Truth Wins Out is proud to be sponsoring and excited to be participating in this weekend’s Pride Vermont festival in Burlington. If you’re in northern New England, come out and join us — it’s going to be a blast!

We’re looking forward to the full lineup of Pride events, but would like to extend a special invitation to the Truth Wins Out family to join us at these four events in particular:

  • VGSA Pride Cruise on Friday, September 21. Vermont Gay Social Alternatives (VGSA), Vermont’s premier LGBT social organization, hosts the annual Pride Cruise on Lake Champlain that is the official kickoff to Pride weekend. Join TWO’s John Becker and his husband, VGSA Director Michael Knaapen, for an evening filled with dancing and merrymaking featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment. The cruise, a highlight of Vermont’s Pride season since 1993, will be held on the Lake Champlain Ferry, which departs at 8:00 on Friday, September 21 from the King Street Docks in Burlington. Tickets can be purchased online at
  • Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, September 22. The Pride Parade will start at noon on Saturday, September 22, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way to the Pride Festival site at Battery Park. With students, families, and foliage tourists in town, a record-breaking turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers, and marchers of all kinds. The festival itself will last from 1:00-4:00 pm. and include music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.
  • NOH8 Campaign Open Photo Shoot on Saturday, September 22. Truth Wins Out is thrilled to be teaming up with Pride Vermont to bring the NOH8 Campaign to Vermont for the first time. The NOH8 Open Photo Shoot will be held from 1-4pm as part of the Pride Vermont festival. The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created as a response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of equal marriage rights. Hollywood-based celebrity photographer Adam Bouska photographs subjects wearing white, with a temporary “NOH8” tattoo on their cheeks and duct tape over their mouths. The duct tape symbolizes the way LGBT people around the world are silenced by anti-gay initiatives like Prop 8. Over 20,000 people, including celebrities like Kathy Griffin, Cindy and Meghan McCain, the Kardashian sisters, Jane Lynch, and Lance Bass have posed for the campaign; NOH8’s open photoshoots routinely attract hundreds of people to events across the country. The cost is $40 for solo portraits and $25/person for couple and group photos.

Hope to see many of you there!

Graphic by Adam Morantez for Pride Vermont.


Michael Knaapen & John Becker posing for the NOH8 Campaign in Chicago, October 2010. Photo by Adam Bouska.