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Nominate a 2019 Pride Vermont Grand Marshal
2019’s Pride Theme is “Proud Legacy, Powerful Future: 50 Years of Persistence” and we are seeking two grand marshals who represent that theme well. We’re looking for nominees from the community of persons who reflect that theme. Someone who has fought in Vermont for LGBTQ rights over the past five decades and someone who is proving to be the future of such persistence and queer activism. The nomination round is open April 25th through July 15th. The Pride Committee will review submissions and decide on the Grand Marshals, to be announced publicly after July 23rd.
2018 Grand Marshals
Beverly Little Thunder
Beverly Little Thunder is a member of the Standing Rock band of the Lakota, a reservation in North Dakota. A Two Spirit mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a lifelong activist, Beverly was involved in the American Indian Movement in 1973 through 1985, and has fought for racial and social justice and human rights.
An original participant in the first Two Spirit gathering in 1988, held in Minneapolis Minnesota, she the helped in the planning of future gatherings in the United States and Canada. Turned away from her people in 1986 when she came out, she has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ2IA visibility and respect. She believes that she nor anyone else should have to give up their spirituality for their sexuality.
For the last 30 years she has led an all women’s Sundance ceremony. Women of all nationalities, tribes, and sexual identities gather together for a week to pray for the people, the environment and for our future generations. She and her partner of 20 years, Pam Alexander, purchased land in Vermont, that will be placed in trust to ensure a permanent home for this ceremony.
A published author of her memoir “One Bead at a Time” she was also a contributor to the 1995 “Two Spirit People”. She is a frequent speaker at Universities across this continent. She also enjoys speaking to children in elementary through High School to assist in dispelling myths about Native American history that are still being taught in our schools today. As a current board member for the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington Vermont, she continues to work toward racial and social justice in the state of Vermont and her community.
David Frye (he/him) identifies as a person with a disability and a person in the gay community who wants to create positive change not only for him, but for those who are GLBTQIA both locally and nationally. Ten years ago, after attending a national conference and participating in a relationship workshop that failed to meaningfully include or mention GLBTQIA individuals with disabilities, David returned to Vermont and founded the GLBQTIA Disability Network with the Pride Center of Vermont. Since then, David’s message has been consistent: that people with disabilities deserve to feel good in their own skin, to be loved by whoever they wish, and to be themselves while being proud of and accepted for who they are. When community members see David as their grand marshal this year, he hopes it signals to them how far he has come in his own journey for self-acceptance and empowerment and that his visibility as a GLBTQIA activist with a disability inspires others who are struggling with their identity to move closer to communities of love and acceptance.
Countdown to 2019 Pride Vermont Parade & Festival
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