Vermont Ahead Of The Curve On Transgender Rights

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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

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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