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Stamford Coalition for Respect Hosts “Coming Out to Open Arms”, featuring supportive discussion on the rights and issues unique to the LGBT community in Connecticut.

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 22, 2014 At 08:24 PM

The LGBTQ community unites in Stamford at the University of Connecticut.  And, here’s what they want you to know. 

“Anybody in this room can be a leader.  Living your life out-loud proud,” said Keynote Speaker Akil Patterson, a youth programs leader.

It was a celebration of acceptance on Thursday for the community’s youth, featuring speakers sharing their stories who encouraged others to share theirs.

“I remember thinking no one could possibly know what I'm going through even if I could possibly find words to explain it," said Becky Lostein.

“I found this whole world of men and women and interests and their culture,” said Julia Wade, whose son recently came out to her.  “I found it all because I was on this journey with my son.”

Not long ago, UCONN was actually one of the most homophobic campuses in America. But today it’s a much different atmosphere.  And people say events like this one are largely why.

“It’s definitely getting better because we are stuff like this with so many important people,” said Samantha Alemseghed.  “It’s definitely getting better.”


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