Volunteer of the Month: Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn is an educator, political activist and historian. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, which she identifies as the “Hub of the Universe”, she came to Rochester in 1976.

A founding member of Catholics Against Nuclear Arms, Evelyn served as the treasurer of the 1983 Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice in Romulus, NY.

Evelyn is the executive producer of the Shoulders To Stand On Documentary on the history of the Rochester LGBT community which premiered in September 2013 at the Dryden Theater. Evelyn received the Community Service Award in 2014 from the Empire State Pride Agenda and the 2014 Community Leadership Award in Education from the Greater Rochester Branch of the American Association of University Women. In 2014 she was the Grand Marshall of the Gay Pride Parade.

Primarily due to Evelyn’s efforts, in 2016 the Gay Alliance received the Debra E. Bernhardt Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Documenting New York’s History for the exemplary work of the Shoulders To Stand On Program and the Gay Alliance commitment to document and preserve and make accessible the LGBTQ history of the Rochester region.

Currently she chairs the Rainbow Dialogues: A Bridge from the Past to the Present committee which is planning a one day community interactive dialogue in March, 2018 and a two day event in 2019 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Evelyn is currently the Gay Alliance Archivist and the Rochester LGBTQ historian. She writes a monthly column in The Empty Closet, Shoulders to Stand On, and also a monthly History Corner of local gay historical events. She was the executive producer and grant writer for Reflections of a Rainbow, a 16-minute documentary on the history of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley used for fundraising and marketing.

While on the Board of the Gay Alliance, she served as Chair of the Development Committee and Chair of the Programming Committee. Ms. Bailey is a leader in the Rochester LGBT community volunteering as Chair of the Pride Picnic 2008 – 2015, Chair of Dining Out With Friends 2006 – 2008, and Chair of GAGV Bid From the Heart Auction from 1987 – 1989. Evelyn has been a teacher of mathematics for the past 30 years, and is a small business owner.

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