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Who is Outright Vermont, and what are they doing in Vermont schools

Outright Vermont funding (2021 annual report)

By Guy Page

With the emergence of Outright Vermont as the newly self-proclaimed referee of what’s news and what’s not regarding trangenderism in Vermont schools, it’s worth looking at what role they play in Vermont schools and how – and how much – the organization is funded. 

In its September 28 story, WCAX reported that girls on the Randolph Union High School volleyball team and their parents complained that a fully-dressed biological male teammate who identifies as a girl watched them undress and refused to leave the locker room when asked. 

Using online links of the WCAX story, the locker room dispute went viral. It was picked up by the New York Post and other national and international conservative news media. Even after WCAX withdrew the story, the Daily Signal, the media arm of the Heritage Foundation, and other national media stepped into the vacuum and provided the girls’ side of the story. School officials, Gov. Scott, Agency of Education Secretary Dan French, Outright Vermont complained these non-local news stories were inflammatory. The school website was (school officials say) hacked by transgender opponents and had to be taken down. It’s still down today.

Background

As reported yesterday in Vermont Daily Chronicle, a statement issued by the Burlington-based not-for-profit LGBTQ advocacy group commended WCAX for deleting an explosive September 28 news story from its website, criticized the station’s on-air admission of harm done to the transgender students and their families, and – most tellingly – warned others to not make the same mistake as WCAX. The online statement concluded:

“We need our stories to be told, accurately, and with our voices meaningfully represented. Anything else is disastrous. Just ask WCAX.”

As of 9:46 AM this morning, the Vermont news media had yet to report on Outright Vermont’s statement/warning. The Vermont Associated Press, WCAX, WPTZ, the Rutland Herald, Vermont Public [Radio], and VTDigger all remain silent. However, at least one lone voice in the Vermont media landscape has weighed in, on Twitter last night:

“DEAR OUTRIGHT VERMONT: Yes your side should be in the stories, but you don’t get to tell us what to do. You get a lot of MSM coverage, but not a lot actually talk to the ones who are not OK with this,” True North reporter Mike Bielawski tweeted last night. “Never put out threat-like statements again!”

If – as may be the case – Outright Vermont now has enough influence to tell submissive Vermont news organizations what they may or may not report, it is in the public interest to know more about this not-for-profit organization. 

Its website mission and history says:

Outright Vermont is a 501(c)(3) non-profit under federal and state regulations.  

“Since 1989, we have been building hope, equity, and power with LGBTQ+ youth in Vermont.  Founded by a small group of queer adults, after a national survey discovered that queer youth were dramatically at higher risks of suicide than their heterosexual peers, Outright Vermont has built up programming that now includes:

  • Queer youth spaces, that hosts a range of weekly peer-support groups, events, workshops, and more in all 14 counties of Vermont;
  • Education & outreach work statewide for schools, communities, colleges, and organizations looking for support on preventing harassment, dealing with harassment, creating and supporting Queer/Straight Alliances (QSAs), and more;
  • Annual large scale events for queer youth & the larger queer community including: 10 years of queer youth pride, a statewide queer & allied youth summit, the Fire Truck Pull, and the annual Outright Awards.

If like many Vermonters you were raised to view the word ‘queer’ as an unacceptable derogatory term in the same family as the ‘n-word,’ see the Outright Vermont statement, ‘Why We Use ‘Queer.’”

Outright’s Board of Directors includes a web developer, a Dartmouth College pluralism official, a school-based counselor in Addison County, a fitness instructor and Chair of the Lyric Theater board, a Vermont Agency of Human Services Director of Trauma Prevention, the Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Vermont Food Bank, and the Vermont State Police Fair & Impartial Policing director. 

The 2021 annual report features stories on Champlain Valley Union’s 100-strong gay students group and their summer Camp Outright, and a young couple who left Texas for Vermont after their four-year-old announced he is transgender. 

Outright Vermont is no longer the shoe-string operation it once was. For perhaps the first time, funding surpassed the $1 million mark in 2021 with $1.23 million. Total revenue in 2019 was $994,000, according to its form 990.) Here are its funding sources:

The annual report offers no further data about the identity of specific funding sources. 

According to the annual report, school activities include a youth speakers bureau and:

Education and professional development: “Since 2011, we have reached 6,829 students through 237 presentations to schools in every county of Vermont. We aim to help educators and students change the climate in their schools by providing [educator training, peer (student) training, and statewide events.].” 

Gender & Sexuality Alliance: “We provide leadership development and organizing opportunities for students and advisors through the VT GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) Network. We work with schools to help start or sustain these social, support, and advocacy groups within their schools to help change climate and create local school-based support.”

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17 replies »

  1. No longer is it appropriate to call Vermont the “People’s Republic”. It must henceforth be known as “THEIR People’s Republic.”

  2. Outright Vermont has been around for A LONG TIME. They have been in the schools for at least 20 years.

    It’s REALLY SAD to hear some are just discovering this now. Several people were sounding alarm bells 20 years ago and they were met with indifference.

    They have NOW had many, many years to greatly affect our children and schools.

    • This is very mich a Vermont pattern. A few dig in to try and sound alarms, but too many are too occupied with their life tousten and join forces. Its much easier to sit back, have a beer, stoke the fires than come out, get together to hear concerns and try to stir bodies of concerned people to effectively amass the needed changes. So 20 years lapse.

      Vermonters, we cant afford another. Be the change that was needed some timw ago. Lets be Vermont Strong.

  3. Would schools allow a “Straight Alliance Network” to access the kids? To have STRAIGHTs “start or sustain..social, support, & advocacy to help climate & create local school-based support”? To WARN them of the dangers of barely-tested drugs, botched surgeries, repeated infections, regrets, high suicide rates post-op, info from the “de-transitioned”, and copies of the 30 year Swedish study? Thanks to “Social Media” what was once local hysteria (Salem Witch Hunts) is now national as places like the Montgomery County (Va.) schools have seen a rise in “Gender Dysphoria” cases of 500+% in ONE YEAR. Search & read the Epoch Times article called “Billion Dollar Transgender Industry Leaves Broken Families, Lives” as this attention craving by confused adolescents is extremely profitable for elective surgery and lifetime drugs also. Will kids be shown the new documentary “What Is A Woman?” that covers the horrors & profits? The “Queer Community” has been with us since time immemorial, who doesn’t have gay friends or relatives? Sure, “supporting” them is all fine & good but grooming & shoving a “transgender” agenda on the VERY YOUNG should be illegal, just as it would be out on the streets if kids were approached by any other stranger.

  4. It’s not illegal to be personally offended by the behavior in the LGBTQ community or hetero community. People have the right to describe others as offensive or outright labeling them douchebags if they see fit in their personal opinion. It’s what makes the country great know matter who gets offended. Diversity of lifestyles and/or opinions voiced upon diverse lifestyles is fair game. It’s part of growing up under a declaration that enshrines our rights as that of being inalienable and above government. NO Earthly being or artificial intelligent can ever dictate what is acceptable speech.

  5. Groomers . Have no Place In Vermont . Luckily Their Donors will soon Dry Up . Covid Jabbs will take them Out . Pray for The Miss Guided Souls

  6. According to my math their income exceeds the income of the VT Republican Party, and all of it’s candidates this year.

  7. These are two of the Biggest Problems in Vermont ………….
    Non-Profits and Grants!

    The illiterate on economics brag about and participate in creating “Non-profits” and getting “Grants” to fund them.

    If we had a way to know ALL the non-profits that exist in Vermont that feed off of “our state and federal redistributed tax dollars” through “grants,” that would be a great start.

    • amen to that. Want to save some money, just cut all grant programs. Grant programs are for projects nobody, NOBODY, would spend their own money on, because they are such a bad idea.

      Grant money is the life blood of crooked politicians and their minions. Do what we like and we’ll get some “grant money” for you. “It’s free!” they say.

  8. So,. when you dig in the underbelly of Vermont non-profits you are going to find corruption and inside dealing galore. Vermont has the most abused non-profit organizations in the nation, it’s an epidemic of abuse.

    Follow the money, it will be a long sorted trail, none of locally derived.

    And how can a 4 year old make any monumental life decisions about ANYTHING?

    This is so moronic it’s like defying gravity.

    This is exactly how Vermont is run and overtaken by outside forces and money.

    Ask the lobbyists, Vermont is known for the easiest state to get anything passed.

  9. Millions of dollars for this in our schools, but outrage if you mention the name of the “extremist christian” known as Jesus Christ.

    Whatever you do, DON’T let them read THAT book!

  10. This is the same group who violently attacked Fred Sargeant. How many of these have immigrated to VT recently in order to participate in violence?
    Vermont’s humane and generous system of social welfare supports many of them.

  11. The question of who is Outright Vermont, is best answered by Fred Sargeant. One of their recent victims.
    In a recent youtube video, https://youtu.be/XzR3Id6yeOc 74 year old, disabled , gay rights advocate Fred Sargeant member and founder of USA chapter of the LGB Alliance, Stonewall veteran and co-founder of Pride, talks about his physical assault while peacefully protesting at the September Pride parade in Burlington this year. Fred stated, “ At the parade the first person to attack me and steal my signs was from the Outright Vermont unit.” Mr. Sargeant states further on the video, “Burlington Pride has now become a platform for misogyny, exclusion and hate.” “ I have likened it to a marriage gone terribly bad. The TQ + part has become irreversibly domineering and abusive. And like all such chronically abusive relationships is beyond repair. ……I call on Outright Vermont to denounce the violence that originated within their group,….”

    On a recent podcast called “Savage Minds”, by Julian Vigo, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/savage-minds-podcast/id1535634480?i=1000580771573 Sargeant describes how he and other members of the LGBTQ community are being silenced and excluded from the very movement they paved the way for. Sargeant talks of his Burlington Pride attack and mentions ( minute 24) , OutRight Vermont member, and chapter leader of Drag Queen Story Hour Vermont, Emoji Nightmare,( Justin Marsh), of Cambridge VT. Sargeant claims “He, ( emoji nightmare), has direct responsibility for what occurred “

    OutRight Vermont executive director Dana Kaplan’s October 13th News and Citizen article entitled, “ We Must Stand Together in Fight Against LGBTQ Hate and Backlash”, would have us believe that teenage heterosexual girls on the Randolph High School volleyball team, who are uneasy about sharing a dressing room with a biological male and old gay men who wish to peacefully protest are , “ threats and messages of harm that target the LGBTQ youth”.
    However, information is surfacing which reveals Outright Vermont being the pot that called the kettle black.

  12. Who is Outright Vermont?

    In a recent youtube video, https://youtu.be/XzR3Id6yeOc
    74 year old, disabled , gay rights advocate Fred Sargeant member and founder of USA chapter of the LGB Alliance, Stonewall veteran and co-founder of Pride, talks about his physical assault while peacefully protesting at the September Pride parade in Burlington this year. Fred stated, “ At the parade the first person to attack me and steal my signs was from the Outright Vermont unit.” Mr. Sargeant states further on the video, “Burlington Pride has now become a platform for misogyny, exclusion and hate.” “ I have likened it to a marriage gone terribly bad. The TQ + part has become irreversibly domineering and abusive. And like all such chronically abusive relationships is beyond repair. ……I call on Outright Vermont to denounce the violence that originated within their group,….”

    On a recent podcast called “Savage Minds”, by Julian Vigo, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/savage-minds-podcast/id1535634480?i=1000580771573
    Sargeant describes how he and other members of the LGBTQ community are being silenced and excluded from the very movement they paved the way for. Sargeant talks of his Burlington Pride attack and mentions ( minute 24) , OutRight Vermont member, and chapter leader of Drag Queen Story Hour Vermont, Emoji Nightmare,( Justin Marsh), of Cambridge VT. Sargeant claims “He, ( emoji nightmare), has direct responsibility for what occurred “

    OutRight Vermont executive director Dana Kaplan’s October 13th News and Citizen article entitled, “ We Must Stand Together in Fight Against LGBTQ Hate and Backlash”, would have us believe that teenage heterosexual girls on the Randolph High School volleyball team, who are uneasy about sharing a dressing room with a biological male and old gay men who wish to peacefully protest are , “ threats and messages of harm that target the LGBTQ youth.

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