Pride Palooza

April 25, 2019
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Friday, May 10th
Daylong Conference 

The LGBTQIA+ Club at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will host Pride Palooza, a daylong conference for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender High School and Community College students. Following the official opening, a series of workshops will be presented on a variety of topics of relevance and importance to the LGBT community.  After lunch, musical entertainment will be provided by Singer/Songwriter Johnathan Celestin.

Mark E. Ojakian, President of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, will deliver the Opening Remarks at 9:00 am.

Schedule Workshops:

  • GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders
    Qwin Mbabazi, Community Engagement Manager
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.)  #Accept, Respect & Include
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) #Accept, Respect & Include
  • Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective
    William V. Petrosky, Director of HIV Prevention and Care Services
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) HIV 101: Knowledge is Power
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)  HIV 101: Knowledge is Power
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College
    Robert Beck, PhD, Psychology
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.)  Emotional Intelligence
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) Emotional Intelligence
  • Susan B. Anthony Project
    Matthias Ekstrand, Community Educator
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) Healthy Relationships- Expectations in Relationships
  • Susan B. Anthony Project
    Matthias Ekstrand, Community Educator
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) Gender Roles/Stereotypes- Bending media message about gender
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College
    Ruth E. Gonzalez, PhD, LPC
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) Exploring Identities
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) Exploring Identities
  • Church of Christ, Goshen Connecticut
    Pastor Sara Krhla
    Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) “But the Bible says…”
    Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) “But the Bible says…” 
  • Westminster School
    Dr. (Peter) Davis Smith
    Session One: (9:15-10:00 a.m.) Navigating Gender-affirming Medical Therapy
  • Westminster School
    Dr. (Peter) Davis Smith
    Session Two: (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)  Sexual Health Nitty Gritty for the Non-vanilla Set

For more information about Pride Palooza and the NCCC LGBTQIA+ Club, please contact Karen Hunter at