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Triangle Community Center prepares to celebrate Pride Month with Pride in the Park

By Sarah Quagliariello for the Norwalk Hour

NORWALK — Now that June, anticipated by some as Pride Month, is here, the Triangle Community Center and World Health Clinicians are gearing up for Fairfield County's celebration of the LGBTQ community Pride.

On June 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Triangle Community Center and World Health Clinicians will hold their Fairfield County Pride Press Conference and Rally in preparation for their Pride in the Park event. The press conference will be held at the Norwalk City Hall Entrance at 125 East Ave.

Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk and Mayor David Martin of Stamford will join TCC's Anthony Crisci, and World Health clinicians' Dr. Gary Blick and Scott Gretz, in this kick off event for Pride season.

The conference will highlight Pride in the Park as well as other events and accomplishments of Fairfield County in Pride month. As Fairfield Country's leading provider of LGBTQ programming and resources, Triangle Community Center has been working for 25 years to provide important -- sometimes even life-saving -- resources to those within the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County.

TCC has, since 1990, been organizing Pride events, and its second annual Pride in the Park event is rapidly approaching. As Fairfield County's leading Pride event, Pride in the Park will take place on June 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Mathews Park in Norwalk, located at 295 West Ave.

"We work to make Pride in the Park a well-rounded, family-friendly event that has something for everyone!" TCC Intern, Katelyn Owens, said. "We love the Pride in the Park concept because we want the event to be as accessible as possible. Mathews Park is a mile from the train and right off of the highway. We want to showcase one of Norwalk's historic sites -- Mathews Park -- which is a great venue for an event such as ours."

Vendors will include open and affirming congregations such as St. Paul's on the Green and First Congregational Church on the Green, as well as nonprofit organizations such as the ACLU of CT, AIDs Project New Haven, UCONN Rainbow Center, Stonewall Speakers, and NAMI. Local LGBTQ artists will be selling handmade goods and other LGBTQ-friendly businesses such as Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk, TD Bank, and GE will set up in support, also.

With these and others present, and an abundance of volunteers and Pride attendees, the park is sure to be packed as the community bands together to express their Pride. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring their Pride flags and get excited to cheer on the community for Pride.

"We have received an immense amount of positive feedback for last year's Pride in the Park and incredible support and encouragement to make this year's even bigger and better," Owens said. "We have heard the community and have worked effortlessly to bring them Connecticut's biggest family-friendly Pride event of the season!"

Volunteers will be asked to help with set up, break down, environmental integrity, the welcome table, ticket sales for the beer garden, parking, entertainment, and security.

This year's Pride in the Park entertainment will feature Haus of Edwards, with members Alyssa Edwards, Laganja Estranja, and Shangela, known from RuPaul's Drag Race. There will also be performances by Shira, Run Jenny, Douglas Cooper (also known as Philesha De Lox), and the Imperial Sovereign Court of all Connecticut.

Volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and donators are still welcome to sign up or provide their support. For more information on the Pride in the Park event, contact Triangle Community Center atTCC@CTgay.org or call (203) 853-0600.