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Bellows Falls Pride
 

"The Gay Experiment in rural Vermont"  

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2/21/24 - Statement regarding Nex Benedict

Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Oklahoma issued the following joint statement: “We are gravely heartbroken to learn about the death of 16-yr-old student, Nex Benedict… The assault on Nex is an inevitable result of the hateful rhetoric and discriminatory legislation targeting Oklahoma trans youth. We challenged Oklahoma’s law requiring schools to discriminate against students like Nex because we believe every student should have the safe and affirming environment they need to thrive, and policies that put transgender students in danger make schools unsafe places for all students.” “We are deeply troubled by reports the school failed to respond appropriately to the altercation that preceded Nex’s death and demand a thorough, open investigation into the matter. We will never stop fighting for 2SLGBTQ+ people across Oklahoma and the country until every state is a safe place to raise every family.”

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Outright Youth Priorities for Solidarity

From Outright Vermont Executive Director, Dana Kaplan (edited for length) Last week, members of the Legislature’s Rainbow Caucus and allies issued a statement that rightly identified the current climate of anti-LGBTQ+ hate as an assault not just on the community, but on the very values that define us as Vermonters: love, safety, and inclusion. Their recognition of the anti-LGBTQ+ movements threatening Vermont underscores a commitment to fight against queer and trans antagonism and advance equality, respect, and justice. In Vermont, the need for such affirmation is acute. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2021 data paints a troubling picture of the realities faced by LGBTQ+ youth in our state. Our new brief, “Critical Stats: Vermont’s LGBTQ+ Youth,” shows higher rates of bullying, depression, and feelings of isolation than their heterosexual peers. And, today, there are over 400 anti-LGBTQ+ pieces of legislation in the U.S., many targeting LGBTQ+ youth and their right to safely access basic necessities like healthcare, school bathrooms, and sports. Outright concurrently held conversations with Vermont youth leaders to ask for their priorities and demands. The resulting document, 2023 Demands for Queer and Trans Youth Autonomy, represents a collective vision for a world where ALL queer and trans youth have autonomy. An area of focus includes needed improvements in our schools, cited below. This is why we are calling for an increase in the state’s education budget to support LGBTQ+ youth. https://outrightvt.org/.../Queer-Youth-Assemble-Demands.pdf Demands for Schools: • We call for the end to outing and ask for teachers, parents, and peers to maintain confidentiality in regards to others’ gender, sexuality, and other aspects of our identities. • We call for school faculty and staff to undergo mandated LGBTQ+ specific diversity, equity, and inclusion training. • Schools should create and follow a clear plan for trans students to use chosen names in place of legal names (unless specifically instructed otherwise by the student). • Designate funding for at least one clearly designated and functioning gender-neutral bathroom at all times, and transition to single-stall and multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms. • Teach LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and disabled history as part of existing history classes and Make LGBTQ+ History, BIPOC, and African American History electives accessible for students who want to learn about these communities. • Require the teaching of LGBTQ+ inclusive sex-ed as a part of sex-ed courses/curriculums. Sex-Ed should be comprehensive, culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, trauma and consent informed, medically accurate, and inclusive of intersex and disabled experiences. • Remove dress codes that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, nativist, xenophobic, mentalist/sanist, or classist. • Collect, analyze, and publicize Youth Risk Behavior Survey data from the CDC regarding LGBTQ+ students, including gender identity and expression. We urge you to email your legislator to let them know that you want to see increased funding in the education budget to support LGBTQ+ youth. https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

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"enjoy what you are!"

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Since the 1970s Bellows Falls has been a home for the LGBTQIA+ community, with the historic Andrews Inn, the first Gay bar in the state of Vermont.  A lot has changed since than, but remains the same is Pride in the area and Pride in the people living here.  Join us for community activities throughout the year!

Pride Banner hangs across the Square June 2023
Birdcage
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1st night of the Bellows Falls Pride Film Festival

The Bird Cage (1996)

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Wednesday June 5
Time: 7 pm
Price: $6.00


The Opera House

7 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

Sponsored by Bellows Falls Pride

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whistlestop tour 2024

2nd annual Pride Whistlestop Tour
Saturday June 8th

9:15a Departs St. Albans, VT (SAB) 

9:44a - Essex Junction, VT  (ESX) 

10:10a - Waterbury-Stowe, VT (WAB) 

10:25a - Montpelier-Berlin, VT (MPR) 

10:59a - Randolph, VT (RPH) 

11:35a - White River Jct, VT (WRJ) 

11:56a - Windsor VT (WNM) 

12:06p - Claremont, NH (CLA) 

12:30p - Bellows Falls, VT (BLF) 

1:02p - Brattleboro, VT (BRA) 

(click on blue for link to local orgs near the station)

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Show up for Pride on Saturday, June 8 for the 2nd annual Pride Whistlestop Tour as the Amtrak Vermonter travels from St. Albans south to Brattleboro!  Demonstrate unity and community to those traveling through Vermont as an LGBTQIA+ individual, organization or ally by gathering at your local train station while the train passes by. We'll gather at the station (not riding the train).

 

Our Whistlestop Tour will be listed on the Amtrak calendar of events!  Make this celebration your own and specific to your favorite station.  How will you share your LGBTQIA+ beauty and love?  Here’s some ideas!

 

-Bring your LGBTQ rainbow flags, trans flags, bi flags, Pride flags and wave them proudly.

-Decorate the station with bunting, streamers or (non-mylar) balloons.

-Wear your most Pride celebratory clothing, dress in drag, family friendly gear

-Invite your friends and family

-Blow bubbles

-Throw an impromptu dance party

-puppets 

-Does your town have a amazing local lore you can dress up as? (We’re looking at you Connecticut River Monster of White River Junction)

IMPORTANT:  Arrive at your location train station ahead of the train to gather and/or decorate.  On the day, check Amtrak.com for the Vermonter train 55 for any delays or updates.  Please be mindful of space. Don’t block entrances/exits and wheelchair areas of station.  If putting up decorations do not put on areas of hand rails that would impede use.  Some train stations are also working establishments, if so, please ask permission to decorate, explain it would only be for a few minutes and be courteous. 

Amtrak’s Vermonter train service sees over 75,000 visitors a year.  The LGBTQIA+ community knows how important it is to foster safety and equality.  Being able to travel and explore can mirror one’s ability to learn about themselves and their place in community. Show Your Pride on Saturday June 8 and make the Pride Whistlestop Tour an unforgettable experience!  

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Other events happening June 8th along and near the route (make a day of it!)

- St. Albans, VT  - St. Albans Pride  

- Montpelier-Berlin, VT - Barre Pride Fest

- Claremont, NH - Train Station & Pride House Hang Out

- Brattleboro, VT - Out in the Open Family Picnic

Philadelphia
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2nd night of the Bellows Falls Pride Film Festival

Philadelphia (1993)

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Thursday June 13th
Time: 7 pm
Price: $6.00


The Opera House

7 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

Sponsored by Windham Antiques

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3rd night of the Bellows Falls Pride Film Festival

To Wong Foo (1995)

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Wednesday June 19
Time: 7 pm
Price: $6.00


The Opera House

7 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

Sponsored by Wunderbar

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Coming of Age with Grace and Grit

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in collaboration with Senior Solutions

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Thursday June 20
The Opera House

7 the Square
Bellows Falls

free (ticket required)
 

Special presentation by author and blogger,
Mark S. King.  His latest book, My Fabulous Disease, will be available for purchase in the lobby through

Village Square Booksellers following the event. 

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4th night of the Bellows Falls Pride Film Festival

Hairspray (1988)

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Wednesday June 26
Time: 7 pm
Price: $6.00


The Opera House

7 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

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Sponsored by LGBT National Help Center

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Christmas Lights
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Andrews Inn Disco Dance Party

Saturday June 29

Ciao Popolo

36 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

Close out PRIDE with some disco!

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