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April 27, 2012

Pop-Up! A Queer Dance Party - Queer-pril Event - UVM Davis Center Atrium




Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party returns to Burlington to team up with UVM's Club 590, Free to Be, and LGBTQA Services for their Gay-Pril month of events.

Saturday, April 28th, 9pm-1am we are going to queer up the Davis Center Atrium (the big grand staircase/open part of the building).


DJ Llu will be headlining, with DJ's Ray Rush & TwoSev opening the night.

This is going to be an EPIC dance party - full on professional lighting & sound from RMB Sound.

Special features:
Bar provided by UVM's Brennan's Pub (in the Davis Center).

QUEER Haircuts - by Dana Kaplan! By appointment or on-demand. Details TBA!

Hosted by producers Chopper & DJ Llu - as always this event is meant to bring out the queer community from all over the state to connect, dance and mingle.

Find out more at:

April 21, 2012

A Community Comes Together to Support the Berns-Snyder Family

Jim Berns, Tom Snyder and their 2 wonderful boys have touched the hearts and impacted the lives of those around them. As they are going through a difficult time, their friends and community members have come together in support by organizing a benefit for the family that they care so deeply about.

Please join them:

Calcutta to benefit the Berns-Snyder Family

When: 2pm, Sunday, April 22nd 

Where: Backstage Bar and Grill, 60 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452

Tickets are 60.00 a piece and include lunch and a chance to win the big Jackpot. Other items will also be up for raffle.

More Details

April 18, 2012

UVM presents The Vagina Monologues April 22nd

Vagina Monologues 2012 POSTER

April 17, 2012

New Central VT Kink and Safety Discussion Group

This is a new kink-focused discussion group and is open to to anyone who wishes to participate. It is a chance to discuss safety within many different lifestyles, particularly kink. This will be a safe place to express your concerns or fears, and to give your opinions on these subjects. We just ask that you are respectful to any and all who attend.

This new group will be meeting for the first time this Thursday, April 19th, from 6-8PM and will meet the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Mason's Lodge. The Mason's Lodge is located at 111 Brush Hill Rd. Williamstown. You can find this group meeting on FetLife and RSVP at or by emailing the facilitator directly at


April 13, 2012


What? A kink/BDSM unconference extravaganza the likes of which have never been seen in the snowy hills of Vermont.

When? April 20-22, 2012. 
Friday: Meet & Greet from 7-9pm, with cash bar & hors d'oeuvres. 
Saturday: Unconference from 10a-7p. Spectacle of Sin Fetish Ball & BDSM Exploration Event from 9p-2a.
Sunday: Pancake Brunch from 11a-2p.
Where?  Our Meet & Greet and Unconference will occur at the Windjammer Conference Center in South Burlington, VT.  TheSpectacle of Sin occurs at Higher Ground in South Burlington.  Location for the Pancake Brunch is TBA.

You can register by purchasing your ticket online

Tickets are $45 per person and include the Friday Meet & Greet, Saturday Unconference (lunch included), and Sunday Pancake Brunch.  NELA Associates save $5 on their ticket! Tickets for the Spectacle of Sin are separate - visit Higher Ground to purchase.

If you need to make alternative payment arrangements, email


April 11, 2012

Scott Fried to Present at UVM

This Thursday, April 12th, @ 7 PM in the Silver Maple Ballroom (4th floor of the Davis Center) UVM Hillel presents: Scott Fried

Come hear Scott Fried talk about the issue of HIV/AIDS through the telling of his own personal story as well as discussion about his Jewish identity. His talk is incredibly powerful. “Scott Fried is a nationally known HIV/AIDS activist. He uses himself as Exhibit A, beginning each presentation with his story of how he got infected with HIV in 1987 at the age of 24, during his first and only unsafe sexual encounter. His unstoppable approach to educating others can be encapsulated into one thought: one must understand the value of one’s own life, and hold it sacred, in order to refrain from dangerous behaviors that could lead to HIV infection and other crises. He approaches his work through many lenses, including his Jewish identity.”

(Co-sponsored by: Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, LGBTQA Center)

April 09, 2012

RU12? 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Dinner May 4, 2013


Please join us for RU12? Community Center’s 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Dinner: Emerald City. Our signature event, this year’s dinner celebrates fifteen years of RU12?’s commitment to LGBTQA community building across Vermont.

RU12’s Annual Dinner brings together community members and allies for a fabulous evening of dinner and entertainment in support of our vital health and human rights programs as well as our social and educational events. It is a time for us to recognize community leaders, organizations, and businesses dedicated to building and strengthening our community.

The evening will beging at 5:00PM and take place at the Sheraton Hotel, Burlington. 
The Vermont Pride Awards
RU12? Vermont Pride Awards are given to individuals and groups that truly stand out in their efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Their tireless efforts are an inspiration to us all.  
The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year will be presented to TD Bank for being out in front of as a strong supporter of their LGBTQ employees.  Through creating LGBTQ affirming policies TD fosters a workplace climate where LGBTQ employees can be out and proud.  They have received numerous awards at the national and international levels for their LGBTQ work, including offsetting the additional federal and state taxes of LGBT employees in domestic partnerships, relative to heterosexual married couples. Their support of Vermont’s LGBTQ community clearly reflects their company policies. From TD Bank Foundation grants and sponsoring RU12?’s Annual Dinner to volunteer hours by their employees, TD Bank is an admiral example of a business that understands and supports the true meaning of LGBTQ equality.

The Vermont Pride Award for Individual Activism will be presented to community activist David Frye, the coordinator of RU12?’s LGBTQ Disabilities Rights Network.  Two years ago, David began the LGBTQ Disabilities Group at the Center to foster the health, safety, and well being of this remarkable group of people.  From creating the support group and setting up a chat line to endless hours of outreach, David is in the process of connecting LGBTQ individuals with disabilities across Vermont. This innovative and tireless work has earned him several accolades including a Green Mountain Self Advocates Award to an invitation to speak at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s activist conference, Creating Change. His dedication is bringing much needed attention to this very marginalized group. 

The Vermont Pride Award for Community Service will be presented to the Pride Vermont Committee. Each year, Pride takes tremendous amounts of time and energy by a group of individuals working together for a full year. Filing all the correct city permits and finding and signing festival performers to contacting and coordinating marchers and vendors, requires hundreds of hours of planning.  Members of this committee give their time to ensure that we have an amazing Pride Festival, Parade, and events. They bring their various skills to the table and work through hours of details and produce events throughout the year. Through this award, RU12? hopes bring much deserved recognition to this dedicated group of individuals whose tireless efforts bring us the most recognizable tradition in LGBTQ culture.

The Live and Silent Auctions
This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and there are fabulous items to be bid on in our live and silent auctions. We have amazing items generously donated from businesses and individuals across Vermont and beyond. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff, to bowties and gardening supplies, to those thank you cards you always wish you had handy. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.

The link for tickets will go live on April 10th. 

SafeSpace Offers New Option to Report Violence Online

RU12? Community Center is proud to announce the launch of our online reporting form as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  The report was carefully designed and piloted by our SafeSpace program to offer one more avenue for reporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) related violence.  Now people can report discrimination, hate violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence through a secure link on the website  As with any reporting to SafeSpace the information is confidential and there is the option to remain anonymous. 

In hate violence cases power and control can be exerted through sexual violence.  In other cases, sexual violence is part of a pick up crime where the perpetrator relies on the likelihood of the victim not reporting because he or she fears that law enforcement of mainstream providers will either out them or not take them seriously.  Sexual violence is also often a part of domestic violence where batterers rely heavily on fears of stigma and isolation.  For these and many other reason, RU12’s SafeSpace program offers specialized direct services for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence.  The online reporting form is now a part of those services. 

“Calling our office or dropping in is still an option.” said Brenda Pitmon, SafeSpace Coordinator.  “We are introducing the online reporting form because people who have experienced LGBTQ violence or discrimination need as many ways to report it as possible.”

Having the secure online option means that if someone wants to make a report to SafeSpace but choose not speak to someone, they can do so.  “Not everyone who experiences violence feels that they can bring themselves to make a call, but still might want to get the information out there,” said Pitmon.  It is also provides another layer of safety for people who cannot access a phone but who may be able to access a computer at for instance a public library.  

In addition to increasing options and safety, the form helps SafeSpace to track more of the data on violence within and against the LGBTQ community.  The more data that can be documented, the greater SafeSpace’s ability to address the persistent problem of violence.

If you or someone you know has experienced violence, advocates in the SafeSpace program can help provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  Advocates are available M-Th 9am-6pm and Fri. 9am-2pm at 802-863-0003 or toll free 866-869-7351.


April 05, 2012

RU12? spring plant sale (part 2) is open for business.

WU Plants 2

Here is a great opportunity to brighten your yard and support your local LGBTQH Community Center!

RU12? has partnered with Claussen's Florist and Greenhouse to offer our community members great deals and competitive prices on annuals and perennials (singles of varying sizes and flats) while offering a generous portion of the proceeds to RU12?!

Please consider purchasing your spring blooms through us. Here is a link to the SurveyMonkey site for purchase, or feel free to call us at 802.860.7812 to place a phone order.

Order by May 18th for pick-up (at RU12?) or delivery to your home during the week of May 21st.

RU12? BLOOMS! Spring plant sale, part 2

April 03, 2012

Stylish Parallel Justice Clothes Swap Friday and Saturday!

ClothesswapSo many of you have donated beautiful, stylish and vintage clothes to our fourth annual“Love Your Neighbor – Love Your Neighbor’s Clothes Swap” fundraiser, and we are immensely grateful. We’re hoping you will also make time to stop by Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall at the end of the week and shop the swap this weekend to benefit Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime.  We have an abundance of men’s and women’s clothing with brands like Ann Taylor  ~  Banana Republic  ~  Columbia  ~  J Crew ~ The Gap  ~  LL Bean  ~  Chico  ~  Coldwater Creek

And almost everything is either $5, $8 or $12 so you can fill a bag without emptying your wallet.  As always, all the money raised will help victims of crime in Burlington with basic and safety needs. 

Friday, April 6th 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm  - pop in and shop a minute as you stroll the First Friday Art Walk.  While you’re there, check out some of “The Art of Making Amends” an exhibition of art made as part of the restorative justice process at the Burlington Community Justice Center.

Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – The oh-so-stylish ladies from The House of LeMay will be running a clearance special in the final hours of the swap, as well as an Easter Bonnet contest at 2:00pm.  Wear an Easter Bonnet and earn a $5.00 credit to shop the swap.  The best overall bonnet will get a $20 credit! 

 Bonus way to help crime victims:  Leunig’s Bistro – Burlington’s own taste of Paris has offered us an amazing deal.  If you buy a “partner card” during the month of April, they’ll give us half the cost – that’s a $25 donation to Parallel Justice’s Victims’ Fund that will entitle you to 20% off dining for an entire year.  Plus, join us on Sunday, April 15th for brunch or dinner and 10% of the cost of your meal will be donated to the Victims’ Fund.

Extra bonus way to help: City Market has chosen this Victims’ Fund as the recipient of the “Change for Local Non-Profits” $.05 bag refund this month.  If you shop, please try to remember to bring your own bag, we keep some stashed in the back of our car to make it easy to help each month’s recipient.

Thanks again for all your support, and happy April,

Rain Banbury
Parallel Justice Specialist
Burlington Community Justice Center

Empowering victims and restoring safety. . .

Military Group this Thursday!

Pizza and Discussion: What is Out?

Come to RU12 from 5-7pm for FREE pizza and discussion around what it means to identify as LGBTQ in the military! PAST or PRESENT!

Feel free to bring your partner or a close friend!

AND Remember, we'll bring the pizza if you bring a beverage ;)

Questions or comments, please email



April 02, 2012

Free HIV Testing in Royalton!

Do you know your HIV status?

Protect yourself and your partner- it's fast, easy and free!

Free, anonymous HIV testing will be available to everyone in the Royalton area today and Wednesday, between 9am and 5pm. All are welcome! Results in just 20 minutes and no needles!

Just drop on by or email to reserve a time. Later appointments may be available.

We will be in the Debevoise building, located at 164 Chelsea Street in South Royalton.


April 01, 2012

Todd’s Peek For: April 2012: “Ariel” Sylvia Plath’s Poetry of Nature

ToddspeekSylvia Plath is considered to be one of the greatest poets of her day. She left behind volumes of poetry and one biography. Some say her life was arduous and completely untold, but to me, her poetry speaks of the need for love in difficult times, her verse being sharply-witted, and poignant.

“Ariel” is her last, individual work of poetry, and it was written as a mother, and a wife, and as a troubled individual for her own life. She lived from October 27, 1932-February 11, 1963. She went to Smith on a full scholarship, in the 1950’s. She married Ted Hughes, a fellow poet, in 1956 and they had two children, Frieda and Nicholas. She subsequently committed suicide sometime after that. Her life had been too frenetic and erratically fast-paced for her, as a woman, who didn’t see herself in personhood, as woman of integrity, or as a mother, and wife, or individual poet, to be reckoned with. 

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