During June, communities and people around the country celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. We’d like to share any photos or stories of events marking Pride that took place in Wilton or in which Wiltonians participated. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s how the Library of Congress explains what Pride is:
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Wilton Library did it the library way–directing visitors to books and resources with information. They showcased several titles on their feature table in the reference area to “Celebrate Pride Month” and enable readers to learn more.
On Friday evening, June 28, Wilton’s Temple B’nai Chaim (TBC) celebrated a Pride Shabbat. Rabbi Rachel Bearman customized the Shabbat service to contain more gender inclusive references. In a description of the service posted on Facebook, the synagogue representative wrote that, “The Jewish tradition teaches us that we should offer a blessing of gratitude every time we see a rainbow. In this spirit, we will come together for our annual Pride Shabbat where we will celebrate the beautiful rainbow of human experience and honor the movement for LGBTQ equality.”
The next morning, TBC held a Torah Study session on LGBTQ themes Jewish texts and how the Reform Jewish movement has “…embrace[d], support[ed], and celebrate[d] the LGBTQ community.”
Pride was also celebrated all month long at Joy Ride Wilton, starting with the company even temporarily changing its logo to incorporate the rainbow and the word ‘pride’ to become JoyPride. The month culminated in a Pride Ride, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Trevor Project, which operates a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
Wilton resident Alison Luciano owns Plumed Serpent Bridal in Westport. She says that by showcasing same sex brides and celebrating them is the best way to show her business’ support and inclusion. She shared this photo below to her store’s Facebook feed, and told GMW, “The world is a better place when there is love in it. And everyone should be able to put their love on display and celebrate it.”