Constance Kristofik is centering the stories of more than 20 people, many of whom reflected on gay life in New London from 1960 on.
At the Dockside Resort Bar in New London, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and they call everyone by name.
For a long time, LGBTQIA+ characters in plays and musicals tended to be ancillary characters, if they existed at all. Things are changing, theater professionals agree.
While LGBT is commonplace, here are some other words and phrases people might not know.
Some southeastern Connecticut residents within the LGBTQIA+ community have found a renewed connection to religion in open and affirming churches.
The New London Pride festival theme this year is “Come out, come out, whoever you are,” a twist on the Wicked Witch scene from "The Wizard of Oz".
Janet Peck and Carol Conklin have been at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality in Connecticut.
Benjamin Crowley of Norwich and Kyle Murray of New London shared their stories about coming out and transitioning.
While other states have tried to limit or stop entirely discussion of gender and sexual orientation issues in its schools, Connecticut has recently sought to expand LGBTQIA+ protections.
“An ally is someone who is there for you, someone to talk to and listen, and they really hear what you have to say and will work with you to build a community of support. They’re on your side," Barbara Althen said.
In Norwich, two mothers volunteer their time to run a non-profit for Norwich's youth, teaching them performing arts and providing mentorship.
Norwich couple Philip and Tricia Ross photograph a diverse array of families as Artsy Rossy Design.
Rayshawn Whitford was awarded the four-year $20,000 scholarship as a Stonington High School senior in 2007. He will now sponsor a 2022 recipient.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund recipients 1968 – present
Ex-marine with decades of law-enforcement experience started home business in Ledyard amid pandemic-fueled surge in firearms sales.
In 1997, Powers, now 41, was a student at The Williams School in New London. The $10,000 award helped her pay for college textbooks when she attended the University of Maryland, helping reduce the cost for her parents. Powers said it also opened doors for her, guest speaking at the MLK award ceremony in 2015 and other MLK-sponsored events.
Rachelle Aekins, a 2011 Waterford High School graduate, is helping the next generation of students as vice president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund Board of Trustees and is working at a medical device manufacturing company.
The Norwich alderman and paraeducator began his political education with Norwich's NAACP.
Years of research by a dedicated group is providing a glimpse of Black life and resilience in New London across three centuries.
Locals share what it means to be Black and proud
More than a Month: Black History