March is Women’s History Month, and in honor of the occasion, the Triangle Community Center hosted a LBTQ Women’s Social on March 13th. “It was amazing,” says Irene Tsikitas, Director of Programs and Services for TCC. “The atmosphere was nice; everybody was socializing with one another. And the feedback was that they want something more consistent, so as a result, we’re going to start having a monthly social starting in April.”
TCC has also hosted several Women’s History Month movie screenings throughout the month, including Hidden Figures, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Born in Flames, and The Queen.
To celebrate queer women, here are 15 trans and gender-nonconforming women you should be learning about in history classes.
Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers is retiring from her position and could be replaced by the United States’ first openly gay state Chief Justice. Governor Dan Malloy nominated Justice Andrew McDonald for the position in January, and the General Assembly is in the process of voting now.
Justice McDonald faces strong opposition, especially from Republicans, as his nomination moves through the approval process. He will face a major challenge with the Senate vote.
Justice Andrew McDonald
Justice McDonald currently serves as an associate justice on Connecticut’s Supreme Court, and has done so since 2013. He attended Cornell University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Contributing Author: Jeanette Hamilton
On Wednesday, February 28, Triangle Community Center (TCC) hosted an open mic night at Troupe 429. To keep the momentum going beyond Black History month and to give a platform to queer artists of color as a tribute to the historic accomplishments throughout black history, this open mic night had a special focus on queer and trans people of color (sometimes abbreviated as QPOC or QTPOC), although anyone was welcome to perform.
The night was full of drag, comedy, music, and poetry and story readings. The two hosts, Robin Fiercè and Hazel Berry, lit up the stage with their own performances at the beginning and end of the showcase. The various artists who participated made the crowd go wild as well.
In the effort to keep visibility on the historical accomplishments of LGBTQ black people, let's look back at some. . .
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released a report in 2017 on partner abuse in the LGBTQ community and the HIV-affected community entitled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016.
The report included statistics based on 2,032 reports from their member organizations. The intention of this report is to provide insight into the abuse of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people, not to report national averages.
What They Found
The report found that the majority of abuse survivors were gay, at 43%, with 21% of survivors being heterosexual, 16% being lesbian, 10% being bisexual, and 6% being queer. The majority of survivors were also cisgender, with men at 43% and women at 38%, while only 11% were trans women, 3% were trans men and 4% were nonbinary or another gender not listed as an option. Most respondents identified as a person of color, making up 59%, while 39% identified as white.