Actively participate in your school’s gay/straight alliance.
Educate yourself by reading LGBT books, magazines like The Advocate or the Gay Alliance's
newspaper The Empty Closet.
Attend the Empire State Pride Agenda Annual Spring Dinner in May.
Make yourself visible as an ally. Knowing allies are present on campus makes LGBT
people feel safer, more welcome and more positive about their school environment.
Decorate your office, car, self with stickers, buttons, pins, etc. Go to a Safe Zone
Training and put a Safe Zone sticker on your door.
Be part of the excitement on Equality and Justice Day in Albany in the end of April
or early May. Lobby, rally, and meet new friends. Buses are organized through the
Gay Alliance. (www.gayalliance.org)
Make a donation to the Gay Alliance. Donate $30 or more and you will receive The Empty
Closet monthly newspaper in the mail, with information on LGBT news and local LGBT
Be loud and proud at the Rochester Pride Parade, Festival and Picnic in mid-July.
Go to the ImageOut Film festival in mid-October. (www.imageout.org) ImageOut hosts the largest LGBT film festival in New York State outside of the New
York City area.
Vote for politicians who are pro-equality! Write to them and tell them what you think.
Become a volunteer member of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau, a chaperone for Gay
Alliance Youth Program events, like the
Big Gay Prom or a general volunteer at Gay Alliance events like Rochester Pride! It's
a great way to get involved and meet new people! Contact Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 244-8640 ext. 14.
Let people know that homophobia and transphobia in any form are not cool! Promote
respect for all people by speaking up and sharing your opinion.