As a queer performance artist, I receive so much support and nourishment from the community where I live–Hartford, CT. Besides some wonderful friends and the Hartford Friends Meeting, I find that Hartford also provides me a place to rest, relax and reconnect. (plus Real Art Ways, The Connecticut Forum, True Colors AND East West Grill)
I feel it is so important to give back to the communities where we live. As a white queer man, I find it important to support local LGBT concerns and especially to reach out beyond my own needs to connect with non-LGBT folks who experience oppression and need in Hartford.
This year I seek to support the amazing work of ConnectiKids, “an independent, non-profit youth development agency whose mission is to connect Hartford children and youth to their potential by building relationships and providing educational opportunities.”
ConnectiKids provides tutoring and mentoring services for elementary students, an arts and enrichment program, and an alumni program for middle and upper school students which supports them in school and also aids them get into college.
In addition to raising money for ConnectiKids, I will lead drama workshops and special programs throughout the year for their various groups of young people.
As a white gay/genderqueer man, I can easily get all caught up with all of my own issues. But whenever I reach out beyond myself, I partner with the community of the oppressed and our shared dreams.