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

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

The Empty Closet, September 2016 from Historic Donation (see at end)


On page 30, read about the Volunteers of the Month


8/12 from We Are Orlando

In its November issue, The Empty Closet kindly reprinted Rochester boasts one of the largest LGBTQ libraries in the nation. (below).

So far the online version has 656 views.  No doubt the viewers were highly impressed by the library and have perhaps already visited.

This is the second time The Closet used one of our pieces. In the digital age, in 2016 even more so than in 2012, making print is an unalloyed pleasure becoming scarcer and scarcer.

November 2016 Issue Empty Closet


Scanned courtesy of the RPL’s Local History Division


Rochester boasts one of the largest LGBTQ libraries in the nation.

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

We Are Orlando. And 25 years ago when the RCSD led the nation against discrimination towards gay students

Transgender Day of Remembrance. Did it all begin with Jean de Arc? Open Arms Pastor Brae Adams joins the conversation

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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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