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
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.
2. Free Bowling Night for LGBTQIA+ Community
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!
3. Pride Caravan & Park Celebration
Karly Haven for Rutland leg, Organizer of Rutland LGBTQIA+ Group and Car Caravan P.A.L. (Pride Activity Leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jess Bouchard for Bennington leg, Director of Queer Connect and Car Caravan P.A.L. (Pride Activity Leader) at email@example.com.
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4. Queer Shopping Night
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.