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  • New Toy and Game Company Celebrates Inclusivity

    Everybody Plays:  New Toy and Game Company Celebrates Inclusivity By David McGranaghan Despite all our progress with gender inclusivity in recent years, kids’ toys are still pretty black-and-white (or should I say pink or blue). In major toy shops today, children still have to pick a lane based primarily on...

    September 9, 2022 / Final Thoughts, Last Word
  • A University’s Commitment to Social Justice

    Southern Connecticut State University’s students come from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, gender and economic backgrounds. Many have had to overcome life’s obstacles to reach their goal of a four-year degree: working jobs while studying, supporting children or elderly relatives; taking those initial, uncertain steps into higher education as...

    February 25, 2022 / Last Word
  • This Pride, Claude Louis brings Direct Action to the Celebration

    It goes without saying, Pride Season has gone a little differently this year than it has in previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent demonstrations against police brutality have put a stop to the typical festivals and celebrations. Sure, maybe you’re caught off guard and feel under-informed on what’s...

    June 19, 2020 / Last Word
  • Secrets of  “The World’s Strongest Gay”

    Rob Kearney exudes fortitude, inside and out By Dawn Ennis When he’s not pulling firetrucks, lifting stones or carrying an 1,102-pound weight called a “yoke” around, professional strongman Rob Kearney typically is in a gym in South Windsor or at work in western Massachusetts as a certified athletic trainer. Yes, in...

    June 15, 2020 / Last Word
  • New Haven Pride Center Expresses Self-Love through Art

      In a 1988 speech, the influential Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” In the age of treat yourself face masks and Netflix binges, in which the social and political contexts of self-love...

    February 6, 2020 / Last Word
  • NPL’s Drag Queen Story Time Brings Inclusivity to Families

      As CT Voice had hoped, Norwalk’s Drag Queen Story Time returned to the Norwalk Public Library on Sunday, January 26th. Like many Story Time chapters around the country, the event was protested by various action groups in the state of New England—but with the terrific performances by Connecticut’s brightest...

    January 30, 2020 / Arts & Culture, Last Word
  • The Rainbow Library Community Reads Project Brings Queer Books to Queer Youth

      Audre Lorde, Michael Cunningham, Mark Doty, Sarah Schulman: many of our greatest writers have been queer, and in their novels, memoirs, poetry and plays, they’ve always made sure to foreground the legacy of LGBT culture. Yet, for all their hard work and influence, the public access to LGBT-affirming literature...

    January 14, 2020 / Arts & Culture, Last Word
  • Paul DeRuvo Creates Queer Space Through Printmaking

      If the future is truly genderless, as one might hope, it begs the question–what will this genderless future look like? What interpersonal barriers will gender fluidity remove, and how will these shifts be expressed in our daily lives? Themes of intimacy, gender, and domesticity animate the artwork of Paul...

    November 7, 2019 / Last Word
  • Ephraim Adamz Means Business

      As the LGBT community continues to gain prominence and influence, both in and beyond Connecticut, you might be curious to know–who is behind all of it? How can we promote LGBT business ownership at a time when LGBT culture is not always produced by LGBT-owned businesses? Ephraim Adamz is...

    October 21, 2019 / Last Word
  • TCC’s Visionary Gala is Shining Bright!

      This Saturday, Fairfield County’s very own Triangle Community Center is hosting its 13th annual Visionary Gala! The Visionary Gala is the TCC’s most important annual fundraising event, accounting for a significant share of yearly funds. This year, the TCC is excited to welcome a special celebrity guest, three-time SAG...

    September 30, 2019 / Last Word