The Out Alliance was built on a legacy of advocating, educating, and celebrating for the Rochester LGBTQ+ community. For nearly 50 years we have been the voice and safe haven for countless individuals who needed services, support and community that they could find in few other places. Our legacy is a proud and strong one and it has been an honor to be the beacon of light for so many.
The Out Alliance is currently growing in so many powerful directions and we are beyond excited to see what the future brings. The growing process is not always an easy one but provides an invaluable opportunity to create ways to do more of what we excel at and pinpoint the areas in which we could do so much better.
The Out Alliance was created to be an organization that reflects the LGBTQ+ community and champions our rights, basic civil liberties and fights to ensure our unique (and often neglected) needs are met. Not just for some of us, but all of us. The world has made tremendous strides toward equality for Queer citizens but as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “No one is free until we are ALL free.” As we step into the future, this agency unequivocally affirms that the struggle for Queer rights also must incorporate all forms of oppression- racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Our colorful, beautiful, diverse, expressive, and expansive LGBTQ+ family in Rochester should be reflected in every aspect of who Out Alliance is, and everything that we do.
In 2019, expect to see that reflected in our programming, hiring practices, publications and, agency presence. And if we don’t- we ask you to let us know. The first step in changing the culture is acknowledgement and accountability. The next step is making those words- actions. Our first action point is the creation of an “I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Awareness) Committee to give voice to the community and provide input as we evolve. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tamara Leigh (TamaraL@outalliance.org) for more information.
We want you to know that absolutely every color of our rainbow and community is not only welcomed but celebrated here. The Out Alliance was created to stand for justice and inclusivity. As we walk into the future of this agency let it be clear, the first place we will demand those ideals, is here.