Today was the annual Queer Visibility Day at the Vermont state house and hundreds of LGTB vermonters turned out to meet their legislators and show support for the Gay marriage bill, introduced today by Reps. Mark Larson and David Zuckerman. The Freedom To Marry Taskforce had dozens of volunteers to help Vermonters find and talk with their state representatives, write letters to the Governor and about 100 or so attendees actually met with Governor Jim Douglas to tell him why the Marriage bill is so important to them and how deeply personal an issue it is to Gay Vermonters. The Vermont Gay Guide, RU12, Outright Vermont and Vermont Transaction all had resource tables set up and representatives available to talk about their organizations. Finally, Rep. Bill Lippert (D-Hinesburg) introduced a resolution on the floor of the legislature to make February 6th “Outright Vermont” day, in recognition of their 20 years of service to Vermont’s LGTB youth.
Robyn Maguire from the Freedom To Marry Taskforce talks about the day’s events.
Outright Vermont youth (including 15-year-old Em Gieselman of Burlington) attended the event.
Beth Robinson, chair of the Freedom To Marry Taskforce, stresses the importance of the day.
Outright Vermont Outreach coordinator Ella Kaplan, center, listens along with other supporters.
Euan Bear listens up
State Rep.Mark Larson (Right) sponsored the Gay Marriage Bill along with Rep. David Zuckerman, announced Friday at Queer Visibility Day.
LGBT Vermonters stand in recognition during the morning legislative session.
Rep. Bill Lippert introduces the resolution to make February 6th OUTRIGHT VERMONT DAY.
Bill Lippert and Outright Vermont executive Director Christopher Neff show off the Resolution certificate.
Rep. Lippert has on display in his committee room the OUTRIGHT VERMONT Ruby Slipper Award, given to him Wednesday at the Outright 2009 Celebration and reception. Lippert was honored for his role as a community activist.
Keri Rosen and her daughter, 2-year-old Kaitlin
Outright Vermont Wellness director Katherine Betzer
Sandy Mylan (right) signs a petition supporting the Gay Marriage bill.
Liz Battsford, Vt Gay Guide Project manager and Suzanne Stofflet, president of Samara Foundation of Vermont.
Euan Bear show off her sign of support…
Hundreds of Vermonters wait to meet with Governor Jim Douglas at the state house.
Freedom To Marry Taskforce organizers Robyn Maguire and Beth Robinson lead the masses into Governor Douglas’s office.
Governor Douglas greets each Vermonter as they enter his office Friday.
Governor Douglas greets the group.
Outright Vermont’s Christpher Neff joined the group.
Sandi and Bobbi Cote-Whitacre of Georgia explains to Governor Douglas that they have been together for 42 years, without the rights and priviledges that come with being married. Theirs was one of many stories told in the room to the Governor.
CVU student and Outright Vermont member James Neiley tells Gov Douglas about his dream to grow up and marry like his straight friends.
Daisy Chamberlain and Jamie Reddinger tell Governor Douglas about the plans for a wedding.
Reps. Mark Larson and David Zuckerman and Senate Majority Leader John Campbell introduce the Gay Marriage bill to hundreds of supporters.
Rep. David Zuckerman takes the podium.
Senator John Campbell takes his turn to speak.
A view of the crowd!
Outright’s Christopher Neff making lists on his hand!
Rep. Kesha Ram joins Outright Vermont youth Em Gieselman, 15, Amelia Schlossberg, 18, and Mark Mitchell, 17.
Senator Alice Nitka
Abby Haywood of Bethel
The day cmes to an end the the Outright Vermont kids head back to their bus.
Outright Vermont staff Whitney Smith, Ella Kaplan and Katherine Betzer