Mansfield is Proud

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Join the Town of Mansfield in celebrating and supporting our LGBTQIA+ friends and neighbors this June! 

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June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Mansfield

At its May 9, 2022 meeting, the Town Council voted unanimously in favor or authorizing Mayor Moran to issue a Proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Antonia Moran, Mayor of the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut and on behalf of the Mansfield Town Council, hereby proclaim and recognize June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Plus (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month in the Town of Mansfield and urge citizens to actively promote the principles of equality, love, and acceptance throughout the community.

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  • Tuesday, May 31 at 4:30 PM
  • at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • Free and open to everyone

Mayor Moran and members of the Town Council will raise the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag over the Town Hall to kick off Pride month in Mansfield.

Come celebrate, receive your own Pride flag to take home, and honor our Pride!

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  • Friday, June 10 at 7:00 PM
  • Betsy Paterson Square (2 Dog Lane)
  • Free and open to everyone

All towns, ages, and allies are invited to join the Town of Mansfield in a celebration of Pride on Friday, June 10 on Betsy Paterson Square in Downtown Storrs!

This fun, free event begins at 7:00 PM.

All towns, all ages, and allies are invited to:

  • Meet members of local LGBTQIA+ organizations and learn about local supports
  • Enjoy music, trivia games, and selfie stations
  • Pick up free flags and pronoun pins
  • Stop by the UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream Truck to purchase a frozen treat
  • Customize and Tie-Dye-Your-PRIDE Shirts (suggested shirt donation: $10)

And, don't miss:

  • Drag Queen Story Time - 8:00 PM
  • Love, Simon screening - starts at dark

Share your Pride with us by using #MansfieldIsProud when posting your pics on Facebook and Instagram!

Pride Day at Mansfield Senior Center

On Friday, June 10, the Senior Center invites folks to come to the center showing their pride. Wear the colors of the Rainbow! Sign up for lunch and enjoy a Pride-themed dessert! Please sign up for lunch by June 8.

Free Ride to Celebrate Pride!

We will be providing a bus to the Pride Celebration on June 10. The bus will leave the center at 6:45pm and returning at 8:15pm. Folks can sign up by filling out the form in the June SPARKS (available at the center or here) or by calling the center at 860.429.0262. Space is limited.

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Share Your Pride & Allyship

Mansfield residents and business owners are invited to pick up a free Progress Pride flag to display at their homes and businesses.

Flags will be available starting June 1 at

  • Town Hall (entrance on Storrs Road, near the Little Lending Library)
  • Senior Center
  • Public Library

Flags will also be available at the Pride Flag Raising on May 31 at the Town Hall and at Celebrate Pride! on June 10 on Betsy Paterson Square.

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Laps for Pride

The Mansfield Community Center is hosting Laps for Pride throughout the month. Participants may swim lengths in the Community Center pool, walk or jog laps on the indoor track or around one of the looped trails like Merrow Meadow or Bicentennial Pond, then log the laps taken through June 24 at in support of Pride Month initiatives. A free personal training session at the Mansfield Community Center will be awarded from among the participants.

For more information, please call 860.429.3015x0

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Film Screening at Mansfield Senior Center

The Mansfield Senior Center will host a screening the award-winning documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen on Thursday, June 30 at 1:00 PM.

Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender.

The screening is free. To assist with planning, please call the Senior Center to sign up before June 30: 860.429.0262.

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Add some LGBTQIA+ inclusive books to your summer reading list with these suggestions available at the Mansfield Public Library and the Mansfield Youth Services office:


  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Library & Youth Services)
  • I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Library & Youth Services)
  • Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Library)
  • Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack (Library)
  • A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary (Library)
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr (Youth Services)
  • My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis (Library & Youth Services)
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman (Library)
  • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (Library)
  • Pride: the Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders (Library)
  • Neither by Airlie Anderson (Youth Services)
  • Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee (Youth Services)
  • “Pink is a Girl Color” and Other Silly Things People Say by Stacy Drageset (Youth Services)
  • Pugdog by Andrea U’Ren

Teen/Young Adult

  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Library)
  • I am J by Cris Beam (Library)
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Library)
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Library)
  • If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Library)
  • How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson (Library)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Library)
  • It’s Not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura (Library)
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People who Changed the World by Sarah Prager (Youth Services)

Adult Fiction

  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Library)
  • This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Library)
  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (Library)
  • The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Library)
  • The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis (Library)

Adult Nonfiction

  • Boy Erased by Garrard Conley (Library)
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein (Library)
  • Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn (Library)
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Library)
  • Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard (Library)

Follow the Mansfield Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for more reading suggestions all month long.

Resources Available for our LGTBQIA+ Residents

  1. Mansfield Resources
  2. Connecticut Resources
  3. National & International Resources

MY Pride:

Mansfield Youth Pride (MY Pride) group is open to Mansfield residents in grades 5-8 who are part of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow (and allies are welcome too). 

MY Pride emphasizes self-empowerment, positive youth development, and building strong peer and community connections to validate and celebrate our diverse identities.

Please contact the Youth Services Department for more information about MY Pride.

E.O. Smith GSA

Please contact Amy Nocton & Liza Escott for information about this group for high school students.

Mansfield Human Rights Commission  

Read more about the Mansfield Human Rights Commission here.

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Learn more

Continue learning about the history of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ experience in the United States with these resources:

Stonewall Forever: Interactive online, history of the original Stonewall Riots and ongoing stories from LGBTQ folx. People can learn and add their own LGBTQ stories and history

Gilbert Baker Foundation: History of the rainbow flag and its creator. Oral history projects.  Stories of Gilbert Baker

GLBT Historical Society: Curated content of LBTQ history

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