Spell OUT Loud with Carson Kressley scheduled for October 19 has been cancelled until further notice by the presenting organization OutCT. Unforeseen circumstances unrelated to Mr. Kressley have been cited for the cancellation.
The organization is re-examining the event and may hold smaller spelling competitions in the area to gain participants. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Dancing with the Stars” Emmy-winning celebrity, actor and fashion designer Carson Kressley told OutCT Founder and President Constance Kristofik that he is “more than happy to host the event when it is rescheduled.”
In the meanwhile, OutCT has other upcoming events including a panel discussion on religion at the La Grua Center in November, a panel discussion on gays in the military at the Coast Guard Academy in March, an art exhibit at Expressiones Gallery in June, and plans are being made for next year's pride festival and/or day at Ocean Beach. A monthly meeting for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth (glbtq) is also in the works. A public meeting will be held in November to discuss it. For more information, please visit www.outct.org.
Constance reports that this inaugural year of New London Pride and OutCT has been a good one for the organization that she founded to celebrate the diverse nature of all people in Southeastern Connecticut. This past summer has seen a Family OUTing at New London’s Ocean Beach Park, and Drag Brunches at Dev’s on Bank continue to bring out the coffee and Bloody Mary crowds.
To quote the mission statement of the organization, “OutCT is a diverse group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queers and their allies centered in Southeastern Connecticut. It was founded by Constance Kristofik, who as president, recruited and organized the first volunteers. They came together in spring of 2013 to plan a New London Pride Festival, but quickly realized they had enough interest and energy to do more. Although the Pride festival still tops their to-do list, they are also planning a film series, scavenger hunt, an art exhibit, a drag brunch, educational forums and more. OutCT hopes to serve both the GLBTQA community and larger community. The mission of OutCT is to build a community through educational, cultural and social programming that promotes acceptance, tolerance and understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities.”
Stay tuned for future events, and visit OutCT online and on Facebook.
Compiled and written by Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Critics On The Aisle.