Burlington, VT – In response to a meeting scheduled and then cancelled at the Fletcher Free Library by a group called Gender Critical Vermont, Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement:
“I welcome the news that a meeting that was scheduled for tonight at the Library has been cancelled, at least temporarily. Burlington seeks to be a city in which people of all backgrounds, orientations, and gender identities feel safe and enjoy a sense of belonging. This event as organized clashed with that deeply held community goal. If the event is rescheduled, I urge the organizers to do so in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the unacceptable persecution too frequently experienced by members of our community who are transgender and non-binary.
“I appreciate the thoughtful way in which Mary Danko, the Director of the Fletcher Free Library, handled the controversy surrounding this event. The City will continue to fulfill the responsibilities that the First Amendment demands of all government entities, while simultaneously opposing hate speech and aggressively enforcing laws that protect the public from hate crimes, in order to send the message that such actions have no place in Burlington.”