The Out Alliance has been the cornerstone of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally (LGBTQ+) community in Rochester since 1973. The mission of the Out Alliance is to be champions of LGBTQ+ life and culture. We envision a future where all members of the LGBTQ+ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, living lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected. In October of 2017, the 45-year-old Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, adopted the more inclusive name of the Out Alliance to better represent the many communities we serve.
We accomplish our work with our broad mix of programs including:
- Senior Programming: A large active program including, health, wellness and vibrant social programs for community members over the age of 50.
- The Empty Closet: New York's longest continually published LGBTQ community magazine. A free monthly publication.
- Youth Programming: Comprehensive advocacy, support services and social events for LGBTQ youth (ages 13-20) and their families.
- In December of 2015, the Alliance opened the Rochester LGBTQ Resource Center. The Resource Center provides a visible, accessible and welcoming location for our communities! The Resource Center includes a Library, Art Gallery, Education Center and more!
- Rochester Pride: Join us each year in July for a week long celebration of Pride. The Pride Beach Party, Pride Parade, Festival and the ROC Pride Games touched the lives of over 60,000 folks in the Rochester community.
- Education Programs & Speakers Bureau: Training and consultation services on LGBTQ issues in schools, businesses, churches and social service organizations, programs work to breakdown stereotypes and promote dialog.
- Library and Archives: One of the nation's only exclusively LGBTQ Libraries with a circulating collection of nearly 10,000 items, and a traveling exhibit about Rochester LGBT History.
-Online Resource Directory: An on-line community tool providing local, statewide and national resources 24/7 at www.OutAlliance.org.
- Shoulders to Stand On: In 2013 the Alliance celebrated its 40th Anniversary, by producing a full-length feature documentary, Shoulders To Stand On, which captures the stories, struggles and achievements of Rochester's LGBTQ pioneers. Shoulders continues as an important program documenting our community’s history by interviewing our pioneers.
In September of 2018, The Alliance opened the LGBTQ Community Center. This is a 2,500 square foot open space for folks to come together in community. This completely accessible community center not only host the majority of the Alliance’s programs, it has proven to be a true community center hosting multiple community events in a few short months.
We focus on: Human Services, Education
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
We have a matching grant!
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