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The Alliance at Vermont Law School is excited to announce an upcoming symposium celebrating the incredible accomplishments of early advocates for LGBT+ civil rights. It will address the cutting-edge issues of our time, and beyond, with leading advocates from across the country.

Stonewall at 50 - A Half-Century of LGBT+ Civil Rights Advocacy

The symposium will be held on November 16th at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public and media, but online registration is requested. The deadline for registration is November 14, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. This symposium is made possible by a generous grant from the Johnson Family Foundation.

The symposium began with remarks by Shirley Jefferson, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law School. Vt. Representative Bill Lippert gave the opening address, followed by moderated panels of leading advocates from across the nation. The panels addressed workplace discrimination and cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of the LGBTQ+ community, Queer Youth, and housing discrimination. The lunchtime keynote address was held by the Honorable Beth Robinson, an Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

“The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion is a fitting time to take stock of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement,” said Greg Johnson, Professor of Law and Alliance faculty advisor. “This symposium celebrates the incredible achievements of the early advocates for LGBTQ+ civil rights and examines the pressing issues before us. In fifty years, we have witnessed unimaginable success—but at what cost? As we reflect on those accomplishments, we will also discuss the important work still to be done, and the best way to achieve not just equality, but justice, for all.”

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Stonewall 2019 Itinerary





The Vermont Law School Alliance is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight members of the law school community who:

  • strive to achieve equality before the law;
  • educate the community about GLBTQQ identities;
  • oppose homophobia and heterosexism;
  • sponsor conferences, speakers, and social events;
  • promote diversity in the Vermont community.