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The Outright Awards are almost here!

Don’t miss the premiere event celebrating the outstanding achievements of Vermonters who will never stop making it better for queer and trans youth.  Dust off your best duds and don’t skimp on the sparkles; this is a night that you won’t want to miss!  Featuring a not-so-silent auction packed with treasures, delicious bites by Catering by Dale, and an exciting live auction, this event is the perfect chance to bask in the glow of supportive community and put your purchasing power to work for youth.

Meet the nominees:

“They’ve help normalize trans and prove that as long as your kid is happy there’s no issue. They’ve been a model parent to other parents of LGBT kids.”

“…a dynamic, active, and engaging youth who impacts the lives of many across multiple levels. They are an activist who through their work reaches into the lives of youth in their schools, relationships, and community.”

“An amazing voice for queer youth, not only at our school, but in the greater community.”

What can you win at the Outright Awards?

Tickets to Waking Windows, Burlington Wine & Food Fest, and Burlington Discover Jazz Festival? Yes, please! Gorgeous jewelry by local artisans? We’ve got that, too! A stay at the luxurious Hotel Vermont, and a private cocktail party at Alice and the Magician?  Get your bidding hand ready!

Tired of winning yet? How about signed, original panels by local celeb Alison Bechdel from Dykes to Watch Out For circa 1989 (Outright’s founding year, nbd)!

You could stay home and watch MTV–or you could spend an evening with inspiring, outstanding community, and spend your dollars in support of queer and trans youth, all at the same time!

Stay tooned: This is a night you won’t want to miss!  Buy your tickets before they run out!

Do you know a Nominee?

YOUTH COMMUNITY AWARD

Honors a youth who sets the example of creating intentional safe and healthy queer youth space.

  • Eva Rocheleu
  • Caleb Fowler
  • Wren House
  • Forest Cummings
  • Leon Bick
  • Nia Edney
  • Marcus Pizer

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Honors an exceptional administrator, teacher, QSA advisor, or other school professional who has taken a stand for queer youth within their school here in Vermont.

  • Peggy Weaver
  • Michael McRaith
  • Deb Harrison
  • Jim Stacy

CAMPER OF THE YEAR

Honors a Camp Outright camper who helped build our community at camp.

  • Elly Wagner
  • Jaya Bryne
  • Nia Edney

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACTIVIST

Honors a Vermont middle or high school student who have made a positive impact in the lives of queer students in their school.

  • Caleb Fowler
  • Sofia Andersen-Harrington
  • Zee Totten
  • Samantha Raymond
  • Nathan DeGroot
  • Wren House
  • Anna Pomerville

COLLEGE STUDENT ACTIVIST

Honors a Vermont college student who has demonstrated leadership in improving the climate on their campus for queer students.

  • Linsey McCarron (UVM)

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER

Honors a person who has given significant personal time and resources to help Outright Vermont achieve our mission.

  • Taylor Small
  • Nia Edney
  • HB Lozito

BILL LIPPERT AWARD

Honors a community leader who has advocated, celebrated, and/or led a community effort to truly make Vermont better for queer youth. The award honors Bill Lippert, a long-time Vermont lawmaker and queer community leader.

  • LGBTQ Workgroup for the State of Vermont Department of Children and Families
  • Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont Secretary of Education
  • Emily Simmons, Director of Legal and Policy Services at the Vermont School Boards Association

LIL VENNER AWARD

Honors a family member ally—chosen or by blood—who consistently shows unconditional love and support to a queer youth in their life. The award honors Lil Venner, founder of the Vermont PFLAG chapter.

  • Tom and Mary Waldron
  • Jennifer Callahan

GSA OF THE YEAR

Honors a Vermont Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) who has achieved significant milestones in their school in the last year.

  • U-32 and Montpelier High Schools