Pride is more than a moment in time. For many, especially in black and brown communities, it’s a constant state of being. Of hope. Of uncertainty. Of love. Of fear. Of good and bad.
As we celebrate Pride and all the forms it takes, know you are seen. You are heard. You are valued.
If you need guidance, help, medical care or a safe place to be, reach out. You can find links to the Triangle Community Center and New Haven Pride Center below.
Triangle Community Center, Norwalk https://www.ctpridecenter.org/resources
New Haven Pride Center, New Haven https://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/resources/
And if you want to make a difference in Connecticut for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, get involved. A good place to begin is with the Lavender Policy Council and their efforts to be a resource for elected officials, party affiliates, private and nonprofit partners, and school boards to ensure equity in programming and procedures.
Lavender Policy Center, Hartford Contact David Grant, [email protected]
About the Truth 2 Change Living Mural Initiative
Currently in the proof-of-concept stage, the Truth 2 Change Living Mural Initiative is a digital art installation, featuring the work of Lindaluz Carrillo, a queer Afro Peruvian artist and graphic designer, along with the work of other LGBTQIA+ Middletown artists. Their personal work explores personal experiences, including trepidation, love, and self-worth, while echoing Pride’s roots in activism and change.
The long-term goal of the Truth 2 Change Living Mural Initiative is the creation of an interactive, digital art installation for artists of color to use as a platform for conversations on race, racism, equality, and equity. But more than a starting point for conversations, the Truth 2 Change Living Mural is to be a catalyst for change, giving people the ability to create accountability and take action on society’s most pressing issues.
Given the city’s emphasis on responsible development in the community, and murals being so entwined with the downtown landscape, the living mural concept bridges Middletown’s history and its future. Our hope is to bring a permanent installation to Middletown’s Main Street, so residents of color have a clear, strong voice and presence in the heart of the city that values their experiences and recognizes the need for change.
Carrillo is a queer Afro Peruvian artist and graphic designer, who uses typography, textile patterns and graffiti elements to tell a story about her life experiences and values. Her work reflects topics such as self-love, growth, resilience, and encouraging others to stand in their truth. Her work serves as a message to speak your mind with honesty and without fear, to embrace who you are.
Ari Kubie is a gay trans man who lives, paints, and teaches in Middletown, CT. He is a local elementary school art teacher, and a multimedia artist who works predominantly in oil paint. He creates art from a queer, Buddhist, and politically radical perspective, exploring themes around interdependence, self-actualization, liberation, and gender. His most recent series, which features joyful portraits of queer people from his chosen family, is a response to media portrayals of queer people as deviant or tortured.
As an artist, Kim Moran draws inspiration from that feeling she experiences inside when she sees a rainbow flag in an unexpected place and knows she is safe where she stands. Her poured acrylic art is an articulation of what it’s like to be seen, heard, and loved. She believes that visibility, especially for young members of our community, can be lifesaving and is honored to have her work become a small piece of that visibility.
#NHVdrag is a documentary project by Daniel Eugene Photography with the mission of capturing in photos the iconoclastic power of drag art in performance and preserving its legacy of grassroots cultural impact throughout the United States.