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True Colors 27th Annual Conference
May 22 - May 23
Our oldest and most well-known program, the True Colors annual conference began as a field work project for our founder and current Executive Director in 1994 and is now the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ+ youth issues conference in the nation. More than 3,500 youth, educators, social workers, clinicians, family members and clergy participate in more than 250 workshops, films, activities and events over the course of the 2 or 3-day event. School groups participate from more than half of the communities in CT, from across the Northeast and nationally.
TRUE COLORS CONFERENCE MISSION STATEMENT:
To improve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ youth in school, at home, within the social service system and in the community by creating a forum through which LGBTQ youth and their allies may develop the skills and strategies necessary to: Educate themselves and others about the issues facing LGBTQ youth; and Advocate for positive change at a variety of levels, from personal to policy.
- To enhance the leadership skills of participants so that they may develop the tools and skills necessary to advocate for themselves and others
- To assist participants in understanding the interconnection of ‘isms’ associated with race, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation and other ‘isms’
- To provide participants with a safe and nurturing environment for learning, networking and personal growth