On Sunday, September 10, the Larner College of Medicine, in collaboration with the UVM Cancer Center, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UVM’s Prism organization, and UVM Health Network, proudly participated in Burlington’s annual Pride Parade. This year’s event held even greater significance as it marked the 40th Anniversary of Vermont’s inaugural Pride march, themed “Ruby” to symbolize the community’s achievements and enduring unity.
Beyond the parade, highlighted by Albany-based drag queen Philly Pena’s vibrant performance, a strong sense of solidarity and support enveloped the community. The importance of Pride celebrations remains as crucial as ever, focusing on enduring challenges related to LGBTQIA+ equality, advocating for visibility and representation, and addressing global human rights issues. Pride serves as a catalyst for mental well-being, education, unity, and acceptance, while also addressing resistance and fostering change, all while highlighting the strength of a supportive community and the ongoing fight for a world characterized by equal respect for individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.