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Northern Decadence Vermont
September 11, 2016, Noon - 5 PM
Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont

Taking Place at the Pride Vermont Festival


Click 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.

Serano’s 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 Vermont 2015.

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 at 802-878-5745.

For more information, please contact The Rev. Stannard Baker by email at:

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 welcome.
(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

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. “Vermont’s 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

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 Is…”, 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

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. We’re 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 or go to

PRIDE Vermont is the statewide PRIDE festival for Vermont’s 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 life’s colors. We take PRIDE in Vermont’s progress towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating.