New London: “Call it Provincetown on the Thames”
The Hartford Courant has a long front page piece in its Sunday edition (Aug. 18) promoting the strategy of New London’s openly gay mayor to turn New London into “Provincetown on the Thames”:
For a time, the pitch to remake New London revolved around visions of upscale condos, a five-star hotel and an influx of tourists, with the goal of creating a smaller, scrappier version of Newport, R.I. But that image fizzled, and now this coastal city is embarking on a new revitalization strategy, one that is built on drag brunches, gay bars and pride celebrations.
New London’s gay population is “more than 3,000,” reports The Courant, and is now reveling in such events as “Ocean Beach Gay Day” and “the crowning of Miss Trans New England”. Buried deep in The Courant’s story is the acknowledgement that “a few gay pride events will [not] be enough” to turn the city around, in other words, that the main point of the article is bunk.
But criticizing this story (or noting that The Courant will probably not give the same attention to, say, Faith and Family Day at the Rock Cats) is to avoid a deeper problem.
That deeper problem is this: There are no pro-family cultural festivals in Connecticut similar to the pro same-sex “marriage” ones frequently promoted by The Courant. True, there are Catholic and Evangelical Christian events throughout the year, but nothing intentionally concentrated for a period of time in one place like the events reported on by The Courant. And, as much as I enjoy the Rock Cats, the Christian-themed events that do occur are usually of a different kind than those described by The Courant.
Where are the Christian film festivals in Connecticut? The book fairs? The lecture series? Where are our own writers and artists and filmmakers?
These are questions we in Connecticut’s pro-family movement should be thinking about…and trying to answer.