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Vermont Ahead Of The Curve On Transgender Rights

07/06/11 12:00PM
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Jane Lindholm, Vermont Edition host
Two laws that passed this spring may make some aspects of life easier for transgender people in the state. One allows trans people born in Vermont to change their gender on their birth certificate, and obtain a new, clean copy, rather than an amended one. Another requires that single-stall bathrooms in state buildings be gender neutral. But there are still many other significant issues facing the trans community in the state, including trans-inclusive health care.

We discuss these and other issues with Jean-Denis Couillard, the HIV prevention program coordinator at RU12? Community Center, Morganne Ray, the Director of Client Services at Outright Vermont, and Kelly Riel, the founder of Vermonters Ending Transgender Oppression. And they share their experiences of being trans in Vermont.


Also on the program, with two Canadian companies bidding to purchase Central Vermont Public Service, we talk to Tom Donahue of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce about CVPS's impact on Rutland. 

And, we head back to Summer School. Our weekly series taps local experts to help us learn about warm-weather skills and hobbies. This week, we learn to ride a unicycle with Bill Merrylees, who first decided to learn in 8th grade - and never looked back.

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RU12? Community Center Outright Vermont Vermonters Ending Transgender Oppression Vermont Diversity Health Project
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