BURLINGTON, Vt. – Radio, podcast and television hosts were among the community members recognized at Pride Center of Vermont’s 21st Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration on Friday.
This year, the organization sought to honor Vermont media that “helps shape the narrative of LGBTQ+ lives in Vermont and bring voices to the movers and shakers who are making our state a better place.”
The three award winners were the “Brown ‘N Out Podcast” with Reggie Condra, ORCA Media’s “All Things LGBTQ”, and Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm.
Lindholm hosts “Vermont Edition” on VPR, and has hosted discussions on rural life for LGBTQ Vermonters and trans and nonbinary experience in Vermont.
“All Things LGBTQ”, hosted by Anne Charles, Linda Quinlan and Keith Goslant, airs on ORCA Media Channel 15 in Montpelier and highlights news of interest to Vermont’s LGBTQ communties.
Lastly, Reggie Condra’s “Brown ‘N Out” podcast explores black and brown queer culture in Vermont, and was featured in a Burlington Free Press article in February.
In Pride Center of Vermont’s handout for Friday’s event, one of the podcast’s guests Gustavo Mercado Muniz praised the impact Condra has made.
“Speaking as a brown queer Vermonter who moved here not really knowing anyone and without a sense of belonging, Reggie was instrumental in helping me find other QTPOC people for support and care in the area and continues to be someone who works on behalf of us people of color in the LGBTQ+ community.”
At Friday’s ceremony, Condra explained what motivated him to create the podcast.
“My intention is to open a door where people can come in and be heard, to provide a space for that to happen,” Condra said. “It’s difficult because I don’t think there are a ton of opportunities, but I’m happy if I can provide a little one.”
For more information on the annual ceremony, visit the Pride Center of Vermont website.