The exhibition Stonewall: 50 Years Out commemorates the 50th anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn in NYC which sparked the modern LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement.
The exhibition will focus on Rochester’s significant role in the Movement, most notably in passage of the NY State Marriage Equality Act in 2011.
The free exhibition will be on view in Central Library’s Anthony Mascioli Gallery, 115 South Avenue, from April 5 through July 20 during regular library hours.
Opening reception, 6pm-9pm, Friday, April 5 (a ‘First Friday’ Rochester event)
The project is led by City Historian and Library Historical Services Consultant Christine Ridarsky and guided by community partners representing the diversity of the local LGBTQ+ community, including: the City of Rochester; Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County; Rochester Black Pride; University of Rochester Libraries Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation; RIT; RMSC; SUNY Brockport; Out Alliance; Landmark Society of Western NY; Presbytery of the Genesee Valley; Third Presbyterian Church More Light Committee.
Presenting sponsors: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library with funding from the Anthony Mascioli Fund and the Equality Fund for Humanity and Enlightenment; Trillium Health and Dr. William Valenti & James Wolk.
Additional supporters: Asbury First United Methodist Church; Larry Champoux; Dixon Schwabl; Humanities NY; Human Rights Campaign, Landmark Society of Western New York; Third Presbyterian Church More Light Committee.
Media Sponsors: WXXI, the Empty Closet, City Newspaper, and the Rochester Business Journal.
Opening Reception Sponsors: the Out Alliance, Neil Gray and RJ Alcala, Paul Scheib, Tim Tompkins, Richard Sarkis and The Sarkis Team at Howard Hanna Realtors, Vincent Associates Real Estate, and Whitey LeBlanc.