Fifty years of LGBTQ+ Family Stories
June 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us for an evening of sharing; sharing memories, pain, strength and hope for the future, even in these troubled times.
A panel of local LGBTQ+ community members will begin the evening by talking about the events and experiences that got them to where they are now; 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising. Each of them have been influenced by different events, both personal and political, and are willing to share them in an effort to continue the process of creating community.
This will be directly followed by an “open mic” of sorts where we ask the audience to interact with the panel through stories, comments and questions of their own. In this way we can come together as a family of people who respect each other’s experiences and value each other’s path forward.
Chris DiCesare – Chris is a graduate student in Communication Studies at Syracuse University. Their work and research center anti-capitalist organizing around sexuality in both the past and present.
Willard Doswell – Willard came out in NYC just after Stonewall and moved to CNY in 1980. He became active in the LGBT community, working with many groups fighting for LGBTQ equality. He and his husband Joe have been together for the last 21 years and between them have 5 kids and 14 grand-kids.
Rob Pusch – Rob returned to Syracuse in the late 80s as a graduate student and currently works at Syracuse University. Rob is an educator and activist, and founding member of the CNY Transgender Alliance.
Roslyn Rasberry –Roslyn is passionate about Spiritual/Sacred Activism. She is a Transformational Speaker, Guide and Coach who works with themes of Authentic Being, Authentic Power and Conscious Humanity Activation.
Vince Sgambati – Vince is a former teacher in the Syracuse City School District, a longtime peace and social justice activist (especially queer activism), and an author. His published work, including his novel, Most Precious Blood, have been short-listed for awards, and he is currently finalizing a collection of short stories, tentatively titled Gettin’ Thru Shit: The Undertow of Memory.
Susie Weiss – Susie is a founding member of GLAS (Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Syracuse), The Stonewall Committee, and the Women and AIDS Support Group, Susie became an accidental activist in her early 30’s, spanning a host of different community initiatives and organizations over a number of decades.
This event is free and open to the public.