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In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising against police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans, a movement that is ongoing till this day. Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and the ongoing struggle to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ community.

COVID-19 has serious implications for the mental health of LGBTQ youth.  Even prior to the pandemic, LGBTQ youth were at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidality. Physical distancing, social isolation, increased anxiety, and economic strain all add to those risks.  These youth need to be supported throughout the pandemic, especially with consideration to the loss they may be facing to positive connections.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership is committed to supporting, celebrating, and uplifting LGBTQ youth throughout Pride month and beyond. This month, we will be posting ShoutOUTs highlighting LGBTQ leaders of all ages across Connecticut and celebrating the many accomplishments that they have brought to our state. If you would like to ShoutOUT an LGBTQ leader in your life, please fill out our form here! Self-nominations are welcome. Any questions? Email

Be sure to like and follow our social media pages to keep up with the ShoutOUTs all Pride long and get information on other programming to be announced soon. We thank you for your continued commitment and inclusive support of Connecticut’s youth.

Proudly partnering with Pitney Bowes for this initiative.

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