• Founding member & former co-chair,
  • Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS Former board member,
  • Empire State Pride Agenda Former board member,
  • Gay Alliance (now Out Alliance) Served on Helping People with AIDS committees

John has enjoyed an extensive Public Health career in Environmental Health and Communicable Disease Prevention & Intervention Programming with the New York State Department of Health. He has wide-spread experience in public and community service to the Greater Rochester area and NY State. Has participated in numerous local & statewide planning initiatives on HIV & Gay Men’s Health issues and has continued to volunteer in many capacities over the years.


  • Former Interim Executive Director, Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (now Out Alliance)
  • Former leader, Rochester Transgender Group
  • Former board member, Lambda Network at Kodak
  • Former Co-Director, New York Transgender Rights Organization’s Rochester Chapter

Pamela Barres retired from Eastman Kodak Co in 1998, where she had a 29-year career. The last 13 years were in the field of human resources, both domestic and international. She has been a speaker on transgender issues at classes and events at SUNY Brockport, MCC, RIT, U of R, Eastman Kodak Co, US Postal Service, Monroe County Department of Social Services and other locations and events in the area.


  • Former Board Co-President of Galaxie Pride at Work, Xerox Corporation
  • Committee Member, Pride in the Pulpit
  • Regional Affiliate, Out and Equal NY Finger Lakes

In 2001, Mr. Carter received the Gay Alliance Community Leadership Award for advancing LGBT equality in the Greater Rochester area. He has served on the Board of the Gay Alliance of Western NY, served as chairperson of Interfaith Advocates, and currently is chairperson of the Nominating Committee at Presbytery of Genesee Valley at Third Presbyterian Church.


  • Founder, ImageOut
  • Former Executive/Artistic Director, Pyramid Arts Center (now Rochester Contemporary),
  • Former Assistant Director, Writers and Books

Throughout the decades, Larry has been involved in a range of social, political and cultural projects and organizations. Larry recognized the censorship of LGBT media and founded ImageOut as a means to culturally empower the LGBT community. Recently, he has been involved with fundraising for Shoulders to Stand On.


  • Communications Manager, Out Alliance
  • LGBTQ Academy Education Coordinator

Rowan Collins is the Communications Manager for the Out Alliance. Prior to his new role, he served for 3 years as the Education Coordinator in the Alliance’s nationally recognized LGBTQ Academy. He is a lifelong activist and honored to be part of the Rainbow Dialogues initiative.


  • Associate Director of Alumni Relations, University of Rochester
  • Vice President of the Board of the Out Alliance
  • Co-leads the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team for RocCity Coalition.

Chloe Corcoran is a transgender woman who advocates for LGBTQ rights by participating in speaking engagements to promote transgender rights and visibility. She writes a monthly column, centers around transgender life, for Rochester Woman Online. Chloe strives to ensure the practices of all the groups she is involved with, are as inclusive as possible by engaging in discussions about identity varieties, their intersections, and their impacts the community.


  • Founder, Mary Magdalene Church
  • First female bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Communion
  • Ordained, Spiritus Christi Church, 2003

Rev. Denise is an experienced mental health therapist. She has prepared hundreds of couples for marriage. When that work contributed to her being fired from Corpus Christi Church in 1998 she continued that ministry with Spiritus Christi Church. She has extensive experience working for and in the LGBT community; lobbying in Albany and at local political offices in Rochester, inviting members of the LGBT community to preach from the pulpit during Mass, and has spoken publicly at education series, conferences, on panels and in workshops.


  • Consumer Relations Coordinator, Trillium Health
  • Consumer Leader and Core Team Member, Monroe County Partnering to End the Epidemic (MCPEtE),
  • Executive Committee Member and Secretary, Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS (RATFA),
  • Community Co-Chair, People Living with HIV/AIDS Leadership Training Institute
  • Member of NYS Peer Certification Review Board
  • Sits on the Monroe County Long Term Care Council.

Richard Fowler has been employed by Trillium Health and its legacy agencies for over 20 years. During this time, he has been extremely active in the HIV community. He is an informal consultant to many groups from a local level to a national level and is known for mentoring consumers, professionals and community leaders.


  • Executive Director, Susan B. Anthony House

An ordained minister, Deborah has served on the pastoral staff of three churches in Michigan and New York. She also served on the executive staff of the pension board of the American Baptist Churches, USA, in New York, NY, administering health, death, disability and retirement benefits for employees of churches and related social service organizations.


  • Currently teaching for Hillside
  • Rochester LGBT Heroes Tell Their Story Committee 2017
  • Rainbow Dialogues Committee 2017 – 2018

Tim has 16 years of experience in urban education as a history, US Government and Economics teacher. He has worked vigorously in many political campaigns towards social justice and equal opportunity for the disadvantaged in the Rochester community. Tim has written about the history of the Gay Liberation Movement 1970-1974 and is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.


  • Director and Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies Program at SUNY Brockport
  • Senior Editor, Dissenting Voices
  • Founder and Co-editor, Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal

Dr. Barbara LeSavoy teaches Feminist Theory; Global Perspectives on Women and Gender; Gender, Race, and Class; and Senior Seminar in Women and Gender at SUNY Brockport. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, sex and gender in literature and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint.


  • Film critic and writer for CITY Newspaper
  • Programmer and writer for the ImageOut LGBT Film Festival

Adam Lubitow enjoys spending his time in theaters and coffee shops. In 2017, he won the 2nd place Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) award for Film Criticism. He writes for numerous entertainment websites.


  • Associate Professor, SUNY Brockport

Milo Obourn teaches critical race theory, feminism, gender and sexuality studies and disability theory at SUNY Brockport. They run SafeZones, Racial Justice, and Anti-ableism workshops on campus. In their research, they examine how neoliberal understandings of diversity have muddled or obstructed radical elements of liberation movements and advocate for expanding intersectional understandings of freedom as it is experienced through race, gender, sexuality and ability status.


  • Project Health Coordinator, Women’s Health Initiative, University of Rochester
  • Volunteer of the Year, Step by Step

After 37 years of tumultuous living and going In and out of jail, Jo-Z was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. After being released from prison, Jo-Z volunteered with an organization called Step by Step. Today she works with women who are coming home from jail and prison. Jo-Z is responsible for making sure that their mental health needs are met and any other ailments they may have because as we all know they do not get the care they need and deserve during incarceration.


  • She has a few working projects: A Spiritual Practice of Kairos The impact of the Pastor’s illness on a congregation A “spirituality of wise womaning: for Maidens and Mothers seeking the wisdom of the Crone”

Rev. Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé has been a clergy person in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. for over 30 years. She is the Vice President of Academic Life & Dean of the Faculty, Director of Supervised Ministry, Director of Life Long Learning and an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She received a M. Div from Yale Divinity School and the D. Min from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Dr. Sauvé is a certified Spiritual Director and a trained Conflict Mediator/Transformer. She leads retreats, works with faith communities in conflict and leads groups to the IONA Community in Scotland through the Divinity School.


  • Adjunct Instructor in Musicology, Eastman School of Music
  • Founding Co-Coordinator and Librarian, Out Alliance Library and Archives
  • Reserves and Digital Services Librarian, Sibley Music Library

Gerry Szymanski has served as Librarian and Director of the Out Alliance Library and Archives for over fourteen years. He is an award-winning composer, photographer, and filmmaker. An avid lover of movies, he can be found at the Little, the Cinema, the Dryden and anywhere the ImageOUT festival screens.


  • Co- founder of Equality Rochester, local chapters of Marriage Equality New York and Pride at Work AFL-CIO.
  • Retired social services worker
  • Volunteer, Out Alliance SAGE Seniors program.

Champion of “visibility”, Anne collaborated with life-partner Bess Watts to not only help facilitate dozens of rallies, protests, speakers’ panels and educational events, but to ensure obvious LGBT supporters attended progressive events. Anne contributed to sponsoring Rochester’s first “Gay History Fair” and helped organize the first same-sex Wedding Expo in Rochester.


  • Co-founder of Equality Rochester, local chapters of Marriage Equality New York
  • President of Civil Service Employee Association Local 828.
  • Co-founder and national Vice President, Pride at Work AFL-CIO
  • Executive Board Member, Rochester Labor Council (RLC).
  • Volunteer, Out Alliance Speakers Bureau.

Armed with a good camera and openly representing Pride at Work, Bess took pictures at events ranging from Senior’s dances to union conferences and used social media to effectively create linkages and build a database. Bess frequently speaks on behalf of labor and the LGBTQ community and is a volunteer with the Out Alliance Speakers Bureau.