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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 ...
Family, fútbol remain the focus of NFA head coach
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...
Welcome to More than a Month: Hispanic Heritage
¡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...
Peruvian couple has weathered changes in business climate
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...
From Pfizer to military service to local police and business, Hispanic role models share stories
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 ...
Taino Productions: Preserving cultures, one event at a time
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 ...
For New Londoners with Latino and Black heritage, there is pride in nuanced ancestry
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...
Mi Familia meets needs of growing Hispanic population in New London
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...
Local support group for Latin American women promotes well-being and leadership
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...
Pfizer director played role in development of Paxlovid
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...
Candy’s Chapina offers a taste of Guatemala in New London
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 people wield influence in Connecticut politics
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...
Hispanic Alliance Scholarship recipient Danni Cruz shows age is just a number
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...
CGA Cadet Renae Sanchez went from Idaho farm to service at sea
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...
Sgt. Celia Crespo thrives in nontraditional career
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 Police Officer loves interacting with the community
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,...
L+M nurse motivated to make a difference
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. ...
Jannette Velez promotes culture, youth involvement
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...
Unassuming Mystic Realtor recognized by national trade association
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 ...
OutCT: Nonprofit serving region's LGBTQIA+ community is here to stay
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 Pride Festival 2022 promises week of welcoming events
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...
The changing representation of LGBTQIA+ characters on stage
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...
A short glossary of some gender and sexuality terms
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...
Where Connecticut stands on LGBTQIA+ rights
While state legislatures in conservative states are moving to limit discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation, Connecticut remains one of the more progressive ...
Coming out: Two transgender men from Norwich and New London share their stories
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...
We may be entering a new era of activism for gay rights
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 ...
The LGBTQIA+ community and welcoming churches
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 ...
New London therapist hopes public education will raise acceptance, understanding
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 barber celebrates 25 years of acceptance in shop and community
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...
Documentary to examine history of gay political and social life in New London
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 ...
A destination where all identifies can intersect
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 ...
What it means to be an ally
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 couple celebrates 46 years
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...
More than a Month: Pride
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...
From the streets of New York to a beach in New London: How Stonewall led to Gay Pride events in NYC and worldwide
How Stonewall led to Pride events in NYC and around the world
Black Heritage Trail uncovers little known stories of Black resilience
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...
2010 MLK scholar helps people through medical manufacturing career, scholarship program
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 ...
Gun dealer favors personal touch, views customers as 'clients'
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...
Where are they now? 1997 MLK scholarship winner Phylicia Powers shares her life as a lawyer
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 plant seeds to help Norwich youth bloom
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
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...
Finding love in photography, family, and photographing families
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...
More than a Month: Black History
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's politics are close to home
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...
Locals share what it means to be Black and proud
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...
MLK Scholarship helped propel Rayshawn Whitford across the globe
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...
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