Gay Guide

Vermont
Pink Star Rating

10

Capital

Montpelier

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Burlington, Essex, Rutland, Colchester

Gay Age of Consent

Legal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Legal

Straight Age of Consent

16

Legal Notes

Sodomy laws were repealed in Vermont through legislative action in 1977. Vermont is one of the 13 US states which has anti-discrimination laws protecting lesbian and gays. The legislation covers public and private employment, public and private housing, education, credit and union practices. In July 2000 Vermont's was the first state to introduce a Civil Union law permiting eligible couples of the same sex to be joined in civil union. Parties to a civil union are given all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under Vermont law as are granted to spouses in a marriage.

Population

609,000

Climate

Vermont has very cold winters and moderate summers. Autumn is a spectacular month with the fall of the maple leaves. The central part of the state, has an average January temperature of about -6c and an average July temperature of about 21c. In summer temperatures rarely exceed 30c. The best time to visit is during the summer and autumn months. Annual rainfall in Vermont is about 1015 mm and is fairly evenly distributed over the course of a year except in the north and west, where more moisture is received in the summer. All of Vermont receives heavy snowfall, with some mountain areas getting up to 3175 mm.