During Pride Month, a Vermont woman recalls organizing the state’s first Pride Parade in 1983


During Pride Month, a Vermont woman recalls organizing the state’s first Pride Parade in 1983

Historic marker to be unveiled June 26 at Burlington City Hall Park



downtown Burlington with its rainbow decor, pride flags and even the Vermont Pride Center is now considered by many in the LGBTQ Plus*** community a safe space to be authentically yourself yourself, do what feels authentic to you. Ultimately, I’m talking about the late stage, you know 71, that’s ultimately what gives your life meaning and enjoyment. Take it from Leo Wittenburg, *** New York native and Vermont transplant who helped make the Queen City the welcoming place it is through his bravery in the 1970s and 80s at that time, we we felt like if you needed something had to happen, you had to do it yourself. At the time, Wittenberg had recently come out as a *** lesbian and remembers telling some of her friends about the Out of State Pride Parade they were going to attend and that’s when the wheels started turning and we just sat there and said let’s make this happen here. Wittenberg and his friends began to organize, making signs like this one promoting the event on June 25, 1983 At that time the tenor In 1983 was very negative, Wittenberg recalls that the negativity coming from many members of the community, but they still persisted, no one resisted with us. There were no community leaders, there were no uh clergy, there were no allies, we were on our own, but it’s me and it’s lucy, maybe they got together. be felt alone, but hundreds of brave members of the lesbian and gay community marched in this inaugural parade, the first leg of the *** journey through decades of pride events that have only grown larger each year. I mean we were 83, we were lucky if there were 300 very brave people who came. Many of these brave people are honored in this exhibit at City Hall. They will stand together again this weekend for another historic moment commemorating the birthplace of Burlington’s first Pride Parade. I’m not saying it wasn’t courageous because there was absolutely courage involved, but it was an ordinary act of courage, an ordinary act of courage that paved the way for generations of people to ‘they be shameless themselves. How can people find out who they are if they are afraid? Her goal is to eliminate this fear by promoting acceptance and equality for all. All it takes is one brave person to step forward to make a *** difference in Burlington List, NBC rapper Five News.

During Pride Month, a Vermont woman recalls organizing the state’s first Pride Parade in 1983

Historic marker to be unveiled June 26 at Burlington City Hall Park

On June 26, pioneers of Vermont’s Pride community will celebrate a historic moment in Burlington. They will unveil a historical marker in City Hall Park, marking the spot where Vermont’s first Pride Parade was held in 1983. Leah Wittenberg, one of the organizers of the inaugural Vermont Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade , described the moment she and her friends decided to hold the event in Queen City. This year? Should we go to Boston? Should we go to New York? Should we go to Montreal?’ We had been to all of these places because you could be yourself. You could be anonymous. No one was going to recognize you. We just sat there and said, “Let’s make this happen here,” Wittenberg said. history of organizing the march with NBC5 News. The historic terminal will be unveiled on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the city hall park.

On June 26, pioneers of Vermont’s Pride community will celebrate a historic moment in Burlington.

They will unveil a historical marker in City Hall Park, marking the spot where Vermont’s first Pride Parade was held in 1983.

Leah Wittenberg, one of the organizers of the first Vermont Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade, described the moment she and her friends decided to hold the event in the queen city.

“(We were sitting at the table talking and someone asked) ‘Where do you want to go for Pride this year? Should we go to Boston? Should we go to New York? to Montreal ?’ We went to all of these places because you could be yourself. You could be anonymous. No one was going to recognize you. We just sat there and said, ‘Let’s make this happen here,'” he said. said Wittenberg.

Wittenberg shared her story about organizing the march with NBC5 News.

The historic terminal will be unveiled on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the city hall park.

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