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.
Our community lost a pioneer this morning – Evelyn Bailey. Evelyn was an educator, political activist, historian, mentor, leader, soul mother to so many, stoic story teller, and an active archivist. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/Xz6uWOuQ4j— Harry B. Bronson (@HarryBBronson) July 13, 2022
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.