The mission of Pride Vermont is to celebrate and support Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community of all ages, to educate and to act as a bridge to create alliances with each other and with the greater community as a whole. By sponsoring a yearly celebration including educational, social and artistic events, Pride Vermont raises awareness of the progress Vermont’s community has made toward equality and the challenges we still face.



The goal of the Pride Vermont celebration is to empower all of Vermont’s LGBTQ community by creating spaces, both separate and together, where all people can feel safe, accepted, and surrounded by their community. Events that celebrate any specific LGBTQ sub group are presented with the principle of “targeted but open,” and create a specific space but are not exclusionary on the basis of sex, gender, or gender presentation. Participants are invited to lend their expression to events they feel celebrates their identity. Pride Vermont seeks to empower and celebrate all of the state’s LBGTQ community. Please contact the Pride committee with ideas, concerns, or feedback to help us meet this goal.


BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall



Transgender Advocate & Model


Wednesday, September 10th, 7:00 PM
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall

Information: PrideVermont.com





June 25, 2014


Contact: genderpride@pridevermont.com


Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero To Speak in Burlington September 10th

BURLINGTON, Vt – PRIDE Vermont is presenting internationally renowned transgender advocate and model, Geena Rocero, during PRIDE week on September 10th at 7:00 pm, at Contois Auditorium (Burlington City Hall).  Geena will speak about her global work on gender rights issues. The event will include a question & answer session for the public to engage in the conversation.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcome.  More information is available atPrideVermont.com or email genderpride@pridevermont.com.


In her speaking presentations Geena raises awareness of transgender identity, and of the struggles the transgender people face. She bridges the transgender community to the audience through a message of how, like transgender people, everyone has barriers they need to overcome to confirm their true selves and live without shame. She delivers her own unique story, educates with dignity on transgender identity, and builds solidarity between communities.


Geena is founder of the nonprofit organization Gender Proud, which has 2 goals: domestically, to raise transgender visibility and start a new conversation about what it means to be trans.; globally, the organization’s goal is to push forward more progressive gender marker policy.


In March 2014, Geena came out as transgender at the TED Conference.  Geena’s talk marked the first time that TED has tackled transgender rights issues on the main stage.  Since TED, Geena has been featured in over 30 news articles, blog posts and TV interviews. A Glamour magazine feature will come out in mid-September, at the same time that Gender Proud will launch its global advocacy work in full.


Born to humble beginnings in Manila, Philippines, Geena always had big dreams. Growing up, she knew that she was different from her childhood friends. At a young age, she told her mom that her gender assignment at birth was different. 
At fifteen, a pageant manager approached her to join a beauty contest. This opportunity led her to the world of the TransWomen Beauty Pageant in the Philippines.  As a young teenager, she then became one of the most prominent figures in the trans beauty pageant world.


Geena immigrated to San Francisco in 2001, and moved to New York City in 2005 in order to pursue a modeling career. She was quickly represented by Next Models, one of the most prominent agencies in the world. 
Through her own experience into womanhood and working as a professional model, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community.


Geena is now working full-time on Gender Proud; the organization is dedicated to pushing for more progressive gender marker policy. Current global focus areas include Hong Kong, the Philippines and Brazil. To learn more, visitwww.genderproud.com.


PRIDE Vermont is Northern New England’s premier PRIDE festival.  The annual celebration of the LGBT community in Vermont takes place September 7-14, 2014in Burlington, Vt.  This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.


The week culminates with a parade and festival on Sunday, September 14th.  The parade begins at 12:45 pm beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding its way to the Festival site at Battery Park. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park band shell. There will be activity tents for family and youth, community resources, gender-focused activities, and vendors. The festival will also include the annual Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo, produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association.”


Geena Rocero’s appearance during PRIDE week is made possible by sponsors, including the Vermont Gay Tourism Association and Moose Meadow Lodge.


Stonewall Commemoration Friday 6/27

Stonewall Inn

PRIDE Vermont presents our Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service featuring inspiring speakers, music and fellowship. In addition to marking the Stonewall anniversary, this year, (in accordance with the theme for PRIDE Vermont 2014 – “Generations of Pride” ) we will hear about the lives of three different generations of LGBTQ Vermonters.

At the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

This event is free and open to all.

Please join us in marking this very special day in the history of the LGBTQ community!

Talking about My Generation

Hello there. My name is JD Fox and I am proud to be queer. I am especially proud to be living in Vermont with a framed marriage license bearing that state’s seal hanging on the wall. I never thought I’d live to see that day. Many of us didn’t, living and dying without seeing fruition of their pioneering efforts.

But that’s how it works, doesn’t it? Conventional wisdom has it that real change occurs only when the old generation dies off.

A generation liberated from concentration camps only to find themselves imprisoned again because being queer was against the law. A generation who fought for their country and ended up casualties of McCarthyism. A generation who got to see the American Psychological Association correct their views only to have their own view darkened by a strange plague…

There is, of course, much more with each generation having pivotal queer moments good and bad. But let’s skip ahead:

A generation of newly recognized civil unions and brutal debate that helped paved the way for a generation close to experiencing full marriage equality. I think that maybe a little V-shaped state had something to do with that…

The next generation will take it for granted that you can not only get married, but that you can be openly queer and serve in the military, play in the NFL, and be on a postage stamp. The generation after that will have even more opportunities as possibility turns into reality.

This year’s Vermont Pride celebrates Generations of Pride: the past generation that has helped make the impossible possible, the present generation that now advances with their heads held even higher, and a future generation full of promise.

We have many things in store for this year’s event. Some will be familiar, like Northern Decadence, a parade, and Out on Church Street. Some will be new, like a queer history booth to help instill generational pride in all of us. An expanded Gender Fun tent will be present, too, illuminating transgender issues in a lively, fun for the whole family way.

We also hope to make this Web site a living, breathing part of the event and will be adding content regularly, such as pictures, videos, and community voices. Here, too, we will note any important updates and keep you informed of different ways that you can get involved.

In the meantime, dust off that rainbow flag if it’s not already flying outside your house and stay tuned.

BURLY BEAR Presents: The Warehouse


7PM, Red Square, Burlington

Burly Bear is starting the summer season with a HOT HOT party organized as a tribute to one of the greatest House DJs ever, DJ Frankie Knuckles!! Frankie passed away last month, so we are picking up the torch and running with it from Burlington to Chicago and NYC!!!

DJs Craig Mitchell, Brian ‘Chia’ and Man Machine will be spinning for this Warehouse-style party! And dancers and prizes/gifts make this an official Burly Bear event! And this month we have the talented and ridiculously sexy dancer, Ryan M. Aruzza, giving us a performance!!!!!!!

A Pride VT Fundraiser!
$5 at the door!

Red Square won’t disappoint anyone with its drink specials and great crew!!


2014 Sponsorship Menu now available!

Become a sponsor of Pride Vermont and reap the benefits all year long! Choose to be a part of our annual celebration of equality in a variety of ways, all listed below. Your choice to sponsor Pride makes this celebration possible, and shows our community that you, your business, or your group cares about the LGBTQ community in Vermont!

The Pride Guide is a publication featuring the events around Pride Week and a schedule of social and cultural events surrounding Vermont’s LGBTQ community. Targeting residents and tourists who travel to Vermont for its welcoming community, this is the official guide to the premier fall Pride celebration in New England.

Download the Menu here:  2014 Sponsorship Menu (1)

PRIDE Vermont Announces 2014 September Festival Events


BURLINGTON, Vt – The PRIDE Vermont Committee announced its plans today for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 7-14, 2014 at in Burlington, Vt. This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.

The week-long celebration, Northern New England’s premier PRIDE, kicks off with a high heel race and will culminate with a parade on Church Street followed by the festival at Battery Park.

On Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 pm, the Annual High Heel Race on Church Street will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivities. The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels. Dressing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required. Extra shoes will be available to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site.

Beginning on Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th, diners and shoppers will enjoy discounted prices during Out On Church Street. Special medallions on bead necklaces will be available for $10 each, and will provide special discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores at the popular Church Street Marketplace.

Festivities on Saturday, September 13th continue with the annual Women’s Tea Dance in downtown Burlington in the afternoon, followed by the largest annual dance party of Pride at 8:30 pm at the Higher Ground in South Burlington. This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermont’s best DJs playing the hottest club music.

The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at 12:45 pm on Sunday, September 14th, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way 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. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include

music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.

Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA), the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the PRIDE Vermont festival at Battery Park on Sunday, September 14th, 12:00-5:00 pm. “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 wine samples, a silent auction, and the popular Decadent Cupcake Competition. “Vermont’s is the tastiest PRIDE festival in the country,” Docto added. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.northerndecadence.com.

Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:

Gender Fun Lawn Games and Activity Tent: Play lawn “gaymes,” make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.

Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.

Dancing on the Lawn with music by local DJs.

Randy Violette, Chair of the PRIDE Vermont Committee said, “With our Generations of PRIDE theme, we celebrate the coming of age of the LGBT community in Vermont and the equality we’ve achieved in the most beautiful state in the country. I invite everyone 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 http://www.pridevermont.com.

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.

Awesome FUNdraiser for Pride Vermont!

You are invited to attend a special event on April 3rd, 5-8 pm at Audi South Burlington as part of a national launch of the new 2015 A3 model. It will be a great time to support one of Vermont Gay Tourism Associaiton’s most active members and will give you a chance to socialize. 

They will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Pride Vermont. The prize is the use of an A3, dinner at Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and one night lodging at Moose Meadow Lodge. It should be a great evening. Hope to see you there. RSVP on their website: 


*Announcement* VT Pride 2014 Theme Contest Result


“Generations of Pride.” 
Celebrating all ages, generations, and the history of Pride over the years. 

Congratulations, Mike, for submitting the winning theme concept and taking home two free tickets to The Winter is a Sailors and Mermaids Drag Ball where the theme will be officially announced!

Support Important LGBTQ Causes in Vermont.

What LGBTQ organizations and causes do you think are most important to be supported in Vermont? Take this quick survey. At the end, you may vote for your favorite organization to receive a $250 grant! 

Top Results of Pride VT’s 2014 Theme Contest: VOTE NOW!

pink pride vtThank you all for your submissions to our Pride VT 2014 theme contest! There were so many wonderful ideas, we expanded the voting for the top 10 results. Click here to vote for one (or more) of your favorite themes!

The winner will be contacted and announced on February 11th, and will receive two tickets to Winter Is a Drag Ball (a $60 value!) Watch to see if YOUR choice wins, and it will be announced at the Winter Is a Drag Ball February 15th.


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