Connecticut Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunities (CLARO), the parent organization of Hartford Pride and Out In CT, celebrates LGBTQ+ pride every day by educating and promoting equality for the LGBTQ+ community. According to the CLARO website, the LGBTQ+ community in Connecticut is 111,000 people strong.
MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price spoke with CLARO Marketing Director Jalmar DeDios about how CLARO Inc was formed and how the organization supports all people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
“CLARO is open to everybody and we don’t charge membership dues. We welcome all types of people and we actively try to recruit members for our community and our Board from every race, gender, and orientation,” explains Jalmar.
“We’re always looking for allies, too. So, you don’t have to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc. to be a CLARO member,” he adds.
“We encourage people who are not LGBTQ+ but who are allies to join because we think that’s going to expand our reach and our ability to get more people involved and aware of our mission, which has always been our goal.”