Events 2021

11:30am (In-person Event)

The crosswalk on Main Street (central block between Washington and Court Streets at 386 Main Street) has been painted in honor of Pride Month and the return of Middletown Pride. The crosswalk stretches across the entirety of Main Street, and it incorporates the design of the Quasar Progress Pride Flag. A dedication of the crosswalk featuring local dignitaries and Middletown Pride 2021 Grand Marshals will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Following the Crosswalk Dedication (In-person Event)

A flag raising ceremony at the City of Middletown Municipal Building will take place immediately following the Crosswalk Dedication at approximately 12:15 p.m. For the first time in this now four-year tradition, the Quasar Progress Pride Flag will be raised on the City of Middletown’s official flag pole. The flag will fly for the entire month of June.

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Members of the Middletown High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) have come together to provide an informational video focusing on “How to Be an Ally to the LGBTQIA+ Community”

 

About the MHS GSA: The MHS GSA serves as a safe place for anyone queer, heterosexual or anywhere in between! They plan social events, organize fundraisers, have in-depth discussions and much more!

McCutcheon Park (Crystal Lake) Middletown, CT 06457

5:30 – 6:30pm

Join us for an outdoor storytime for Pride month with our Drag Queen friends Ms. Mia, Ms. Kenya, and Ms. Frizzie, and their special guest Councilman Phil Pessina, at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park.

We will read books and share rhymes and songs for kids ages 4-8 and their families. We encourage attendees to bring a blanket to sit on since we will set up in the grass by the pavillion that day. 

For kids age 4-8 (Pre K – 3rd Grade), siblings and families welcome!

Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event begins. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure everyone’s safety we request that all families follow our Outdoor event guidelines:

  1. Masks must be worn by children over age 2 and adults at all times.

  2. We ask that you stay 6 feet away from other families for your safety, as well as the safety of others. 

  3. If any member of your household is not feeling well, has a fever, or is quarantining, we ask that you and your family stay home.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

This program is sponsored by Middletown Pride!

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Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces such as these, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real. 

DQSH was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. DQSH events occur regularly in SF, NY, and LA. For more information on DQSH, visit DragQueenStoryHour.org

Cinder + Salt’s new storefront, 195 Main St,  Middletown
 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Join us in lieu of the PRIDE Parade & help beautify Main Street.
 
Once again Cinder + Salt & Middletown Pride are teaming up for a kid friendly, safe, & socially distanced street clean-up!
 
Join us for a healthy dose of eco-activism & LGBTQ+ pride right outside of Cinder + Salt’s new storefront, at 195 Main St, in Middletown, at 10 am. We’ll supply all the gear you need including trash grabbers, buckets & gloves.
 
The first 100 participants who register will receive a free PRIDE volunteer t-shirt!
Approximately one week before the event you will receive an email confirming your registration. There will be a short survey requesting your shirt size; please respond in a timely manner.
 
This event is weather permitting; If we need to cancel due to heavy rain or inclement weather we will notify registrants by email on June 4th. You may want to bring sunglasses, a jacket, your own work gloves if you have them, and a water bottle. (Due to COVID-19 Cinder + Salt will not be supplying snacks or water for this event so be prepared!) Parking is available in several municipal lots, free on side streets or metered right in front of the store.

Beginning at 1:00 PM

Join us for our first ever virtual pride parade.

Community members, organizations, sponsors, and dignitaries have submitted videos that will be shared with the public for our virtual parade, hosted by NBC’s CT Live! Taylor Kinzler!

Please note, there is NO in person parade- This parade will be entirely virtual!

ATTENTION: THE MIDDLETOWN PRIDE SHOWCASE IS SOLD OUT- TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

South Green, Middletown

5:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us on the South Green for family-friendly fun! This event will feature drag performers, live music, and performers of various types.

Click here to view our performer lineup! 

ATTENTION: THE MIDDLETOWN PRIDE SHOWCASE IS SOLD OUT- TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

South Green, Middletown

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Join us on the South Green for family-friendly fun! This event will feature drag performers, live music, and performers of various types.

Click here to view our performer lineup! 

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Here From the Beginning: LGBTQ History in Central Connecticut Since 1901

A talk by Jesse Nasta, PhD, Executive Director, Middlesex County Historical Society, which is based on recent interviews with elders who came out in the Hartford area years before Stonewall.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7 PM


This live Zoom event is free, but registration is required .

Register any time. A reminder (including the Zoom link) will be emailed

To register, go to: bit.ly/38H9xGy

 

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Stonewall 101: What Led to the Riots?

We know Stonewall was a turning point in LGBTQIA+ history. But what made people so upset that they were ready to riot in the streets? Join Dan Barry, a member of Middletown’s LGBTQIA+ Commission, for a look at the weird and overlooked circumstances that led to the Stonewall riots of June, 1969.


By Dan Barry
Commission Member, Middletown LGBTQIA+ Advisory Commission

McCutcheon Park (Crystal Lake) Middletown, CT 06457

4:30 – 6:000pm

Join Russell Library and our friends from QPlus as we make a stress ball while we talk about what causes us stress and how to manage it, including sharing various stress relief/management techniques, identifying ‘warning signs’ for when you need to take a self care break, and how to decide what type of self care is necessary (sure, blast your favorite song, but also have some water).

This session will take place at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park.

For young people age 13 – 20.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure everyone’s safety we request that all families follow our Outdoor event guidelines:

Masks must be worn by children over age 2 and adults at all times.

We ask that you stay 6 feet away from other families for your safety, as well as the safety of others.

If any member of your household is not feeling well, has a fever, or is quarantining, we ask that you and your family stay home.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Q Plus is grassroots, community-based, youth-led, and (at least for now) volunteer-run. We are a group of teens, young adults, and older adult supporters. We work to create more youth accessible spaces, uplift youth voices, and empower youth, through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, game nights, support groups, and GSA meetups. Our overall goal is to create space for queer youth to be authentically and entirely themselves. Every event and program we create is born of a need identified by queer young people, rather than suggested by adults. Our plan is to continue changing and evolving as the needs of queer youth continue to change and evolve. For more information on QPlus, please check out their website: https://qplusct.wixsite.com/qplusct

McCutcheon Park (Crystal Lake) Middletown, CT 06457

4:30 – 6:000pm

Join Russell Library and our friends from QPlus as we learn how to make Zines with a focus on the positive messages and self affirmations at at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park.

For young people age 13 – 20.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure everyone’s safety we request that all families follow our Outdoor event guidelines:

Masks must be worn by children over age 2 and adults at all times.

We ask that you stay 6 feet away from other families for your safety, as well as the safety of others.

If any member of your household is not feeling well, has a fever, or is quarantining, we ask that you and your family stay home.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Q Plus is grassroots, community-based, youth-led, and (at least for now) volunteer-run. We are a group of teens, young adults, and older adult supporters. We work to create more youth accessible spaces, uplift youth voices, and empower youth, through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, game nights, support groups, and GSA meetups. Our overall goal is to create space for queer youth to be authentically and entirely themselves. Every event and program we create is born of a need identified by queer young people, rather than suggested by adults. Our plan is to continue changing and evolving as the needs of queer youth continue to change and evolve. For more information on QPlus, please check out their website: https://qplusct.wixsite.com/qplusct

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill, 421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457

Gates open at 7:00pm

Movie begins at 8:15pm

Bring your blanket, chairs and dinner and enjoy dinner on the lawn! A cash bar will also be available. Enjoy a screening of Moonlight (2016) with friends, family and community members. “A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.”

This event will be weather permitting. In the case of strong winds, rain, or other inclement weather, the event will be postponed and will be held on Thursday, June 24. Please check Middletown Pride social media and corresponding websites as a decision will be made by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced at this event. Please take advantage of the beautiful, large lawn, bring food for a picnic, enjoy the cash bar, and spread out!

Register here: https://one.bidpal.net/pridemovienight/welcome 

6:00-7:00pm via Zoom

Jillian Celentano is a transgender woman who transitioned several years ago.   She is an advocate for the transgender community, and speaks at various venues across New England, including libraries, schools, conferences, support groups and medical facilities. She has been a GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance) instructor for a high school in New Haven, is a mentor and has organized a support group for transgender youth. Jillian is pursuing her master’s degree in social work to order to become a counselor for the transgender population. She is currently a social work intern at the Yale Gender Program in New Haven. Jilian provides a sensitive, comfortable and informal presention, helping to educate people about what it means to be transgender.  We welcome Jillian to the wonderful line up of events for Middletown Pride 2021!

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This series of presentations will cover multiple topics with a group of panelists brought together by Middletown City of Middletown’s LGBTQIA+ Commissioner, Laura Timmons.

There will be space for questions throughout the event and at the end.

This virtual program is for adults.

Registration is required and will close 1 hour before the event begins.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

This program is produced in partnership with Middletown Pride!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Karleigh Webb has been in sports journalism and sports broadcasting for 26 years. She is currently a writer-contributor to Outsports in addition to doing varied freelance editing/videography and producing projects through her firm Karleigh Webb Video in Connecticut.

When not chasing a story, Karleigh is a crisis operator for Trans Lifeline. North America’s only 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline dedicated to the need of transgender people. She considers her service as an honor as great as her awards and commendations she has earned as a journalist. It is this work that also fuels her work as a activist centering around human rights, anti-war issues, and the fight against economic violence placed upon working people.

Presentation: What Pride should be in 2021


Tony Ferraiolo is the Director of Health Care Advocates International’s Youth and Family Program. Over the past 15 years he as founded several support groups for transgender and non-binary youth and their families. He is also a certified life coach and the author of the book series “Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth.”

Presentation: Pronouns Matter !!!!!!!!!!!!


Middletown City of Middletown’s LGBTQIA+ Commissioner, Cayes Jarda:

“I got my bug for teaching in Middletown. I started as A Circus kid at Oddfellows, and then was an arts camp counselor with the Buttonwood tree and Camp Ingersoll at the kids corner site and became the site director at Bielefield.

My parents owned and ran Imperial Caribbean Restaurant on Main Street. I moved to California for grad school, but I always thought I’d make change in my home town because my formative school years were all here. I’m a proud Laurence School alum, and graduated from Mercy in 2001.

I actually came out on national TV on a Show called “The Secret Lives of Americans” and after that I decided to come back to CT because it is the best rated state for queer folks.

I just bought my first home in the Butternut area of the city. I named my long driveway Allen Pavensberg. Before I even bough it, I was like, this is my house, and this is Allen (two LLs because it he is so long). I have all these memories from track team of running thorough Wadsworth and it is so great to walk out of my house with my dogs Opal and Biggs and enjoy it.”

Presentation: Transgender Educator


Er. Andrea V Boisseau CPS 

“I’m a 61 year old Intersex woman who was born with Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome which caused my Hypospadias. Starting at 8 months old I had 14+ failed Hypospadias repair surgeries ended in an amputation to try to make me look “normal”. I overcame all that through studying men and women. Their mannerisms, topics of discussion, word choices to the point of being able to understand and be both. Now I’m the New England Director of Intersex Campaign for Equality IC4E and started the Intersex Day of Awareness in 2001 to help others born intersex. Now Living in Middletown CT doing Peer Support Specialist work helping others with Intersex variations.”

Presentation: Overcoming adversity


Samuel Avery Giardina is a 22 year old trans photographer and designer from CT. This past year was a huge change for him as he came out as trans, female to male and began pursuing his passion for photography as well as being an advocate for the LGBTQ community through his brand.”

Presentation: “Be you, the world will adjust”


Middletown City of Middletown’s LGBTQIA+ Commissioner, and this event’s moderator: Laura Timmons. 

I am a 54 year old transgender female living in Middletown, CT. Prior to coming out in 2018, I raised a family and worked in the Aerospace industry for over 30 years. Having lived with chronic depression and anxiety for all of my adult life, I decided to change my life and live my authentic self regardless of the consequences. Now, I am really living my best life.

Presentation: Living my best life


Stay tuned for more panelist details!

This training with QPlus will cover some basic identity vocabulary, including the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. We will explore why these identities are so important, how and why youth in this community are at higher risk than cisgender heterosexual peers, and best practices for including and honoring those identities when working with youth. There will be space for questions throughout the event and at the end.

This virtual program is for adults.

Registration is required and will close 1 hour before the event begins.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

This program is produced in partnership with Middletown Pride!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Mel Cordner (they/them) is the founding leader of Q+, a Connecticut queer youth organization dedicated to uplifting and empowering queer youth through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, weekly game nights and support groups, and GSA support. Mel has years of experience running programs and events for youth, and facilitating trainings for adults and youth alike on topics like gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, consent, college activism, and youth culture and leadership development. They work to support young folks within and ‘around’ the ‘system.’ They are an educator, advocate, writer, and all-around loudmouth genderqueer whose mission is to shake things up and leave a place more colorful than they found it.


Q Plus is grassroots, community-based, youth-led, and (at least for now) volunteer-run. We are a group of teens, young adults, and older adult supporters. We work to create more youth accessible spaces, uplift youth voices, and empower youth, through programs like open mics, “adulting crash course” workshops, game nights, support groups, and GSA meetups. Our overall goal is to create space for queer youth to be authentically and entirely themselves. Every event and program we create is born of a need identified by queer young people, rather than suggested by adults. Our plan is to continue changing and evolving as the needs of queer youth continue to change and evolve. For more information on QPlus, please check out their website: https://qplusct.wixsite.com/qplusct