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Pulling for LGBTQ+ Youth

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What do you get when a community pulls together for its LGBTQ+ youth? A whole lot of love, laughter, rainbows, pride, and a 24,000 lb fire truck!

This past weekend Social Sentinel joined community members and local businesses to raise funds and awareness during Outright Vermont’s Annual Fire Truck Pull. Teams of 12 flexed their muscles to move fire truck 30 feet up the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont.

Outright Vermont works each day to transform the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. They connect youth with their peers and help foster relationships with caring adults; countering the isolation that makes them feel so alone. They also show families, friends, legislators, teachers, and community members how they can create a future where youth thrive as their full, authentic selves.

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Friendly competition

Competing with over 20 teams, including Seventh Generation, Rhino Foods,, and parents of trans children, Social Sentinel's team clocked the fastest pull time of 12.2 seconds. But most importantly, we raised $20,055 since fundraising began in late August. Collectively, the teams raised over $123,000 – all of which goes directly to Outright Vermont’s national model programming and development.

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Why we pull

"We pull and advocate for those who can't and who are voiceless," explained Dr. Gary Margolis, Founder and CEO of Social Sentinel. "We give respect to a community that is often marginalized and alone, and we help them know that they are neither.” 

You can carry the weight, even if just for one day, for a young person who feels alone or out-of-place just because of who they are. By making a gift, you can show youth that you pull for them. 

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