LGBTQ+ activist Evelyn Bailey passes away

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – Longtime LGTBQ+ activist Evelyn Bailey has passed away.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Just one month ago, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello declared June 14 as "Evelyn Bailey Day".

“Evelyn Bailey’s efforts to ensure the stories of our LGTBQ+ residents who fought for equality, health care, marriage and the right to live their authentic lives will live on forever,” said County Executive Bello. “Bailey is a trailblazer and pioneer. We proudly and loudly celebrate our local LGTBQ+ community thanks to her lifelong efforts.”

Bailey who lived in Webster was a historian, math educator, business owner and storyteller. She held various roles in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley/Out Alliance. She led efforts to develop the Shoulders to Stand On project. In 2014, she was Grand Marshal of the Pride parade.