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Ariel Wengroff
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An LGBT advocate, Ariel Wengroff currently is the Communications and Finance Director for Welch For Congress. She previously served as the Communications Director of the Vermont Democratic Party. From 2010 to 2012, Ariel worked in the Office of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin as a Constituent Correspondent and then as a Special Assistant to the Governor. A recipient of the Wainwright Poetry Award, she co-founded The Barn Owl and her work is published in the United States and Europe. She is a commissioner on the Vermont Commission on Women, member on the Vermont Board of Libraries and spends her free time biking and hanging out with her dog Olive.

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What the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Could Mean for Ugandans

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 7:51 PM

The ninth Parliament of Uganda on Friday passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, which punishes Ugandans charged with "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment. Though the bill has yet to be signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, its implications have grave consequences for the LGBTQI community.

"Today will go down...

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Howard Dean on the Evolution of LGBT Rights, the Republican Party and Gender Equality

(31) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:39 PM

During his time in public service, Howard Dean has been a physician, a six-term governor of Vermont, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, yet when it comes to his leadership in the movement for LGBT equality, he...

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Lawrence v. Texas: When LGBT Americans Became Recognized as Second Class Citizens

(53) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 9:42 PM

The Supreme Court of the United States' decision to strike down Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory, marked the beginning of federal acknowledgment that same-sex people are treated as second class citizens in this country.

By recognizing LGBT people...

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Crossing Over: The Reality of Being an Undocumented Transgender Immigrant in the U.S. (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 5:39 PM

After going through horrible abuses in their home countries, thousands of transgender people enter the United States every year in hopes of finding safety, acceptance and a better life. Taking great risks to enter, undocumented trans people have the further challenge of having only one year to declare their intent...

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LGBT Equality: It's Not Just About Marriage, It's Not Just Up to the Courts, It's on Us

(11) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 5:23 PM

As LGBT issues continue to be front and center across our nation, it is critical that the American people do not confuse gay marriage with equal opportunity for the LGBT community.

With three months since the election, the theme repeated most often in this past cycle has been the...

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