In a show of solidarity and celebration, CEA members kicked off a new school year of Pride this Saturday in Hartford.
Members of the CEA Pride group were decked out in CEA’s new Pride t-shirts and other gear as they joined with family and friends at the largest family-centered Pride event in Connecticut.
Though many cities celebrate Pride in June, since 2009 Hartford has held its big event the second Saturday in September so as not to compete with nearby cities including New York and Boston. Hartford Pride Fest is organized by Connecticut Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunities (CLARO).
Teachers gathered at CEA headquarters for an initial meet and greet and camaraderie before heading over to Church Street, which was set up like a block party with live music and tents featuring food, local businesses, activities, and community organizations.
Teachers described the day as a fun event that provided great opportunities for networking, support, and a way to show solidarity.
“It was a great way to celebrate inclusivity and love,” says CREC Education Association President Lisa Cordova. “There were lot of booths staffed by agencies and nonprofit groups that were helpful to middle and high school teachers in learning about services available to students on their journey of self awareness.”
CEA Pride plans to run a booth at next year’s event to offer their own resources. Click here to learn more about CEA Pride.