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Governor’s office stands with Outright VT!

Submitted by on 05/28/2012 – 9:10 AMNo Comment

Outright VT's youth, staff, and the Governor!

Outright VT's youth, staff, and the Governor!

On Wednesday, May 23rd, Governor Peter Shumlin became the first Vermont Governor to visit Outright VT’s queer youth space in Burlington, VT.  He came to celebrate our hard work in advocating for legislation to strengthen anti-harassment laws in VT schools.  The Governor was excited to meet the youth who were able to attend, the staff, our board members, and our volunteers.  Photos from the visit are on our facebook page here and you can watch the visit on CCTV’s website here.

We look forward to continuing to build this new partnership with the Governor’s office and are proud to Governor Shumlin leading our state!

From the Burlington Free Press coverage:

“After weeks of advocating for the passage of bills strengthening anti-harassment policy in schools, Outright Vermont, alongside the Human Rights Commission, saw their efforts pay off.

Two bills, H. 412 and H. 771, passed the Vermont Legislature at the end of April and recently were signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The governor arrived at what Outright Vermont calls its queer youth center to thank staff and volunteers of the organization for their work.

“We have all the tools we need to deal with electronic bullying, with after-school bullying, bullying beyond school grounds, and beyond the school day,” Shumlin said Wednesday. “The bills I signed a few days ago give the authority that schools need to make clear that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable at any hour.”  Read the full article here.

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