Breakout Sessions and Plenary Panel Descriptions

The Rainbow Dialogues dialogue title and a brief description are given below.   Each dialogue will be interactive with the audience. Audience participation is expected.  There will be time for Q & A after each dialogue.

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Dialogue Descriptions

Dialogue Breakout Session 1   11:00am – Noon

1   Stonewall – The UprisingFacilitator: Dr. Barbara LeSavoy

                    Dr. Tamar Carroll

No one expected it – no one planned it.  On June 28, 1969, “Why don’t you do something about it?” , the verbal challenge yelled by a patron of the Stonewall Inn that was being arrested and hit over the head with a billy club, began a riot over six days of skirmishes between young gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals and the New York Police Department on Christopher Street in Manhattan’s West Village.  The Stonewall Riots are considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Hear first hand accounts.   See media reports.     Participate in History

Possible Collections To Use:

28 Shoulders To Stand On Documentary

34 Magazine Serial Collections

 Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History Digital Collection https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/ur/rochester-new-york-voices-lgbt-history-project

Audio Recordings:  Bob Crystal, Patty, Robert Harris

 Video Interviews: Bob Crystal, Patti Evans

2  Stonewall@50 Exhibit and Archive Tour   

    Stonewall@50 Exhibit – Guided Tour

Guide: Christine Ridarsky, City Historian

This exhibition is a large scale exhibit to celebrate a product of new scholarship and to commemorate the Stonewall uprising in June, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, identified as the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement,  and to explore the history of LGBTQ+ ommunities in Rochester. Above all, this exhibition sheds light on the hardships and ultimate triumphs of the LGBT community.

 Archives of the RPL Local History and Genealogy Division Tour

 Guide: Librarian/Archivist Brandon Fess

Observe the historical archiving process from beginning to end.  See how the “raw” Material is accepted, processed, and archived.  Each step will be explained, and  through the exhibition you will see how the final product is created and displayed. Some LGBTQ collections, not included in the exhibit will be available for attendees to look at.

Dialogue Breakout Session 2     1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

3  Gay Liberation Fronts – Rochester & Upstate New York

Facilitator: Tim Judd

                    Gerry Szymanski

The immediate result of the Stonewall Riots in 1968, was the creation of hundreds of Gay Liberation Front (GLF) organizations around the country primarily on college campuses. GLF organizations were interested in much more than rights, they advocated for direct action against the system to tear down restrictive sex roles and bring about the liberation of all oppressed people.  Focusing on the Rochester, NY Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, currently known as the Out Alliance, you will hear from original members about their activities, programs, and growing pains.

Hear the GLF members    Experience the Speakers Bureau      Raise Your Own Voice

Possible Collections To Use:

9 Empty Closet Photograph Collection

11 Green Thursday Tapes 1972-1974 – Radio Program on WCMF

32 Whitey LeBlanc

35 Tim Judd

 Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History Digital Collection https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/ur/rochester-new-york-voices-lgbt-history-project

Audio Recordings: Bill Giancursio, Bob Crystal, Liz Bell, Larry Fine, Karen

                                    Hagberg, Michael Robertson, Pam Barrale, Ramona Santorelli,

                                    Green Thursday Radio Broadcast

     Video recordings: Larry Fine, Mark Hull, Michael Robertson, Patti Evans, Karen

                                   Hagberg, RJ Alcala, Bill Giancursio, Bob Crystal, Bruce Jewel,

                                   John Grace & Nelson Baldo, Whitey LeBlanc

Stonewall@50 Exhibit and Archive Tour   

    Stonewall@50 Exhibit – Guided Tour

Guide: Christine Ridarsky, City Historian

This exhibition is a large scale exhibit to celebrate a product of new scholarship and to commemorate the Stonewall uprising in June, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, identified as the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement,  and to explore the history of LGBTQ+ ommunities in Rochester. Above all, this exhibition sheds light on the hardships and ultimate triumphs of the LGBT community.

 Archives of the RPL Local History and Genealogy Division Tour

 Guide: Librarian/Archivist Brandon Fess

Observe the historical archiving process from beginning to end.  See how the “raw” Material is accepted, processed, and archived.  Each step will be explained, and  through the exhibition you will see how the final product is created and displayed. Some LGBTQ collections, not included in the exhibit will be available for attendees to look at.

Plenary Panel Discussion      2:15 pm – 3:15pm

5 The Legacy of Stonewall

Facilitator: Bek Orr

                    Anna Vernacchio

Stonewall is widely seen as an important turning point to more outspoken and confrontational forms of gay rights advocacy.  Over the past 50 years, the LGBT community has made tremendous strides toward greater societal inclusion and equality. Perhaps the most visible and widely publicized legacy of Stonewall is the establishment of “pride parades” originally known as “gay pride marches”.   The grassroots organizing that followed the Stonewall Uprising created a visible reminder that our fight for equality and justice is ongoing and that our challenge is to work with other liberation movements and activists to successfully end the discrimination our diverse communities experience today.

Hear todays activists share their stories   What are the Liberation Issues of today

Panel: Rowan Collins

Possible Collections To Use:

Empty Closet Photograph Collection

9 Sue Cowell

23 Kathy Reilly

20 Karen Monast

10 Joan Guiffre

11 Green Thursday Tapes,

15  Lambda Kodak,

35 Tim Judd

 Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History Digital Collection https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/ur/rochester-new-york-voices-lgbt-history-project