Bethel CT Pride’s LGBTQIA+ Programs
Join us at one of our queer friendly events taking place in Bethel, the Greater Danbury area, and virtually!Learn about our programs Go to Event Calendar
We strive to hold events that are supportive and inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community in Bethel and the Greater Danbury area! This includes events that are informative and educational, as well as events that are simply safe spaces to hang out with other queer community members in a judgement free zone. You can find us in Bethel, Danbury, Redding, online, and more! We are excited to be branching out and partnering with other communities in the Western CT area!
About our events
Here are details about some of the popular events we hold throughout the year. Visit our Upcoming Events page for specific times, dates, and locations. Due to Covid-19, we may elect to postpone or change venue for the safety of our participants. Please always check our calendar and social media for the latest details about our LGBTQIA+ friendly events!
In collaboration with Molten Java
Our LGBTQIA+ friendly, all-ages, open mic event happens every Thursday at Molten Java! Come and showcase your musical talent, recite poetry, share a story, beatbox—the floor is yours! Performance slots are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be secured in person. This event takes place in a public venue and is open to people of all ages. We expect you to exercise good judgment when selecting your material and to make appropriate choices.
LGBTQ+ Book Club
In collaboration with Rainy Day Paperback Exchange, currently held on Discord!
Fiction: Group discusses a different book each month from a variety of genres. Books will either be directly about LGBTQ subjects directly or just feature LGBTQ protagonists. Selections include both recent books and classics.
Non-Fiction: Group discusses a different book each month. Selections include both recent books and classics. Books may be biography, history, essays, or other types of nonfiction that deal with LGBTQ individuals or topics.
Older teens are welcome to attend. Not recommended for younger teens as the reading material will likely be too challenging.
Queer Gardens Club: Plant Swap! Gardening!
In collaboration with Rainy Day Paperback Exchange
Plant Swap: Discover a vibrant community of queer green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts at our monthly Plant Swap series! Connect with like-minded individuals and exchange a variety of plants in a chill environment. We tend to switch between indoor and outdoor plants depending on the season, with a big focus on keeping sustainable natives going! You don’t need to bring a plant to take a plant!
In collaboration with Rainy Day Paperback Exchange and Berry School
Gardening Activities: Our gardening enthusiasts have helped do garden cleanup and harvesting at Berry School! Stay tuned for more collaborations.
Mutual Aid Events
In collaboration with Apex Community Care, PeerPride, PeerPride’s TransHaven
Transforming Closet & Resource Exchange: Inspired by work done by Trans Closet of Hudson Valley, the Transforming Closet provides free clothing, makeup, shoes, toiletries, harm reduction supplies, and more in a relaxed atmosphere. While open to all, the closet aims to help provide affirming clothing for our trans and non-binary community members. We also offer free binders and binder fittings thanks to PeerPride and free HIV testing by Apex Community Care.
Narcan Training: To protect our community members from opiate overdose, we have helped to facilitate Narcan training, presented by Apex Community Care, as part of our program offerings.
We have held a variety of crafting events for kids, adults, WLW, and all-ages throughout the years! Popular events include button collaging, zine making, holiday crafts, slime making, painting and crafting for Ann’s Place Festival of Trees, and bring-your-own-craft afternoons.
Families with Pride
A family social for school-age (K-12) kids and their caregivers. Informal activities and socializing with the option for kids to do a craft or play games.
Board Game Meetup
Play board games! Come for some or all of the time. Learn to play something new or bring a game you would like to play. Multiple tables are set up and you can pick between several different options depending on what type of game you enjoy. For teens and adults. Tweens are welcome so long as they are accompanied by an adult. Teens may attend without an adults. (Currently on pause due to Covid-19.)