Virtual Events & Activities

Since mid-March when it became evident that the world was going to change, the Center’s staff has rallied around the idea of virtual programming.

In our first round of events, released in mid-March, we launched a virtual LGBTQ+ colouring book, gathered drag artists to pre-record a series of drag artist story hours in partnership with People Get Ready Books, a virtual tour of Jaii Marc Renee’s A Queer Black Voice on Canvas, and kicked off a Queerflix & Chill program using Netflix Party. In early April, we presented 9 “performances” of Daisies on Harlem’s Doorstep, a virtual theatre performance created by local playwright Sharece M. Sellem.

As we have settled into the virtual programming world, our Program Officers, whose work centers LGBTQ+ youth, women, and Latinx communities, have been working overtime to create new virtual events and activities which will be launched in April. This is all being done in a way that ensures we are moving forward with programs that are not just a response to the immediate change in the world, but will sustain meaningful connections if social distancing lasts through the summer.

These new programs include a series of conversations and panels with thought leaders from throughout Connecticut, Latinx community dialogues and virtual organizing meetings, book clubs, online cooking programs, a LGBTQ+ youth focused podcast, self-care programming, and more!

Check out the various links below to see more about all of these programs, and check out our Self-Care programming page here.

Virtual Programs are Supported by Our Lead Sponsors :
Connect with Our Programming Staff

Patrick Dunn, Executive Director

Max Cisneros, Latinx Programming

Ala Ochumare, Youth Programming

Miranda Rector, Women’s Programming

Virtual Programming

Drag Artist Story Hour

The New Haven Pride Center, in partnership with People Get Ready bookstore, brings you Drag Artist Story Hour that you can enjoy from your home! Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center will release 10-20 minute readings with some of Connecticut’s most fabulous drag artists – including some in Spanish! Videos will be released to the Center’s facebook and twitter accounts on Sundays and Wednesdays; click on the artists’ names below to watch their videos.

Featured artists : Frizzie Borden, Sparkle A. Diamond, Xiomarie LaBeija, Loosey LaDuca, Ram Shackle, Giganta Smalls, and Mia E Z’Lay.

March 22 – Loosey LaDuca
March 25 – Frizzie Borden
March 29 – Giganta Smalls
April 1 – Xiomarie LaBeija [Español]
April 5 – Mia E Z’lay
April 8 – Sparkle A. Diamond

April 12 – Ram Shackle
April 15 – Loosey LaDuca
April 19 – Frizzie Borden
April 22 – Giganta Smalls
April 26 – Xiomarie LaBeija [Español]

April 29 – Mia E Z’lay
May 3 – Sparkle A Diamond
May 6 – Ram Shackle
May 10 – To-be-Announced
May 13 – To-be-Announced
May 17 – To-be-Announced
May 20 – To-be-Announced
May 24 – To-be-Announced
May 27 – To-be-Announced
May 31 – To-be-Announced
June 3 – To-be-Announced
Looking for other LGBTQ+ youth programming? 

Much of the Center’s LGBTQ+ youth-centered programming is continuing during COVID-19. Check out the Youth Section of our website to see all of the virtual events and activities.

Our friends at True Colors, Inc have also moved all of their LGBTQ+ Youth programming online during COVID-19. Check them out.

Colouring book page by Bridgeport artist Ricky Mestre.

LGBTQ+ Colouring Book

The New Haven Pride Center has commissioned a series of colouring pages from local LGBTQ+ artists to keep you busy during social distancing! These incredible artists bring you easy to download and print (or download and drop into your favourite digital colouring program) LGBTQ+themed colouring pages. Different pages from different artists will become available for download over the few days.

Featured artists : Maria Altamura, Krystal Beisick, KC Councilor, Don Houston, Finn Lockwood, Jesus Abraham Morales Sánchez, Alecia Massaro, Polarisluna, Ricky Mestre, Riley Samels, and N!co Starr Shock.

Initial pages were released in late-March. We will continue to add new pages from new artists throughout April and May. 

Queerflix & Chill

The New Haven Pride Center staff invite you to join us for our Monday night movie socials on Netflix! Queerflix & Chill is an opportunity for us to come together and watch a movie over the internet using Netflix’s new Netflix Party feature. Program takes place every Monday at 7:30p. Link to join the party will be shared on the Center’s facebook and twitter accounts around 7:15p.

Click here to read more about how to use Netflix Party.

March 23 : Elisa & Marcela (2019)
March 30 : Moonlight (2016)
April 6 : Strike A Pose (2016)
April 13 : 3 Generations (2015)
April 20 : The Queen (1968)

April 27 : The Feels (2017)
May 4 : God’s Own Country (2017)
May 11 : Tig (2015)
May 18 : Circus Of Books (2019)
May 25 : A Secret Love (2020)

Missed the Talk? Listen to the conversation online!

To ensure the accessibility and preservation of our panels and discussions, we will be recording each conversation and releasing it online afterwards. Click the name of the conversation below to access the recording.

  • LGBTQ+ Women in Politics
  • Queer Black Feminism
  • Organizing During COVID-19

Panels & Discussions

Community dialogues are vital. Join us for monthly conversations with different LGBTQ+ thought leaders from throughout Connecticut as we explore and discuss a variety of topics of interest to the community. These hour-long conversations are moderated by different members of the staff and during COVID-19 will take place virtually over ZOOM.

Please email Laura to register and get the ZOOM link.

March 29 | 3:00 – 5:00p :
LGBTQ+ Women in Politics

Join us for a conversation with Evelyn Mantilla, former CT State Representative, Campaign Manager & Consultant, first openly bisexual woman to serve in a state legislature in the U.S., and Nija Phelps, Organizer of the Women’s March CT, experienced campaigner and organizer. Moderated by Miranda Rector.

Tell us You’re Coming on Facebook

April 19 | 3:00 – 5:00p :
Queer Black Feminism

The New Haven Pride Center invites you to join us for a vibrant discussion on the intersectionality of being Queer, Black, and Women identified. Discussion will feature perspectives from Kamora Harrington, Farron Harvey, Ashleigh Huckabey, and Kerry Ellington. Moderated by Ala Ochumare.

Tell us You’re Coming on Facebook

May 24 | 3:00 – 5:00p :
Organizing During COVID-19

Conversation details and speakers to-be-announced soon. Moderator to-be-announced soon.

Tell us You’re Coming on Facebook

June TBD | 3:00 – 5:00p :
Topic To-be-Announced

Conversation details and speakers to-be-announced soon. Moderator to-be-announced soon.

Tell us You’re Coming on Facebook

"Glitter is Not Gold" by Jaii Marc Renee included in the exhibit "A Queer Black Voice on Canvas." March-April 2020.
Virtual Tours

The New Haven Pride Center’s Great Room Gallery is one of our most popular arts, culture, and humanities programs and being able to maintain it during COVID-19 is important to us! Working with our artists we have found ways to show off the art on our walls, even when folks can’t be in our physical gallery space – this is done through virtual tours and online galleries!

Jaii Marc Renee :
A Queer Black Voice on Canvas

On display March – April 2020

Through his art, Jaii Marc Renee channels the difficult symptoms of bipolar depression, putting his heart on the canvas and letting his art function as a form of catharsis. His art explores Black identity, queer identity, and the intersections thereof.

Advice from the Light:
Artistic Responses to Poetry

On display May – June 2020

This exhibition is an artistic response to the New Haven Big Read book Advice from the Light by transgender poet Stephanie Burt and includes perspectives from multiple LGBTQ+ artists from across Connecticut.