Plenary Panel Discussion

The Legacy of Stonewall
Rowan Collins
  • Copywriter, Vine creative Studios – Partners + Napier
  • Former Communications Director, Out Alliance
  • Former Education Coordinator, Out Alliance

Rowan Collins is a copywriter at Partners + Napier. Prior to his work in marketing, Rowan was the Communications Director at the Out Alliance and Editor of the Empty Closet. He also served for 3 years as the Education Coordinator of the Alliance’s nationally recognized LGBTQ Academy. A lifelong activist with more than a decade of campaign and legislative lobbying experience under his belt, he is honored to be part of the Rainbow Dialogues initiative for a second year.

Tamara Leigh
  • Public Relations/Event Management Coordinator City of Rochester Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services
  • Professional Development Specialist City of Rochester Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services
  • Temple University in Philadelphia, PA  Communications and Journalism

Rochester native, Tamara Leigh, is the current Director of Communications at the Out Alliance, an agency that champions the rights and lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community and Editor of their publication, The Empty Closet.  Leigh also acts as co-host of radio show, Brunchin’ With Dee & T. on WAYO 104.3FM and CEO of Roc Candy Media, an urban Public Relations, Brand Development and Media Management firm. Tamara co-chairs, Rochester Black Pride and is one of the founding members of the WOC~ART (Woke Art) Collaborative. Tamara acted as PR and Development Team member of the ROC Awards, ROC the Park, and Nathaniel Johnson’s Designer Challenge Competition 2018 & 2019.  

Victor Sanchez
  • Board member and Finance Committee member of Trillium Health. 
  • VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) Coordinator at Wegmans Food Markets
  • Volunteers with Human Rights Campaign, HRC Spring Dinner Committee

Victor is a hard working individual that gives 100% to everything he does. He does not see any task as useless and is happy to help out in any way he can. He has a passion for buildings, structures, site development and the environment. He hopes to someday combine all his interests and make a difference in the world for the better.

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.