Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History

Green Thursday, radio program, July 24, 1975, source recording
This is a source recording used for the July 24, 1975 Green Thursday program. This recording contains speeches given at a rally held after the sixth annual Gay Pride March in New York City on June 25, 1975. Dr. Bruce Voeller introduces four members of the armed forces who proceed to speak: Leonard Matlovich, Barbara Randolph, Debbie Watson, and Skip Keith. Following the speeches, this recording contains live musical performances from the event. The content of this recording can be found on Green Thursday, July 24, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, July 24, 1975, source recording, 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:6523
Green Thursday, radio program, June 24, 1973, source recording
This is a continuation of a source recording from the rally held at Washington Square Park after the fourth annual Christopher Street Liberation Day parade in New York City. This recording contains a portion of Morris Kight's speech at the rally as well as live musical performances by Peter Fisher, Lucy Wile, Jane Diventa, and Merrill Shepherd., Green Thursday, radio program, June 24, 1973, source recording, 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:6522
Green Thursday, radio program, June 24, 1973, source recording
Interview conducted for the Green Thursday radio program by Bruce Jewell with Frank Kameny before the fourth annual Christopher Street Liberation Day parade in New York City. Kameny comments on his experiences with discrimination and losing his government job due to his sexual orientation. He discusses establishing the Mattachine Society of Washington and current law reform efforts. Kameny speaks about the relationship between the gay rights movement and the American Psychiatric Association, going into detail about his own experiences at a 1972 conference in which he appeared on the panel, "Psychiatry: Friend or Foe of Homosexuals?," with activist Barbara Gittings and psychiatrist John E. Fryer. Jewell proceeds to conduct brief interviews with parade attendees and at the rally at Washington Square Park. The recording ends with Jewell's summary of Barbara Gittings’ speech, part of Vito Russo's introduction of Morris Kight, and part of Kight's speech on the history of homosexual persecution., Green Thursday, radio program, June 24, 1973, source recording : Frank Kameny, Morris Kight, 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:6518
Green Thursday, radio program, March 6, 1975, source recording
A recording for the Green Thursday radio program of unknown speakers presenting their views on sexism at an unknown conference, possibly the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974., Green Thursday, radio program, March 6, 1975, source recording, 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:6604
Green Thursday, radio program, May 16, 1974
In this episode of Green Thursday, Bob Crystal hosts the show alone because Bruce Jewell is sick with the flu. He discusses progress worldwide for gay people, including the first same-sex marriage in Manitoba, Canada, the efforts to end the criminality of gay people in Pennsylvania, and the decoration of the Boston subways to support public recognition of gay people. He then broadcasts the second of three parts of a consciousness raising session on gender roles from Tolstoy College at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. This session features an interview with a man named Mike who discusses dating, sex, his mother, and giving the name "Mike Anubis" to his ideal masculine persona. Crystal concludes with discussing new gay-friendly counseling opportunities and upcoming events in Rochester, New York., Green Thursday, radio program, May 16, 1974, 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:6608
Green Thursday, radio program, October 25, 1973
Part one of an episode of the Green Thursday radio program hosted by Geryllaeyn Naundorf and Pam Barrale with Elizabeth "Liz" Bell as a guest. Upcoming local events hosted by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley are mentioned including a screening of the film Three Lives by Kate Millett at the Genesee Co-op, the nominations for Dyke of the Month, and a costume party at the Gay Alliance of the Genesse Valley Center. During the broadcast, the three women discuss their experiences conducting speaking engagements for the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau about various topics relating to homosexuality for audiences made up of both heterosexuals and homosexuals, what they refer to as being "professional lesbians.", Green Thursday, radio program, October 25, 1973 : Part One, 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:6527
Green Thursday, radio program, October 25, 1973
Part two of an episode of the Green Thursday radio program hosted by Geryllaeyn Naundorf and Pam Barrale with Elizabeth "Liz" Bell as a guest. The women discuss their experiences conducting speaking engagements for the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau and encountering sexism. Current events are noted including: the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Caspar W. Weinberger’s, threats to cut federal funding for the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center's drug abuse training program through the National Free Clinic Council; Detroit, Michigan Common Council candidate, Connie McConnohie's, loss in the primary election and reaction to election coverage in the Gay Liberator and Detroit News; and the vocal support of the National Education Association for John Gish, an openly gay teacher who was suspended from his position in Paramus, New Jersey. Upcoming local events sponsored by the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley are mentioned.
Green Thursday, radio program, September 1973
An episode from the Green Thursday radio program hosted by Bruce Jewell in September 1973. In this program, Jewell recounts current events relating to the gay community including: Reverend William E. Alberts’ declaration of bankruptcy after he was forced to retire for performing a gay marriage ceremony; gay pride festivities in Vancouver, British Columbia; updates on the fire that burned down the Buffalo Gay Services Center; and the writer W.H. Auden’s death. This is followed by an interview with Bruce Horowitz, the chairman of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, where he describes his experiences coming out on campus and becoming involved in the Gay Liberation Front. Jewell then talks with Bob Crystal about his experiences representing Gays for Political Action at a hearing on a city charter proposal where he advocated for the addition of a discrimination clause in the charter., Green Thursday, radio program, September 1973, 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:6620
Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Concert, June 15, 2013
Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Concert, June 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:12077, A recording of a concert performed by the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus.
Video Interview, Alan Davidson, August 2, 2012
Alan Davidson is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. He discusses his previous marriage to his late wife and his experiences coming out in the late 1970s. He talks about forming the Coalition for Change in response to Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaigns to promote discussion amongst gay and straight people. He talks about the impact of AIDS on Rochester, forming AIDS Rochester in Tara’s with Sue Cowell and Don Scillaia, and the organization’s first fundraiser at Friar’s. He speaks about organizing the annual gay picnic, his time as president of the Gay Alliance, and Gordon Urlacher’s role as the police liaison with the community. Throughout the interview he also reflects upon his Jewish heritage and the history of gay activism., Video Interview, Alan Davidson, 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:12037
Video Interview, Arlisha Massey and Barbara Turner, April 15, 2013
Arlisha Massey and Barbara Turner are interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Turner was a manager of programming, prevention, and services for the MOCHA Center of Rochester; Massey worked for outreach in MOCHA. Before becoming involved in MOCHA, Massey worked for AIDS Rochester. They discuss the challenges faced by people of color who are part of the LGBT community and the religious barriers that can impact their use of LGBT resources. Massey describes the outreach that he conducted on Monroe Avenue for AIDS education. He also describes Brothers United, which was a group created for gay men by Charles Stevens and Gary English (who later formed MOCHA). Gary was working for Community Health Network and thought people of color needed better treatment, with a different social-psychological approach. Turner and Massey speak to the challenges that MOCHA faced as a new organization and the current barriers that the African American community faces., Video Interview, Arlisha Massey and Barbara Turner, 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:12112
Video Interview, Bess Watts and Anne Tischer, January 21, 2013
Bess Watts and Anne Tischer are interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Watts and Tischer describe how they first met at a Christmas party in late 1994 and then reveal their lives before they met each other. Watts and Tischer also founded a charter of Pride at Work to secure domestic benefits at MCC Library (where Watts worked). They also talk about how they developed connections with labor unions and activists. Watts and Tischer reveal that they wanted to show the community that some clergy supported same-sex marriage, which led to their public marriage at Washington Square Park on April 29, 2004. They subsequently describe the visibility and consequences of the wedding and being featured in the Democrat & Chronicle. Towards the end of their interview, Watts and Tischer reveal how life has been since they started dating one another., Video Interview, Bess Watts and Anne Tischer, 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:12093
Video Interview, Betty Dwyer, August 16, 2012
An interview with Betty Dwyer, the former treasurer for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Dwyer discusses the political challenges the Gay Alliance faced from the City Council while trying to attain grant funding from the Concentrated Employment and Training Act (CETA) in the late 1970s. She speaks about the involvement of United Way and the Urban League, specifically Director William Johnson and Deputy Director Jeff Carlson, in the grant distribution. Other people noted as being heavily involved in the distribution of CETA funding include City Council members Charles Schiano and Ruth Scott. She goes into detail about the obstacles that the organization encountered when applying for non-profit status. Dwyer also describes how she came to be involved in the Gay Alliance and her experiences serving on the board for the organization., Video Interview, Betty Dwyer, 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:12042
Video Interview, Bill Giancursio, October 20, 2012
Bill Giancursio is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Giancursio worked on the Empty Closet in the late 1970s as a graphic designer. He describes the first time that he worked on the production of the Empty Closet. He talks about how it felt working on New York State's oldest gay newspaper. Then, Giancursio describes gay life in Rochester in the 1970s and the AIDS epidemic. Giancursio describes Jim's bar as a haven for gays and also speaks to gay oppression in the city. He also talks about attending ImageOut films and his experiences with that, as well as how he felt being a gay artist. Giancursio elaborates by describing the production of art as a political act. Towards the end of his interview, Giancursio speaks to his thoughts on the passage of gay marriage in New York., Video Interview, Bill Giancursio, 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:12048
Video Interview, Bill Johnson, November 30, 2012
In this interview, Bill Johnson discusses the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley applying for Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) funding through the United Way. Johnson talks about the Urban League's support of the GAGV, which was being denied funding from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant. Johnson then talks about how activism for minorities has been an important part of Rochester's history and discusses a few examples. Johnson then discusses is role as the mayor of Rochester. He also discusses the granting of domestic partnership benefits at the city level and the struggle to achieve them., Video Interview, Bill Johnson, 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:12055
Video Interview, Bill Pritchard, October 20, 2012
An interview with Bill Pritchard, former President of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and the second openly gay person elected to city council in Rochester, conducted by Kevin Indovino. He discusses the political and social environment surrounding the LGBT community in the United States in the 1990s. He specifically talks about political activism in Rochester and events such as Tim Mains’ election to city council and subsequent run for city mayor, the AIDS epidemic, passing legislation in favor of domestic partnerships, and his own election to city council in 2003. Pritchard discusses his experience serving in the military in the mid-1980s, the military’s attitudes towards the outbreak of HIV and AIDS, and President Bill Clinton's Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. He also speaks about how Rochester has changed over time, the significance of the ImageOut film festival, and what challenges the gay community may face in the future., Video Interview, Bill Pritchard, 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:12075
Video Interview, Bill Valenti, April 11, 2012
Bill Valenti is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Valenti discusses his experience with coming out and how he felt about Dick's 43. Valenti also describes his residency at the University of Rochester and his fellowship in infectious diseases. He also reveals how he first heard about AIDS as a doctor. Valenti also speaks to his involvement with Community Health Network. He discusses his relationship with Sue Cowell and AIDS Rochester. Towards the end of his interview, he talks about his interactions with Jackie Nudd and Tony Green., Video Interview, Bill Valenti, 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:12092
Video Interview, Bob Crystal, April 11, 2012
In this interview, Bob Crystal is interviewed by Kevin Indovino about Crystal's lifelong position within the Episcopal church. They discuss the presence of gay priests within the Episcopal church during the 1960s and 1970s, and then move onto discussing Crystal's coming out in college at Cornell University. He then discusses his desire to be a revolutionary, but his hesitancy towards violence. Thus, Crystal talks about the beginnings of his involvement with the Gay Liberation Front at Cornell and the University of Rochester., Video Interview, Bob Crystal, 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:11289
Video Interview, Bob Day, May 23, 2016
Robert (Bob) Day discusses being a gay man of color in Rochester during his young adulthood, which extends into a conversation about being black and gay in the military and in small towns throughout the United States. He then goes further into describing his military service, particularly his time in Stuttgart, Germany. Day provides many details and gossip about the bars in Rochester. He also discusses the gay scene in Rochester throughout the decades and its evolution. He also speaks about his religion and involvement in the Presbyterian church., Video Interview, Bob Day, May 23, 2016, 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:12038
Video Interview, Bruce Jewell, October 1, 2013
An interview with the host of the Green Thursday and Lesbian Nation radio programs, Bruce Jewell, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Jewell discusses becoming involved in the Gay Liberation Front and the organization’s mission to enhance the visibility of the gay community in Rochester, New York and fight against discrimination. He discusses the fear that was prevalent within the community and the different ways in which members of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley strove to promote the gay community through the Empty Closet, the Speakers Bureau, and The Green Thursday radio program with WCMF. Jewell shares his memories of starting the Green Thursday radio program as well as working with Bob Crystal, Karen Hagberg, and Bob Osborn., Video Interview, Bruce Jewell, October 1, 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:12054
Video Interview, Bruce Woolley, September 6, 2013
Bruce Woolley is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Woolley, with a PhD in history, worked for the GAGV library. Woolley describes Rochester's gay community in the 1950s and 1960s. He describes how little gay literature was available during this time period; he states that the texts he did encounter were the Kinsey Report and works that were generally negatively depicted homosexuality. Woolley also talks about how some gay literature like the Mattachine Review, One Magazine, and The Ladder were fairly restricted and difficult to access. Woolley then talks about Stonewall and his responses to it. He describes his army experience and return to Rochester, where he witnessed progressive thinking and demonstrations among University of Rochester students in the midst of Stonewall and Vietnam., Video Interview, Bruce Woolley, 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:12097
Video Interview, Claire Parker, September 12, 2013
An interview with the former president of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Claire "Chic" Parker, conducted by Kevin Indovino. She discusses being introduced to the Gay Alliance through her work at the Urban League while the Alliance was applying for grant funding from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). She talks about the challenges that the Alliance faced from the City Council while applying for the grant and the support that Bill Johnson showed the organization. Parker shares her memories of buying the building for the Alliance on Atlantic Avenue and the significance of the property for the Rochester gay community. She discusses the obstacles the Alliance encountered when filing for non-profit status and the important role that Ellen Yacknin played in defending the Alliance during the multiple court battles that took place. Parker also speaks about organizing the annual gay picnic at Genesee Valley Park and how it has changed over the years., Video Interview, Claire Parker, September 12, 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:12071
Video Interview, Dan Meyers, November 1, 2012
An interview with one of the founders of the organization Helping People with Aids, Dan Meyers, conducted by Kevin Indovino. He talks about his experiences living as a gay man in Rochester in the 1970s and the homophobia that was prevalent during that time. He discusses the significant role of bars in the gay community and shares his memories of the gay bars in Rochester such as Jim's, Dick's 43, and Friar's. Meyers speaks at length about the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community in the 1980s and the organizations established in Rochester in response such as AIDS Rochester and Helping People with AIDS. He goes into detail about founding Helping People with AIDS with Bill Valenti, John Washburn, and Jerry Algozer and starting the Dining for Dollars fundraiser to help support the AIDS Center at the Strong Hospital. Meyers also speaks about Tony Green's contributions to the Rochester gay community and Helping People with AIDS., Video Interview, Dan Meyers, 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:12065
Video Interview, Dan Sapper, February 22, 2013
Dan Sapper discusses the beginnings of the Lamda Network at Kodak in 1992. He shares a description of how the members of the Lambda Network got leaders of Kodak to become active in discussions about gay and lesbian employees at Kodak, and the difficulties in creating an equal environment for Kodak employees. The conversation then turns to a discussion of same-sex marriage in New York state., Video Interview, Dan Sapper, 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:12082
Video Interview, Elizabeth Bell, August 16, 2012
An interview with Elizabeth "Liz" Bell, a member of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Bell discusses challenges she faced growing up and coming out as a lesbian in college. She shares her memories of becoming involved in the Gay Liberation Front, participating in activities such as dances and the Speakers Bureau, and the significance of the Gay Liberation Front in her life. She talks in depth about a Speakers Bureau event at which members of the Gay Liberation Front talked to high school students in a class taught by Tim Mains., Video Interview, Liz Bell, 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:12099
Video Interview, Ellen Yacknin, September 6, 2013
In this interview, the Honorable Judge Ellen Yacknin discusses the tax exemption case set against the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in 1991. The GAGV was applying for tax exemption, but they were denied by the city. Thus, members of the GAGV filed an appeal. Yacknin details the court proceedings, which eventually resulted in a successful appeal and the GAGV was granted tax exemption status., Video Interview, Ellen Yacknin, 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:12098
Video Interview, Emily Jones, May 23, 2012
In this interview, Emily Jones mainly discusses her role as an advocate for gay rights in the workplace. She talks about the Lamda Network at Kodak, the importance of offering resources to LGBT employees (both for the employees and the company itself), how the Lamda Network's initial goal was to promote education about gays and lesbians in the workplace, her conversation with Elizabeth Birch about Apple providing domestic partnership benefits, her involvement with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and Out & Equal, and the roles of other LBGT rights advocates in Rochester., Video Interview, Emily Jones, 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:12056
Video Interview, Franklin Robinson, August 2, 2012
An interview with Franklin Robinson, an Archive Specialist at the National Museum of American History Archives Center, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Franklin discusses the donation of records from Helping People with AIDS to the Archive Center and the significance of having such a collection being held at a national archive. He also talks about the significance of the AIDS epidemic in American history., Audio Interview, Max Reiter, February 7, 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:6579
Video Interview, Gary Sweet, November 1, 2012
An interview with Gary Sweet, the owner of the Avenue Pub on Monroe Avenue in Rochester, New York, conducted by Kevin Indovino. Sweet discusses the gay bar scene in Rochester through the 1970s to the present and its changing role in the community. He talks at length about Martha Gruttadauria, the co-owner of Dick's 43. Other bars discussed include: Rosie's, The Bachelor Forum, Jim’s, the Riverview, the Blue Chip, and 212 Colvin. He speaks about the harassment and discrimination that gay bar owners and patrons faced as well as Gordon Urlacher’s role in minimizing police discrimination towards the gay community. Sweet describes the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Rochester and how he became involved in Helping People with Aids and AIDS Rochester (now Trillium Health) with Bill Valenti and Dan Meyers. He also talks about the annual gay picnic in Genesee Valley Park and how it has grown over time., Video Interview, Gary Sweet, 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:12088
Video Interview, Gerry Szymanski, September 6, 2013
Gerry Szymanski is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Szymanski is a librarian at the Gay Alliance. He describes the gay rights movement in the pre-Stonewall era (Mattachine Society, Daughters of Bilitis). Szymanski describes how chapters of the Mattachine Society existed in places like Buffalo, but there was no chapter in Rochester. He also describes the lack of availability of resources for LGBT education in libraries, and the barriers to accessing them in the 1960s. Szymanski also speaks to the important of preserving gay history through digitization and with archiving the Empty Closet., Video Interview, Gerry Szymanski, 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:12089
Video Interview, Gin Shear and Sue Slate, February 22, 2013
An interview with Gin Shear and Sue Slate conducted by Kevin Indovino. Shear and Slate discuss coming to Rochester and getting involved in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and the Lesbian Resource center and becoming peer counselors. The share their thoughts on the importance of the Gay Alliance and the Lesbian Resource Center for the gay community. They also talk about the significance of the softball team and motorcycle festivals for the lesbian community. They describe some of the challenges that the gay community faced in the seventies and eighties such as police discrimination, employment discrimination, and child custody battles as well as obstacles from the local government that the Gay Alliance had to confront. Shear and Slate spend time talking about their family and their experiences raising their son., Video Interview, Gin Shear and Sue Slate, 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:12083
Video Interview, Gordon Urlacher, June 6, 2012
Gordon Urlacher is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Urlacher was the police liaison for Rochester's gay community in the 1970s. Urlacher describes how he first met the Gay Alliance members and took on his role when approached by Tom Hastings. Urlacher describes a few uncomfortable situations that he was subjected to when dealing with both the gay and police community. He describes how gay men and women were reluctant to report crimes out of fear. He also details police presence in gay bars. Urlacher recalls an instance when Patti Evans handed out warning brochures to gay men and women at Durand Eastman Park, informing them that they could be approached by police members. Urlacher also describes the training process among the police that took place to avoid prejudice and bias against the gay community and to show professionalism. Towards the end of his interview, Urlacher describes working with Michael Robinson of the Gay Alliance, who helped convince the gay community to trust Urlacher. He also describes Tim Mains., Video Interview, Gordon Urlacher, 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:12091
Video Interview, Harry Bronson, August 2, 2012
Harry Bronson is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Bronson was the president of the Gay Alliance from 1996 to 1999. Bronson describes what growing up was like in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s. Bronson worked as an attorney in a law firm in Boston before the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) was passed. He eventually resigned from his job and moved to Rochester. Bronson discusses why he found Rochester was a good fit for a gay activist community. Bronson also discusses how his identity as a gay man factored into his business life as a partner in a law firm. Hanson also reveals that he entered politics by running for state senate (unsuccessfully) and then for country legislature and eventually the assembly; Bronson entered the assembly the same year that gay marriage was passed in New York state. Towards the end of his interview, Bronson talks about the challenges in the future of gay activism., Video Interview, Harry Bronson, 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:12030
Video Interview, Hector Arguinzoni, May 23, 2012
In this video interview, Hector Arguinzoni, a popular DJ in Rochester, New York, is interview by Kevin Indovino about his role within the Rochester club and bar scene. Arguinzoni talks about several bars, including Jim’s, The Red Carpet, The Rathskeller, Friar’s, the Avenue Pub, the Bachelor Forum, and Tara’s. The conversation then turns to the impact HIV/AIDS had in Rochester, particularly within the nightlife scene. This leads Arguinzoni to sharing a lot about Jesse Vulo, a Rochester bar owner, who was one of the first to die of AIDS in the city. Indovino then asks Arguinzoni about his involvement in various charity events, including the Dining for Dollars HIV/AIDS charity at the Village Gate and the Gay Picnic at Genesee Valley park. The two also discuss the popularity of drag queens and their important role in activism within the community., Video Interview, Hector Arguinzoni, 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:12074
Video Interview, J. Ernest Du Bois, June 6, 2012
J. Ernest Du Bois is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. The beginning of this interview is recorded at 26:08. Du Bois reveals that he first came out as a gay man in the 1950s and describes the atmosphere of the pre-Stonewall era. He describes the commercial setting of Front Street and the culture of a few gays bars like Dick's 43 and Ma Martin's. Du Bois was also the first black teacher in any Rochester high school. He then discusses how he reconciled his spiritual faith with the church with his gayness. He also reveals how there was a lack of public information available about LGBT life in the 1950s, which made his process of emotionally coming to terms with who he was a bit more complex. Towards the end of the interview, Du Bois describes the difficulties of being an elderly member of the gay community as well as the impact of ImageOut film festivals., Video Interview, J. Ernest Du Bois, 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:12040
Video Interview, Jackie Nudd, August 16, 2012
An interview with the first Executive Director of AIDS Rochester, Jackie Nudd, conducted by Kevin Indovino. She discusses the impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic on Rochester, New York and the formation of AIDS Rochester with Sue Cowell and Ken Dorner. She talks about the goals of the organization and the assistance the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley provided towards promoting its fundraising efforts., Video Interview, Jackie Nudd, 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:12069
Video Interview, Jamie and Sally Whitbeck, November 1, 2012
An interview with original members of the ImageOut Film Festival, Jamie and Sally Whitbeck, conducted by Kevin Indovino. They discuss their experiences as activists advocating for social and political change on behalf on minority groups, in particular, how and why they became involved with the gay community in Rochester and how they have actively supported the community and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley as straight allies. They speak in-depth about their efforts to make the First Unitarian Church a more welcoming environment through outreach and education. They also share their memories of starting the ImageOut Film Festival with Larry Champoux at the Little Theatre and the Dryden Theatre as well as their thoughts on why the film festival is important to Rochester and the gay community., Video Interview, Jamie and Sally Whitbeck, 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:12094
Video Interview, Jay Stratton, May 23, 2012
Jay Stratton discusses coming out and being a gay man as a grad student at the University of Rochester. He talks about his first Gay Liberation Front meeting and what that organization was like. Stratton shares what it was like being a gay student at the University of Rochester, and then he talks about the Gay Liberation Front's move off campus and the formation of the Gay Alliance. He talks about his position as a counselor on the GLF's hotline and also discloses his involvement with a gay radio station, Gay Waves. Stratton describes the GLF's gay dance and then talks about the members of the gay community who have had a strong impact on him. He also talks about the first Rochester pride parade, which he refers to as the March of Shame, that took place around 1979 or 1980., Video Interview, Jay Stratton, 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:12087
Video Interview, Jim Mulcahy, August 16, 2012
Jim Mulcahy is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Mulcahy hailed from a devout Roman Catholic family and his early education was Roman Catholic as well. He discusses his experiences as a religious gay man. Mulcahy, at different points in his life, worked with Jesuits abroad and also taught in Cairo, Egypt as a biology teacher. Mulcahy returned to the US in 1974 and picked up jobs with and outside the church. He entered hospital ministry during the rise of the AIDS epidemic as a health care chaplain. Mulcahy describes being diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and needing a spiritual community; it as then that he found Metropolitan Community Church (Open Arms) which he describes as a liberal Christian church with a primary ministry devoted to the gay community. Mulcahy himself became a pastor at MCC in 2003 and married Anne Tischer and Bess Watts in 2004 at Washington Square Park. Mulcahy describes this as a critical point in which MCC was no longer a secret and thus began growing and moved into a real church space., Video Interview, Jim Mulcahy, 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:12066
Video Interview, Jimmy Catalano, January 21, 2013
Jimmy Catalano is interviewed by Kevin Indovino. Catalano was involved in Rochester's gay scene in the 1970s, including bars and nightclubs. Catalano describes how he began his drag career with his persona, Carmen Miranda at bars like Friar's. Catalano also discusses how the AIDS epidemic changed the gay night scene in Rochester in the 1980s, especially with stigmas and fear of personal well-being. Catalano recalls his first steps into Jim's bar and how that moment changed him; he then goes into greater detail regarding the clientele and atmosphere of Jim's and Friar's. Catalano implores whether or not there is a need for a burgeoning gay bar community in contemporary times. He focuses on describing a few key figures in his life, including Tony Green, Jesse Vulo, and his life partner, Bruce. Towards the end of his interview, Catalano discusses same-sex marriage in New York state., Video Interview, Jimmy Catalano, 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:12032