Gay-Friendly Vermont is well known for being one of the most open, progressive & welcoming gay destinations in the US!

Dona Ann McAdams “Christine Hallquist, Pride Parade, Burlington, Vermont, 2018”, courtesy of the artist © Dona Ann McAdams

In 2000, Vermont was the first in the nation to legalize civil unions for same sex couples, and in 2009, Vermont became the first state to allow same-sex marriage by legislation rather than by court ruling. On Friday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, in partnership with the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and Out in the Open (formerly Green Mountain Crossroads), presents a panel discussion on the key individuals, organizations, and moments in the history of queer activism in southern Vermont from the 1980s to the present day. Sponsored by The Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Four Decades of Queer Activism in Vermont” is free and open to the public.

Dona Ann McAdams “I Want You to End the Military Ban, March on Washington, DC, 1993”, courtesy of the artist© Dona Ann McAdams

Panelists will include therapist Michael Gigante, co-founder of the Brattleboro AIDS Project (now The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont); Kate Jerman, director of the Prism Center, which serves queer and trans communities at the University of Vermont;  William J. Lippert Jr., founder of the Samara Foundation of Vermont (now the Samara Fund for LGBT Vermonters, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation); John Scagliotti, a filmmaker and producer known for his work on the award-winning documentaries “Before Stonewall” and After “Stonewall”; and Lucy Webb, president of the board of directors of the Brattleboro-based rural LGBTQ organization Out in the Open (formerly Green Mountain Crossroads).

Dona Ann McAdams “ACT UP at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC, 1990”, courtesy of the artist © Dona Ann McAdams

This event is presented in conjunction with Performative Acts, a retrospective of work by the acclaimed photographer and activist Dona Ann McAdams, which includes McAdams’ photographs of queer liberation and AIDS activism protests across several decades.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The Museum’s galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7.30 PM

10 Vernon Street

Brattleboro VT 05301