LGBTQ town hall in Bennington will provide forum for concerns

This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Nov. 5 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — In a first for the county, the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont is partnering with local nonprofit Queer Connect Inc. to offer a town hall for local LGBTQ people to express their needs and concerns.

The free event is set for 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College.

The LGBTQIA Alliance is pretty much the “direct ear to the legislature,” said Lisa Carton, president of Queer Connect.

“Mostly, they’re coming down to hear what our needs are, so they can best represent us to the statehouse, which is spectacular,” she said.

Queer Connect is co-hosting the event with the alliance.

“They are the most supportive people in the state,” Carton said of the alliance. “We’re very fortunate to have them advocating for us.”

The Bennington event is part of a statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall series by the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont, in partnership with other organizations. The first town hall was Oct. 30, in Montpelier. Besides Bennington, others have been scheduled in St. Johnsbury, Brattleboro, Burlington and Rutland.

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