Connecticut Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunities (CLARO), is dedicated to educate and promote equality for the LGBTQ+ community to achieve rights, address homophobia, and discrimination. We accomplish these goals by mobilizing our community and partner agencies on issues like marriage equality, parental rights, anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexual education, adoption, and HIV/AIDS.

LGBTQ+ Population In Connecticut

Charlie Ortiz
Charlie OrtizExecutive Director
Pedro Segarra
Pedro SegarraBoard Chair
Secretary, Dr. Julio Morales, Jr.
Secretary, Dr. Julio Morales, Jr.Board Secretary

Our Story...

In 2003, at the request of Anne Stanback, Executive Director of Love Makes a Family, Dr. Julio Morales, Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, organized Latinas and Latinos for Marriage Equality. This was an ad hoc group of heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Latinos who believed that the freedom to marry the person of one's choice was a fundamental right of every American citizen.

In May 2004 Latinas and Latinos for Marriage Equality were disbanded and CLARO was born. Since then, CLARO volunteers and members have been involved in policy, education, and advocacy in addition to, sponsoring plays; participating in Gay Pride events, holding fundraisers, social functions, and its annual Rainbow Ball that was begun in 2009.

CLARO is now planning a conference called D'eso No Se Habla, translated as "One Does Not Speak About That" to be held in 2015 that will bring together LGBT Latino individuals and families in efforts to address cultural and linguistic issues relating to homophobia, to support Latino/families that are proud of their LGBTQI members and to help LGBTQ+ families and individuals.

Our Pilot Community Assessment

The design and implementation of a pilot community assessment to further understand the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of Latina/os around issues of homosexuality is part of a long-term strategic plan of CLARO to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the Latina/o community and to achieve social justice and human rights goals for the LGBTQI community.

The main objectives of the pilot community assessment are to begin to understand Latina/o’s knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of the LGBT community and to use the initial information to further develop other research, educational and outreach tools and activities to achieve the goals and mission of CLARO.

This pilot assessment was made possible with the support of the CLARO Board, CLARO members, and a small grant from the Haymarket Foundation. Download the report here!