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
Beverly Little Thunder
Beverly Little Thunder is a member of the Standing Rock band of the Lakota, a reservation in North Dakota. A
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.
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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.
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