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Summer Semester is HERE!

Summer semester updated

Have you always wanted to learn French? Have you ever been intimidated by a yoga class? Do you have trouble saving money for your goals? This summer, the Pride Center of VT has something for everyone! We're hosting a fun series of classes in July and August called Summer Semester:

Voulez-Vous Learn French With Drew (Drew Briggs)
Tuesdays July: 15, 22 and August 5 at the Center, 6-7pm
Bonjour! This short class is meant to provide some very basic conversation points that will help you when you're traveling or just brushing up on your French. We'll go over some vocab, common phrases, and minimal grammar. All levels are welcome!
Visit the facebook event

Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are!
Thursday July 17 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether it is financial security for your family, a vacation home, or early retirement, this seminar helps determine the actions you need to take to turn your long-term dreams into tangible goals.
Visit the facebook event

Seeking a Tax-free Retirement
Tuesday July 29 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether you're just starting your career, or only a few years away from retirement, where you save can have a big impact on your retirement income. This seminar is ideal for all professions and income levels. Some of the topics covered are: Types of retirement income, SMART Retirement Money Order, Tax-Deferred vs.Tax-Free accumulation, Universal Life Insurance.
Visit the facebook event

IMPROVAGANZA! Drop-In Class (Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick)
Thursdays July 31 & Aug 7 at the Center, 7-9pm 
Join Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick of Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts for some fun during the summer session! This two-hour class will use improv exercises and Whose Line is it Anyway? style games to teach the basics of improv: Saying "Yes and!", freeing yourself from insecurities, thinking quick on your feet and creating engaging, hilarious scenes on the spot. Great for students of all experience levels!
Visit the facebook events here (31st) and here (7th)

Gender-Friendly Yoga(Rebecca Weisman)
Mondays August 11, 18, 25 at the Iyengar Yoga Center of VT, 5:30-7pm
Join Rebecca Weisman for a three-week Gender Friendly Yoga series at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont. In this series we will work with basic yoga postures and create a safe and inviting space to explore our experiences in the body. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe-- appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition. A great way to learn about yoga!
Visit the facebook event

NEW! Safe and Smart: Self Defense (Dan Duval)
Saturdays August 16 and 23 at the Center, 1-2:30pm
We will explore the many facets of self defense from situational awareness to physical intervention if and when it is needed. This class will help us to be aware of our surroundings and situations that we may be able to avoid and ways of managing ourselves if they can not be avoided. We will learn about situational stress reduction so we can use our mind and body to assess and react in the most effective way possible to potential danger. The class will include discussion and physical training. Please wear T shirts or other loose fitting shirt with sweat pants, yoga pants or other long pants for exercise. Shorts are not recommended as we will be dropping to the floor. Please bring drinking water

 

Register Here! Look out for more classes to be announced soon!

*We ask for a $5 donation per person per class but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

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July 22, 2014

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July 21, 2014

President Obama Signs Federal Contractors Executive Order

25 million workers now have explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Today, the president made it illegal for companies that contract with the federal government to fire, decline to promote, or refuse to hire someone simply because they are LGBT, by adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to two existing executive orders. Additionally, with the signing of today's executive order, the federal government affirmed Title VII sex discrimination protections for transgender federal employees. The executive order does not carry with it any religious exemptions. 

Read more and watch Obama sign the order here. 

Who knew finances could be so fun?

We had a great time last Thursday with Jan Knutsen at her Summer Semester workshop Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are! Almost ten community members came to the Center to learn about saving money for emergencies, goals and eventually retirement. We had a diverse age range in attendence with many different savings goals. There was a lively discussion and everyone brought plenty of questions.

We hope to see you at Jan's next workshop on Tax-Free Retirement Strategies on Tuesday July 29!

Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk Sept. 12th!

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What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!  This first annual event will celebrate the joy of the LGBTQ and allied community through fun and fitness!  We welcome everyone who wishes to join us in the celebration to show support, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.

Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end.  Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end.  This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course).  We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!

All participants will receive an awesome Stride to Pride t-shirt as well as custom finishers medal.  Additionally everyone will receive a token for the “OUT on Church Street” event, allowing you 10% off food, drinks and merchandise from participating retailers on Church Street Marketplace all weekend of Pride!  Additional tokens for supporters will be for sale at the event for $10 each.

While registration will be open until the event, only people registering by September 1st, 2014 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and finishers medal.  All participants will recieve an OUT on Church Street token and will be eligible for prizes regardless of registration date .  The cost is $35 per person, this includes the shirt, medal and OUT on Church Street token.

Register here:  

http://www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

Event schedule and times

Thursday, Sept. 11 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 8 pm, location TBD.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony

7:15 pm – enjoy the benefits of your OUT on Church Street token by receiving 10% off food/drink/merchandise at participating Church Street Marketplace businesses.

 

July 16, 2014

Saturday July 26: Wayne's Wiffle Ball Game

This spring, we lost a dear queer community member – Wayne Beam. He was a long-time bartender and events producer in the community – starting at 135 Pearl and tending to all of us in more ways than one over the years at many venues and events. He is greatly missed by all.

Wayne really loved baseball and as our way to keep his spirit of love and joy alive in all our hearts, we are shifting the annual old north end Ramble pop-up! queer kick ball game into …the first WAYNE WIFFLE BALL GAME on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-12pm at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School on North Street in Burlington, VT. In the shady, grassy baseball field behind the school, we will gather to play one epic game of wiffleball. All Ages. All Abilities. Everyone gets to play (we will sub in if there are lots of folks).

Two teams will be picked that morning, bring a blank shirt that you can mark up with your pick of a jersey number & team name (which will be picked by the team that morning too). No skill required, just bring your love of Wayne and wiffleball.

Not much into playing? Then come be part of the pick up queerleading squad to cheer on each team! Pom Poms, outfits, and cheers DIY!

This game kicks off a community fundraising effort to raise $250 to create a granite brick with Wayne’s name on it to be placed on Church Street. It is a way to honor his memory and the impact he made on so many lives. Our goal is to raise the money by Pride weekend in September (9/13-9/14) so we can place the brick that weekend.

A donation (sliding scale) is asked per player. If everyone kicks in $5 per player (or more), we will be well on the way toward the brick. Every bit helps! [cash accepted at the game].

Can't make the game? We will be collecting donations through this GOFUNDME site up to and through the wiffle ball game until we reach the goal. Any extra money raised will be all given to Wayne's family to help cover memorial costs from back in May. Any amount helps - consider it your last bartender tip to Wayne!

Please pass the word on! Let’s queer up this wiffle ball game in Wayne’s honor!

July 08, 2014

Call to Artists: 22nd Annual Art Hop

Pride Center of Vermont is seeking LGBTQA artists to display their work at the Center during the South End Arts and Business Association’s 22nd Annual Art Hop.

More than 35,000 art lovers from across the state are expected to crowd into Burlington between September 5th and 7th to view art from across mediums and materials. Whether you are just starting out in your art or are an established artist, Pride Center of Vermont encourages your submission. We are particularly but not exclusively interested in LGBTQ activist art and art that explores gender and sexuality.

Last year was our first time participating in the Art Hop and it was amazingly successful.  LGBTQA artists got fantastic exposure, some sold pieces, and everyone had a great time.  Pride Center’s space is bright with large wall space and hanging rods. We also have community space in which to display 3D work.

Selected artists will be featured in our promotion for Art Hop, including announcements on social networking sites, Pride Center’s webpage, and in our e-newsletter distributed to over 1,500 subscribers.

Please enter your submission by August 11th. The committee will notify artists of our selection by August 20th.

Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.

We ask that we receive your work by Tuesday the 2nd of September so that we can have it installed in time.

We will open the Pride Center’s space on Friday, September 5th at 5:00PM with a wine and cheese reception.  Pride Center will remain open all day Saturday. We will be closed on Sunday.

Please send submissions to art@ru12.org.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Kim Fountain at kim@ru12.org or call 802-860-7812.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Stops Its Support of ENDA

From the Advocate: 

"The morning the sun rose after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, we all woke up in a changed and intensified landscape of religious exemptions being used as an excuse to discriminate. The reality that while politics is about compromise, some compromises are too great.

After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As one of the lead advocates on this bill for 20 years, we do not take this move lightly but we do take it unequivocally — we now oppose this version of ENDA because of its too-broad religious exemption."

Link to the full article.

Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie

Hey people who love Vermont!! Check out this amazing film about VT History [click here] being shown on Vermont Public Television. Of particular interest for LGBTQ folks will be Thursday July 17th: Doers and Shapers, which covers Vermont's struggles toward marriage equality. 

 

July 02, 2014

Northeast Kingdom Courageous Conversations series a success!

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee (a collaboration between RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont and Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging) hosted an amazing series of films and discussions, including our signature panel discussion, "Celebrations and Challenges of Being LGBTQA in the NEK" on June 12. Here's a photo of the panelists and moderator, from left to right: Jean Sienkewicz, RU12?/PCVT (moderator); Charlene Willey, of St. Johnsbury (panelist); Chelsea Brochu, formerly of Hardwick, now of Burlington (panelist); Lisa Viles Executive Director of Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging (NEVAAA), St. Johnsbury; Jerri Ryan, of St. Johnsbury and NEVAAA (panelist); and Don Grabowski, from the Health Center in Plainfield (panelist). The evening offered a healthy dialogue between and among LGBTQ community members and Allies about community-building, the need for LGBTQ community and events, bias, and the experience of being LGBTQ and Allies in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  

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More photos from the event on June 12th can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catamountarts/sets/72157645102651116/; the event was recorded and broadcast on a local television station; check it out on Kingdom Access TV.

The LGBTQA Advisory Committee also hosted five discussions following free Monday night films about LGBTQ issues, including "Imagine Me and You," "Cloudburst," "Weekend," "TransAmerica," and "Valentine Road" and are hoping this series is the beginning of new partnership with the Catamount Arts Center for LGBTQA educational and community-building events. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of those who made our Courageous Conversation series in June a huge success, especially the Catamount Arts Center and NEVAAA, as well as community members who opened themselves up to participate in the dialogue.

For more information about the NEK LGBTQA Advisory Committee, please contact Jean at RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont at 802.860.7812 or jean@ru12.org or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA at 802.751.0431 or jryan@nevaaa.org.

 

 

July 01, 2014

St. Albans LGBTQ Disability Group Changes for July

The St. Albans location for the RU12? Disability Social and Support Group will not be meeting this week.  Instead they will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency at 3 Home Health Circle in St. Albans Friday July 11th at 3:30 and Friday July 25th at 3:30.  

June 30, 2014

Vermont Pride Picnic and Show!

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June 27, 2014

Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12? Community Center) Speaks Out on BSA and the Montpelier Independence Day Celebration

Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12? Community Center) commends Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, along with City Councilors Thierry Guerlain, Dona Bate, and Jessica Edgerly Walsh on their principled decision to withhold city approval of a vendor license for the July 3rd Independence Day Celebration to the Boy Scouts, based on the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of open discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“Pride Center of Vermont strongly supports many of the values taught by the Boy Scouts of America and their local troupes. It is for this very reason, however, that we cannot abide by the Boy Scouts of America’s message to our young people that there is a reason to discriminate against members of our community,” Executive Director Kim Fountain noted. “We applaud those city leaders who were brave enough to step forward and refuse to put the Montpelier community’s seal of approval on discrimination.” 

Ms. Fountain noted that Pride Center of Vermont planned to alert its membership over the weekend that help is needed for July 3rd cleanup volunteers in Montpelier, in light of the Scouts’ decision to not help with the process. “Supporting Montpelier in the cleanup is a great way to demonstrate that the community has their back on this principled decision.”

“There is a bit of talk that it is the boys who are being hurt by this decision because they are caught in the middle of what is being described as a political issue,” said Ms. Fountain. “What is missing is the fact that LGBTQ youth and adults have been harmfully affected by this policy for years. Even with the recent decision by BSA to allow gay youth to be scouts, they are sending the message that these boys should not aspire to leadership positions because they have been deemed unworthy of such an honor. How is that not hurtful and why are our gay youth less worthy of concern?”

Ms. Fountain hopes that a sincere and productive dialogue on this issue can take place and that local troupes will stand proudly with the LGBTQ community in asking  the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory practices.

For information on how you can support the LGBTQ community and local Boy Scout troupes that stand for justice for our community by helping to clean up after the July 3rd parade, please contact either Kim Fountain at kim@ru12.org or use the volunteer link for the celebration at http://www.montpelieralive.org/.  

June 25, 2014

Coming Soon: Summer Semester

Have you always wanted to learn French? Have you ever been intimidated by a yoga class? Do you have trouble saving money for your goals? This summer, the Pride Center of VT has something for everything! We're hosting a fun series of classes in July and August called Summer Semester:

Voulez-Vous Learn French With Drew (Drew Briggs)
Tuesdays in July: 8, 15, 22 at the Center, 6-7pm
Bonjour! This short class is meant to provide some very basic conversation points that will help you when you're traveling or just brushing up on your French. We'll go over some vocab, common phrases, and minimal grammar. All levels are welcome!

Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are!
Thursday July 17 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether it is financial security for your family, a vacation home, or early retirement, this seminar helps determine the actions you need to take to turn your long-term dreams into tangible goals.

Tax-free Retirement Strategies
Tuesday July 29 location at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether you're just starting your career, or only a few years away from retirement, where you save can have a big impact on your retirement income. This seminar is ideal for all professions and income levels. Some of the topics covered are: Types of retirement income, SMART Retirement Money Order, Tax-Deferred vs.Tax-Free accumulation, Universal Life Insurance.

IMPROVAGANZA! Drop-In Class Thursday, July 31 & Aug 7 location at the Center, 7-9pm 
Join Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick of Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts for some fun during the summer session! This two-hour class will use improv exercises and Whose Line is it Anyway? style games to teach the basics of improv: Saying "Yes and!", freeing yourself from insecurities, thinking quick on your feet and creating engaging, hilarious scenes on the spot. Great for students of all experience levels!

Gender-Friendly Yoga(Rebecca Weisman)
Wednesdays August 11, 18, 25 at the Iyengar Yoga Center of VT, 5:30-7pm
Join Rebecca Weisman for a three-week Gender Friendly Yoga series at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont. In this series we will work with basic yoga postures and create a safe and inviting space to explore our experiences in the body. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe-- appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition. A great way to learn about yoga!

Register Here! Look out for more classes to be announced soon!

*We ask for a $5 donation per person per class but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Stonewall Commemoration This Friday

PRIDE Vermont presents our Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service featuring inspiring speakers, music and fellowship. In addition to marking the Stonewall anniversary, this year, (in accordance with the theme for PRIDE Vermont 2014 - "Generations of Pride" ) we will hear about the lives of three different generations of LGBTQ Vermonters.

At the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

This event is free and open to all.

Please join us in marking this very special day in the history of the LGBTQ community!

June 24, 2014

Vermont Cares- Safe Sex and HIV Awareness Talk

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Vermont Cares will be giving a presentation to the RU12? Disability Group which meets at The Wellness Coop this Thursday June 26th at 3:00 pm.  The Wellness Coop is located at 279 North Winooski.  Get important information in a safe, confidential, small group setting.  All are welcome!

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