CT Pride Voices is counting down to Pride in the Park 2017, which is just 36 days away!
Here are the top ten things to look forward to while we count down to Connecticut's biggest Pride festival. . .
10. LGBTQ Summer Camp Movie Series - May 11 at 7PM
Do you love Joan Crawford and Bette Davis? Do you love going to the theater but wish the chairs were comfier, the popcorn and tickets were free, and everyone in the audience were LGBTQ people there to socialize and make friends? This is the event for you!
This series will continue through August and voting for the next campy movie will be posted soon. This month, TCC is screening What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? - a 1962 American psychological thriller-horror film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, about an aging actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. This is a true camp classic. If you have been watching Feud, you are going to want to catch this flick.
Rumor has it, TCC may be planning to marathon Feud this summer if What Ever Happened to Baby Jane is popular! Make sure you eat your din-din, but save room for popcorn!
9. Catch a TCC program in Bridgeport - May 12
Triangle Community Center's partnership with the Center for Family Justice (CFJ) has enabled TCC to bring its most popular program to Bridgeport. Coffee Talk is a daytime social for LGBTQ people ages 18 and up. Sip tea (or coffee, of course), nibble on a crumpet, and socialize. You can also participate in a hands-on art activity if you wish.
TCC also hosts an LGBTQ youth group at CFJ in downtown Bridgeport for LGBTQ people ages 13 to 22. This month, youth will have the opportunity to craft a zine of their own, learn a little about the history of zine-making in radical, queer communities, and socialize.
8. TCC goes to GLSEN's Safe Schools Summit - DIY: Queer Zine-Making Workshop - May 13
Representatives from TCC will be presenting a fun workshop at GLSEN's Connecticut’s third-ever statewide Safe Schools Summit- a student-led and chapter-coordinated effort to empower youth, educators, and other community allies with the knowledge, resources, and skills to make their schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
TCC will be providing the tools and context for attendees to make their voices heard through the time-honored tradition of queer zine-making. Register and stop by!
7. Kids with HeART on Mother's Day - May 14
Kids with HeART is in it's third ever meeting this month- a space for gender-creative, gender nonconforming, and transgender kids ages 6-12 can come be around their peers and no one needs to color inside the lines! Kids and can come craft something special for whoever deserves a gift in honor of Mother's Day!
6. Pride in the Park Volunteer Meetings! - May 17 and June 7
These meetings are the place to be if you want to take part in bringing LGBTQ Pride to Connecticut in the biggest way possible. Here you will learn what it's like to be a Pride volunteer, where to park, how to sign up for shifts, and chat with the TCC staff who are making this event happen with the help of over 100 volunteers!
Pride volunteering is one of the best ways to build life-long friendships through TCC. If you have a few hours to give, consider lending a hand.
The volunteer meeting on May 17 will be at TCC, and the June 7th meeting is on-site at the Park. If you've never volunteered at Pride in the Park before, you will learn a lot about the event by visiting the actual site of the festival.
There's usually some great food at Pride in the Park volunteer meetings!
5. Din-Din at TCC: #SAGEtable Comes to Connecticut - May 18
Organizations and individuals across the country participate in SAGE Table every year on May 18th. Join Triangle Community Center (TCC) as we celebrate generations of LGBTQ family members, friends, and allies!! Make friends over dinner and hang out as we bring together the diversity of our community. You are more than welcome to bring a dish (and friends) to add to the table if you'd like. The more, the merrier!
4. TWIST Danbury - May 20
TCC has been filling the house for greater Danbury every month since last year's Danbury Pride Party. Some say it is a great impromptu Triangles Reunion. Perfect for socializing and networking in the early hours of the evening, LGBTQ people typically fill the house and the dance floor by 11PM. This event is hosted at Empire Szechuan in Bethel, and attendees have driven from as far as West Hartford to dance with TCC!
3. LGBTQ Youth Open Mic & Open Studio - May 26
TCC will be hosting its first open mic and social event of the year specifically designed for youth ages 13-25, displaying their art at an open studio, and providing an opportunity for youth to see TCC's new drop-in space, which is the future home of the Norwalk LGBTQ Youth Group!
Poetry, comedy, lip-sync, short fiction, painting, sculpture- anything is possible on Saturday.
TCC will also be launching a new era of youth programming this year, which will include more events specifically designed to give LGBTQ youth a safe and affirming space to meet other LGBTQ youth, hang out, and make fun events happen! The open mic will be a great space to start making your voice heard to our youth leaders.
2. LGBT Night OUT - June 1
Westport Country Playhouse's first LGBT Night OUT of the season kicks off on Thursday, June 1. This reception is perfect for the LGBTQ thespians and theater-lovers of Fairfield County. TCC is a proud community partner of the Westport Country Playhouse and will be there to connect you further to the LGBTQ community (and eat the great nibbles they provide)!
June's LGBT Night OUT is for the production of Lettice and Lovage -a Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
About Lettice and Lovage: Opposites attract in this delectably fun comedy by the author of Amadeus. 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!”
1. Connecticut Gay Men's Social Network - June 5
Redding Roadhouse will be hosting their monthly Connecticut Gay Men's Social Network on June 5, which is a perfect opportunity to sip cocktails, enjoy a great dinner, and socialize with other GBT men in Fairfield County.
TCC is a long-time supporter of this event!