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Late August Edition
August 15, 2011
In this issue
Thanks to you kids got the right stuff!
True Voices LIVE!
Sexuality, Gender and the Bible: Fall Community Conversations
Hartford and New Haven Prides!
Rainbow Day at Quassy
Writers Out Loud

Thanks to folks like you to all 24 youth who were referred to us were 'adopted'!  Plus the feedback from the donors was that they loved doing it. One donor said, "it has been years since I got to go 'school shopping' - it was so fun!"

Check out the stories below for our upcoming free programs on Sex, Gender and the Bible; information on Hartford and the Greater New Haven People of Color Pride events in September, Rainbow Day at Quassy in October, the Writers Out Loud contest going on now and the upcoming Queer Youth talk show, True Voices Live debuting in October!
some of the right stuff
Some of the Right Stuff
The Right Stuff Update

Antoinette, Ashley, Ariana , Astrid, Belinda, Christina, Dalmarys, Douglas, Gisela, Jodayne,  Julia, Kara, Krystal, Lexi, McKale, Patrick, Regina, Reginald, Shawn, Sixto, Steven, Terrance, Tiana, and Tyler ...  


Each of them is going to college in the fall and each of them has the 'right stuff' to get them started - thanks to YOU!


True Voices Live


True Colors' Summer Queer Academy has been working hard to put together True Voices Live!, True Colors' first youth-produced television show.


After meeting with professional writers, producers, and directors, our Queer Academy participants drew on all of their talents to put together the show. Queer Academy met Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays throughout the summer to hone their fiTrue Voices Live Youthlm-making skills and produce an awesome, youth-centered show.


Our youth had a hand in everything from writing, set design, make-up, camera work, and even hosting True Voices Live! 


The pilot episode will include True Colors mentees and alumni discussing male grooming, celebrity and entertainment news, and being out as LGBT and as allies in high school and will air this month on Hartford Public Access Channel 5.


Didn't get a chance to participate? Not a problem! True Colors will be producing another episode for Fall 2011 and are actively seeking youth and adults interested in participating.  If interested, contact  

Alison Berk, Group Mentoring Coordinator at Alison


Spiritual Institute Flyer 

Unity in CommunityGot Pride? Times TWO! 

1) Greater New Haven People of Color Pride Events

Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11th

Its a whole weekend of family fun -- for people 'in the family' and our families! The weekend will include:  A dance, a family BBQ, a community conversation on Sexuality and the Bible (see above for a discription of that conversation...

For more information about the weekend events, email Women of Color New Haven


2) The 30th Connecticut Pride Celebration


"This marks our 30th year, a significant milestone in Connecticut's LGBTI history" said William Urich, Vice President of Connecticut PRIDE Hartford Rally and Festival, Inc. "We wanted to offer the community something different for this year's Pride Festival celebration."

For more information visit: CT Pride 


Workshops, entertainment, an in-park Parade (with pre-festival flag and umbrella making!) to make the 30th anniversary parade our best ever!  For more information about the parade and the festival, see the full press release here:  2011 CT Pride


Saturday, September 17, 2011 from Noon to 7:00 PM, Bushnell Park , Hartford. 

Quassy LogoRainbow Day At Quassy
Sunday, October 2, 2011

Noon - 6:00 PM


This fun-filled day at Quassy will feature entertainment, DJ, Gay Man's Choir, Drag Show and a fantastic buffet served at 4 p.m. The $27 price includes all-day amusement rides, entertainment and the food (CT sales tax additional). A cash bar will be available at 1 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit a number of LGBT organizations in Connecticut, including True Colors! 
Watch for ticket information coming shortly!
CWC FlyerWriters Out Loud


THE 191914 WRITERS OUT LOUD! Open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We are looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, one-act plays, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, must be no longer than 1,500 words, no less than 500 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.


CATEGORIES: Ages 25 & Under; (Submissions: August 1 - September 29, 2011). Ages 50 & Over; (Submissions: October 15 - December 15, 2011). Ages 26 through 49; (Submissions: March 15 - May 15, 2012).


For more information:  CWC Poster

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