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ISSUE 2022

06 Fostering welcoming,

affirming, and joyful

environments for our

LGBTQIA+ students

22 The Battle for LGBTQ+

Rights in America


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26 2022 Julio Morales, Jr.

Scholarship Recipients

06 Fostering welcoming,

affirming, and joyful

environments for our

LGBTQIA+ students

12 Famous Quotes by LGBTQ+

Individuals and Allies

22 The Battle for LGBTQ+

Rights in America

26 Out and About 2022

Photo Gallery

36 LGBTQ+ History


About Us and 2022 Sponsors

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone

at Capital Pride and the thousands who celebrated the 2022

Hartford Pride and Concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks

to the generous support of our title sponsor, Stanley Black and

Decker, your participation, financial contributions, dedication,

and hard work of our Pride Committee and volunteers made this

year’s event one for the record books.

For those who attended Hartford Pride and Concert, your

enthusiasm and energy added to everyone’s experience, making

it one of the best Hartford Prides to date.

Although we were uncertain about what to expect for 2023 due

to the current political climate in the US and the recent attacks

on Gay Rights, such as “Don’t Say Gay,” we were touched by the

community’s desire to come together more than ever. This shared

passion for Pride fueled a much-needed celebration due to the

pandemic and the isolation we all experienced for over a year.

It is crucial that we all support a more just, open, safe, and

supportive community, country, and world. We need to continue

to strive for #HartfordPride, making sure that every member of

our community feels seen, heard, and valued.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for

contributing to a successful and well-received celebration!

Please save the date for 2023; the Hartford Pride and Concert

are confirmed for Saturday, September 9. Stay tuned for more

information by visiting our website, www.hartfordpride.org.

Once again, thank you for your unwavering support, and we

look forward to continuing our valuable partnership for many

years to come!


Charlie Ortiz

Chair & Chief Editor


About Us

Out In CT is a publication of Hartford Pride, showcasing the

accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community and the best

that our community has to offer in Connecticut. Hartford

Pride relies on the commitment of volunteers and your

financial support to make this publication and LGBTQ+

events possible for our community, families, and allies.

September 9, 2023

Church Street

Hartford, Connecticut

Chief Editor

Design & Web


Charlie Ortiz

Influential Designs


Natalie McCabe Zwerger

Dr. Sophia Bolt


Pride Committee Charlie Ortiz


Pedro E. Segarra

Luis Quiros

Keith Rhoden, Jr.

Dr. Richard Stilson

Ceana Williams

Anita Rojas

Influential Designs


By donating or volunteering with us, you are making a

difference in your community as a whole. We need your

support to ensure that “Pride, Love, Life, and Equality”

continue to thrive in Connecticut. Make your voice heard

and play your part by volunteering, fundraising, or donating

to Hartford Pride.

How can you help?

If you own a business or work for a company that supports

our community, please consider supporting Hartford

Pride by having a booth, placing a paid listing in our

OUTINCIT.COM directory, or making a monetary donation.

Your support makes it possible for us to bring events

like PrideFest and resources like OUTINCT.COM to the

LGBTQ+ community.

Donations from our sponsors and donors are critical to our

organization. Funds go directly to supporting events like

PrideFest that help bring our community and allies together

in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Our CLARO social

justice branch is supported by Hartford Pride and provides

scholarships for students pursuing careers in the health and

social justice fields that serve the LGBTQ+ community.


Interested in getting involved with Hartford Pride? Running

an organization like Hartford Pride requires various skills,

and we are always looking for volunteers to help us with

administration, events, and talented individuals who want to

promote diversity and tolerance by sharing their skills.

In summary, Out In CT and Hartford Pride exist to celebrate

and promote the accomplishments and diversity of the

LGBTQ+ community in Connecticut. We rely on your

support to make this possible, so please consider donating,

volunteering, or getting involved in any way you can. Thank

you for your support!

For more information visit


or call (860) 841-2345.

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Julio Morales, Jr.




CLARO Inc and in partnership with the NASW/CT Latino/a

Social Workers Network has awarded eight students the

Julio Morales, Jr., Scholarship.

Claudia Marisol Blanco

Washington, DC

Jessica G. Chavez

El Paso, TX

Chely Cifuentes

Falls Church, VA

Andy Gabriel Checo

Brooklyn, NY

Andrea Garcia-Garcia

Savannah, GA 31406

Jose Angel Guevera

Sunderland, MA

Cristian Antonio Gutierrez

Ogden, UT

Kelly Sanchez

Meriden, CT


Fostering welcoming,

affirming, and joyful

environments for our

LGBTQIA+ students

By Natalie McCabe Zwerger & Dr. Sophia Bolt,

RE-Center Race & Equity in Education

We must foster welcoming, affirming, and joyful environments

for our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, families, and community

members, and, yes, this work advances our agendas for equity

and racial justice in our schools. Our schools must provide a

diverse spectrum of representation of gender and sexuality

that centers values of justice, counters narratives of anti-

Blackness, and decentralizes power in systems that are fueled

by homophobia and transphobia. “Equity means students define

and experience their own success, experience joy in learning

everyday, and see themselves reflected in the content of their

learning as well as the educators who serve them. It provides

a climate in school that attends to race, ethnicity, language,

culture, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation,

religion, disability, and socioeconomic status (McCabe Zwerger,

2017). But, are our schools equity-focused? How can we get

there if not?

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Without supportive, affirming environments, LGBTQIA+

youth face school environments that not only hinder their

success, but are unsafe. According to research, LGBTQIA+

youth have higher chances of experiencing stress and

fear in school compared to their non-LGBTQIA+ peers;

they are more likely to endure verbal harassment and

physical harassment and assault because of their sexuality

and gender expression. Because of these experiences,

LGBTQIA+ youth are less likely to attend school and to

graduate (https://youth.gov/youth-topics/lgbtq-youth/

school-experiences ). The Trevor

Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ

Youth Mental Health 2021 reports that

36% of LGBTQ surveyed youth have

been physically threatened or harmed

due to either their sexual orientation

or gender identity and that 60% of

LGBTQIA+ youth who wanted mental

health care in the past year were not

able to get it. Suicide rates among the

LGBTQIA+ youth surveyed are also

staggering, especially when looking

across racial groups; the survey

revealed that 31% of Native/Indigenous

youth, 21% of Black youth, 21% of

multiracial youth, and 18% of Latinx

youth attempted suicide compared

to 12% of Asian/Pacific Islander youth

and 12% of white youth. The same

survey one year later revealed these

stark disparities had not changed much

at all (https://www.thetrevorproject.


trevor01_2022survey_final.pdf ). The

Trevor Project finds that access to

spaces that affirm sexual orientation

and gender identity result in lower rates of suicide among

LGBTQIA+ youth as well as, according to GLSEN’s most

recent National School Climate Survey, lower rates of

missed school, increased academic performance, and

increased chances of continued education beyond high

school. What these data suggest then is that schools

have a tremendous opportunity to be spaces where

LGBTQIA+ students can fully thrive as their full and

whole selves. Furthermore, this work is imperative to

intentionally fostering safety and authentic care. We must

also remember that safety alone should be a baseline for

all students. What about opportunities to experience joy

and spaces where they see themselves reflected in school?

Schools and those who lead them must be thinking

about how the ways we teach, engage, and relate through

the lens of gender and sexuality inclusivity must be at

the forefront of our commitments to equity and racial

justice. Children are whole people and it is impossible

to disentangle the ways that homophobia, transphobia,

Schools have a tremendous

opportunity to be spaces

where LGBTQIA+ students

can fully thrive as their full

and whole selves.

ableism, classism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia conspire

to fuel systemic racism. Educators who interrogate and

know deeply what it means to be a queer Black student

with disabilities in their high school have spent the time

to critically consider the ways their equity lens is serving

(or not serving) the most historically excluded youth. “An

equity lens is one through which decisions and actions are

made: 1) centering the value of equity, 2) mitigating the

influence of bias, & 3) elevating the experiences, needs,

and voices of folx from historically excluded identities’’

(McCabe Zwerger, 2022). Educators

who have proactively considered

how to respond to the first seventh

grader with acne who is harassed by

peers calling them gay and telling

them they have monkey pox are

educators interested in addressing the

root, not just the fruit of that violence.

Histories and legacies of homophobia

and transphobia are present in our

everyday interactions today in 2022

and ensuring we don’t repeat and

relive what has happened in the past

demands a more human-centered

approach that is anchored in equity

and justice.

There is more to this work than

sharing pronouns and offering onetime

trainings on bias. There are

structural, relational, and communitycentered

practices required to

center LGBTQIA+ student voices,

lived experiences, and needs. From

ensuring safe access to all gender

restrooms to ensuring all educators,

including substitutes, are calling students their names

(not just what is on the roster), to purposefully ensuring

staff can navigate family dynamics for students whose

identities do not align with the story told about them on

paper, this commitment requires work. School Boards

must adopt policies for the protection of trans, gender

non-conforming, and non-binary youth, staff, family, and

community members and these policies must come alive

in our curriculum and pedagogy.

Curriculum is a power tool when we are seeking to

advance values for equity and social justice. If we aren’t

talking about gender and sexuality, then we aren’t centering

or including them. LGBTQIA+ students face erasure,

stereotyping, stigma, bullying, and violence in school

settings that aren’t openly engaged in dialogue. GLSEN’s

most recent National School Climate Survey found that

less than one out of five LGBTQIA+ students attend schools

with an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum (https://www.glsen.

org/research/2019-national-school-climate-survey ).


We must demystify the idea that younger children are “too

young” to learn about gender and sexuality. These may be

very core pieces of their identities. Although it might not

be as extreme as in states where the legislature is literally

passing “Don’t say gay” laws, in CT there are school districts

where contingents of parents do not want their children

involved in any conversation about gender and sexuality,

especially in elementary. Yet for LGBTQIA+ students,

according to GLSEN research, better school climate and

improved academic outcomes are significantly more likely

with curricula that are inclusive of LGBTQ people, history,

and events (https://www.glsen.org/inclusive-curriculum ).

We must disavow this harmful notion of leaning away from

teaching “intense” and “provocative” topics like the legacies

of systemic racism, homophobia and transphobia, because

these curricular tools may actually be the ones that ensure

generations moving forward can better navigate conditions

of equity and inclusivity than schools are in this moment.

Equity commitment is a practice, not a performance,

and as queer Black scholar Dr. Bettina Love pushes us

to consider, being a co-conspirator (not just an ally)

requires us to put something on the line, to take risks

(https://vimeo.com/502300589). Risk-taking requires that

educators feel their administration and Board have their

backs, have engaged in deep learning themselves, and

are adamant that this work is not an initiative we will see

evaporate in a year. The work must be consistent and the

learning is ongoing. Like all professional learning, one-off

trainings are not enough. Educators, staff, and all folx in

our buildings and on our buses need sustained, iterative

learning opportunities on gender and sexuality inclusivity.

These learning spaces must afford opportunities to:

COVID-19 Pandemic (https://library.ncte.org/journals/

elq/issues/v45-1/31976 )

Finally, we must center community practices that move

us beyond performance into legitimate commitment to

fostering inclusive spaces. We must: 1) prioritize LGBTQIA+

vendors, artists, authors, & performers who work with

our children, 2) offer learning for parents, families, and

caregivers, and 3) leverage librarians & library media

specialists for their brilliance in not only curating diverse

texts, but then supporting educators in using them. These

moves bring the structures of our Board policies to life

and inform curricular moves that take us beyond virtue

signals like the safe space sticker to environments where

youth would actually report felt and palpable impacts of

our commitment. Ultimately, the education to which all

children are entitled is one where we don’t have to tell

them we are co-conspirators for gender and sexuality

inclusivity, but rather it is evident through our policies,

practices, and relationships. Our commitment becomes

embedded, it is proactive rather than reactive, and it centers

understandings of the complex relationship of race, power,

gender, and sexuality, demanding education that looks at

people as whole beings and their liberation as humancentered,

grounded in love and justice.

1. explore how our own gender and sexuality

informs our teaching,

2. navigate tools and strategies for classroom

practices that center inclusivity for LGBTQIA+

identities and demonstrate an understanding

of human-centered teaching through an

intersectional lens,

3. scaffold changes in texts used such that

educators have support in navigating themes

that they may be uncomfortable and illprepared

to navigate with students.

Diversifying the books in our libraries means nothing

if they collect dust and never evoke the rich discussions

possible. One phenomenal place to start is exploring the

work of LGBTQIA+ scholars themselves like shea wesley

martin and Jessica Lifshitz in this article, Chasing Rainbows

in Stormy Weather: Reading and Discussing LGBTQ+

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Famous Quotes by LGBTQ+

Individuals and Allies

“I believe that telling our stories, first

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and the world, is a revolutionary act.”

Janet Mock, writer and transgender rights activist

“If you are neutral in situations

of injustice, you have chosen

the side of the oppressor.”

Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican

bishop and human rights activist.

“I am not a category. I am not a

thing — a noun. I seem to be a

verb, an evolutionary process — an

integral function of the universe.”

Buckminster Fuller, architect and inventor

“We should indeed keep calm in the

face of difference, and live our lives

in a state of inclusion and wonder

at the diversity of humanity.”

George Takei, actor and LGBTQ activist

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never

falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Harvey Milk, first openly gay person elected to public

office in California

“As you grow older, you will discover

that you have two hands, one for

helping yourself, the other for helping


Audrey Hepburn, actress and humanitarian

“I am no longer accepting the things

I cannot change. I am changing the

things I cannot accept.”

Angela Davis, activist and scholar

“The beauty of

standing up for your

rights is others see

you standing and

stand up as well.”

Cassandra Duffy, author

and activist

“To be yourself in a world that is

constantly trying to make you

something else is the greatest


Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and essayist

“You’re never too old to start

learning, and you’re never too

young to aim high and achieve

great things.”

RuPaul, drag queen and TV personality

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By CLARO Staff

Inthe last few years, there has been a surge in hate crimes

and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community across the United

States. Experts point to the current political climate and the GOP’s

policies and rhetoric as driving factors behind this disturbing trend.

With the possibility of further rollbacks under a GOP administration, the

situation has left the community feeling vulnerable and apprehensive.

However, there is a way to take action and make a difference - voting.

Voting is a fundamental right and a duty that carries even more significance

for marginalized communities who stand to lose the most in the wake of an

election. By electing candidates who prioritize and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights,

individuals can help safeguard their community’s protections and rights. It is

critical to research the candidates’ views on LGBTQ+ issues and their voting

history to make informed decisions. Local, state, and national elections all

play a role in shaping the LGBTQ+ community’s future, and each vote counts.

Apart from voting, people can contribute to the cause by supporting

organizations and initiatives that strive for equality and protection for the

LGBTQ+ community. Advocacy groups, community centers, and legal defense

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The possibility of the GOP rolling back LGBTQ+ protections is not

a theoretical concern but a real threat, as seen under the Trump

administration. President Trump revoked Obama-era protections

for transgender students and banned transgender people from

openly serving in the military, among other things. The GOP has a

history of espousing conservative social values that run counter to

the LGBTQ+ community’s interests and priorities. They have also

introduced bills aimed at limiting the rights of same-sex couples

to adopt and foster children and restrict transgender individuals’

ability to change their gender on official documents.

These potential rollbacks have far-reaching consequences

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against the LGBTQ+ community. The National Coalition of Anti-

Violence Programs reported a 43% increase in hate violencerelated

homicides of LGBTQ+ individuals in 2020 compared to the

previous year. The Human Rights Campaign recorded the highest

number of anti-transgender bills introduced in state legislatures

in US history in 2020, which contributed to the rise in violence

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The 2022 Hartford PRIDE and Concert was an epic triumph, with over

10,000 members of the LGBTQ+ community, their families, allies, and

locals flocking to the city to join the festivities. It was the biggest LGBTQ+

event in Connecticut, and it certainly lived up to the hype! The week-long

celebration was an explosion of excitement, leading up to the highly

anticipated PRIDE Festival and Concert.

Trumbull Street and Pratt Street were completely transformed into a

rainbow wonderland, with pride flags billowing in the wind and the air

pulsating with electric beats. Over 85 local and national sponsors and

community organizations came together, creating an exciting hub of

activity. The event presented a fantastic lineup of inspiring speakers and

performers, including Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant

Governor Susan Bysiewics, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

Charlie Ortiz, the PrideFest organizer, proudly proclaimed, Hartford PRIDE

is growing bigger and better every year, attracting some of the hottest

talent from across the country, like the amazing Willie Gomez and Ada

Vox. Hartford Pride is an event that draws visitors from all over New

England, with an ever-increasing base of loyal attendees and sponsors.

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ever before, on Saturday, September 9th, at Church Street in Hartford.

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We believe you, and we are here to help.

The Trinity College

Queer Resource Center and

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

wish you a very happy

Hartford PRIDE FEST!

If you or someone you know has been pressured, tricked, or

threatened to do something sexual; had a private video or

photo taken without consent; been touched in a way that felt

uncomfortable; or experienced any other form of sexual

violence, reach out today to:

Meet with a certified victim advocate who will give you

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your next steps.

Access immediate support from our 24/7 hotline, available

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By CLARO Staff

As we look back on the contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout

history, it becomes clear just how vast their impact has been on our

world. From making groundbreaking advancements in science and

technology to leading the fight for civil rights, these trailblazers have

left an indelible mark on society and continue to inspire us all.

One such figure is Alan Turing, often referred to as the father of

modern computing. Turing played a crucial role in shortening World War

II by breaking Nazi codes, yet he was persecuted for his homosexuality, a

tragic example of the discrimination and stigma that LGBTQ+ individuals

have faced throughout history.

Another remarkable activist was Bayard Rustin, who organized the

historic 1963 March on Washington alongside civil rights icons like Martin

Luther King Jr. Despite facing intense prejudice due to his sexuality,

Rustin remained steadfast in his commitment to social justice and

equality for all.

Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist and performer, was a leading

figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969, which was a pivotal moment

in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Johnson was a tireless advocate for

transgender and HIV/AIDS issues, and her legacy continues to inspire

activists to this day.

Even in ancient times, there were figures like Sappho, an ancient

Greek poet who celebrated the beauty and emotional depth of love

and desire between women in her works. Her poetry and teachings

continue to captivate audiences and offer insight into the lives of women

in ancient Greece.


Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, was a

passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and remains an inspiration to

many. Though his life was tragically cut short, his legacy lives on as a

beacon of hope and progress for LGBTQ+ individuals around the world.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a trailblazer

for women in STEM fields, also broke barriers as a member of the

LGBTQ+ community. Ride was an advocate for science education and

worked tirelessly to inspire young girls to pursue careers in science and


Audre Lorde, a poet, writer, and civil rights activist, dedicated her life to

fighting against racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her writings continue

to inspire generations of activists and writers, and her legacy lives on as a

beacon of hope and inspiration for marginalized communities worldwide.

In the world of sports, Billie Jean King, an openly lesbian tennis

player, was a fierce advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.

Her famous “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs not only

proved that women could compete at the highest levels of sport but

also challenged gender norms and paved the way for future generations

of female athletes.

In politics, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay senator in U.S.

history, paving the way for LGBTQ+ individuals to hold public office and

fight for equal rights under the law. Baldwin has been a vocal advocate

for LGBTQ+ rights, healthcare reform, and social justice, and continues

to inspire and empower marginalized communities worldwide.

And in the world of music, Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen,

was a gay icon who defied gender norms and pushed the boundaries of

rock music. Mercury’s flamboyant stage presence and powerful vocals

continue to inspire artists and fans alike, and his legacy as a queer icon

is celebrated worldwide.

Despite the progress that has been made in the fight for LGBTQ+

rights, discrimination and marginalization continue to persist. LGBTQ+

individuals still face higher rates of violence, discrimination, and social

isolation than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, and the

work towards a society that values and celebrates diversity in all its

forms must continue.

As we celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals, we must

also remember that the fight for equality is far from over. We must

continue to work towards a world where LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive

and reach their full potential, free from discrimination and prejudice.

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