New London Pride: August 

OutCT is a non-profit organization established in 2013 by a diverse group of members of the LGBT community and their allies. The group is based in Southeastern Connecticut. Their mission each year is to plan a New London Pride Festival.  However, recently, they realized they had enough interest and energy to do more.  In addition to a pride festival, OutCT has planned art exhibits, film series, educational forums, drag shows, and youth programs. Through these activities, OutCT hopes to build an accepting and tolerant community.

OutCT seeks to do so much for the community outside of LGBT issues as well. For instance, they wish to provide opportunities for people to celebrate their sexual orientations and gender identities. In other areas of social activism, the group wants to support and develop community groups, promote human and civil rights, work against prejudice and discrimination, and foster economic growth in the area. OutCT works toward these ends by partnering with corporations and community groups for education and outreach. Additionally, they publish a yearly resource guide, as well as a website and/or newsletter for the education of others. In the end, all of this work behind the scenes leads to an amazing pride celebration each year.

Highlights:

  • The 2017 Pride festival at Ocean Beach Park kicks off with The National Anthem sung by the Gay Men’s Chorus and the music and entertainment will continue all day and into the early evening.
  • Bands include the popular Sister Funk, Llama Tsunami, Carrie Aston Band, and many others!
  • Additionally, there will be a “Youth Explosion” with ice cream and games for kids and teens
  • Vendor booths from community groups, merchandise, and other activities like henna and face painting.
  • Finally, get excited for an all-day volleyball tournament on the beach!

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DAYTIME ACTIVITIES
LGBT Short Film Festival
Sunday August 20, 2017
OutCT presents their Annual Film Series with a collection of shorts about immigration at Expressiones Cultural Center in New London. The program will examine immigration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queers in United States. Stories of documented and undocumented immigrants, visa and green card holders, refugees, and those seeking asylum from various countries will be told. There films will also look at incarceration, safety, security, discrimination, access to health care and other services, legal process, and ways to help.

Pride Ice Cream Specials
Thursday August 24, 2017
All Day
Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar located in Downtown New London will be having all day specials!

Pride Festival
Saturday August 26, 2017
12:00 PM
Come out and celebrate New London Pride at the most popular Pride event of the year. The event will have everything from a volleyball tournament to a diva center to a Kid Zone and everything in between. Don’t miss a day full of music and celebration!

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PRIDE AT NIGHT
Book Signing with J.G. Wells

Monday August 21, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Book Signing with J. G. Wells at The New London Public Library on the Lower Level of the building.

Pride Paint Night
Wednesday August 23, 2017

6:00 PM
Enjoy a night of painting at “The Drunken Palette” in Downtown New London, followed by Karaoke at O’Neil’s Brass Rail!

Women’s Basketball Game
Friday August 25, 2017
7:00 PM
Come out and cheer on the WNBA CT Sun as they take on the Chicago Sky at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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