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Ring of Keys Gives Back at Pride Island
As you may remember from our June newsletter, Ring of Keys received a $1,000 Community Grant from NYC Pride | Stonewall 50. 

  Ring of Keys Members and allies gathered over Pride weekend at Pride Island to fulfill the requirements of our working grant. It was a sweaty and celebratory day of ringing in Pride! Ring of Keys will be using the grant to further our mission of Queering the Stage through additional programming. 
NEW WEBSITE:
Under Construction!
Please remain patient as we work toward the launch of our new website at Ring of Keys dot org. While it is currently still under construction, look out for a launch toward the end of the summer / early fall. The new site will include new Directory functionality to make hiring Keys a more robust and accessible process!
NYC:
FINDING BEAUTIFUL at NYMF
Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 pm
 
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KEY SPOTLIGHT:

Caitlin Kinnunen

Caitlin Kinnunen (she/her) is a Tony-nominated actress for her work as Emma in The Prom. She made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening at the age of 16, and has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, on the First National Tour of Next to Normal, and in numerous film and television projects including; The Intern, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Sweet Little Lies, Younger, American Vandal, The Knick, and Law & Order: SVU.

Ring of Keys co-founder, Andrea Prestinario, recently interviewed Caitlin (a new Key!) about coming out, The Prom, and being a Key.

A year ago, we were opening Fun Home in Weston, Vermont; today, you're a Tony-nominated actress starring in The Prom on Broadway as Emma. But that's not all that has changed. Over the course of the last year, you've been on a journey with your sexuality, too, as you've shared publicly on instagram. How has The Prom motivated or inspired your sexuality journey toward discovering your queerness?

I’ve always tried to be an open book. But playing Emma has pushed me even farther. She is so unabashedly herself. So it only felt right for me to speak out about my sexuality and be completely honest with people that it’s a fluid thing. This show has taught me so much about my own strength and courage.
Ring of Keys is all about queering the stage: seeing authentic representation onstage and off, and seeing new non-normative narratives of the LGBTQ+ community in musical theatre. The Prom very much fits under this umbrella. In what ways have you been able to leverage your position in both the broadway community and now queer community to support this mission?
The Prom, and this role specifically, have given me an amazing opportunity to use my voice for good. Our show is about acceptance and love. I get to share this story every night with LGBTQ+ individuals who don’t necessarily experience that day to day. I get to speak with them after the show and hear their stories. I also get to connect with people who maybe see things differently, and have open conversations with them about our views. I’ve been able to attend events and use my new following to fight for and speak out about our rights. Something that I feel so strongly about. I will continue to use my voice till the day I die. This show has been the vessel I needed to get that going. 

You're a newbie Key Member. Why did you want to be a Key?

I don’t want to hide. I want to be 100% me. I want people to see that. Becoming a key was a step in the journey of owning who I am, and standing alongside other brave individuals who want the same! We’re stronger together, so here I am. 

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