LGBTQ

Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist introduces herself to a prospective voter in Barre last month.
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Many Vermonters say Christine Hallquist’s victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is already building visibility for the transgender community.

Michael Bensel took over as executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont on Aug. 1. He's also one of the organization's founding board members.
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As of Aug. 1, the Pride Center of Vermont has a new executive director. Michael Bensel took over as head of the organization, which advocates for LGBTQ Vermonters.

A group of Democratic senators have introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the U.S. census and the country's largest survey to start directly asking about sexual orientation and gender identity.

If the Census Equality Act becomes law, sexual orientation and gender identity questions would have to be added to forms for the census by 2030 and for the American Community Survey — a survey that about 1 in 38 households are required by federal law to complete every year — by 2020.

Before it was invented in a Vermont legislative committee room in the spring of 2000, the concept of Civil unions didn’t exist anywhere in the world.

Rex Butt is the interim executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont.
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After just five months on the job at the Pride Center of Vermont, executive director Susan Hartman abruptly stepped down in early October.

Volunteer and board member Rex Butt has stepped in to lead the organization in the interim, and he said turmoil within the local LGBTQ community contributed to Hartman's swift departure.

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.

Last year, the Vermont Agency of Education released its "Best Practices for Schools Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students." The agency recently reissued those guidelines after President Trump rescinded an Obama order compelling public schools to let students use restrooms that conform to their gender identity, not their biological sex.

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On Monday night, supporters of the LGBTQ community held vigils around the state and across the country to pay respect to victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. In Burlington, officials estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 people turned out for the march down Church Street and a vigil held in City Hall Park.

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The deadly shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday morning have rattled the nation, including the Vermont community. We want to create a space for listeners to connect with each other and we will be joined by multiple guests to help facilitate that discussion.

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The film Boy Meets Girl is in some ways a very traditional “Will they, won’t they?” love story, but also works to break the stereotype of what love looks like in 2015.

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.