Time to eat turkey and spread holiday cheer! 🍗 You’re invited to TCC’s free, sober Thanksgiving dinner and holiday decorating party on Thursday, November 15th at 6PM at the drop-in center! RSVP at the link on our profile.
Happy #SpiritDay! 💜 Come visit Effie and Becky at @youngadultspace from 1-6PM today and tell us how you’re standing up to bullying. Don’t forget to wear purple! 💜
💗💙💗 It’s International Pronouns Day and (almost) Spirit Day! 💜💜💜 ▫️ International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. We encourage colleges, schools, workplaces, and local organizations to hold educational and empowering events on International Pronouns Day. ▪️ Spirit Day is an opportunity to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and support LGBTQ youth, who face disproportionate amounts of bullying and harassment because of their identities. Wearing purple on Spirit Day visibly shows solidarity with LGBTQ youth. Come to @youngadultspace today between 1-6PM and celebrate with us!
Happy National Coming Out Day to everyone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum— may you feel affirmed, uplifted, and supported by your friends, family, and peers. 🏳️🌈 Just a reminder that @youngadultspace is open 20 hours a week for all youths ages 18-25 to come hangout and be their authentic selves, drop by today! ▫️ 🏳️🌈 Monday - Thursday, 1-6PM 650 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 (📷: Fairfield County’s Pride in the Park 2018)
FINAL MODEL-- #20. Kerri, TCC Volunteer My vision is for Triangle Community Center to continue supporting and uplifting the LGBTQ youth, who will be our future leaders.
#19. Erica, TCC Board of Directors 💙💜🖤 My vision of tomorrow for Triangle Community Center is to continue to reach out to and empower those in the margins of our community. Our youth outreach programming is impressive and growing at an inspiring pace. The next step is to provide shelter or housing for youth, elder, and low-income LGBTQ persons, who are all at higher risk of being denied housing or kicked out of their homes. I hope to see TCC get more involved in healthcare and wellness for our community, by collaborating with healthcare providers or incorporating more health and wellness services into their programming. In order for our community to thrive, we need to make sure that the basic needs of all of our members are being met.
Although Visionary Gala may be over, there are still three community models who will be posted today. Thank you to all of our community models for representing the diverse and beautiful LGBTQ spectrum in Fairfield County, and thank you for sharing your hopes, dreams, and goals for Triangle Community Center and the LGBTQ community with us, TCC’s vision of tomorrow is making these happen. #18. Anthony, TCC Executive Director from 2013-2018 💙💜🖤 Today is Anthony’s last day as Executive Director of TCC and we’d like to say thank you for the years of hard work and dedication that you have put towards creating safe, affirming, and uplifting spaces for our community-- thank you, thank you, thank you
#17. Irene, Deputy Director of Triangle Community Center 💙💜🖤 My vision of tomorrow for TCC includes: older adult programming (socials, housing assistance, Friendly Visiting, etc.), a 24/7 operated LGBTQ shelter for all ages where there's case management, budgeting classes, and housing/social service navigation, onsite LGBTQ counseling services that takes insurance and works on a true sliding scale based on client income, and mandatory cultural competency trainings at all schools, counseling centers, non-profits, and any agency that works with individuals. The more people and places that are trained and are culturally competent, the less our community will feel the need to come to TCC and individuals will feel comfortable living in their environments, whether local to Norwalk or in rural Connecticut. Youth and young adults will have the supports they require to learn and thrive, adults can socialize and have a community to build Families of Choice, and older adults can happily age in place and won't feel like they have to go back into the closet if they live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. I believe we need to be kinder and more considerate to each other as a community. Although we may share identities, we each have a unique story and we can learn a lot by just listening to one another and being compassionate. I think we'd be surprised at how much we can grow our personal networks and our community if we stopped judging and making assumptions about others and worked on encouraging and building each other up. We have a whole LGBTQ older adult community that's isolated and the majority of time, they have less access to community centers and a much smaller network. My vision is for the younger generations to have conversations with older adults and continue the stories of the older generations that paved the way and fought for those of us to have many of the freedoms that we have today.
#16. Christian, Volunteer 💙💜🖤 I want to see Triangle Community Center continue to inspire the community with their bold, and outright acceptance of disenfranchised youth. It’s important to show the more closed-minded people in this community that acceptance and kindness isn’t a hard task. I’d like to see TCC more involved with the Norwalk public school system. Educators tend to turn a blind eye to queer youth in schools-- if there was an escape for some of those youth, it could bring a sense of hope, even for the ones who aren’t out yet. I would have loved for there to be a community center that I could actively be a part of in high school. It probably wouldn’t have taken me until college to come out. I love what you guys are doing at TCC— you’ve made mighty strides thus far. I’m confident in your ability to keep making change in this community.
#15. Katelyn, Program Coordinator at TCC 💙💜🖤 “My vision for Triangle Community Center is a TCC owned and operated housing program in Bridgeport for queer and trans individuals, where rent goes into their savings accounts and empowerment programming and services to the LGBTQ community are required for tenancy, with a certain percent of beds to trans identified individuals. I’d also like to see a year-round ‘change team’ caucus amongst staff and board to evaluate the ways in which we can continue to make our work as an LGBTQ center anti-racist, affirming, and safe within our capacity for our community and for our staff. I hope for the LGBTQ community to establish safe havens and hubs for LGBTQ people around the state with tangible resources (housing, employment, counseling, transportation, food), along with queer people and queer-run and allied agencies with power over the funding that dictates the ways in which LGBTQ people access these life-saving needs.”
#14. Kim, TCC Board of Directors 💙💜🖤 Triangle Community Center has truly set a strong pace of representing all those within the LGBTQ umbrella. Across a range of identities, ages, locations, socio-economic statuses, racial identities, TCC has paved the way in creating a safe place and opportunity for all. The only place for TCC to go is to continue this progress and become even more accessible to all those who could benefit from such a community center.
#13. Claude, Program Coordinator at Triangle Community Center 💙💜🖤 Triangle Community Center has taken leaps and bounds in providing support for its case management clients through service navigation and case management. Expanding our services to include housing for LGBTQ individuals is important, especially considering that LGBTQ youth and young adults of color and transgender individuals face homelessness at alarming rates.
#12. Luis, Community Member 💙💜🖤 I want the LGBTQ community to come together for transgender right in schools and colleges around CT. I want there to be a GSA in every school. I want there to be proper, LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education in all schools.
#11. Colin, TCC Board of Directors 💙💜🖤 I hope the LGBTQ+ community in CT can become increasingly visible, represented, and embraced, which can be as simple as individuals feeling safe and invited to come out of the closet and live their lives freely, to having openly LGBTQ+ representation in government, commerce, cultural leadership, and in every other aspect of society.
#10. Randi, Volunteer 💙💜🖤 I’d like to see impactful and far-reaching efforts to connect DCF-committed LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ-affirming foster families.