About Pride

2012-09-22 northern decadenceEnjoy all of the events at Pride Vermont 2016!

The Vermont Pride Festival and Parade will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. A parade down Church Street will start at 12:30pm, with festival in Battery Park from 1pm-5pm. Events will be hosted throughout the month of September as well. Stay tuned for further information!

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Pride Committee

  • josieheadshotJosie Leavitt is thrilled to be Co-Chairing the Pride Festival and to give back to the LGBTQ community. Josie has co-owned the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne for nineteen years. Performing and teaching and stand up have long been passions for her. She has been named Best Comic in Vermont by Seven Days three times and has won a Moth Storytelling Slam. Currently, she is teaching humor writing and comedy at Champlain College and CCV. She also blogs for the Publishers Weekly column Shelftalker. When she's not working, performing or writing she can be found at the dog park with her spirited dog, Allie, who often comes to the Center for meetings.
  • Bio to come
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  • kimfountainPronouns: she/her
    Kim has spent nearly twenty years working in the LGBTQ movement. In her various roles, she has taken to the streets in protest with other queer activists; provided direct services to LGBTQ survivors of violence; successfully advocated with government agencies for LGBTQ full inclusion; worked on LGBTQ legislative campaigns; has been published in academic journals and community based reports on LGBTQ community building and issues of violence; and helped to represent LGBTQ concerns on numerous government and community based task forces and committees. Kim is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on issues of violence within and against the LGBTQ communities.
  • 10614208 926064930740506 7557720199427783727 nGavin R. Santacross is a native Vermonter from the Southwestern corner of the State where they don't know what cremees are. He first came to Burlington in 2011 to study at the University of Vermont where he graduated with a double degree in Geography and German. During his time at UVM, he was an officer for the student-run LGBTQA group, Free2Be, taught German night courses at CVU, and served on the UVM College of Arts & Science Strategic Planning Student Experience. Since graduating in 2014, Gavin has been teaching German at BFA St. Albans. Feeling disconnected from LGBTQ people upon entering the "real world", Gavin wanted to join the Board to support and connect with the Vermont LGBTQ community. Just recently, he went down to Provincetown to do outreach for HIV and STD testing whereby engaging in sex positive conversations and to discuss the drug PrEP. When Gavin is not busy grading or creating curriculum, he enjoys running, hiking, fishing, cooking, playing soccer, traveling, and getting together with family and friends.
  • williedoctoPronouns: he/him
    Willie Docto has been an advocate for LGBT causes for over 25 years.  Before moving to Vermont in 1996 he lived in Washington, DC where he was president of the gay social group Asians & Friends Washington, creating a network with other similar groups throughout the U.S.  He was also a board member of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Washington, and participated in major Gay rights marches in the capital city.  Willie is Founder and President of the Vermont Gay Tourism Association and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council – becoming the first out LGBT council member to represent the LGBT tourism sector.  Willie lives with his husband, Greg Trulson, in Duxbury where they own the Moose Meadow Lodge and Treehouse B&B.
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  • laurapicLaura, Pride Parade and Gender Fun events coordinator
    Preferred pronouns: they/them & she/her 
    Laura is a native Vermonter who grew up training and riding horses in central VT, has studied in Colorado, and worked in public health, mental health, and social service fields. They are now a graduating senior at UVM studying anthropology and gender & sexuality identities. Laura looks forward to a career of working with people and staying active and involved in Vermont’s awesome queer community.
    Laura shows Pride by:
    Organizing queer events in Burlington
    Being a peaceful gender warrior
    Creating awesome safe spaces
    Studying queer history, politics, and activism



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