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BENNINGTON — Queer Connect, Inc., has announced events in celebration of October as LGBTQ History Month.

The nonprofit group will host a virtual National Coming Out Day on Sunday, Oct. 11. Participants can attend a Town Hall from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by Breakout Sessions: Allyship 101, Children’s Hour, and Community Celebration. To join, RSVP to for a Zoom link. This event is open to all LGBTQIA community members and their families of all ages.

Later in the month, Queer Connect will host a Halloween Caravan for more family centered fun! Details will be posted to Queer Connect’s Facebook page prior to Halloween.

A call for volunteers is currently underway as planning for Pride 2021 gears up. For interested volunteers/participants, please contact Lisa Carton at 802-379-5456 or


In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), occur that month. 


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