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The 4th Annual Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues will confront the double pandemic of COVID-19 and racism in its 2021 program, to be held virtually on Saturday, February 27, 2021. 

This year’s theme, Lessons Learned from an Unequal World, takes an intersectional approach to understanding and addressing longstanding and continuing inequality facing the Rochester community. Keynote speaker William A. Johnson will reflect on his experiences confronting racism and supporting the LGBTQ+ community as head of the Urban League, mayor of Rochester, and co-chair of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) and share the lessons he’s learned along the way. Afterward, panelists will share their own experiences of inequality and discuss efforts—personal and community-driven—to overcome the challenges. 

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is presented by the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the Out Alliance and sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. The annual program’s goal is to demonstrate how LGBTQ+ history and archival documents are relevant for people today and to contextualize LGBTQ+ life in Rochester against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues. Additional support is provided by faculty from the Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY College at Brockport, community volunteers, and ImageOut.

The Dialogues grew out of a partnership between the Out Alliance and the library to preserve LGBTQ+ history. To date, more than 21 LGBTQ+ archival collections have been transferred from the Out Alliance to the Local History& Genealogy Division of the library to ensure long-term preservation and public access. These collections, one of the largest LGBTQ+ archives in New York State, provide the intellectual foundation for the Rainbow Dialogues; specific collections are referenced in Dialogue descriptions. 

The 2021 Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you online on Saturday, February 27, 2021, to share this unique experience! 

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2021 Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues

Lessons Learned from an Unequal World
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Program

10 AM – Noon Virtual On Zoom

10:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
10:15 am
Keynote – William A Johnson, Jr.

Current Chair Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE)

 64th Mayor of Rochester

Past President and CEO of the Urban League

11:00 am
10-minute Break

11:10 am

Panel Discussion:

Facilitators:
Tamar Carroll, PhD – RIT Dept. Chair of History College of Liberal Arts
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD – Brockport Associate Professor Dept. of Women and Gender Studies
Panelists:
Bob Day
Member Rochester LGBTQ Community
Retired 2000 RIT Food Service/Catering
Angie Perez-Delgado
President and CEO
Ibero-American Action League
Barb Turner

Short Term Trainer at Huther Doyle
Past MOCHA Center

Prevention Programs & Services Manager

Noon
Wrap Up – Closing Remarks: Christine Ridarsky

Keynote

William Johnson Keynote speaker

William A Johnson, Jr.

William Johnson is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Howard University. He has taught political science and public policy courses at St. John Fisher College and the Ralph C. Wilson School of Education. He has published more than three dozen articles on issues of racism, equity and inclusion in major publications.

Since moving to Rochester in late 1972, William A Johnson, Jr. has been active in a number of important initiatives to improve the overall quality of community life. He is widely known as the President and CEO of the Urban League (1972-1993), the 64th Mayor of Rochester (1994-2005), and the Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Studies at RIT (2006-2013). Since retiring in 2013, he has been the Founder and CEO of the consulting firm, Strategic Community Intervention LLC.  

On June 18, 2020, Rochester and Monroe County announced the creation of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE). RASE is charged with examining current local laws, and developing new, local policies and legislation that seek to dismantle systemic and institutional inequities across Monroe County.  The commission will be led by William Johnson, Ms. Arline Santiago, Esq., and Dr. Muhammad Shafiq. 

The Urban League during William Johnson’s tenure administered the CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) Program for the city after much controversy over the Gay alliance Grant application being funded.  As mayor, William Johnson also signed into law Domestic Partnership Benefits for city employees. 

The 2021 Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is excited to have as its keynote speaker William Johnson, a long time supporter of the Rochester LGBTQ community.

Panel

Bob Day Image

Bob Day

Bob Day was born on December 20, 1934 in East Bloomfield, New York.  Bob lived in East Bloomfield all his life until his recent move to Rochester.  Bob’s great, great, great grandfather, Sanders Day, born in 1820, was a runaway slave who journeyed to Rochester on the Underground Railroad from Virginia.  Bob’s grandmother tells the story about her grandfather, whose family lived on a plantation in Virginia, being sold by the owner of the plantation, to a plantation owner in Louisiana to work the fields and harvest the crops.  Her grandfather walked all the way back from Louisiana to Virginia to his family.  The Virginia plantation owner sent Sanders back to Louisiana. Her grandfather again left the plantation in Louisiana and for a second time walked back to Virginia to the plantation where his family was.  The Virginia plantation owner told her grandfather he was not going to send him back to Louisiana again because the big war was coming and you are all going to be free.  Sanders Day and his family then made their way north to Rochester.

Bob Graduated from East Bloomfield High School in 1952.  Bob attended the Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute, located in downtown Rochester for 2 years where he studied Domestic Science which became RIT’s Restaurant Management Program.  After doing an internship at RIT, Bob was hired by St. John Fisher College as the Chef Manager.  In 1960, after serving 3 years in the army, Bob returned to Rochester and began his 40 year career at RIT in Food Service and Catering beginning at their downtown Rochester campus and then at RIT’s Henrietta campus. Bob retired in 2000. 

Bob’s life has been guided by his father’s advice to him as a young boy – know your place, and Bob’s own code of conduct to never do anything to embarrass his family. As a young boy, Bob recognized he was different not only because he was African-American, but also because he was gay.  The fear of being exposed or drawing undo attention to himself made the closet Bob’s home.  The fear caused him to be careful to not be observed going down Front Street, Rochester’s gay ghetto in the 50’s and early 60’s.  Bob learned as a child his personal safety depended on his awareness of his surroundings, people’s behavior, and attitudes. At 86, Bob Day, you might say, has seen it all as an African-American gay man.

Angelica Perez-Delgado

Angelica Perez-Delgado describes herself as one of the “lucky ones” from the city’s North Clinton neighborhoods. Even though she experienced poverty and trauma, with the support of an aunt and her grandparents, she was able to get her life turned around.  Angelica received her B.S. in Community and Human Services from Empire State College and her M.S. in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College.  Her personal experience of the welfare system, her work experience as a Sr. Chemical Dependency Counselor, Substance Abuse Therapist and Quality Assurance Coordinator for Horizon Health Services, and being Chief Administrative Officer at the Villa of Hope prepared Angelica for her return to her roots and her current position as the President and CEO of the Ibero American Action League. 

Angelica says she has been blessed with people in leadership roles who have recognized her drive to excellence in everything she does and who have been willing to give her a chance that has changed the trajectory of her life many times.  She is a highly respected member of the Rochester community and sits on the board of directors for Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Center for Governmental Research, and the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

Angelica has also been very active as a community organizer in the Northeast part of the city of Rochester. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends as well as riding motorcycles.

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Barb Turner

Barb Turner fiercely and tenaciously advocates for civil rights and human rights for all against discrimination and injustice with a strong voice especially for her own community of color.  Currently, Barb is a Short Term Trainer at Huther Doyle.  A native-born Rochestarian, her father was one of the first African American Rochester police officers.  Her grandmother, who was a member of the National Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, was one of the first black legal secretaries at Kodak. 

Barb began her professional career in 1999 as a facilitator for the youth program at MOCHA in collaboration with the then Gay Alliance. Barbara became a member of the Alliance’s Speakers Bureau and then a Safe Zone Trainer.  She became an active advocate for LGBTQ+ people of color while serving on the Boards of the Out Alliance, Image Out, as a founding staff member at The MOCHA Center, as the Prevention Programs and Services Manager, and as Prevention Educator for Hep C and HIV at the Anthony Jordan Health Center. She volunteers on the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS (RAFTA) and is a representative to The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA). Barb has also served on the City of Rochester’s Sex Trafficking Task Force and the African American Health Task Force. 

In her spare time, Barb enjoys doing home projects, biking, going to the Public Market and the variety of cultural experiences Rochester offers.

Archives

Guide to Addition to Series I: the John Altieri Papers
Made Fall 2018

The following description details an addition made to Series I: John Altieri, 1973-2014 of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection 2017.028 held at the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library. 

Summary Information

Repository: Local History and Genealogy Division

Creator: John Altieri

Title: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection

Date [inclusive]: 1985-1989, 2011-2018, bulk 1985-1986.

Date [bulk]: 1985-1986

Physical Description: 1”, 2 letter-size folders

Language: English

Scope and Contents

This addition to the Series I: John Altieri materials consists of further materials collected and kept by John Altieri, former co-chair of the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS, focusing on his efforts in the community during the AIDS epidemic. The materials are dated between 1985-2018, with the bulk of the materials dated between 1985-1986. The materials consist of correspondence between Altieri and other community notables involved in the fight against AIDS, photocopies of medical journal articles, board of directors’ meeting materials, and various meeting notes. Materials from 2011-2014 and 2018 include audio interview questions and responses about Altieri’s life, regional efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and local newspapers and articles on HIV/AIDS testing.

Arrangement

The materials have been left in original order in two folders. All metal fasteners have been removed, and items which were stapled or clipped together have been placed in acid-free paper dividers. 

Guide to Addition to Series I: The John Altieri Papers
Made Nov. 19, 2019

The following description details an addition made to Series I: John Altieri, 1973-2014 of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection 2017.028 held at the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library.

Summary Information

Repository: Local History and Genealogy Division

Creator: John Altieri

Title: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection

Date [inclusive]: 1996-2001 (excluding books)

Date [bulk]: 2000-2001

Physical Description: 2”, 5 letter-size folders, 1 record carton of posters and books.  

Language: English

Scope and Contents

This addition to the Series I: John Altieri materials consists of further materials collected and kept by John Altieri, former co-chair of the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS. The materials are dated between 1996-2001. The materials include but are not limited of a meeting agenda for the AIDS Rochester, INC and articles and datasheets about STDs, documents related to the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run and posters created by the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation. Descriptions of materials are provided in the inventory list.

Arrangement

The materials have been left in original order of the folder titled, “Rochester MSM Disease Intervention Forum: A Community Dialogue, December 5, 2001.” Metal binder clips have been removed and staples that are in good condition have been left in place.

Guide to Addition to Series I: the John Altieri Papers
Made Fall 2019

The following description details an addition made to Series I: John Altieri, 1973-2014 of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection 2017.028 held at the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library.

Summary Information

Repository: Local History and Genealogy Division

Creator: John Altieri

Title: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Collection

Date [inclusive]: 1987-1989, 1995-2001, 2008, 2010, undated.

Date [bulk]: “ “

Physical Description: 1”, 5 letter-size folders, 1 medium box DVDs, small bag of pins/

Language: English

Scope and Contents

This addition to the Series I: John Altieri materials consists of further materials collected and kept by John Altieri, former co-chair of the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS. The materials are dated between 1987-2010, with some undated materials. The materials consist of official attendee documents for the 2008 Equality Luncheon & Conference, research articles about HIV studies and information from the CDC Eastern Region Meeting in 2001, as well as material from the Empire State Pride Agenda and the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian & Gay Ministries. The addition also includes VHS tapes, pins, and posters. Descriptions of materials are provided in the inventory list.

Arrangement

The materials have been left in original order in four of the five folders. The “Empire State Pride Agenda” folder has been arranged chronologically. All paper clips have been removed and replaced with stainless steel staples. Materials have been taken out of envelopes and envelopes are placed behind the documents. Posters, pins, and VHS tapes are listed chronologically.

Interfaith Advocates
Box 2 from the Ralph Carter collection

GAGV Archives

Finding aid compiled August 2017 by AKiesl

Ralph Carter Papers
Records Inventory
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rochester, New York

VHS & DVDs
Box 3 from the Ralph Carter collection

GAGV Archives

Finding aid compiled August 2017 by AKiesl

Current Archives Box #15

Guide to Pat Coury-Doniger papers
Fall 2019
Guide to the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center records – January 2020

The following description details materials created by the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center.

Summary Information

Repository: Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rochester, New York

Creator: Puerto Rican Youth Development 

Title: Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center Records

Date [inclusive]: 1985-2015

Date [bulk]:

Physical Description: 1 bag of document folders, documents, spiral bound memory books, and a 3” binder.

Language: English and Spanish

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials created in the day-to-day operations of the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center (PRYD) organization. The materials consist of programs, memory books, annual reports, grant applications regarding youth work, conference booklets, photographs, program brochures, periodicals, and a Board Members “onboarding book”. The periodicals in the collection consist of anniversary celebration programs, Conxion, La Voz, Swing Informativo, and other programs and brochures. Essie Sierra’s “onboarding book” consists of meeting minutes, annual reports, Resolution of Directors, public relations committee meeting minutes and notes, bylaws, mission statement, 2006 financial statements, personnel practice code, and a 2007 year-end audit. The collections contains memory books of the students that participated in Proyecto Prevencion and Proyecto Bienestar program. Proyecto Prevencion and Proyecto Bienestar were programs that educated youth and the community on HIV/AIDS and other health issues. The photographs record events and programs at PRYD.

Arrangement

Due to the records returning to PRYD the papers were kept in the original order. The periodical binder does not have a determined organization.

Guide to the Tim Tomkins Western NY Health Papers – Fall 2018

The following description details the assorted materials collected by Tim Tompkins at Trillium Health. 

Summary Information

Repository: Trillium Health 

Creator: Tim Tompkins

Title: The Tim Tompkins Western NY Health Papers

Date [inclusive]: 2012, 2018

Date [bulk]: 2012, 2018

Physical Description: 0.5”, one file folder.  

Language: English 

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials collected by Tim Tompkins in relation to his healthcare-related work in Western New York, particularly in relation to the continuing AIDS crisis in the 2010s. There are roughly two areas of focus in the collection: the first, dating from 2012, is correspondence between Tompkins, and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy, related to the visibility of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and its potential to save lives. The second part consists of newspaper clippings, event programs, and other publications dating from April-July 2018, relating to efforts to advance healthcare in Western NY. Notable among these is a program from the inaugural 2018 Human Rights Campaign Western NY Dinner, Equality Forward. There is also correspondence to Dr. Bill Valenti, to whom the collection was conveyed, and notes from Mary Guhin, who had stewardship of the collection while it was at Trillium Health through October 2018. 

Arrangement

The materials have been left in original order in a single file folder. The few metal fasteners which looked to be stable (staples in some of the newsletters) were left in place. All items were digitized using a Plustek OpticBook A300 scanner at 600dpi and saved as uncompressed TIF files. 

Guide to Valenti papers – Summer 2020

The following description details a personal papers collection created by Dr. William (Bill) M. Valenti and surveyed by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley as part of the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) Grant 2019–2020. These papers are a donation to the Rochester Medical Museum and Archives and are not an acquisition of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Summary Information

Repository: Rochester Medical Museum and Archives, Rochester, New York

Creator: Dr. Wlliam (Bill) M. Valenti

Title: Valenti papers

Date [inclusive]: 1975, 1989 – 2020, undated

Date [bulk]: 1989 – 2020

Physical Description: 2 cubic feet: 68 letter-size folders, 13x9x6” photo box, oversize

Language: English

Scope and Contents

In the 1980s, Dr. William M. Valenti became an early leader in the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in Rochester, NY. The collection documents his career as a physician at Trillium Health from 1989 to present day. Materials reflect the evolution of the organization, formerly Community Health Network, Inc. [1989-2003], AIDS Community Health Center [2004-2009], and after merging with AIDS Rochester, the organization became AIDS Care [2010-2012], and then Trillium Health in 2013. The collection includes materials related to Rochester-area AIDS organizations with which Dr. Valenti was associated, including AIDS Rochester (materials originating prior to the 2010 merger) and the New York Task Force on Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2020.

The collection includes annual reports, newsletters, meeting agendas, and marketing materials from his office at Trillium Health; periodicals containing relevant articles and Trillium Health advertisements; End the Epidemic documents and promotional materials; flyers and excerpts for his memoir AIDS: A Matter of Urgency, A Doctor’s Memoir; promotional realia for AIDS Rochester, article and speech drafts, correspondence, and photographs.

The collection is comprised of both published and unpublished materials. Published materials include annual reports, newsletters, periodicals, a book, marketing materials, and other formats. Unpublished materials include meeting agendas, drafts and excerpts from Dr. Valenti’s professional writing projects, speeches, and correspondence. There are also a large number of photographs, some CD-Roms, and a VHS cassette tape; promotional realia such as keychains, magnets, and pins; a T-shirt; and legal sized and oversized documents.

The GAGV previously surveyed donations from Dr. William (Bill) M. Valenti to the Rochester Medical Museum and Archives, ca. 2016, namely the Valenti Collection of Early AIDS Imprints.

Arrangement

Prior to processing, the materials were stored and arranged in an office setting at Trillium Health. The materials arrived in one cardboard box and a plastic tub with lid, wherein some documents were loose, some were foldered, and some were placed in groupings (correspondence was contained in a yellow folder, periodicals were placed together, photographs were boxed, and a binder contained annual reports). Documents and file folders were arranged in a loose chronological order, so chronological order was adopted and refined for each series. Annual reports, correspondence, publications, and photographs were in distinct piles separate from the office documents and were maintained in distinct groupings to preserve original order.

The collection has been arranged into five series. Series 1: Documents; Series 2: Volumes; Series 3: Correspondence; Series 4: Realia; and Series 5: Photographs and Electronic media (Audiovisual VHS, CD-Rom).

Loose files and folders were placed in a box in loose descending chronological order and this order was refined and maintained for Series 1. These documents and were collected by Dr. Valenti through his various roles employed at Trillium Health, including professional development and networking events, and some personal projects related to his profession. Oversize documents are included in Series 1.

Publications that were grouped together were placed in Series 2: Volumes. A journal that was among meeting minutes and other documents remains in Series 1.

Correspondence was collected in an overstuffed yellow folder in loose chronological order. Items were refoldered and arranged in chronological order in Series 3.

Realia consists of promotional items from AIDS Rochester and AIDS Walk events (keychains, lapel pins, and magnets). It also includes a T-shirt; recognition plaque with nameplates; and outreach program pack of condoms. Items are three-dimensional and would do better to be placed in flat boxes. For now, they reside in file folders with the rest of the collection and make up Series 4.

Photographs, audiovisual material, and electronic media arrived in a box within the plastic tub (also in the tub was the binder of annual reports and promotional realia). Most photographs depict AIDS Rochester/AIDS Care/Trillium Health events, employees, volunteers, and community members in Rochester, NY. Many loose photographs have adhesive residue on the reverse, and there is evidence they may have been used in albums, scrapbooks, poster board displays, and print layouts for flyers and publications (as annual report images, for example). Due to the lack of organization, the photographs contain the least accessible information and were placed in Series 5.

Series 1: Valenti papers – Documents (office files: annual reports, newsletters, advertisements, oversize)

Series 2: Valenti papers – Volumes (periodicals and publications)

Series 3: Valenti papers – Correspondence

Series 4: Valenti papers – Realia (three-dimensional promotional materials; keychains, pins, magnets)

Series 5: Valenti papers – Photographs and Electronic media