Connecticut Protects Transgender Students

Connecticut Protects Transgender Students

The day after President Donald Trump rescinded federal protections for transgender students in public schools, Governor Dannel P. Malloy strengthened Connecticut’s protection for these students.

Governor Malloy signed an executive order to protect Connecticut transgender students in public schools to use a public bathroom associated with their gender identity. “Discrimination of this kind is outrageous and has no place in our society,” Malloy said in a statement. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, the President’s regressive action must be rejected by all compassionate people, regardless of party affiliation.”

But several transgender students and advocates in Connecticut feel that even with state protections, they are worried and angry about Trump’s action.

Owen Schwartz, a Hebron, Connecticut teenager who is transgender, arrived home after Trump’s action and told his mother “Donald Trump hates me.” Schwartz said the president’s decision makes him feel less accepted, less respected and more fearful. “If the president doesn’t support who I am,” Owen said, “it’s kind of hard to go on with my daily life because it’s like the White House is against me. It’s a big deal.”

Robin McHaelen, Executive Director of True Colors, Inc., which provides support and services to LGBT students, said that transgender youth are among “the most vulnerable of the children that we serve” with the highest rates of suicide and the highest rates of “self-medication through substance abuse. For the federal government to send a message that they don’t matter is, in my opinion, absolutely unconscionable,” she said.

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You Deserve a Beautiful Smile

You Deserve a Beautiful Smile

If you have visited the Hartford page on Hayden’s List then you know that “You deserve a beautiful smile.”  East Cedar Dental Inc. and Dr. Aaron Farrokh have been a supportive part of Hayden’s List as one of the first companies to advertise with us.  They also have a perfect 10 review for being welcoming to the LGBTQ community.

We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Farrokh about his background, his passion for providing a beautiful smile, how East Cedar Dental Inc is a leader in helping to solve sleep apnea and the importance of Hayden’s List.

Dr. Farrokh knew from a young age that he wanted to work in healthcare and own his own business. His father was a primary care physician. Dr. Farrokh saw the long hours that his father worked and craved a different kind of lifestyle.  A friend in college brought dentistry to his attention. Dr. Farrokh shadowed a dentist and he liked the mix of healthcare, working with people and working with his hands.  When Dr. Farrokh was looking to set up his own practice in the Greater Hartford area, he took over an established practice in Newington and East Cedar Dental Inc. was born.

Dr. Farrokh stands by his slogan that “You deserve a beautiful smile.”  His favorite part of dentistry is the aesthetic and restorative procedures that improve people’s smiles.  Some of the most popular procedures at East Cedar Dental Inc are teeth whitening, crowns, bridges and veneers.

Dr. Farrokh has expanded into improving patient’s sleep.  East Cedar Dental has joined the twenty percent of dentists now fitting patients for the Hearst Appliance or oral appliance for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  Individuals with sleep apnea have a collapsing airway which leads to choking and gasping for breathe during sleep and therefore an interrupted sleep cycle. The medical treatment is a Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) machine. However fifty of people prescribed the PAP machine are intolerant.  Dr. Farrokh has begun providing the alternative OSA device. The OSA is custom fitted to the patient through measurements and impressions.  The OSA works by moving the lower jaw forward to open up the airway for continual airflow and uninterrupted sleep.

Patients are loving the OSA option for sleep apnea.  First, the patient can do a take home sleep study test instead of going to a lab.  A lab test costs around $1000 compared to the take home test cost of $150-200.  The take home test is much more comfortable than the lab test also.  The patient doesn’t need to be hooked up to a bunch of wires with the take home test.  Second, the OSA is more comfortable during sleep for the patient.  There is no noise, tubing, and easy to remove.  The patient’s partner is also not disturbed during sleep with the lack of noise.  The OSA is less cumbersome and can be easily packed for travelling. “Ergonomically it’s better” said Dr. Farrokh.

Dr. Farrokh learned about Hayden’s List when a patient put a positive review on the site.  “As a member of the LGBT community, I recommend Dr. Farrokh and his staff.  Dr. Farrokh is friendly and funny and an excellent dentist!” says the review.

Dr. Farrokh visited the site and wanted to be one of the first to advertise with us.  “People shouldn’t be discriminated against for their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation,” he says.  Dr. Farrokh wants EVERYONE to feel welcome when they visit East Cedar Dental Inc.

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New on “The List:” Middlesex Gastroenterology Associates – New Haven, CT

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Finding a doctor is never easy. This Middletown reviewer is making it a little easier for us all. Check out this glowing review.

“Going to a GI Doctor is not always the easiest or most comfortable doctor visits one likes to go to, especially when needing to be examined. What makes Dr. O’Connor stellar is his professional but personal demeanor in listening to you and…”

Read the full review in the Medical section of our New Haven page!

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New on “The List:” Zerios Old World Restaurant and Catering

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A Middletown reviewer gave us the scoop on a great restaurant and catering contact:

“They get to know their customers on a first name basis and on a personal level. They like to “know” their customers and do whatever it takes to ensure their customers are happy and enjoy the food. Hands down, one of the best places for a quick lunch or something more specific for a special occasion.”

Wanna go check them out for yourself? You can find this review in the Restaurants category of our Hartford page.

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New on “The List”: Priam Vineyards in the Hartford, CT area

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HL Co-Founder, Veronica, spent Sunday Funday with some friends and found the Priam Vineyards to be not only a wonderful venue, but extremely welcoming of everyone.

“The tasting and the wines were awesome! The owner is extremely LGBT friendly – many LGBT individuals and couples were there and he was welcoming and engaging with all. We had an awesome conversation about his work with Presidents Obama and the 3 R’s – Redneck, Racist and Republican. If you love wine and good conversation, you will have a fabulous time.”

Check out their page on Hayden’s List .

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Heyyy Hartford, CT!

Thank you Hartford for showing your pride and leaving reviews.  We’re officially out!

Here are some great reviews that came through from the community:

Business: Dr. Walter D. Fonfara
Location: 699 Norwich Road
Plainfield, CT 06374
Website: Walter

Overall Rating: 10

Dr. Fonfara and his staff are very friendly and want to know you as a person no matter who you are. They do not want to just want to fix your smile, they want to make you smile! Schedule an appointment now and tell Kristen hello!
Business: Blonde Ambition Hair Salon
Location: 1171 Farmington Avenue
Berlin, CT 06037

Overall Rating: 10

Alyson and her staff are AMAZING! They do not only want to beautify you, but they LOVE the LGBTQ Community. I have been going there for 4 years and I can talk about my personal and professional life to them. They like to get to know YOU as a person, not just a customer. I could not recommend another salon that is as LGBTQ friendly as them! I will travel no matter where I live to remain a customer.
Business: Milani Bakery
Northford, CT

Overall Rating: 10

Milani Bakery is a family-run small bakery which makes some of the best pastry in the New Haven area.  My partner and I go here for dessert for almost every family event and feel welcomed by Emilio, Marena, and their son Tullio who all work together.  They also cater and we have had wonderful italian classics from their kitchen.

Business: Planet Bark
Location: 37 Darcy Street
west hartford, CT 06110

Overall Rating: 10

Melissa and her partner run a wonderful business!  If you want doggie day care or an extended stay for your pet while on vacation, this is the place to go!  They treat your pet like royalty!  Our dogs LOVE going there!

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Help Your City Go Live

Help Your City Go Live

Hello Hayden’s Listers and Happy Monday!

Did you know that we have at least four cities in waiting?  “In waiting” as in debutantes awaiting to come out and join the ball!

We have reviews and just need a few more before we can make a coming out official for the following cities:

Kansas City, MO

Hartford, CT

Phoenix, AZ

Birmingham, AL

Does your city have pride?  Does it lack pride?  Have you had a good or bad experience lately in any of these communities?  We want to spread the word and allow Hayden’s List to be present in as many communities as possible.  Simply sharing your opinion on Hayden’s List might make a big difference in someone’s life.  It takes less than a minute of your time.  So, come on and help us “come out!”




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