PRIDE New Haven 2020 Virtual

PRIDE New Haven Virtual

September 13 – 19, 2020
More than 20 FREE events!

Most programs will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and/or Twitch TV!
Some programs will also take place on Zoom. 

Join us for our week-long virtual PRIDE celebration, taking place September 13 – 19, 2020. This year’s program will featuring a myriad of virtual events including conversations and panels, arts, culture, and humanities events, and opportunities to come together in community celebration for (virtual) shared experiences.

Also be sure you join us for PRIDE New Haven In-Person on Saturday, October 10th at the North Haven Fair Grounds!

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PRIDE New Haven Virtual Programming

Arts &
Culture

Panels &
Talks

Youth
Events

Arts, Culture, and Humanities Events

Celebrating Queer Black Artists

Sunday, September 13, 2020
8:00 – 10:00p – live on Twitch TV

FREE event

Join us as we close out our day of racial justice and combating anti-Blackness with a virtual celebration of queer Black artists from Connecticut. Evening will include performances by drag artists, musicians, spoken word artists, and more!

Program will be hosted by Robin Fierce, and will include performances by Ephraim Adamz, Kendra Dowsey Kenya Mone Heart, Mycheal Jay, Versatile Poetiq, Mz October May-Lay, Tiana Maxim Rose and Arien Wilkerson.

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Virtual Art Opening: How To Spell

Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 – 5:00p – live on Facebook and Instagram

FREE event

Join us for the opening reception of the 7th Exhibition in our 2020-21 Exhibition Series featuring the work of Zulynette. This show speaks to a cycle of identity reclamation. The cycle consists of challenging the stories fed to us – who we are, where we’re going, what we ought to be, a metaphorical death of a past identity, and a growing into a new form of being.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Watch it on YouTube.

Artist Talk: Zulynette

Monday, September 14, 2020
6:00 – 7:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

Join us for an artist talk with queer artist Zulynette, the artist behind the Center’s 7th exhibition in our 2020-21 exhibition series, How to Spell. Explore Zulynette’s work in more detail, understand the depth of her concepts, and how her art reflects on her experience as a queer Puerto Rican femme.

This conversation will be moderated by the Center’s Executive Director Patrick J Dunn.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Missed the talk? Watch it on YouTube.

Sip & Paint with Don Houston

Monday, September 14, 2020
7:30 – 9:00p – live on Zoom

FREE event

Local queer artist Don Houston, known for his rolling seascapes and his male nudes, invites you into his studio for a virtual sip and paint. Grab a glass of your favourite wine or a cup of tea and paint along with one of our local masters as he helps you create a pride-themed painting.

Check out some of Don’s art on his Instagram.

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Sharing Our Table with Sonia Salazar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
7:30 – 8:30p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

The Center’s Women’s Program Officer Miranda Rector and Latinx Program Officer Max Cisneros sit down with Lesbian Chef Sonia Salazar, Chef and Owner of New Haven hot spots Barracuda Bistro & Bar and Te Amo Tequila Bar & Grill.

Join us as we step foot into Sonia’s home kitchen and explore some of her favourite home cooked meals, discuss running an LGBTQ+ owned restaurant, and more! Watch Sonia prepare some of her favourite dishes and hear the backstory behind them.

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Author Talk: Jean Copeland

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7:30 – 8:30p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

Join us as we sit down with Connecticut Lesbian fiction author Jean Copeland as she discusses her writing, including her latest book “One Woman’s Treasure” (released July 2020). We will further discuss Jean’s latest book during our monthly book club later in September.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Women’s Program Officer, Miranda Rector.

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PRIDE Comedy Special

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:30 – 8:30p – live on Zoom

FREE event

PRIDE New Haven and Sky Casper Events team up to bring a special PRIDE edition of the hilariously funny GAG Reflex Queer Comedy show. Join us over zoom so that you can laugh along with some of Connecticut’s funniest folks!

Performers to be announced.

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Mx PRIDE New Haven Pageant

Friday, September 18, 2020
7:30 – 10:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

Who will take the crown at the 4th Annual Mx. PRIDE New Haven Pageant?

Join us online this year as contestants adorn their best Mask4Mask and evening wear looks AND perform their hearts out on stage for the crown! 

Hosted by Miss PRIDE New Haven 2018 Mia E Z’Lay.

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PRIDE Drag Brunch

Saturday, September 19, 2020
12:00 – 2:00p – live on Twitch TV

FREE event

Cook up your favourite brunch foods (or order out from one of the many fabulous brunch spots) and then sit back and enjoy a fabulous drag brunch!

Join us (virtually) for our PRIDE Drag Brunch which will feature performances by some of Connecticut’s favourite queens including Sparkle A Diamond, Ram Shackle, and Rory Roux-Lay Heart, and New York’s Mermaid Queen Bella Noche.

Hosted by Connecticut’s queen of impersonation and perpetual blond bombshell Loosey LaDuca.

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Community Conversations, Panels and Talks

Day of Action :
Racial Justice & the Queer Community

Sunday, September 13, 2020
11:00a – 7:30p – live on Facebook, YouTube, and on Zoom

10 FREE events and workshops

Racial Justice and Racial Equity for queer folks are a fundamental priority of the New Haven Pride Center. As part of this ongoing work, the Center is kicking off PRIDE New Haven 2020 with a day dedicated to racial justice work and racial equity through community conversations, workshops, elevating youth perspectives, and celebrating some of the incredible queer black and brown artists, activists, and creators of Connecticut.

Check out the full schedule of events here.

This programming was co-curated by Ala Ochumare, Juancarlos Soto and Patrick J Dunn.

 

What is Queer Art?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:00 – 1:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

Join us as we explore and try to answer the question: What is Queer Art? In a recent article in CT Voice, our executive director posed this question, without knowing the answer. Now we explore it more!

Is it queer because the subject is queer – i.e. does our art always have to tell stories of same-sex attraction or be defined by the gender identity of characters? Is it queer because the artist is queer – i.e. can a landscape of rolling waves of water be queer art when painted by a queer person? Is it queer art if a non-queer person creates it when the subject is queer? And when we look at a larger project like a film or a piece of theatre, how many queer folk need to work on it for it to be queer art?

Conversation will include thoughts from Patrick J Dunn, Finn Lockwood, and Joey Reyes.

This talk will be moderated by the New Haven Arts Paper Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Gellman.

Watch this event on YouTube.

The Queer Community & Pandemics

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6:00 – 7:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

The Queer Community has a history with pandemics. During the deadliest days of the AIDS Crisis it was not the government systems, public health institutions or politicians who saved us – it was the LGBTQ+ Community that stepped up and saved the LGBTQ+ Community, and many others.

In this panel we explore the lessons learned from those early actions that organizations like ACT UP and others initiated during the 1980’s and 90’s at the height of the AIDS Crisis. This will be a discussion between those voices who were on the frontlines back then alongside the voices of the most marginalized and affected communities including Black and brown LGBTQ+ folks, who are also being disproportionately hit by the Covid-19 virus.

Conversation will include thoughts from Dr. Gary Blick, and Marco Castro-Bojorquez.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Latinx Program Officer, Max Cisneros.

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Combating Transphobia in Policy

Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:00 – 1:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

In the past several years, numerous state and federal laws and policies have been enacted targeting the trans community. These have included bans on gender-affirming care for trans youth, bans on trans women competing in women’s and girls’ sports, and the relaxing of anti-discrimination policies for healthcare, public accommodations, and emergency shelter. How should the trans community and its allies respond to these attacks? During this panel, you’ll hear from a number of activists and organizers tackling the problem in a myriad of different ways with a common goal of equity for the trans community.

Conversation will include thoughts from Jerimarie Liesegang, Stamford Board Rep Raven Matherne, and IV Staklo.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Marketing & Development Coordinator, Maia Leonardo.

Watch this event on YouTube.

Reproductive Liberty for Queer Bodies

Thursday, September 17, 2020
6:00 – 7:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

The New Haven Pride Center sits down with local thinkers to explore reproductive liberty for queer bodies.

How can we advance reproductive health, rights, and justice for all LGBTQIA+ people? How do we best center Black, indigenous, transgender, non-binary, and intersex people in this work? What key issues are at stake, and how can we work together as a queer community and with allies to address them?

Conversation will include thoughts from Tiara Mack, Candace Bond-Theriault, and Sarana “Ra” Nia.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Women’s Program Officer, Miranda Rector.

Watch this event on YouTube.

Queer Black Feminism

Friday, September 18, 2020
12:00 – 1:00p – live on Facebook and YouTube

FREE event

This in depth panel and discussion centers Black Queer Feminist voices throughout Connecticut. We will discuss Queer Black Feminism with a focus on Connecticut, our drawbacks and advantages living in Connecticut along with the intersections of race, patriarchy, religion, gender, small business, art and creativity, healing and social justice organizing.

Conversation will include thoughts from Gary Dixon, Kishorn C. Henry-Walker, Puma Simone, and Afton Williams.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Youth Program Officer, Ala Ochumare.

Watch this event on YouTube.

Youth Programming and Activities

Check out all of the Center’s September Youth events here

Panel: How Does the Queer Community
Reach Racial Equity ?

Sunday, September 13, 2020
6:30 – 7:30p – live on Twitch TV

FREE event

The Queer Community, like the broader community as a whole, has a lot of work to do to reach a place of racial justice and racial equity.

Join youth from the Black & Brown Summer Camp, a program created in partnership with CityWide Youth Coalition, as we continue exploring this idea of achieving racial justice and racial equity through the eyes of the youth fighting so hard for it.

Discussion will include perspectives from JamilaMellody, and Mia X.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Youth Program Officer, Ala Ochumare.

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Panel : Youth Intersectionality;
The Us vs Them Theory

Friday, September 18, 2020
6:00 – 7:00p – live on Twitch TV

FREE event

This discussion centers the voices and experiences of younger queer folks. These experts discuss not only how they navigate their intersections but why they do some of the work they do to disrupt the many sterotypes against Queer Folks. We will discuss Crenshaw’s definition of Intersectionality as well as their own personal definitions of the term.

Conversation will include thoughts from Amber Cohen, Adrian Huq, Mars Zschack, Juan Fonseca Tapia, and Sam.

This talk will be moderated by the Center’s Youth Program Officer, Ala Ochumare.

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Youth Open Mic Night
with Q+ Youth Group

Saturday, September 19, 2020
6:00 – 7:30p – live on Twitch TV

FREE event

This evening of performance, held in cooperation with our friends at Q+, is for youth with talents to share. Music, drag, spoken word – it’s all welcome! To register to perform, email the Center’s Youth Program Officer Ala Ochumare at youth@newhavenpridecenter.org.

This program will be hosted by Dyme Ellis.

Watch the panel on YouTube.