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April 2010 - News from HGLHC
News from the Hartford Gay
 & Lesbian Health Collective
Happy Spring!
In This Issue
Queer Prom 2010 Announced!
April is STD Awareness Month
Gay Bingo: Saturday, April 24th
HGLHC Awarded Komen Foundation Grant
New Board Member: Marci Simmons
Queer Prom 2010 Alert!
The 17th Annual Queer Prom
Hollywood theme prom
will be held
 from 6 until 11 PM
at the West Hartford Town Hall
50 South Main Street, West Hartford
Admission is $10 at the door
LGBTQIA youth under 21 welcome

Brought to you by HGLHC's
 RainbowRoom program--
the social group for LGBTQIA youth
that meets at HGLHC
every 3rd Sunday from 3-6 PM
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GYT    April is STD Awareness Month
The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective wants you to know that April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health.

Many organizations are working to publicize this event and get the word out: MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners are supporting National STD Awareness Month with the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign to inform young people about STDs, encourage and normalize testing for STDs, and connect young people to testing centers. For information about the GYT campaign, go directly to the campaign Web site at www.GYTnow.org.

The Health Collective prides itself on the outstanding care, compassion and accessibility of the care that we provide. Our STD Program Coordinator, Donna Shubrooks, will make a stressful situation less so with her expertise and professional warmth.  HIV Counselors are here to answer your questions and schedule an HIV test at a convenient time for you.
Schedule your HIV and/or STD test by calling The Health Collective at (860) 278-4163 or by emailing info@hglhc.org.

For more information on STDs, visit www.cdc.gov/std.
bingo cardJoin Us at Gay Bingo: Saturday, April 24th!

Join us on Saturday, April 24th!
Cocktail hour: 6:30 until 7:30 PM
Games start at 7:30 PM  
Marco Polo Restaurant
1250 Burnside Avenue
East Hartford, CT
Admission: $20
Cash bar & concessions available all evening. Seating is limited to 250 people, so make your reservations early to guarantee a seat! Have a party of 10 or more? Reserve a table to ensure you're all seated together!

Call HGLHC to make your reservations today: 860-278-4163
OVER $500 in CASH and PRIZES!
All proceeds go to the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
For information or directions call 860-278-4163 or go to
We hope to see you there!
HGLHC is Awarded Komen Foundation Grant 
The Connecticut Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the CureŽ will fund a $50,000 grant for Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Community Intervention to the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.  "We are very excited about this opportunity to serve lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in our community, "said Executive Director Linda Estabrook.  "This is a major undertaking for our agency and we hope to get the entire LGBT community involved in this important project that will have a positive impact for the greater Hartford community.

The award is for a new and innovative breast cancer intervention project to increase early detection and decrease mortality and late stage diagnosis.  This project develops a community response utilizing members of the target community and social media to increase knowledge and utilization of screening services by lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and women living with HIV/AIDS. 
This multi-media approach maximizes the resources technology has to offer, including social networking sites, email, text messaging and program website.  Increased awareness, knowledge and use of screening tools will result in decreased mortality and decreased late stage diagnosis in this disproportionally affected population. Data collection and reporting will document progress toward specific measurable goals.

Anne Morris, Executive Director of  Komen Connecticut, stated: "We are very excited about this grant and the work that can be achieved in our continued efforts to move ever closer to fulfilling our promise - to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures."
Komen For more information on the Komen Foundation in Connecticut, go to www.komenct.org.
SAVE THE DATE - 2010 Race for the Cure - June 5, 2010 at Bushnell Park in Hartford
Welcome Our New Board Member: Marci Simmons


"Hello! Originally from Southern California, I relocated to Connecticut two years ago to pursue a career opportunity at The Hartford. I really enjoy what I do and I am slowly growing accustomed to the New England weather!

I studied International Studies and Anthropology as an undergrad and I am pursuing a graduate degree in Quality Assurance. I have worked in manufacturing, non-profit and education, spending time in India and Japan for some of those roles. I enjoy new challenges and learning opportunities.
I look forward to participating on the HGLHC's Board of Directors. It is truly a wonderful organization and I hope to contribute in a small way to its continued success. Thank you!"
 Cirque du Soleil returns to Hartford with OVO!
Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to Hartford with its latest big top touring production, OVO, starting Thursday, June 17, 2010, and running through July 11.  OVO will perform this limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Market Street.

Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.

From now until April 10, Cirque Club members receive $10 off Level 1, 2 or 3 tickets

Please click on the OVO graphic below to redeem this special offer!
 Volunteer Spotlight: Interview with Douglas Zywiczynski
How did you become a Health Collective volunteer and why? 
I first learned of the Health Collective's volunteer program through my partner since he was already a volunteer at the agency.  The Executive Director, Linda Estabrook, had mentioned to him a "special" project that he felt would appeal to my skills and interests.  After discussing the project with Linda, I felt that it was a great opportunity to contribute to the organization. 
What are your responsibilities at the Health Collective? 
 I have been reviewing, organizing and maintaing HGLHC's archives which consists of 25 years of diverse materials.  Depending upon the nature of the item, it will be categorized, copied to acid free paper and added to the archives.  For certain items a copy will also be provided to the LBGT archives at CCSU.  Items that are reviewed can include information regarding HGLHC's rich history, programs and services, sponsored events and the LBGT community in general.  Many of the items are documents but other materials such as tee shirts, mugs and even "safe sex kits" can be found in the archives.  Readers of the newsletter may have seen some of the items that were taken from the archives as they have been on display at Hartford Pride, health fairs and at the 25th Anniversary Open House event.   
DougZWhat do you do for work? 
I work for a large health care insurance company where I manage business and technology projects.  My objective is to use innovation to simplify the health care experience. 
Where are you from originally? 
From a small town south of Buffalo, New York named Holland (yes, like the country.)  I've lived in CT (Hartford) for approximately 20 years.  This is my second time living in Hartford.  The first time was for four years when I took two job transfers - first to Minneapolis and then Kansas City.  Then I transfered back to Hartford.  
What do you do for fun? 
Love to travel, enjoy both the visual and performing arts, enjoy gardening and puttering in the yard when the weather is nicer. 
What is your most recent adventure? 
Most recent adventure - time in NYC and had the opportunity to see two excellent gay-themed plays.  Most recent "big" adventure - time in Dublin enjoying the city's history and gracious hospitality.  Next "big" adventure ....  unknown, but something will planned, I am certain.
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