact by discussing how the Empty Closet came into existence. Towards the end of his interview, Alcala discusses his visions for gay activism in the future and hopes that the gay picnic will continue., Video Interview, R.J. Alcala, October 20, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12061
Video Interview, Ralph Carter, October 20, 2012
An interview with Ralph Carter, an engineer at Xerox and a member of the Third Presbyterian Church, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Carter shares his experiences coming to Rochester in the late 1970s and becoming involved in Rochester's religious community as a gay man. He talks about his involvement in Dignity-Integrity, Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, and starting CREATE Justice (Church's Responsibility to Educate and Advocate Toward Equality) and the LGBT Support Group (now Born This Way) at the Third Presbyterian Church. He discusses the history of tension between the Presbyterian church and homosexuality, the establishment of More Light churches, and Virginia Davidson and Jane Spahr's contributions to promoting equality within the church. Carter also discusses the beginnings of GALAXe Pride at Work at Xerox and Out and Equal as well as his involvement in both organizations., Video Interview, Ralph Carter, October 20, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12031
Video Interview, Ruth Rosenberg Naparsteck, September 6, 2013
An interview with Ruth Rosenberg Naparsteck, former historian for the city of Rochester, conducted by Kevin Indovino. She discusses the history of Rochester as a city and its progressive political roots as demonstrated through Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. She also examines the important role of education in the city as well as the role that George Eastman and Hiram Sibley played in promoting education and learning within the community. Naparsteck talks about Front Street and the emergence of gay bars in the 1960s and how the city of Rochester has changed over time., Video Interview, Ruth Rosenberg Naparsteck, September 6, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12067
Video Interview, Sue Cowell, April 11, 2012
An interview with Sue Cowell conducted by Kevin Indovino. Cowell discusses moving to Rochester in 1977 to work at the University of Rochester, her first impressions of the local gay community, and becoming involved in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley through Pat Collins. She talks about the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Rochester and her activity in promoting HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment with Bill Valenti and John Altieri. Cowell goes into detail about establishing the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS and AIDS Rochester (now Trillium Health). She also shares her memories of becoming president of the Gay Alliance in 1978 and the Rally for Human Rights that was held that same year in response to Anita Bryant's upcoming visit to Rochester., Video Interview, Sue Cowell, April 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12035
Video Interview, Susan Jordan, January 21, 2013
Susan Jordan, the editor of the Empty Closet, is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Jordan reveals that she moved to Rochester in 1972 and was hired by the Empty Closet in 1989. She worked for the New Women's Times from 1975 to 1984. Just as she started, Jackie Nudd was terminated from AIDS Rochester and Jordan had to quickly learn about the gay community in Rochester to write a piece about this event. Jordan describes the layout process for the Empty Closet and the challenges that the journal faced when in 2013 with the spread of social media and new financial challenges. Jordan then discusses the AIDS epidemic and how the Empty Closet became a resource for AIDS information. Jordan also speaks about Bob Osborn and the Gay Liberation Front. Jordan details the responsibilities she held as a member on the board of the Gay Alliance as well as the Empty Closet. Towards the end of her interview, Jordan discusses her long-term commitment to the Empty Closet and she defines it as an advocacy publication that fought for equal rights for all., Video Interview, Susan Jordan, January 21, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12057
Video Interview, Thomas Privitere, January 21, 2013
Thomas Privitere is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Privitere speaks about coming out in the mid-1970s in Rochester as a middle-class man of Italian descent. He describes how he was married to a woman and had children before he realized he was gay. Privitere had a position in the police department and was active in labor unions. He describes why he felt home in a place like Jim's bar and he previously stereotyped the gay community with the Kinsey Report being his only source of literature. Privitere also describes his activism for AIDS and labor unions, such as when he worked for the New York State Public Employees Federation in the 1980s. Privitere negotiated health care benefits for LGBT people in labor. He believed that domestic partner benefits led to the passage of gay marriage. Towards the end of his interview, Privitere describes Tim Mains as the first-openly gay elected official in New York and considers him a famous figurehead for the community., Video Interview, Thomas Privitere, January 21, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12076
Video Interview, Thomas Warfield, October 20, 2012
Thomas Warfield is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Warfield, a Rochester native, describes how he started frequenting bars when he was around 16-17 years old in the mid-1970s. He noted bars such as Friar's, Jim's, and Tara's. Warfield, a gay man of African-American descent, distinguishes the differences between racial and sexual discrimination. Warfield also discusses how he went to the first ACT UP meeting and became involved in the World's AIDS concerts. Warfield was also a member of the Community Advisory Board and formed an orphanage in China. Warfield spent a great deal of his time in New York City, and he details the differences between the responses of the gay communities to AIDS in both New York City and Rochester. Warfield ends his interview by discussing the community support and spirit that he admired in Rochester., Video Interview, Thomas Warfield, October 20, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12119
Video Interview, Tim Mains, April 11, 2012
Tim Mains discusses his role as a teacher in Rochester and then his move into local politics. This role as a public servant stemmed from his involvement in gay activist groups, including the Empty Closet, the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, and the Rochester Gay Task Force. The conversation then turns to a general discussion of gay life in Rochester over the years, including different meeting places for the gay community., Video Interview, Tim Mains, April 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12058
Video Interview, Tim Sally, December 14, 2012
An interview with Tim Sally in which he discusses his involvement in Dignity-Integrity and the changing relationships between religious communities and the gay community. He also discusses co-founding AIDS Rochester and PFlag. He shares his memories of his own experiences coming out and the impact that had on his relationships with his family. He also speaks about his activism, homophobia he has experienced, and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on his personal life and on the gay community as a whole., Video Interview, Tim Sally, December 14, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12081
Video Interview, Tim Tompkins, November 30, 2012
Tim Tompkins is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Tompkins describes the 1960s and '70s as formative years, as he came out to his family and became involved with the gay community. Tompkins also talks about the opening of Friar's around 1970 and Jesse Vulo, who ran the bar until he became ill with AIDS. Tompkins also describes how he owned a bathhouse and opened The Liberty (a nightclub) and was in the process of owning and financing other nightclubs in the city. Tompkins explains how he ran Jim's bar out of business (inadvertently) and then describes Jim's. Tompkins also became involved in AIDS activism. Tompkins explains some of the funding issues that AIDS Rochester, Helping People with AIDS, and Community Health Network all had to deal with. Tompkins then discusses the termination of HPA and the what he perceives might be the future of AIDS care in Rochester. Towards the end of his interview, Tompkins describes Tony Green., Video Interview, Tim Tompkins, November 30, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12090
Video Interview, Tom Petrillo and Bill Reamy, June 6, 2012
An interview with lawyer Tom Petrillo and psychiatrist Bill Reamy conducted by Kevin Indovino. Reamy discusses his experiences being a gay psychiatrist, working at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists, Frank Kameny's significance in the gay movement, and the relationship between psychiatry and homosexuality. Petrillo discusses his experiences as a gay lawyer starting in the 1960s, his work for members of the gay community in Rochester, police discrimination, the relationship between the courts and homosexuality, and some of the legal challenges homosexuals have faced in the United States regarding wills, custody, employment, and domestic partnerships., Video Interview, Tom Petrillo and Bill Reamy, June 6, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12073
Video Interview, Tom Petrillo, June 6, 2012
Secondary footage from an interview with lawyer Tom Petrillo conducted by Kevin Indovino. In this portion of the interview Petrillo briefly discusses some of the court battles he waged on behalf of LGBT rights and the significance of his decision to take on cases relating to gay and lesbian legal rights., Video Interview, Tom Petrillo, June 6, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:11290
Video Interview, Tony Mascioli, November 29, 2011
In this interview, Anthony Mascioli discusses Rochester after WWII, including the gay bars. He specifically mentions The Rustic Bar, Jim’s, The Oasis, the Manger Hotel bar, 44 and a Half, and Town and Country. He then talks about his coming out into the gay scene of Rochester, which was then followed by his move to New York City. Mascioli shares the beginnings of his involvement in the bathhouse business, including the creation of his bathhouse called Wall Street Sauna. He talks about the regulation of the gay scene in NYC by Mayor Wagner, the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and how AIDS affected the gay communities of different cities., Video Interview, Tony Mascioli, November 29, 2011, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12060
Video Interview, Wayne Esposito, January 21, 2013
Kevin Indovino interviews Wayne Esposito about his role in the gay social scenes in Rochester, New York. Esposito discusses the bar scene during the 1970s, as well as his coming out. The conversation then turns to discussing drag performance and its role within Rochester. Esposito, who performs in drag under the name Liza, discusses the activist roles drag performers had throughout the years. These roles were especially important during the early days of the AIDS crisis., Video Interview, Wayne Esposito, January 21, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12043
Video Interview, Whitey LeBlanc, April 11, 2012
An interview with the first president of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Wilfred "Whitey" LeBlanc, conducted by Kevin Indovino. He shares his memories of the gay community in Rochester, New York during the 1960s and how he has seen it change over time. He talks about the gay bars in Rochester, specifically Dicks 43, which was run by Martha Gruttadauria, and Jim’s as well as his experiences with police raids and discrimination. He discusses getting involved in the Gay Liberation Front, the growth of the Empty Closet, the formation of the Gay Alliance, and activities conducted by both organizations to promote gay rights such as the first gay picnic in 1973 held in Genesee Valley Park. LeBlanc also talks about the roles of Tim Mains, Jay Baker, Karen Hagberg, and Patti Evans in Rochester’s gay community., Video Interview, Whitey LeBlanc, April 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:12114