Robin Banks

Host of the PRIDE Block Party

Robin Banks is the love child of a one night stand between a carnival barker and a Lucille Ball impersonator. She has entertained all over the globe but most notably she hosts The Robin Banks Comedy Drag Show every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 168 York Street Cafe in New Haven and every 3rd Saturday Ms. Banks host the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus Bingomania also in New Haven. 

Tiana Maxim Rose

Host of the PRIDE After Party

My name is Tiana Maxim Rose, I’m a 28 year old trans showgirl based out of New Haven, Connecticut. I am originally from upstate New York but am so glad to be here in New Haven. I have spent the last 8 years making a name for myself as the queen with no pants,  and I’m your host for the PRIDE After Party for the 3rd year in a row. It’s an honor and I hope you will enjoy yourself this weekend! Be proud be happy! HAPPY PRIDE!

Barbra Joan Streetsand

Host of the PRIDE Block Party

Barbra Joan Streetsand is humbly honored to be hosting the New Haven PRIDE Block Party for the third year in a row. The CT LGBTQI Community is very near and dear to her heart!This veteran host is utterly excited to see you all in New Haven on September 22nd!

Madison Sapphire Duchannes

Host of the LGBTQ+ College Night

Madison Sapphire Duchannes is Connecticut’s resident Southern Belle. She runs one of New Haven’s monthly shows, “Friday Night Highlights” at Partners Café every second Friday of the month, and has been running that show for over two years. She was also appointed Grand Marshall of Middletown’s first ever Pride parade and Festival, and she’s been honored to represent Pride in her community throughout the year.

Miz Destiny Nations Royal

Host of the PRIDE Block Party and PRIDE after Party

Destiny Nations Royal has been performing through out CT for the past 10 yrs. I started with Gotham Citi at the beginning of my drag career. From there I  became the host of the now closed Polo Club in Hartford. At that moment is when I was honored with becoming a part of the Nations Family and was known as Miz Destiny Nations. After Polo Club I went on to host Karma in Hartford. After the close of Karma I received a call from Gotham Citi New Haven to host the weekly drag shows on Saturday. I have been there 2 1/2 yrs and still continue to run the weekly show. I was honored with receiving the 2017 Sappho Drag Queen of the Year award. This year I was also honored and crowned as Miss Hartford Pride 2019. You can catch me hosting this year at New Haven’s Pride after Party at Gotham Citi. Happy 2019 Pride everyone. Love and let love.

Mia E Z’Lay

Host of the Gay New Haven Pageant

If you’re looking for a campy, weird, and colorful queen who can fit into a size 2 than you’ve come to the wrong place. Mia E Z’Lay has it all. Comedy, Personality, Sewing skills, a variety of physical injuries, and a lot of overdue parking tickets. Mia can be found around New England doing what she loves most, performing and getting lost because her GPS doesn’t work and she refuses to ask for directions. Catch her on Instagram @miaezlay and other various social media sites she has lost the passwords to! 

Karen Josephine Bertini

Host of the PRIDE Block Party

Karen Josephine Bertini is a Connecticut native, born and raised right here in New Haven. She has lived in California and Florida, but is now back here to stay. Karen is the hostess and part of the management team at Te Amo Tequila in downtown, where she works to promote an environment welcoming of all people, and also works as a freelance make-up artist, hair stylist, and devoted mom to her Gotham Citi children, Karen has also been the Entertainment Committee Chair for PRIDE New Haven for the last six years. As a proud LGBTQ+ advocate and transwoman herself, she has also led the PRIDE New Haven float in the New York City Pride Parade. You may have seen her as “Wonder Woman” or “Queen of the Enchanted Forest.”

Stevey Newnez

Host of the PRIDE Block Party

Stevey Newnez is most popularly known for his segment “Spanish Word of the Day” which airs Monday through Friday at 6:45am as well as his segment “Caliente En La Manana” which highlights the latest Latino news and music through social media.Aside from working in radio, his high energy, purpose and drive has presented the opportunity to be the host of the Greater Hartford Latino Fest in Hartford, CT., making appearances in several tv shows, including the newly added “Vamos a Hablar English” with co-star Anais from Love and Hip Hop on Thursdays as well as being a special guest of ‘Bee Informed’ with New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.