SCHEDULE OF PRIDE VERMONT
here for a full list of PRIDE EVENTS.
Wednesday, September 9th
7:00 PM Gender PRIDE Speaker Event, Contois Auditorium, Burlington
City Hall. Noted author and activist, Julia Serano, will be the
keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Gender Pride Speaker Event,
Wednesday evening, 7:00 pm, September 9th at Contois Auditorium
in downtown Burlington. Ms. Serano has been described as a true
"Renaissance" woman and received critical acclaim for
her outspoken voice and leadership in Feminist and Trans activism.
Both of her books, Whipping Girl and Excluded,
are widely included in undergraduate and graduate gender studies
programs across the country. She is very popular on the talk
and interview circuit.
Seranos address, Making Transgender Activism More
Inclusive, will introduce her holistic vision of gender
and sexuality, challenging sexism and marginalization, while
promoting inclusion in a universal activist cause. She will be
joined on stage by a young speaker from Outright Vermont who
will address issues related to transgender youth. Both speakers
will address questions after their talks.
Admission is free, although a $5-10 donation is suggested. Doors
open at 6:45 pm, the event will start promptly at 7:00 pm. The
annual Gender Pride Speaker Event is sponsored by the Transgender
Community Program at Pride Center of Vermont as part of Pride
Thursday, September 10th
7:00 PM Interfaith Service, First Congregational Church of
Essex Junction, 39 Main Street, Essex Junction. The First Congregational
Church of Essex Junction, United Church of Christ is honored
to host the 4th Annual Vermont Interfaith Pride Service at 7:00
p.m. on Thursday, September 10th. Join us for a time of worship,
music, prayer, and faith. Participants and elements from numerous
faith traditions will be present. In light of the historic ruling
by the Supreme Court acknowledging the right and dignity of all
to marry whom they love, let us celebrate the Divine moving in
our world in this time. LGBTQ peoples and allies from all faith
traditions or none are invited and welcome. First Congregational
is located at 39 Main St, Essex Junction, and can be reached
For more information, please contact The Rev. Stannard Baker
by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 12th
1:00-5:00 PM The Women's Afternoon Dance at Red Square, 136
Church Street, Burlington Celebrate Pride with DJ Craig Mitchell
spinning the best of the 80's, 90's and today! Indoor and outdoor
dancing (weather permitting.) Free admission. Cash bar. Food
(18+). For more information, check out the Facebook page at:
5:30 PM Vermont Premiere of the documentary film State
of Marriage. The inspirational story of how Vermont attorneys
Beth Robinson and Susan Murray formed Vermont Freedom to Marry,
partnered with legal pioneer Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian
Advocates, and Defenders (GLAD), and led a determined group of
activists in a two-decade long struggle for marriage equality
in Vermont that built the foundation for the entire national
movement. Despite fierce opposition, Vermont became the first
state to grant same sex couples legal recognition through a groundbreaking
1999 State Supreme Court decision, Civil Unions in 2000, and
in 2009 became the first state to legalize marriage equality
by legislative vote. The screening includes a reception and panel
discussion. Admission is $25. Reserve tickets at bit.ly/StateOfMarriageVT.
Sunday, September 13th
12:00 5:00 PM Northern Decadence Food & Travel
Expo, Battery Park. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association
(VGTA), the 5th Annual Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo
will take place during the PRIDE Vermont festival. This
is a festival within a festival, said Willie Docto, President
of the VGTA. Northern Decadence will showcase LGBT-friendly businesses
from across Vermont and include food and drink samples, including
beer from the world-renowned Alchemist Brewery, plus a silent
auction. Vermonts is definitely the tastiest PRIDE
festival in the country, Docto added. Tickets are $5 for
adults; children 12 and under are free. Some alcoholic samples
may have additional fees. For more information, visit www.northerndecadence.com.
12:45 PM PRIDE Parade, Church Street, Burlington. The PRIDE
Vermont Parade will start at the bottom of Church Street and
continues to the Festival site at Battery Park. With students,
families, and early foliage tourists in town, another record-breaking
turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers,
and marchers of all kinds.
1:00 5:00 PM PRIDE Festival, Battery Park. The festival
will include music and entertainment by local performers, the
aerial performance group Fierce Circus and special guests the
curvy girl group The Glamz from New York City.
Join us at the Gender Fun Tent. Be Gender Proud, Show Your
Colors! From button-making to arts & crafts, create your
own personal statement. Contribute to our community mural, Gender
, which will be displayed in the tent. Stop by
our resource table for general information and handouts, as well
as an opportunity to learn about transgender activism. Visit
with our invited professionals to ask questions and get answers
on gender diversity. Participate in fun and low key Lawn Gaymes
or relax in the reading nook with a good book from our onsite
library. Gender Fun Tent is sponsored by the Transgender Community
Program of Pride Center of Vermont. For more information about
the Transgender Community Program, email trans@PRIDEcentervt.org.
The festival also includes exhibitors, family and youth activities,
games, and community resources.
Randy Violette, Chair of the PRIDE Vermont Committee said,
Our PRIDE festival continues to grow and attract people
from everywhere. Were truly becoming a regional PRIDE event.
I invite everyone from Vermont and throughout New England, New
York and Quebec to celebrate with us.
Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to participate
in any of the PRIDE Vermont events. For more information on being
a vendor, sponsor, or parade participant email PRIDEinfo@PRIDEvermont.com
or go to www.PRIDEvermont.com.
PRIDE Vermont is the statewide PRIDE festival for Vermonts
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally
community. Equality-minded Vermonters gather to celebrate our
state for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces
all of lifes colors. We take PRIDE in Vermonts progress
towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer
in Vermont is something worth celebrating.