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    Showcasing ‘A Portrait of Complexities’
    The walls of La Grua Center in Stonington are adorned with a vibrant array of art. A canvas shimmers with a deep shade of purple — like a darker twilight — and what look ...
    Norwich ― From living under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile to coaching the Norwich Free Academy Wildcats, Robert Briones has never been far away from a so...
    ¡Hola amigos! Hi friends! Welcome to The Day’s quarterly special section, More than a Month: Hispanic Heritage . I decided to become a journalist more than 20 years a...
    New London ― Since arriving in the city in 1990, they’ve survived the Great Recession and the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, despite some reservations about New Lo...
    In southeastern Connecticut, people of Hispanic heritage stand as role models for youths in many professional and civic positions. The Day interviewed six role models in ...
    New London ― Near the end of a recent interview, Liz Quinones, who along with her husband Willie founded Taino Productions in 2018, hit on an apt description of exactly ...
    When Yanitza Cubilette returned to the Dominican Republic in 2018, for the first time in seven or eight years, one of the first things she did was visit her old Catholic...
    New London ― In just three short years, the Santiago family of New London has made a major impact on the food scene in New London. The owners of Mi Familia Restaurant at...
    New London‒ Two local Latinas and immigrants have created a safe space for women like them to find community and build the skills to become leaders in the greater communi...
    Groton ― Barbara Rodríguez, a director of Drug Product Manufacturing at Pfizer, was interested in pharmacy from a young age, and her high school teachers nurtured that pa...
    New London ― From her humble roots as a street vendor making tortillas from scratch on the streets of Santa Cruz del Quiche in Guatemala, Candy Simaj said she’s somewhat...
    Hispanic and Latino political power in Connecticut has never been more potent, although the question of how to mobilize that power remains. Political leaders from the His...
    New London ― Danni Cruz was 13 years old when he was introduced to the world of politics. Cruz said he remembers attending a state representative debate between two Democ...
    New London ― U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Renae Sanchez’s family roots date to when the original Spanish explorers to Mexico ventured north to settle in wh...
    Groton ― Even as a small child in New London, Celia Crespo wanted to join the Army, and she wouldn’t let anyone talk her out of it. Now 36, Connecticut Air National Guar...
    Groton ― City of Groton Police Officer Alejandro Rosa said his father was the first Hispanic police officer in Southbridge, Mass. and inspired many Hispanic individuals,...
    Growing up, Jorge Perez translated for his parents, who spoke Spanish and minimal English, if they needed help understanding what was going during medical appointments. ...
    Norwich ― Community activist Jannette Velez, was setting up a paint night fundraiser one night, when a 7-year-old girl started following her around, eager to help. Velez...
    Mystic ― Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Luis Rodriguez joined his American mother in Windham at the age of 16. He remembers touring Windham High School and being amazed ...
    New London — In its nine years of existence, OutCT has established itself as a leading voice for the LGBTQIA+ community in eastern Connecticut and beyond, its influence g...
    New London — The theme for this year's New London Pride Festival, scheduled for Aug. 21-28, is "Come out, come out, whoever you are," a twist on the Wicked Witch scene fr...
    For a long time, LGBTQIA+ characters in plays and musicals tended to be ancillary characters, if they existed at all. And how often would LGBTQIA+ performers be cast in t...
    By this point, the acronym LGBT is well-known — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. But many people may not be familiar with some other terms around gender and sexual...
    While state legislatures in conservative states are moving to limit discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation, Connecticut remains one of the more progressive ...
    Benjamin Crowley says with a laugh that he has "a bad habit of doing things that stress me out for the long-term goal." Right now, that means the busyness of working full...
    I remember when, some ten years ago, New London's gay mayor attended an ecumenical service in his city marking Martin Luther King Day. As the keynote speaker, addressing ...
    Mystic — Lexy Leuszler recalls walking down the street with her partner about five years ago and seeing the sign outside of Mystic Congregational Church saying, "All are ...
    Colorful butterflies decorate the walls, windows and logo of Chevelle Moss-Savage’s HEAL Consulting therapy office in New London not just because they are cheery for clie...
    Waterford — When Michelle Ramos first opened her own barbershop in 1997, she opted to go against the barbershop naming norms. "I didn't want to put my name on it," she sa...
    New London has a long, vibrant, political, artistic, multi-varied history of gay life. OutCT founder Constance Kristofik sought to memorialize it in a documentary coming ...
    New London — From dishwasher to owner of an enduring company, the charismatic Robb Bartolomeo, through self-reliance and tenacity, has changed the world around him. On a ...
    In 1976, when she started teaching and was living in Willimantic, retired Ledyard High School teacher Barbara Althen recalls losing her roommate at the same time her neig...
    Colchester — When Janet Peck sat down next to Carol Conklin at their mutual friends’ dinner party more than four decades ago, it was as if everybody else in the room disa...
    Welcome to The Day's special section, More than a Month: Pride. The More than the Month quarterly editions are designed to take a deeper look at historically marginalized...
    "To me, pride means being comfortable with who I am. A lot of members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including myself, have spent a lot of time trying to fit into a mold that...
    How Stonewall led to Pride events in NYC and around the world
    New London — Years of research by a dedicated group is providing a glimpse of Black life and resilience in New London across three centuries. The Black Heritage Trail was...
    Rachelle Aekins remembers attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund awards dinner as a middle school student and being inspired by how accomplished ...
    Ledyard — When gun purchases soared during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among Blacks, Will Rose knew it was time to get in on the action.  Clearl...
    When Phylicia Powers received the Martin Luther King Jr. Trust Fund Scholarship in 1997, she knew it was a big deal. "Growing up everyone knew about the MLK scholarship a...
    Norwich mothers and mentors LaShawn Cunningham and Tania Broggins noticed a need in their city: Kids didn't have a space where they could feel safe, be creative and build...
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund recipients 1968 – present HERBERT ROSS LAWRENCE LEWIS LAWRENCE WILSON BRENDA PERRY MCKINLEY WINSTON, JR RITA DUNN MARION...
    This article is part of a special section focusing on Black history. The More than a Month special section will come out quarterly, followed by Pride, Hispanic Herita...
    Welcome to The Day’s More than a Month special section. The Day has been trying to do a better job at covering the entire community we serve by including voices we don’t ...
    Derell Wilson was raised to know all politics are local. Born in Norwich, Wilson, 30, has lived in the city's Greeneville neighborhood almost all his life. The City Counc...
    Angienise Orozco-Alvarez, 13, Norwich "I think that when I hear the word Black, I think about culture, and I show my community. I think about where I come from. I th...
    In a straight line of connect-the-dots, you could show that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship took 2008 Stonington High School graduate Rayshawn Whitford halfway ar...