3 LGBTQ Events in Vermont for Pride Month

4 young people with bowling balls in their hands.

It’s June, which means that Pride Month is officially underway. Whether you’re part of a city opening up to celebration for the first time like Rutland, a community bursting with pride and solidarity like Burlington, or in-between like us Middlebury townsfolk, Vermonters everywhere have the opportunity to show their support by attending some of these events hosted by local Vermont Pride groups across the state.

1. Queer Critical Mass Bicycle Rides

Photo cred: The Pride Center of Vermont

Join The Pride Center of Vermont for some all level, all ages and all-around fun bicycle rides around Montpelier! Skill level doesn’t matter! These get togethers start June 4 and will continue on the first Friday of every month during the summer. Meet at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Main Street in Montpelier at 6 p.m. Masks and helmets will be required regardless of vaccination status, but riders are encouraged to wear colors and bring friends! The ride goes on four to eight mile routes with a hang out session mid way.

Click here or contact Kelly@vtcares.org for more info.

2. Free Bowling Night for LGBTQIA+ Community

4 young people holding a bowling ball in their hands.
Photo cred: The Pride Center of Vermont

Join Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, and GLAM for a fun and free evening at Spare Time in Colchester. Spare Time has been generous enough to open all their lanes for the queer community and all that support from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on June 8. Bowling will be free during that time, and there will also be food and arcade games available for purchase. You can even get some friends together and strike up a game of Laser Tag!

Click here for more details, or sign up as a team of 6, partial group, or as an individual. RSVP required.

3. Pride Caravan & Park Celebration

A small car in LGBTQ colors in a caravan.
Photo cred: Rutland Pride
June 26 is the Pride Caravan & Park Celebration, hosted by Rutland Pride and Queer Connect, Inc. was set in place to spread Pride throughout Southern Vermont during Pride Month. People will decorate their cars in their most Prideful decorations and words, but participants are asked to be consider driving visibility due to changing weather conditions. Participants may join the caravan at one of two starting points, in Rutland or Bennington. People will drive through their respective towns before converging in Manchester for a celebratory meetup. 
For more information, please reach out to: 
Karly Haven for Rutland leg, Organizer of Rutland LGBTQIA+ Group and Car Caravan P.A.L. (Pride Activity Leader) at rutlandlgbtq@gmail.com.

Jess Bouchard for Bennington leg, Director of Queer Connect and Car Caravan P.A.L. (Pride Activity Leader) at plantpoeticseeds@gmail.com.

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4. Queer Shopping Night

Photo cred: OGE

Outdoor Gear Exchange is proud to host their first-ever Queer Shopping Night at the store. This after-hours event, brought to you by the Pride Center of Vermont, will provide a safe and inclusive space for people of the LGBTQIA+ community to socialize and shop for outdoor gear and clothing. On June 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., OGE will have LGBTQIA+ and ally staff readily available to help assist you in shopping for whatever you want, and will also offer advice about the sports we carry gear for including climbing, paddling, skiing, and more. Free beverages and snacks will be available too!

Attendees are asked to register for this free event via Eventbrite.

5. LGBTQ+ Outdoor Rock Climbing Day

Photo cred: The Pride Center of Vermont
On June 13, you can Join Andrea and Alicia of the LGBTQ2+ Rock Climbers Facebook Group for a day of Outdoor Climbing in Bolton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Absolutely zero experience is necessary, and all the technical gear (harness, climbing shoes, helmet) is included for the day of climbing. The day will start with a discussion about safety, gear, and basic technique, then will get into climbing and rappelling.
Upon booking, your guide will be in touch with recommended things to bring for the day, the meeting location, and other specifics. Please feel free to reach out to Petra Cliffs with any questions.
Andrea Charest is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Assistant Rock Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide, and the daughter of a trans parent. Alicia Racine is a “young at heart 52 year old transgender woman who enjoys living life to its fullest,” a community advocate managing the Burlington area, and she has taken her AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course. Together, they seek to provide a fun and supportive environment while sharing their passion for rock climbing!
$50 per participant

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