Pride Vermont

Parade & Festival

September 8, 2018 \\ Burlington, Vermont

Celebrating and supporting Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community of all ages, as well as educating and to serving as a bridge to create alliances with each other and with the greater community as a whole. 

Parade begins at 12:30 pm

The Pride Parade is a beloved institution here in Vermont and throughout the world. It began as an anniversary celebration of the Stonewall Riots but has evolved over time to encompass the many LGBTQ heroes, struggles, and victories since. Our parade begins at the south end of Church Street and ends at Battery Park where the festival is held.

Festival begins at 1:00 pm

The Pride Festival is one big party in Battery Park. It’s a place for the entire community – LGBTQ+ and ally – of all ages, races, and backgrounds to come together. Colorful, showstopping performers (Drag! Dance! Comedy! Poetry! Burlesque!) will be sure to entertain on stage while the park is filled with fabulous vendors with info and activities (and food!) for all. 

Get Involved

Volunteer with Pride
Pride Vermont is run by volunteers.  Awesome volunteers.  Lots of volunteers.  We need your help.

Sponsor Pride

Opportunities start at $100
Let the community know where you stand so the community can stand with you.

Our Stories | Our Lives

is the theme for a very special Pride Vermont. 2018 has been challenging and even downright scary for our communities. Claiming who were are,  where we’ve come from and where we’re going is the simple yet strong intention and spirit behind Pride Vermont 2018. 

We encourage all community members,  allies and families of all LGBTQ+ peoples to use the hashtag #OurStoriesOurLives to share the stories of their brave and amazing lives as the summer rolls on. Stay tuned for more announcements where your stories, your brave lives will be recognized,  respected and amplified. Let’s get loud and proud.   #OurStoriesOurLives 

 

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

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.

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