Sponsored By 

Humanities New York, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, and Shoulders To Stand On

In Partnership with ImageOut and WXXI with input from faculty of 

The College at Brockport, SUNY, Rochester Institute of Technology and community volunteers.

The Anthony Mascioli 2020 Rainbow Dialogues 

Intersectionality in Social and Political Change: A Historical Perspective

Unique Partnership

The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues is a program that represents a very unique partnership between the Out Alliance, the Rochester Central Public Library, sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, Humanities New York, and past support from the Rochester Area Community Foundation LGBTQ Fund in partnership with ImageOut, WXXI with additional input from the faculty at the College at Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology, and community volunteers.  The Out Alliance has placed 27+ archival collections at the Rochester Central Library Local History and Genealogy Division Archive. These collections are the academic and primary source foundation for the Rainbow Dialogues. You will find these collections referenced in the Dialogue descriptions. The Out alliance will continue to place archival collections at the Rochester Public Library Archive which can now lay claim to having one of the largest LGBTQ archives in NYS.


The Anthony Mascioli 2020 Rainbow Dialogues will focus on the intersectionality involved in the social and political movements in Rochester, NY.  The critical mass needed to create change has and continues to include the diverse populations and communities of Rochester. Current social and political climates strongly challenge us to consider intersectionality as a necessary component of the future success of these movements.  

Every demographic and social, political, economic, and educational level has been involved in the ongoing AIDS Crisis and most currently in the Transgender movement.  Neither has left anyone untouched. Both of the Dialogues will be presented by individuals directly involved with these movements, and will share the unknown and undocumented history contained in their own archives and personal research.   Paul Scheib will share his story of activism and that of Martin Hiraga, an Asian Pacific Islander who with Paul began ACT UP Rochester, and the first Rochester Pride Parade. Milo Obourn, will address Intersectionality and Trans Equality: How Cisnormativity Affects Us All using their research and their background in sex and gender, critical race, and disability studies to present historical information, and to discuss  how to incorporate this intersectional framework into movements for transgender recognition, respect, and equity. 

The 2020 Rainbow Dialogues is a series of community building conversations demonstrating how LGBTQ history and archival documents from the past are relevant for people today.  The Dialogues will reference and contextualize LGBTQ life in Rochester during the ongoing AIDS Crisis and the Transgender Movement against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues.  This half day archival experience will raise many questions, and challenge all of us to be inclusive of our multicultural diverse communities in our struggle for equality and justice.


9 – 9:30am
12:15 pm
Registration – Continental Breakfast
Welcome – Introductions
Breakout Sessions
Wrap Up
Optional – Library Archive Tour
Max  Number  10 
First Come – First Serve 

Dialogue Descriptions

Dialogue Break Out Sessions Descriptions

10:45am – Noon

1 Interesectionality in AIDS Activism: A Catalyst for Change
Facilitator: Paul Scheib
Co- Facilitator: Jeremy Tjhung
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic communities felt things could not get much worse. In the ‘80’s protests for more government funding, and an increase in the number of drugs available for treatment for People With AIDS (PWA) erupted. In 1989 Rochester moved into the spotlight with its first Pride Parade which was an AIDS protest march. The organizers, founding members of ACT-UP Rochester, Paul Scheib, then president of the Out Alliance, and Martin Hiraga, interpreter for the deaf community, created a vehicle for the Rochester LGBTQ community to raise its voice in the fight against AIDS. An Asian Pacific Islander, and a white Caucasian male along with many other ethnicities and grass roots organizations became the courageous catalyst for change in the AIDS Crisis in Rochester and New York State in 1989. This Dialogue is in honor and recognition of Paul
and Martin, and the work they did to make AIDS visible!!!


  • 1 John Altieri papers
  • 6 Sue Cowell Collection
  • 9 Empty Closet Photograph Collection
  • 12 Helping People With AIDS – HPA
  • 25 Rochester Area Task Force On AIDS
  • Bob Dardano
  • Lynn Varricchio Collection
  • Common Ground Health Collection

Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History Digital Collection Click Here

2 Intersectionality and Trans Equality: How Cisnormativity Affects Us All
Facilitator: Milo Obourn
This Dialogue will focus on ways in which transphobia and the normalizing of a gender binary has historically impacted not only transgender people in the United States but also those who identify as people of color, people with disabilities, gay and lesbian people, and/or cisgender men and women. This “workshop” will present historical information on ways that transphobia under other names has limited the rights, access, mental health, community, and possibilities for expression for people with a range of social identities, including but not limited to those listed above. We will explore our personal relations to cisnormativity and ways it has impacted our lives, and discuss how to incorporate this intersectional framework into movements for transgender recognition, respect, and equity.

Possible Collections To Use: ( Milo will be using their background in sex and gender, critical race, and disability studies to present the historical aspects of this talk. They will be clear about the terminology they use and why it is useful to use it to talk about historical moments before its entrance into our common vocabulary).


  • 3 Backstreets Collection
  • 4 Pam Barres
  • 7 Crossdresser/Transvestite Newsletters
  • 9 EC Photograph Collection
  • 14 Nancy Ann Howes
  • 34 Magazine Serial Collections
  • EC Digital Image Collection
  • Susan Jordan Collection

Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History Digital Collection Click Here

Pam Barres Audio Recording

Optional – LGBTQ and RPL Local History and Genealogy Division Archive Tour
Guides: Christine Ridarsky, City Historian & Brandon Fess, Librarian/Archivist

This tour will take you into the “inner sanctum” where the archives are stored. The RPL Local History and Genealogy Division is the permanent repository for many local Rochester LGBTQ collections deeded to the Central Library Archives by the Out Alliance. The Out Alliance has received the collections from individual Rochestarians and local organizations. Some of these collections will be available for viewing. You will also learn what the process is for acquisition, archiving and preserving collections received from community members and other sources. You will also see how a variety of ephemera is archived and preserved. Finally, a Finding Aide for a collection will be shared to show the background and detail required to create a research tool.


The Out Alliance is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture

The Rochester Public Library is a system of eleven libraries (the Central Library in downtown Rochester and ten urban neighborhood branches) serving as a vital resource to the Western New York region.

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library raises funds, presents programs, supports special projects, and purchases supplemental materials and equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

ImageOut presents LGBTQ arts and cultural experiences showcasing films, other creative works and artists to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community. ImageOut’s annual film festival is Rochester’s Celebration of the World’s Best LGBTQ Cinema.

Shoulders To Stand On

Humanities New York provides leadership and support across the state through grants, programs, networking and advocacy, encouraging critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.