Mansfield is Proud
Mansfield is Proud!
On Monday, June 7, Mayor Antonia Moran and Town Manager Ryan Aylesworth were joined by members of the Mansfield Town Council and Mansfield Board of Education for a ceremonial signing of a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and for the raising of the Progress Pride flag at Town Hall.
The Progress Pride flag will fly every day in June, and Mansfield Youth Services, Mansfield Public Library and the Mansfield Senior Center are also distributing free flags to the public while supplies last. They can be picked up at the north entrance to the municipal offices building facing (Storrs Road/Rte. 195), at the Mansfield Public Library on Warrenville Road, and at the Mansfield Senior Center on Maple Road.
Read the full announcement here.
On June 28, 1969 patrons of the Stonewall Inn resisted unfair and inhumane raids against their queer space. The following year, Frank Kameny, Lilli Vincenz and other queer activists organized the first “U.S. Gay Pride Week and March” on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Since then, each June has served as an opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community, activists, and allies all around the world to commemorate the achievements of the on-going movement for LGBTQIA+ rights and important work still to be done to advance justice and equity for all. While Stonewall Rebellion was not the first demonstration in the queer rights movement, it is widely renowned as a major tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement and its anniversary has become synonymous with the celebration of Pride Month by the LGBTQIA+ community.
A key demand of activists, and a central theme of Pride Month, is to reject enforced invisibility and the shame such oppression is supposed to impose. Raising and displaying the iconic Pride Flag is an important symbol of visibility and inclusion. The symbol of the rainbow has long been a cross-cultural archetype of hope and it remains so today for the LGBTQIA+ community. Gilbert Baker, creator of the original Rainbow Flag described the intent as follows: “A Rainbow Flag was a conscious choice, natural and necessary. The rainbow came from earliest recorded history as a symbol of hope. …A Rainbow Flag would be our modern alternative to the pink triangle.” This flag flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade celebration on June 25, 1978.
Since then, Gilbert’s design has been adopted, adapted, and revised to represent the broad diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community such that no single flag can be said to be the “official” Pride Flag. For instance, on June 8, 2017, the city of Philadelphia adopted a revised version of the flag that adds black and brown stripes to the top of the six-color flag, to highlight people of color in the LGBTQIA+ community. Today, we continue the celebration of intersectional diversity, visibility, and solidarity through the Progress Pride flag, designed in 2018 by Daniel Quasar. This flag further adds the colors of the transgender pride flag, alongside the black and brown stripes representing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities within LGBTQIA+ rainbow. The black stripe also holds a second meaning in this design, recognizing and mourning those members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have been lost to, and are living with the stigma of AIDS and HIV. The arrow of this design reminds us of the importance to keep moving forward in the march for liberation for all, and that this liberation must be anti-racist and trans-affirming.
“The fabric of freedom is an open weave, with spaces left for us to insert our own versions of the story.”
– Gilbert Baker
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Mansfield
At its May 24, 2021 meeting, the Town Council voted unanimously in favor or authorizing Mayor Moran to issue a Proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.
Read the full text of the Proclamation here.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Antonia Moran, Mayor of the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut and on behalf of the Mansfield Town Council, hereby proclaim and recognize June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Plus (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month in the Town of Mansfield and urge citizens to actively promote the principles of equality, love, and acceptance throughout the community
Share Your Pride & Allyship
Mansfield residents and business owners are invited to pick up a free Progress Pride flag to display at their homes and businesses.
Flags will be available starting June 1 at
- Town Hall (entrance on Storrs Road, near the Little Lending Library)
- Senior Center
- Public Library
Share your pride with us: Snap a photo of your flag on display and post it on social media with #MansfieldIsProud or email your photo to us at YSB@MansfieldCT.org.
Add some LGBTQIA+ inclusive books to your summer reading list with these suggestions available at the Mansfield Public Library and the Mansfield Youth Services office:
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Library & Youth Services)
- I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Library & Youth Services)
- Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Library)
- Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack (Library)
- A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary (Library)
- The Family Book by Todd Parr (Youth Services)
- My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis (Library & Youth Services)
- Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman (Library)
- Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (Library)
- Pride: the Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders (Library)
- Neither by Airlie Anderson (Youth Services)
- Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee (Youth Services)
- “Pink is a Girl Color” and Other Silly Things People Say by Stacy Drageset (Youth Services)
- Pugdog by Andrea U’Ren
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Library)
- I am J by Cris Beam (Library)
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Library)
- Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Library)
- If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Library)
- How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson (Library)
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Library)
- It’s Not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura (Library)
- Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People who Changed the World by Sarah Prager (Youth Services)
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Library)
- This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Library)
- Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (Library)
- The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Library)
- The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis (Library)
- Boy Erased by Garrard Conley (Library)
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein (Library)
- Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn (Library)
- Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Library)
- Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard (Library)
Resources Available for our LGTBQIA+ Residents
Mansfield Youth Pride (MY Pride) group is open to Mansfield residents in grades 5-8 who are part of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow (and allies are welcome too).
MY Pride emphasizes self-empowerment, positive youth development, and building strong peer and community connections to validate and celebrate our diverse identities.
Please contact the Youth Services Department for more information about MY Pride.
E.O. Smith GSA
Please contact Amy Nocton & Liza Escott for information about this group for high school students.
Mansfield Human Rights Commission
Read more about the Mansfield Human Rights Commission here.
- True Colors - Resource Guide
- PFLAG (Hartford, Norwalk, SE CT, Waterbury)
- Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
- Q Plus
- Kamora's Cultural Corner
- New Haven Pride Center
- Triangle Community Center
- Anchor Health Initiative
- Connecticut Children's Medical Center
- Middlesex Health
- Yale Medicine Gender Program
- TransLifeline: (877) 565-8860
- Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
- The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
- The mission of the It Gets Better Project is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe.
- GLSEN: Championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.
- The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.
- GLAAD: Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture. That's GLAAD at work.
- The Genderbread Person: Breaking a complicated concept of Gender into bite-sized, digestible pieces. So, you want to better understand gender, or need help explaining it to someone else? Used by — and contributed to by — countless people around the world and throughout the decades, the genderbread person (and all of the different evolutions of it, and ideas it evolved from) is a wonderful way to start an important conversation.
- The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.
Continue learning about the history of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ experience in the United States with these resources:
Stonewall Forever: Interactive online, history of the original Stonewall Riots and ongoing stories from LGBTQ folx. People can learn and add their own LGBTQ stories and history
Gilbert Baker Foundation: History of the rainbow flag and its creator. Oral history projects. Stories of Gilbert Baker
GLBT Historical Society: Curated content of LBTQ history