Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Join us for the Pride Parade July 21st

To print out a PDF version of this flyer click here.  Please post and share.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pride at Work Statement on Masterpiece Supreme Court Ruling

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018
Contact: Jerame Davis - jdavis@prideatwork.org
Pride at Work Statement on Masterpiece Supreme Court Ruling
Washington - Today, the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in favor of the baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission previously ruled that the bakery had violated the rights of a same-sex couple when they refused to bake a cake for their wedding. Today’s decision overturns that ruling on the grounds that the Commission was overly biased against the baker’s religion in this case.
“While I don’t agree with the entire ruling issued today by the Supreme Court, I’m heartened that the Court upheld the basic rights of states to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination,” said Jerame Davis, Executive Director of Pride at Work. “LGBTQ people should not have to worry if they will face discrimination by businesses open to the public and while this case may muddy the waters a bit, the fundamentals of state laws designed to protect LGBTQ people remain intact.”
“Today’s ruling was based entirely on the facts of this particular case and not the broader issue of discrimination,” said Shellea Allen, Co-President of Pride at Work. "The majority of the Court concluded that the Commission had not given the bakery a fair hearing due to statements on the record that indicated religious bias."
“If a business is open to the public, they must serve everyone,” said Tim Schlittner, Co-President of Pride at Work. "This is a basic tenet of any society that maintains civility and decency despite our differences. This was never about a cake. It’s about the basic rights we should all enjoy in America.”
Pride At Work organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community for social and economic justice. We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions and we organize in the spirit of the union movement’s historic motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” Learn more at www.prideatwork.org

Did you know? Every purchase you make on Amazon can support Pride at Work's sister organization, the LGBT Labor Leadership Initiative. Learn more.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Congressional Candidates Forum

Our chapter of Pride at Work in collaboration with the Out Alliance sponsored a Congressional Candidates Forum on May 19th.   A very special thank you to the candidates who were there to discuss issues and concerns critical to the LGBTQ Community, Dylan (Robin Wilt's Representative), Rachel Barnhart, City Councilman Adam McFadden, Dr. Jim Maxwell and Assemblyman Joe Morelle. The late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a champion for LGBTQ rights and legislation and her seat will be hard to fill - it is important that we elect the best candidate who shares her values.

Forum was facilitated by Bess Watts & Kendall Bell, Pride at Work members

If you happen to be a registered Democrat, Primary Day is June 26th - VOTE!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rainbow Dialogues

March 24 The Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Community Dialogues   Anne Tischer & Bess Watts presented a breakout session on “Marriage Equality: What it Takes To Create Change” at the Rochester Public Library downtown.  We’re excited to learn that some our our signs will be in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution thanks to Franklin A. Robinson, Archives Specialist who was the Facilitator of our program. 


The Anthony Mascioli 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 against the backdrop of local and national social justice issues.   

A big thank you to Evelyn Bailey for organizing this wonderful program.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Working People's Day of Action Rally in Buffalo

Members of Pride at Work stood up for freedom and solidarity at the Working People's Day of Action rally in Buffalo.   This was a national day of action with rallies being held throughout the country.  #unrigthesystem #itsaboutfreedom

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pride at Work Meeting

We are having a meeting on February 1st at 5:30 at the Out Alliance on 100 College Avenue, Rochester 14607.  Please join us!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New HHS Division Promotes LGBTQ Discrimination

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2018
Contact: Jerame Davis - jdavis@prideatwork.org
New HHS Division Promotes LGBTQ Discrimination
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
announced the creation of a new and dangerous division of the Office of Civil Rights
(OCR) intended to enforce federal laws that allow healthcare providers to deny care
based on their religious objection. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis,
issued the following reaction:
"President Trump’s Health and Human Services Department is playing with people’s
lives in their latest attempt to upend LGBTQ rights. This new rule and division create a license to discriminate that will allow healthcare workers and HHS to deny
life-saving services to LGBTQ people and certain women who are pregnant.
"This brand of so-called 'religious freedom' is a mockery of the fundamental
religious protections provided by our Constitution. It is not 'freedom' of religion to use your faith as a weapon to harm others. The denial of life-saving care is, without question, harmful to LGBTQ people.
"We’ve already seen this sort of weaponized religion in action. It impacts LGBTQ
individuals and their families alike. In Detroit, a child was denied care by her pediatrician because her parents are LGBTQ. Nationwide, 29% of transgender people report being refused service due to their actual or perceived gender identity. Furthering this madness is the fact that the HHS OCR was established to prevent these sort of discriminatory practices.
"This Administration is abominable in their treatment of minority and marginalized
populations. Pride at Work denounces this new direction for the HHS Office of Civil
Rights and calls for the immediate reversal of this destructive policy change.”
Pride At Work builds power for LGBTQ working people to further social and economic
justice. We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions
and we organize in the spirit of the union movement’s historic
motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” Learn more at www.prideatwork.org