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A Special Pride Documentary Film Premieres in June!

Published May 13, 2012

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May 14, 2012, HARTFORD, CT - The Rainbow Support Group (RSG) is an unprecedented support group for people with intellectual disabilities who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning. Founded in 1998 at the New Haven Pride Center in New Haven, the group challenges what it means to experience a disability and have an awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity.

A Special Pride with Mayor Segarra
Bob and Tim speak with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra in the documentary film, A Special Pride premiering at the CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival June 9.

Members recently attended their first Connecticut PRIDE Festival in Hartford. While enjoying the sunny day and boisterous festival, members of the group spoke with each other and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra about support and advocacy for queer people who transcend intellectual boundaries. This is the world premiere for A Special Pride (2012). The film is directed and produced by John D. Allen and Tim Dagradi, with original music by Anne Marie Menta, and runs 20 minutes.

This is the group’s third film. The first, Becoming Donna, chronicled a member who lived partly as both Paul and Donna. The second, A Special Outing, captured the group during a summer picnic and can be viewed on YouTube.

Founded in 1988, the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is the longest-running cinema festival in the state. Celebrating its 25th season, the festival will show a total of 47 films (14 features and 33 shorts) from June 1 - 9 at Cinestudio on Trinity College campus, Hartford. For more information on the film and premiere, see the festival website here.

John D. Allen, Ed.D., of Branford, is a NHPC board member and teaches graduate courses in human services at Post University in Waterbury and English at Housatonic Community College and Middlesex Community College. He is a co-facilitator of RSG, which is unique in the country, and meets monthly at the New Haven Pride Center.

Tim Dagradi of New Haven, is the Program Manager for Citizens Television in Hamden, the public access station for New Haven, West Haven and Hamden. He is an award winning film maker and television broadcaster, including the duo’s second film, A Special Outing, which took first prize for “Diversity & Empowerment, Professional,” in the Washington, DC based Alliance for Community Media-North East Region in 2007.

Founded in 1996, the New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) is a non-profit organization, now celebrating its fifteenth season, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer community and its allies. The NHPC is New Haven County’s only LGBTQ-focused community center and is an all-volunteer organization that relies on financial contributions for its existence. The NHPC’s mission is to educate the Greater New Haven community about LGBTQ issues; to advocate for equality and justice; and to provide a safe and accessible place for all LGBTQ persons and their allies.

Title: A Special Pride
Event: Short documentary to premiere at the 25th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Description: Rainbow Support Group attended its first Connecticut PRIDE Festival
Where: Cinestudio on Trinity College Campus, Hartford
Date: 3:00 pm matinee, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Tickets: Single tickets $10
Website: See the CTGLFF website for more information,

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