IN THIS CHAPTER:
Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes & Gender Marker Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.
Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont
P.O. Box 42
Randolph, VT 05060
The goal of the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont is to help reduce homophobia in Vermont by drawing attention to the positive, constructive contributions the LGBTQA community makes to the general community through charitable giving. The Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont also sponsors Out for Good, a program that coordinates volunteer support for non-profits. Out for Good brings LGBTQA volunteers together for fun projects and activities that benefit other non-profits through hard efforts and positive visibility.
Out in the Open
Out in the Open
PO Box 1685
Brattleboro VT 05302
Out in the Open works locally and regionally throughout northern New England. They work to connect rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge and power. They believe rural places are and should be welcoming homes to people of all genders, identities, and orientations. They believe in building, renewing, and supporting rural LGBTQ people, and in prioritizing those voices.
241 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
The mission of Outright Vermont (ORVT) is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. ORVT is one of the longest standing queer organizations in Vermont and the only one that works specifically with young people. By striving to empower queer youth, model positive cross-generational learning and leadership, and to address lateral oppressions including racism, classism, and heterosexism, ORVT is building a safer, healthier, and more supportive world for all young people. Outright Vermont provides many programs, including a drop-in center, youth group, transgroup, and camp outright.
Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT)
255 South Champlain St. Suite 12
Burlington, VT 05401
Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. PCVT was started in 1999 by a group of Vermont students and became RU12? Community Center. PCVT provides seven core programs: PCVT Training and Education Institute, SafeSpace (for survivors of abuse or violence), HIV Prevention & Testing, LifePLUS (for those living with HIV), Health & Wellness, GLAM Vermont (Gay Leisurely Activities for Men), and programs for people with disabilities, families, elders and the transgender community. They offer a broad range of social groups, remarkably successful events, and a Center space that draws LGBTQ Vermonters from across the region. PCVT programs and services strive to meet the distinct socio-economic, health, and safety needs of Vermont’s LGBTQ community. Their drop-in resource center, community meeting spaces, 3,000-volume lending library, David Bohnett Cyber Center, and social events build community and create increased access to information and resources for all members. PCVT also houses the Vermont Queer Archives, preserving the proud history of fighting for some of the strongest and earliest LGBTQ rights in the country.
Vermont Diversity Health Project (co-located @ Pride Center)
The mission of the Vermont Diversity Health Project (VDHP’s) is to improve the health and wellness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters by building bridges between health care providers and LGBTQ people throughout the state. We help patients identify friendly, supportive and effective healthcare providers, and we offer training and support to enhance providers’ skill in working with LGBTQ people.
Queer Connect, Inc. is dedicated to increasing our visibility in the community and to building resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families living in and around Bennington, Vermont. They are especially committed to supporting our queer youth and their families.
Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont
A safe space for all, Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont, an LGBTQ group, holds group activities and events for the wider LGBTQ community.
Rainbow Bridge Community Center
81 North Main St, Suite 2
Barre, Vermont 05641
Works with youth, adults. families, and LGBTQ+ communities to create awareness, educational opportunities, community involvement, and assistance, welcoming all who embrace and help shine all the many colors in the rainbow. The Center offers a safe space and services including pro bono therapeutic counseling and health counseling, and resume guidance and job search support. The Center is a space for the LGBTQ+ community to relax, volunteer, work, study, play games, and attend events while celebrating who they are inside and out.
Safe Harbor for Trans Teens
Safe Harbor for Trans Teens offers youth and families understanding of the trans community, education to prevent anti-trans violence, and support critical laws and protections for transgender people.
Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation
3 Court Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
The Samara Fund fosters and sustains Vermont's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities by providing support for projects and scholarships and establishing a permanent resource for the future.
University of Vermont's Prism Center
461 Main St., Allen House
Burlington, VT 05405
Through advocacy, information, education, and community building, the Center is helping UVM become a vital, inclusive place for LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff. This work is guided by a commitment to social justice and a respect for the many connections among race, class, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
University of Vermont Children's Hospital Trangender Resources
Vermont Agency of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
The Vermont Agency of Education is a statewide resource regarding all aspects of education. Explore these important education-related topics:
Laws and Regulations
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring updated state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to education in Vermont schools.
Data and Reports
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring statistics and reports
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring model policies.
Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(800) 416-2010 / (802) 828-1625
The Commission protects people from unlawful discrimination in housing, state government employment, and public accomodations. A place of public accommodation is any establishment, such as a school, restaurant, office, or store that offers facilities, goods or services to the general public. This Vermont state commission conducts impartial investigations of discrimination complaints and provides information and training on civil rights laws.
CenterLink is a national member-based coalition of community centers. It was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of these centers and addressing the challenges they face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Find listings of local LGBT community centers and learn more about what they offer at this site.
GLAD - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
30 Winter Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02108
GLAD is a legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981, as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, with the mission of ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. Today, there is still considerable ignorance about LGBT health issues, with many assuming that LGBT health involves only HIV/AIDS. In fact, the full scope of the LGBT health agenda includes breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons and other concerns. Find listings of local LGBT friendly health providers at this site.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1151 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02138
NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization which promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Transyouth Family Allies
A comprehensive list of resources for families with trans children.
Hotline: (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
The Trevor Project
Text TREVOR to the crisis text line (202) 304-1200 for text support Thursdays and Fridays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Trevor Lifeline is a nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. Trevor Support Center is an online, non-time sensitive question and answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. TrevorChat is a free, confidential, secure online messaging service that provides live help. If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support. Connect to a Trevor Project crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential and 100% free.