One of the largest LGBTQ libraries in the nation receives historic donation from “EUGENE” Kramer

One of the largest LGBTQ libraries in the nation receives historic donation from “EUGENE” Kramer


In Thanks, Dad!, we praised EUGENE Kramer for his sterling work as the elder statesman on staff. We also suggested he has a regrettable streak of insubordination.


The Empty Closet September 2016

EUGENE knew full well next week we are publishing a major story on the Gay Alliance Library — one of the largest LGBTQ-themed libraries in the nation — including a photograph of EUGENE’s historic donation.


Maria “Jeremy” Weber, expert in paper cutting and scanning. Maria gladly helped expose EUGENE’s ruse. 9/9/16

For reasons unclear and without permission of the editorial board, EUGENE submitted his photograph to The Empty Closet ahead of our publication date.

We condemn EUGENE’s attempt to milk his 15 minutes of fame as a shameless act of self-promotion.

We actually just saw the article less than an hour ago in the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees library.

It gets worse.

To cover his conspiratorial tracks, EUGENE provided The Empty Closet with his wife’s name, CAROL — a name used for both genders.

EUGENE, your hoax is exposed!

UR student Maria Weber who helped paper cut and scan the article was particularly appalled by EUGENE’s subterfuge.

In Maria’s high school yearbook picture, she was captioned as JEREMY Weber, a fellow classmate. Maria believes the error was not part of a larger conspiracy but due to regrettably shoddy proofreading by the yearbook staff.

UPDATE:  At 12:42pm, 9.9.16, Susan Jordan of The Empty Closet reported: “The ‘mistake’ has been corrected in the article published on The Empty Closet page of the Gay Alliance website, and at Empty Closet News on Facebook and Twitter.”

UPDATE The Empty Closet prints “Rochester boasts one of the largest LBTQ libraries in the nation”


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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