The Show Must Go On!

No one embodied the sentiment of "the show must go on" more than former ImageOut Programming Director Michael Gamilla, who led the charge to program our past two film festivals while battling serious illness. To this end, we honor his memory, legacy and wishes by deciding to continue on with a slightly abridged version of our Spring Film Festival, even as we work through our collective grief. 2023 ImageOut First Cut now runs April 27 - May 2. Please stay tuned for more details!

Our New Website is Here!

Our new and improved website launched on March 15. The site is modern, accessible, user friendly, and secure. It's packed full of both fun content and helpful information. Whether you're a community member, sponsor, member, or filmmaker, there's something for you to explore at!

The new site better highlights all of ImageOut's programs, while honoring our history and legacy. It also has an updated giving section, which better explains the many ways community members can give to ImageOut to support LGBTQ+ arts and culture in our greater Rochester community, such as membership, underwriting, planned and legacy giving, and more.

We hope you'll take some time explore the new site, and check back often for much more frequent updates than we were able to do in the past!

Transgender Day of Visibility

ImageOut continues to stand with our local transgender, non-binary and gender expansive community and is happy to sponsor Trans Day of Visibility in Rochester again this year. Be sure to stop out and support these important events from Next Generation Men Of Transition and WAVE Woman Inc.


Happening Tonight: PORPORA

Wednesday, March 22


RIT College of Art & Design's Wegman's Theatre

ImageOut is pleased to be the community partner for the Viva l’Italia Series and Lectures screening of PORPORA tonight (Wednesday, March 22) at 7:00pm at RIT College of Art and Design’s Wegman’s Theatre, Magic Spell Studios. There are opening remarks by Professor Thomas Warfield and an introduction and Q&A to follow the screening with documentary subject Propora Marcasciano and Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society’s Vittorio Martone. The event is free and open to the public.

Porpora Marcasciano is a sociologist, activist and writer. Honorary President of MIT (Movimento Identità Trans or Trans Identity Movement), she is currently a municipal councilor in Bologna where she holds the position of president of the Commission for Equality and Equal Opportunities.

Film Trailer: Watch the film trailer of the short "Divieto di Transito" by the same director here, which was an inspiration for the film "Porpora":

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Spring Open House & Second Thursday Networking Joint Event

Thursday, April 13


Village Gate Square Atrium

ICYMI: Join ImageOut and Human Rights Campaign Western & Central NY on the evening of Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7:30pm for our Spring Open House & Second Thursday Networking Joint Event at the Village Gate Square Atrium (274 N. Goodman St.).

The event will include: hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar provided by Madeline's Catering, music provided by DJ Brian Buttlett of JuiceBoxROC, a Spring Film Festival preview, membership enrollment, merchandise sales, raffles, festival pass sales, volunteer signup opportunities, and more!

$5 suggested donation. No reservation required.


Complete a New or Renewal Membership Today!

NOTE: Those interested in Marquee Society level membership should complete their new or renewal membership soon to ensure an invitation to our Spring Marquee Society Member Brunch!

Memberships are the lifeblood of a small, local non-profit. We rely heavily upon the support of our members to sustain our community programming and events throughout the year. Please help us to continue our mission of celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ arts and culture in Rochester and Monroe County, NY by purchasing a new or renewal 2023 annual membership today! We’d love to have you join our ImageOut family!

ImageOut Membership Information Packet: To learn more about our new 2023 membership levels and benefits, click here:, or use the button below.

There are many quick and easy ways to purchase a membership:

ONLINE: This is the quickest, easiest option! Complete a new or renewal membership enrollment online with credit card or account debit at

MAIL: Members can download and print out a membership enrollment form (above) or email [email protected]. Simply complete and mail back the form with check enclosed (if applicable).

PHONE: Give us a ring at 585-271-2640, and we can complete membership enrollment via phone with credit card or account debit. Leave us a voicemail with your name and number for a callback if we miss you!

IN-PERSON: Call or email us to schedule an in-person appointment at our office at 274 N Goodman St, Ste A203. Face masks required.

Thank you for your continued support!

For information about 2023 Sponsorship, click here.

Questions? Email [email protected].

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Remembering Michael Gamilla

NOTE: With the family’s blessing, we are also organizing a community celebration of life for Michael. Details will be announced very soon.

We want to share this information directly from Michael’s family with all of you. We cannot thank them enough for their kind words or generous gesture. Michael means the world to ImageOut and our Rochester community too.

From the Gamilla Family: "In honor of Michael Gamilla, we will be holding a mass and celebration of life on Saturday, March 25. The mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church at 10am followed by a reception at the Jewish Community Center from 12-4pm. 

Instead of the traditional black attire, we ask that you wear something bright, colorful, and fabulous, as that’s how Michael would show up and want to be celebrated. The world was his fashion runway after all.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to ImageOut, which Michael sat on as a Board Member and Programming Director. ImageOut meant the world to him, and we’d love to return the support to the organization that brought him so much joy.

Those interested can contribute to the Fund in honor of Michael’s legacy and in his memory. Checks can be mailed to the ImageOut office at 274 N. Goodman St., Ste. A203 Rochester, NY 14607. They should be made payable to “ImageOut” with “Michael Gamilla Fund” in the memo line. Online donations can also be made via credit, debit or EFT at"

ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, Inc. is a tax exempt, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to promote awareness, foster dialogue, and build community by showcasing LGBTQ+ arts and culture through films and other creative works in the greater Rochester, New York area. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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