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Pride 1983 Historic Marker Commemoration

June 26, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


June 25, 2022 marks the 39th anniversary of the Lesbian and Gay Pride March and Celebration in Burlington. The Vermont Agency of Historic Preservation has forged an Historic Marker to commemorate the courage of the original marchers and the many in our State who have sustained our ongoing movement that evolve into the vibrant LGBTQ+ communities we see throughout our state.

This event was organized by some of the original celebration organizers. The Pride Center of Vermont is sponsoring the Historic marker installation with a celebration in City Hall Park, in Burlington, on June 26, 2022 at 2pm.Please join us to celebrate this important event.
We want to know if you attended the original event. Can you remember who else was there? Do you have any photos or memorabilia?
Burlington City Hall will be displaying Vermont Folklife Center’s Pride 1983 exhibit throughout the month of June.
The exhibit will be open in City Hall from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, June 26th
Please reach out to Leah Wittenberg at leahwitt19@gmail.com, or to the Pride Center at info@pridecentervt.org, if you have memories or photos to share, or want to be part of the celebration.
Please reach out with any accessibility needs.



Celebration of 1983 First Vermont Pride Parade and Celebration City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2PM Come Commemorate the First Vermont Pride Parade and Celebration in 1983 with the installation of a historic marker in City Hall Park Come stand with us and honor the Courage of the original 300 marchers Come be with each other and keep our Connections strong across the generations Come Celebrate with joy all that we are AT CITY HALL STEPS

  • Opening and Welcome:  Mike Bensel, Executive Director of the Pride Center of Vermont
  • Emcee:  Gal, emcee at the 1983 First Pride, international solo performer
  • Laura Trieschmann, Historic Preservation Officer with the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation
  • Howdy Russell, original organizer and speaker, grew up in Hinesburg, Vermont
  • Personal Memory from 1983 March
  • Leah Wittenberg,  one of the founders and original organizers
  • Recognition of Original Marchers*
  • Personal Memory from 1983 March
  • Dana Kaplan, Executive Director of Outright Vermont
  • Sawyer Totten, Burlington youth from Outright Vermont
  • Personal Memory from 1983 March
  • Indi Schoenherr, Advocacy Fellow at ACLU Vermont
  • Personal Memory from 1983 March
  • Meg Tamulonis, Curator of Vermont Queer Archives and Manager of Collections and Exhibitions for Fleming Museum
  • Final Personal Memory from 1983 March

*Group Photo of Original Marchers who are present will be taken after the unveiling of the marker – please gather on City Hall Steps


Reading of the Marker:  Pamela Kraynak, First Vermont Pride Committee Member

YOU ARE INVITED BACK TO THE PLAZA FOR AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL! We invite you to chat with someone you don’t know, even better, someone from a different generation!  All movements for Justice are Multi-Generational!

Your Pride Marker Committee thanks you for helping us mark this historic event: Mike Bensel, Jacob Cribs, Art Hull, Andy Kolovos, Pamela Kraynak, Meg Tamulonis, Leah Wittenberg, Phoebe Zorn


June 26, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Burlington City Hall Park
149 College St
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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