Gay Rights

Susan Hartman at the VPR Studios in Colchester
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One of the state's leading advocacy organizations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community has new leadership: Susan Hartman is executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont as of May 1.

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Many communities are concerned that the Trump administration could have a negative impact on their lives. Among them are people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, people whose rights have only recently been codified.

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It's a time of increased visibility for transgender Americans, in popular culture and beyond - from Caitlyn Jenner to Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black." And the LGBTQ community is celebrating a big victory, as the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage the law of the land throughout the country. At the same time, transgender people across America still face huge challenges and risks. At this time of change, we're talking about the issues transgender people face here in Vermont.

LGBTQ In VT

Nov 18, 2014
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A new study from the Human Rights Campaign rates cities around the country for LGBT equality. They looked at things like non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition and municipality employment policies. Burlington rates pretty highly, as you might imagine, but other towns in Vermont do not fare so well.

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The Winter Olympics in Russia generated a lot of political debate in the months leading up to the Games. Among the criticism of Russia is a law that targets and suppresses expressions of gay pride.

That’s the focus of a recent article by Dartmouth College professor Jeff Sharlet. His story, "Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia," appears in this month’s GQ magazine.