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 -
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

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


The Out Alliance sponsored a rally against the list of banned words in a memo to the CDC. Apparently if the CDC wants to continue getting Federal funding for their projects words such as diversity, transgender science-based, etc., are too liberal for this administration. While it was well below freezing hardy souls stood up and spoke against censorship. The Federal Building security would not allow the words to be displayed on the Federal Building, so we displayed the words across the street.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Out Alliance Supports Demonstration Against CDC Censorship

Out Alliance supports demonstration against CDC censorship


(Rochester, N.Y., December 19, 2017) – Late last week, Centers for Disease Control staff were advised to avoid the use of 7 words: transgender, science-based, evidence-based, diversity, vulnerable, fetus, and entitlement in forthcoming budget documents.
A demonstration is planned in response for Thursday, December 21, 2017 in front of the Federal Building – 100 State Street – from 8:00-9:30pm. All are welcome and encouraged to join in solidarity.
 “To ignore the diversity of the U.S. population is to put countless communities at risk,” said Colleen Raimond, Out Alliance Board Chair. “The LGBTQ+ community exists and continues to have a unique set of public health needs. When a silence has driven federal public health policy in the past, it has been deadly.”
Notably, federal response to the 1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic paints a picture of the potential effects of the CDC’s actions today. People died from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses every day while government agencies refused to even say the words “gay” or “AIDS.”
The United States only made progress on the HIV/AIDS epidemic by breaking that silence, acknowledging that the epidemic was happening, and naming the population it disproportionately affected.
The stark lesson of that time is that public health threats must be named and described clearly to be addressed — and that the consequences of not doing so are fatal.
Since then, the CDC has done important science- and evidence-based work to overcome the effects of that silence. Acknowledging LGBTQ+, specifically transgender, people and health needs has allowed the CDC to conduct research that informs public policy decisions, improves health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people, and ultimately saves lives.
“The silence of the CDC will not only harm our community but have far-reaching effects on the rest of our country. The curtailment of evidence-based health science is dangerous and unconscionable. If the CDC cannot name health disparities in specific communities, they cannot protect people from health threats, as their mission states,” says Out Alliance Executive Director, Scott Fearing. “The CDC works to improve health – to hamper that work can cost lives.”

The Out Alliance was founded on the campus of the University of Rochester as a student organization in 1971, in 1973 it incorporated as a 501c3 not-for-profit and became a community organization. The Out Alliance mission is to be Champions for LGBTQ Life and Culture, and they envision a future where LGBTQ people of all ages are free to be fully participating citizens, living lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.