LGBTQ Landmark Initiative

LGBTQ Historic Walking Tour

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front

Resistance in the ‘70’s: Have We Come Full Circle?

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) – the group that carried the movement set in motion by Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village at the Stonewall Inn.  On October 3, 1970 Bob Osborne and Larry Fine, founders of the GLF at the University of Rochester, held the first meeting of the GLF at Todd Union on the River Campus. On October 3, 2020 at 5:30pm, the exact time of that first meeting, we invite you to meet the founding members, and hear the story of how the Speakers Bureau and the Empty Closet began. You will also hear about the harassment by students and administration toward LGBTQ students on the River campus and at the Eastman School of Music. We will replay the tour on the same evening at 7:00 PM as an ImageOut Pre-Festival Special Event.

This 5th LGBTQ Virtual Historic Walking Tour brings us back to our roots. We celebrate the resistance begun 50 years ago that continues today in our struggle for basic human rights, equality and justice.  This 5th Historic Walking Tour will recount past experiences that are relevant to our political discourse today.  We ask you to answer the question: Resistance in the ‘70’s: Have We Come Full Circle?

We also invite you to ImageOut’s 28th Annual Film Festival, October 8-18, 2020

Sharing our Pride of Place

The Landmark Society believes that this groundbreaking new initiative will offer a unique opportunity to educate the Rochester community about the history of the local LGBTQ movement and add to the sense of pride about the place that our city occupies in the fight for civil rights & human dignity throughout our nation’s history. Just as Rochester is celebrated for the instrumental role that it has played in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, so should it be recognized for its contributions to LGBTQ equality. The Landmark Society, with its preservation-based mission, is uniquely positioned to honor this history.

Since some places of importance to the local LGBTQ community were likely established in secrecy, they could fade into anonymity unless their history is documented. Other sites have changed owners so many times that their importance may be overlooked.

We are now in the process of identifying sites (see our draft list here); an additional goal is to identify places that can be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which can lead to federal and state historic rehabilitation grants and tax credits to improve and preserve buildings and places of importance.

Have you missed our Rochester LGBTQ Historic Sites Walking Tours during Pride Week? Download the brochures below to take the tours yourself!

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