STAMFORD – Too often pride seems a matter strictly relegated to June.
But two months after neighboring communities – even New York City’s queer mecca – buried their glitter and rainbows, Stamford is gearing up for its first-ever public celebration.
From August 7 to 12, Stamford Pride will host a week of events celebrating the extent of LGBTQ life for residents of all ages. The festivities go beyond the usual parties, parades and themed meals, although a sold-out brunch is at the forefront of the program.
In fact, a number of programs planned for this year’s Pride are aimed at children, teens and their families. On August 7, Stamford Pride – founded in late 2019 – will host a Drag Story Hour outside the Ferguson Library with three local drag performers: Anita Manager, Frankie Cyanide and Robin Richards.
On top of that, Honey Joe’s Café – a space that has made a name for itself by being explicitly family-friendly – will host a “Youth Pride Café” from 5 pm to 7 pm on August 11.
Dedicated activities with free food, games and even more drag performances for 12-18 year olds can be “a safe space for LGBTQ + youth to meet and get to know each other,” only for one night, said Stamford Pride chairman John Varamo.
“We hope Stamford Pride serves as a beacon of hope for local LGBTQ youth,” Varamo said. “We want them to know that they are accepted and loved and that while life can be difficult, it gets better.”
The event program also includes a free author talk with film critic Michael Koresky on his book “Films of Endearment” on August 9 from 6.30pm and a screening of “Ma Belle, My Beauty” – a movie of the Sundance Film Festival on a Polyamorous Relationship in the South of France – August 12 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the screening, Stamford Pride will host a mixer from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and attendees will receive free popcorn with their tickets.
For Varamo, this year’s August pride celebrations are just the start of its organization. The group plans to host events in June next year to take advantage of the fervor, rainbows and glitter.
“Stamford Pride’s vision includes programming that stretches throughout the year,” he said, and while the world celebrates in June, he wants Stamford to keep the party going for the other 11 months also.
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