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Taking a new route

By Keila Torres Osacio for the Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — When the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Committee chose state Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald as its 2016 grand marshal last month, they had a host of reasons.

From his time serving on municipal boards to his current position, McDonald has served Stamford in multiple capacities and has been involved with the annual Irish parade for years. “He meets all the criteria,” said Michael Feighan, chair of the committe.

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Stamford’s Andrew McDonald to lead city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

By the Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Andrew McDonald, a city native and state Supreme Court justice, will lead Stamford’s March 5 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

McDonald was selected as the downtown parade’s grand marshal by the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He will be honored at a dinner at the Stamford Sheraton Hotel on March 4.

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Community told to ‘accept and support’ at Greenwich transgender panel

By Sylvia Foster-Frau for Greenwich Time

About one in five are homeless. About 50 percent are raped in their lifetime. More than half attempt to commit suicide by their 20th birthday.

These statistics about transgender individuals were stated by J.D. Melendez of the Triangle Community Center at Greenwich Town Hall Tuesday night.

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Senior Center hosts monthly LGBT discussion

By Leslie Lake for the Norwalk Hour

NORWALK -- Beyond the rainbow flag hanging outside the Norwalk Senior Center dining room doorway, Jacki Alessio, MSW of Triangle Community Center (TCC) set out an array of books with titles such as "Living Two Lives," and "Strong Women: Deep Closets," for the monthly LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) book discussion group at the center.

"More older adults are coming out than in the past with legislation being passed and not only celebrities but sports figures coming forward and telling their stories," Alessio said. "We're allowing people to feel safe and borrow these books and talk about whatever they'd like to talk about."

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Transgender population will be able to amend birth certificates beginning Oct. 1

By Leslie Lake for the Norwalk Hour

NORWALK -- After overwhelming passage in the State Senate and the House, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that updates the state's birth certificate procedures to enable transgender people to change their birth certificates to the appropriate gender without having to undergo surgical procedures.

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Stamford Praises Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

By Alex Gecan for the Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Up until Friday, the legality of Joseph Belisle and David Vintinner’s marriage could be real one second and disappear the next if they happened to drive over certain state lines. The U.S. Supreme Court has washed away that uncertainty.

Five out of nine justices carried the day, ordering that all 50 states recognize same-sex marriages. Same-sex couples could already marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

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Local LGBTQ organizations, advocates react to Supreme Court decision

By Korey Wilson for the Norwalk Hour

NORWALK -- After becoming legal in Connecticut nearly seven years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

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Hundreds gather in Norwalk for Pride celebration

Pride in the Park

By News 12 Connecticut

NORWALK - Hundreds gathered in Norwalk Saturday to celebrate Fairfield County pride at Matthews Park.

The Triangle Community Center - a group that provides LGBT support programs - joined with the World Health Clinicians to host its "Pride in the Park" event.

Those who attended enjoyed music and had the opportunity to visit representatives of nearly 60 different organizations.

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Second annual Pride in the Park at Mathews Park draws hundreds of visitors

By Leslie Lake for the Norwalk Hour

NORWALK — With an 800-foot rainbow flag draped around Mathews Mansion as the backdrop, the second annual Pride in the Park celebration was in full swing on Saturday with a variety of music, food vendors and cultural activities.

Triangle Community Center (TCC) Executive Director Anthony Crisci's goal of making Pride in the Park the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) event in Fairfield County became a reality for the second year as hundreds of people celebrated diversity at Mathews Park.

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Free LGBT Film Screening & Panel Discussion

By the Norwalk Hour

AARP Connecticut is sponsoring a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Gen Silent, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Triangle Community Center, 681 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  

Gen Silent shares the stories of six LGBT older adults in Greater Boston dealing with the challenges and hopes of growing older. Since 2010, this landmark movie has inspired a world-wide movement of LGBT & aging advocates to create safe & welcoming experiences for older adults & caregivers in the community. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

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