Tomorrow — Friday, April 6 — Truth Wins Out will be joining Vermont Freedom to Marry, RU12? Community Center, Outright Vermont, Vermont CARES, and members of the state’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) communities in the 17th annual Leadership Day at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. We are gathering to meet lawmakers, network, and discuss legislative priorities.
Even in a state as pro-equality as Vermont, it’s critically important for LGBTQA people to be visible, vocal, and positively engaged in the political process. After all, none of the civil rights laws and protections— trans-inclusive nondiscrimination laws, marriage equality, etc. — would have happened without organized and sustained leadership from Vermont’s LGBTQA community. And since there’s still more work to be done on issues like bullying and transgender health care, it’s vitally important for us to show up and be seen and heard! If you’re an LGBTQA Vermonter, we hope you’ll consider joining us in Montpelier tomorrow. If you’re unable to attend the entire event, come for as long as you can. Tomorrow’s schedule is below:
7:45AM – 9:15AM: Breakfast in the Statehouse cafeteria
8:45AM: Framing the day – conversations with Vermont’s LGBTQA organizations
9:15AM: Introduction on the House floor. Morning devotional by Rev. Emily Heath of the West Dover Congregational Church
9:45AM – 11:00AM: Discussion and Mingling with LGBTQA Statehouse regulars in Room 11. Meet and greet fellow Leadership Day participants; Q&A with LGBTQA legislators, Statehouse workers, and Statehouse regulars
11:00AM: Meet with Governor Peter Shumlin in the Ceremonial Office
11:30AM-12:45PM: Meet and greet with legislators in the cafeteria
1:00PM: A light luncheon for participants hosted by Vermont CARES in their new Montpelier offices at 58 East State Street
Vermont LGBTQ leaders, including TWO Director of Communications & Development John Becker and Executive Director Wayne Besen, will be available for comment during the mid-morning meet and greet in Room 11 on the first floor of the Statehouse.
There is also another important event happening in Montpelier tomorrow: an opportunity to visit the Vermont Supreme Court, learn about the court process, and talk with Justice Beth Robinson, the first openly LGBT judge on the Vermont Supreme Court. The event includes a tour of the court and a mock trial conducted by youth but open to the public. A question and answer session with Justice Robinson will follow. Participants will gather in the Supreme Court lobby, on the second floor of the Supreme Court building, at 12:45 and the mock trial will begin at 1:00. The Supreme Court is located in the gray building on the green next to and slightly in front of the Statehouse.