The Outright Awards & Not-so-Silent Auction
An annual celebration of the best in queer youth leadership, organizing, and fabulousness of the queer community of Vermont – the Outright Awards! More info will be posted soon, but please:
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 10, 2015 @ The Lang Barn in Essex!
This is the MTV style awards show of the year for the queer community, featuring:
- appearances by Vermont queer celebrities,
- performances by the state’s top drag crews,
- a NOT so silent auction of snazzy goods,
- the best in local small eatable bites,
- and awards for leadership in the queer community, youth rabble rousing, and excellence in volunteer and board work for Outright Vermont.
The Outright Award Categories Are:
Student Activist Award
[Honors Vermont middle or high school students who have made a positive impact in the lives of queer students in their school].
2007 – Connor McFadden, Hal Earle, Julia Smith
2009 – Robyn Bailey, Kyle Giard-Chase, Ashley Gabbeitt, James Neiley, Timothy
Williams, and David Kingsbury
2010 – Jesse Thomas, Jake Tuttle, Alana Candence, Rose Lucas, Alex Bergeron, and
2011 – Shepherd Lantz, Tess Bates, Trevor Bassette, Emily Lansky, Garth Vest
2012 – Patricia Bristow-Johnson
2013- Xander Long
Outstanding Volunteer Award
[Honors a person who has given significant personal time and resources to help us achieve our mission].
2007 – Ron Gufstason, Moretti
2010 – Ron Gufstason
2011 – Mike Sheppard
2012 – Khristian Kemp-DeLisser
2013- Christopher Brown
Outstanding Camp Outright Volunteer Award
2013- Jeff Bukowski
College Student Activist Award
[Honors Vermont college student who has demonstrated leadership in improving the climate on their campus for queer students].
2012 – Brian Hamel
2013- Tori Muzyk
The 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, the founder and long-time leader of Burlington, VT’s P-FLAG group].
2012 – Jess Kell
2013- Kelly Jean Fontaine
[Honors an exceptional administrator, teacher, QSA, or other educator who has taken a stand for queer youth in their school].
2012 – Deb Kalkstein-Lamb
2013- Henri Sparks
Camper of the Year
[Honors a Camp Outright camper who helped build our community at camp].
2012 – Elissa Benoit
2013- Caleb Teachey
Youth Community Award
[Honors a youth who sets the example of creating intentional safe and healthy queer youth space].
2012 – Zee
2013- Ryan Martin
The Bill Lippert Award
[Honors is presented to a community leader who has advocated, celebrated, and/or lead 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].
2009 – Governor Howard Dean
2010 – Lil Venner
2011 – Llu Mulvaney-Stanak
2012 – Joshua Fontanez
2013- Arshad Hasan
Outstanding Board Member
[Honors a board member who has left their mark on Outright VT by adding to our sustainability].
2007 – Brian Gilbar
2010 – Christy Pilsucki
2011 – Kate Van Wagner
2012 – Don Eggert
Lifetime Queer Youth Advocate Award
[Honors a Vermonter who has fiercely kept the well-being of queer youth at the forefront of their work].
2012 – Dave Landers
2013- Samuel Lurie
Outstanding Outright Alumnus
[Honors a former Outright VT youth who has gone on to become a community leader in social justice].
2012 – Corey Mallon
2013- Chris Smith
Queer/Straight Alliance of the Year
[Honors a Vermont QSA who has achieved significant milestones in their school in the last year].
2009 – QSA of the Year: Rutland High School
2010 – Montpelier High School
2011 – Brattleboro Union High School
2012 – G.L.O.W. BFA St. Albans
2013- Burlington High School Pride Alliance