This piece was originally published by Driven Local on CIRCLE CARE Center's website on June 18. 2017. Triangle Community Center has a long-standing partnership with CIRCLE CARE Center, and one of the best ways to support your local LGBTQ community center is to access services available at CIRCLE CARE Center.
When it comes to telling others about your sexual orientation — to each his (or her!) own. Some people find comfort in being openly gay, while others prefer to share that information with a select group of people. Very few people need to know your sexual identity — except for your physician that is. Believe it or not, disclosing your sexual identity plays a major role in your health care. If you’re a lesbian, make sure you talk to your physician about these important topics.
When compared to straight women, lesbians are less likely to get breast cancer screenings and mammograms. Because of this, lesbians are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced or late-stage breast cancer. As with any cancer, the earlier it’s discovered, the more treatment options there are.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among all women — straight and gay. For this reason, every woman should be talking to her doctor about heart health. Among lesbians, smoking and obesity are some of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. The best way for any woman to keep her heart healthy is by not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Lesbians are at a higher risk for certain types of gynecological cancers than straight women. Because of this, lesbians should have annual pelvic exams and pap tests.
Lesbians are just as likely as straight women to give and catch an STI, but they are less likely to take precautions against it. Lesbians can transfer STIs through skin-to-skin contact, mucus membrane contact, and vaginal fluids.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Stress from homophobia, sexism, and discrimination make it more likely for lesbians to have a drug problem than heterosexual women. If you suspect you’re abusing drugs or alcohol, you should talk to your physician about joining a therapy group or treatment program.
CIRCLE CARE Center (CCC) provides quality, sensitive and comprehensive primary care targeted to meet the health needs of the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV/AIDS. If you are sexually active or suspect that you may have an STI, CIRCLE CARE Center is a Center of Excellence for the prevention and treatment of STIs.s
Triangle Community Center (TCC) is delighted to welcome you to this year's Pride in the Park. Today our community is more important than ever as we face real challenges and uncertain times. I often find myself thinking of TCC's story and that of the LGBTQ community as we move forward together. That story is one of hope in the face of adversity; love and community, and of pride.
When a group of volunteers founded our center in 1990, they cared passionately about the LGBTQ community. These were people who had lived through the AIDS crisis, who lost loved ones and friends. They were parents of LGBTQ people whose only wish was that their children would be loved and accepted because they were born perfect. They were from every walk of life and of every background. When these volunteers founded TCC, they created a safe space for the LGBTQ community to thrive. Much later, we brought on our first staff. Through them and the tireless work of more volunteers and donors, we created our case management program, helping LGBTQ people in need, and building out Pride in the Park to celebrate our community.
Our values of love, community, and hope have encouraged us as we help a young trans person get a bed to sleep on and a roof to sleep under as far too many of their peers lack a place to call home. Our compassion as a community leads us to have the resources we need to connect isolated LGBTQ older adults with opportunities to engage and thrive when otherwise they would have to confront isolation. We know that when you're part of a community, you're never alone. Our values have guided us. Our history tells us that our fight for dignity and equality is never easy, and the guidance of our founders tells us that we will overcome whatever obstacles we may face if we do so with hope and courage.
Pride is a demonstration of these values. Pride celebrates our unique and diverse identities. It sends a message of hope and persistence, and yes, of organizing. At TCC, you will always have a home and a safe space where you will be celebrated. The most important thing you should know is that at TCC and everywhere, you have power to change our world for the better. Pride is a time to remember that power and to celebrate it. We can't wait to see you here.
Learn more about the vendors that make Pride in the Park a truly state-wide, community-focused event. These are the vendors you will be able to walk up to, chat with, and engage in fun activities. There will be local artists, community service organizations, and more!
For a comprehensive list of all of the Pride in the Park 2017 sponsors, click here. Here is the list of the Pride in the Park sponsors you will be able to visit at their booths:
CIRCLE CARE Center is the leading care provider for the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. For years, Circle Care Center has offered services for the LGTBQ community, including care for the trans community, and care for HIV/AIDS and STDs. Circle Care Center is home to a nonprofit pharmacy that funds important projects for the LGBTQ community locally.
Shoff Darby Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency with offices in Norwalk, Stamford, Fairfield, Trumbull, and North Haven, Connecticut.
Tito's Handmade Vodka produces America's Original Craft Vodka.
Leading Event Sponsor
Small Business Sponsors
More Pride in the Park 2017 Vendors to Get Excited About:
AIDS Project New Haven (APNH) is the oldest AIDS service organization in the State of Connecticut. Formed by a small group of individuals in 1983, it has expanded to provide services throughout the greater New Haven area.
AIDS Project New Haven (APNH) provides education and non-judgmental, comprehensive, holistic services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.
The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 3000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues.
Paisley Peacock Body Arts is a group of central New England based henna, face paint, and glitter artists.
St. Paul’s is a diverse, affirming, inclusive Anglo-Catholic parish with a rich history of outstanding worship, music, preaching and social action.
PRESBYTERIAN PROMISE believes the time has come to live out God’s call to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” This is a call to an inclusive love that welcomes all people to God’s table. That invitation is central to the Gospel. God calls us to embrace those who have been excluded or marginalized, to welcome them into the fold, and to honor their call and their desire to serve God. Presbyterian Promise is committed to a vision of a just and inclusive church.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) works to improve the lives of LGBTQ people worldwide by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law, and increasing public support around the globe.
The Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Barker.
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage our community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of our Playhouse campus.
Even More Vendors:
- First Congregational Church on the Green is a diverse community, rooted in faith, offering Christian hospitality, open to all, called to love as Christ loves, and to build justice and mercy through action.
- Boys & Girls Village is a not-for-profit agency serving at-risk children and families in Connecticut.
- United Congregational Church Bridgeport is diverse, open, inclusive, warm and welcoming; bringing together city and suburb from all over to worship God, develop our faith, and serve our neighbors near and far through social outreach.
Shalva Clinic is a full service naturopathic clinic offering a wide range of services.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Stamford exists to build a community that deepens individual faith, celebrates unity among diversity, and promotes a just and humane world
PolyPocketPunk is a New Haven-based LGBTQ artist.
Unity Center of Norwalk is a spiritually-based community founded and based on a concept of always pointing the way toward a more positive way of living.
PFLAG Norwalk - PFLAG has chapters nationwide and is the nation's largest family and ally organization. PFLAG's mission is to meet people where they are and collaborate with others to support families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ. PFLAG's monthly meetings provide support and information for those whose loved ones are exploring personal issues pertaining to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence is a statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. The Alliance works to end sexual violence through victim assistance, community education, and public policy advocacy.
Sleeping Giant Hemp are vendors of of sustainable, durable, classic hemp items such as tees, wallets, bags, dog collars & leashes, dog & cat toys, aromatherapy diffusers and oils.
The Center for Family Justice provide free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people plagued by domestic and sexual violence restore their lives, and educating our communities to prevent future abuse. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.
Stamford Lighthouse (formerly Rainbow Café) is a youth group for LGBTQQ Youth and their allies in Stamford.
GLSEN CT (the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) is an organization that seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in K-12 schools.
The Workplace/Add Us In Consortium is an organization that works to to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.
The 2017 Pride Guide will soon be in print, but, in the meantime, you can find all of the LGBTQ and Pride-themed community events here on CT Pride Voices.
June 1 - Westport Country Playhouse's LGBT Night OUT: Lettice & Lovage
Tony Award nominee for Best Play
Opposites attract in this delectably fun comedy by the author ofAmadeus. Join Miss Lettice Douffet and Miss Lotte Schoen for a series of hilarious capers as they discover a devilish friendship in their fight against mediocrity. As Lettice says, “Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!”
June 3 - Gay Bingo Pride Party
Gay Bingo will be the kick-off event for Pride Week in Fairfield County. Doors Open at 6 p.m. First come first serve. Game starts @ 7 p.m. & ends @ 10 p.m. $20 Admission for 15 Game Sheets, and $1 for any extra boards. $100.00 Cash Prize for 14 games & $200.00 for the last Game Prize.
Outside food is welcome! There will also be hot dogs, pizza, candy & empanadas for sale. Thirsty? No worries. There will be a full bar to quench your thirst.
June 3 - Soul Haven: Pride Edition
Join the crowd for a magical evening on a whimsical music journey of soulful tunes that are sure to make anyone move. Musically curated to bring you back to the roots of house music and the fruits it has produced. Disco sprinkled with dance tracks that will delight people of all ages.
June 4 - St. Paul's Pride Service
June 5 - Connecticut Gay Social Network at Redding Roadhouse
June 9 - Temple Sinai Pride Service
June 10 - Pride in the Park
June 11 - Pink Eggs and Glam - Fairfield
June 17 - Danbury Pride Party
June 18 - Pride & Joy: A Celebration Service with the New World Chorus
June 23 - Temple Beth El's Pride Service
June 23 - TCC's LGBTQ Youth BBQ & Picnic
June 29 - TCC's LGBTQ Summer Camp Movie Series: But I'm a Cheerleader
Megan is an all-American girl. She's a cheerleader and has a boyfriend, but she doesn't like kissing him very much, and she's pretty tactile with her cheerleader friends, and she only has pictures of girls up in her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and send her off to "sexual redirection" school, full of admittedly homosexual misfits, where she can learn how to be straight. Will Megan be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to her love for the beautiful Graham?
Triangle Community Center's summer-themed campy movie nights continue during Pride month.
New Haven County
June 1 - Festival of Rainbows
This is a family friendly Pride event, hosted by the Naugatuck YMCA, and will include information on services provided to the LGBT community from local organizations and agencies, performances, fun activities for all ages, and special guests.
June 21 - Monthly Board/Card Game Gathering
June 3 - Art for AIDS
Art for AIDS is a fundraiser for AIDS Connecticut. Activities include an art grab, art show/sale, performances, appetizers, desserts, and complementary beverages. This is the eighth annual Art for AIDS event and supports the work of an organization that provides life-saving services to individuals in Hartford County.
June 3 - Battle of the Decades
Come to Chez Est for an Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut production, represent your decade for the costume contest, and turn out to have a good time to raise money for the 2017 Court's beneficiaries.
June 4 - June Beer Bash at Chez Est
June 24 - Pirates Booty at Chez Est
June 3 - Dear Mrs. Smith LIVE!
June 17 - Isn't in Romantic: A Cabaret
June 18 - HGLHC Tea Dance
Dance for a Great Cause: A Benefit for The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.