The Flag Raising at City Hall happens Friday, July 6 at 4pm this year. FILE PHOTO


Rochester Pride — a celebration of our local lesbian, gay, transgendered, bisexual, and unisex communities — officially runs July 5-15. Below find a list of events organized by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. For more information on Pride, its events, or the GAGV visit gayalliance.org/pride/events.

Thursday, July 5

Film Screening: “Beyond Gay,” with guest speaker Rev. Jim Mulcahy. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 6-9 p.m.

Friday, July 6

Special Event: Rainbow Flag Raising at Rochester City Hall Featuring a performance by the Rochester Women’s Community Chorus. City Hall, 30 Church St. 4-5 p.m. Free.

Special Event: Super Sassy in the South Wedge Special deals and discounts from your favorite South Wedge merchants, including Tap & Mallet, Equal Grounds, Lux Lounge, Hedonist Ice Cream, and more. Businesses along South Avenue. 5-9 p.m. Free (cost of food, goods, and services).

Saturday, July 7

Special Event: Pride Day at Seabreeze Show your pride by heading out to the local amusement park for the day; no formal meet-up or program. Seabreeze Amusement Park, 4600 Culver Road. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Regular park admission.

Monday, July 9

Special Event/Dance: Youth Pride Dance and Drag Pageant Open to LGBT and straight allies ages 13-23. TILT Nightclub, 444 Central Ave. 5-9 p.m. $5 admission includes pizza and two free sodas (this is an alcohol-free event).

Theater: “The Lambda Project” Dramatic readings about the lives of LGBT people. Christ Church, 141 East Ave. 7:30 p.m. $5-$7, proceeds donated to the Lambda Project and Rochester Pride.

Tuesday, July 10

Film: Pride Movie Night: “Ma Vie en Rose” Third Presbyterian Church, Johnston Hall, 4 Meigs St. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, July 11

Special Event: “The Good, The Bad and the Funny” Open story event for speakers and audience to share stories of being transgender/transsexual/gender variant. Equal Grounds Coffee Shop, 750 South Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday, July 12

Special Event: Out & Equal Networking Pride giveaways and raffle. Boulder Coffee and Napa Wood-Fired Pizzeria shared patio, 100 Alexander St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. No cover.

Special Event: “Maybe Baby? Planning for a Family” Ask the staff questions, tour the center, talk with other prospective parents. Central New York Fertility and Healing Arts Center, 2244 East Ave. 6-8 p.m. RSVP to cbutler@cnyfertility.com.

Film: ImageOut Summer Mayhem: “MADAME X” Area premiere of feature film about a transgendered super-hero with magical powers to combat hate and intolerance. Cinema Theatre, 957 South Clinton Ave. 7:30 p.m. $7-$8. Imageout.org.

Friday, July 13

Special Event: Pride Power Mixer Cash bar, food, prizes and the Sashing of the 2012 Grand Marshal and Honorary Marshal. Holiday Inn Airport, 911 Brooks Ave. 7-10 p.m. No entry fee.

Saturday, July 14

Special Event: Pride Family Day Free outdoor activities and crafts. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Parade: 2012 Rochester Pride Parade Rochester’s gay community takes to the streets. Parade begins at corner of Park Ave. and Brunswick, continues down Park to Goodman, ends at Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). 3:30-5 p.m. Free.

Festival: 2012 Rochester Pride Festival Food, drink, vendors, DJ’s. Hosted by The Big Wigs, Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune. Performances by former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta, the cast of “Avenue Q,” and area drag queens. Behind the Auditorium Theatre on College Avenue. 4:30-9:30 p.m. $5-$8.

Sunday, July 15

Special Event: 2012 Rochester Pride Picnic Food and merchandise vendors, antique cars, dancing, raffle. Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave. 1-7 p.m. $5-$15.


Exhibit: “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Traveling Exhibition: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945”

The Nazis’ treatment of gay men is not often the focus of Holocaust study, making this exhibition an important part of history. This national exhibit is produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. The free show features photographs and artwork from the time period as well as historical and personal accounts of how gay men were treated by Nazis from 1933-1945.

The exhibition runs through July 22 at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. A closing-night party will be held Thursday, July 19. Exhibit hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays noon-6 p.m. For more information visit jccrochester.org.


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