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2024 events: 

-Sunday, March 17th

St. Patrick's Oh-So-Gay Brunch

11 am - 1 pm

@ Ciao Popolo

Fun, friends, and show tunes!

just past:

-Sunday, February 18th

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

11 am - 1 pm 

Flat Iron Coop

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-Saturday February 24th 

"Queen of Hearts Drag Ball"

@ the Moose Lodge

Doors: 8 pm - Show 9 pm

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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"A good place to let down your hair"

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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
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St. Patrick's Oh-So-Gay Brunch

Join Bellows Falls Pride for
SHOW TUNES around the piano with guest Robin Lloyd and Zack Danziger, and reminisce about the o' glory days of the the Andrews Inn.

No admission
Order from the menu

Whether you're Irish or not, gather with the LGBTQ+ community and allies!

March 17 in the
(Andrews Inn Lounge)

11am - 1 pm 

Ciao Popolo
36 the Square
Bellows Falls


 

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Sunday February 18th
11 am - 1 pm 
@ the Flat Iron Coop
51 Square Bellows Falls

You're invited to join the party.

All ages

Come as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character for a chance to win some prizes!

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The Queens are coming!

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The Queens are coming!

 

Join Drag Queens Extraordinaire Anita Cocktail, host Rhedd Rhum, Rita Cocktail, Moxxie Hart and Jack Rose, Mikey Flex and Ivanna Cocktail!

 

Come DRESS TO IMPRESS in your favorite Alice in Wonderland character, the best Queen of Hearts finery wins a prize!

 

Attendees will have the chance to win two Orchestra seats to see the Season Six Winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland Vermont on March 4, 2024.  The NY Times named Del Rio the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World” given her reputation of being fierce, funny and fabulous.  https://www.paramountvt.org/event/bianca-del-rio/

Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

Tickets: $20 and be purchased in advanced on the Rockingham Arts and Museum website: www.ramp-vt.org

(click on donate, choose Other-and indicate Drag Show in Note Line)

Feb 24th
SHOW is for 18+
Tickets: $20
Doors: 8 pm
Show: 9 pm
Moose Lodge
59 Westminster Street

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