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New Haven Pride Center Honors Sponsors of Transgender Civil Rights Bill

The New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) will recognize the significant achievements of ten members of the Connecticut State Senate and House of Representatives, for their sponsorship and support of a law that added gender identity or expression to Connecticut’s anti-discrimination laws. Public Act 11-55 was signed into law by Governor Malloy in July of last year.


The legislators will receive the NHPC’s special “Lion Award” at the 2012 Dorothy Awards ceremony, in recognition of the courage they displayed to support this effort.


The ten sponsors of the bill were:


  • Senator Beth Bye, District 5 (Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford)
  • Senator Steve Cassano, District 4 (Bolton, Glastonbury, Manchester, Marlborough)
  • Senator John Fonfara, District 1 (Hartford, Wethersfield)
  • Senator Edwin Gomes, District 23 (Bridgeport, Stratford)
  • Senator Toni Harp, District 10 (New Haven, West Haven)
  • Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, 94th Assembly District (New Haven)
  • Senator Martin Looney, District 11 (Hamden, New Haven)
  • Representative Geoff Luxenberg, 12th Assembly District (Manchester)
  • Representative Joseph Serra, 33rd Assembly District (Middletown)
  • Senator Andrea Stillman, District 20 (East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford)


The legislators will be joined by the NHPC’s previously announced 2012 Dorothy Award honorees, who are also being recognized for their contributions to the community.


  • Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Mayor of Connecticut’s capital city since June 2010, and only the second openly gay mayor of a state capital city.
  • Out Film CT, a non-profit cultural organization based in Hartford, and organizers of the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
  • Diana Richter, Ph.D., Executive Director of New Haven’s own Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, entering its 25th year of feeding our area’s homeless and others in need.
  • Robin Banks, impresario, emcee, entertainer, local New Haven fixture and fundraiser, who has contributed to tens of thousands of dollars being raised for local organizations.


The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Fantasia in North Haven, CT, and will be hosted by Frank DeMayo, with music from Deborah Wang and Fullsound Productions. Past Dorothy Award winners, The Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut will contribute a very special performance. All proceeds from the event benefit the New Haven Pride Center, its services and programs.


Tickets for the awards are available here. Advance tickets are available at the early bird rate of $75 before January 31. After January 31, ticket prices increase to $100.


Founded in 1996, the New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, now celebrating its fifteenth season, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer community and its allies. The NHPC is New Haven County’s only LGBTQ-focused community center and is an all-volunteer organization that relies on financial contributions for its existence. The NHPC’s mission is to educate the Greater New Haven community about LGBTQ issues; to advocate for equality and justice; and to provide a safe and accessible place for all LGBTQ persons and their allies.

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