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June 27, 2012

RU12? Closed for the 4th of July


The Center will be closed Wednesday July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!  The Center will re-open Thurs. July 5th at 10:00 am

The SafeSpace program will also be closed Wednesday July 4th, if you are having a crisis emergency please dial the 24 hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-228-7395 or the 24 hour sexual violence hotline at 1-800-489-7273.  SafeSpace will re-open Thurs. July 5th at 9:00 am


June 25, 2012

Pride Vermont Announces 2012 September Festival Events


Pride Vermont Announces 2012 September Festival Events

Vermont to Celebrate LGBT Community in Northern New England’s Premier Pride Festival

BURLINGTON, Vt – The Pride Vermont Committee announced its plans today for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 21-22, 2012. The festivities, which will be held in September for the first time in order to better include Vermont’s large student population and foliage tourists, will include a cruise on Lake Champlain on Friday, September 21, a parade through downtown Burlington, and a pride festival, NOH8 Campaign photoshoot, and the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo in Burlington’s Battery Park on the 22nd.

“This year’s Pride Vermont promises to be more vibrant than ever before, with an incredible array of events and activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied people and families to enjoy,” said Madelyn Baer, the Pride Vermont 2012 Director. “We look forward to celebrating Pride with people from all across the great state of Vermont, northern New England, upstate New York, and Canada, and we are honored to host the NOH8 Campaign this year, adding our faces to those from across the country standing up for equality.” 

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June 23, 2012

National HIV Testing Day- Stop In to RU12? For A Test!


June 27th is National HIV Testing Day!

This is an annual national campaign coordinated by the National Association of People With AIDS that encourages everyone to "Take the Test, Take Control". 

RU12? will be offering free, anonymous walk-in HIV testing from 11am to 6pm. Tests are quick (20 mins for results) and painless (they're oral- no needles)! We'll be brewing up some coffee and dishing out small gift cards donated by local businesses (See list below).

In the USA, there are about 1.2 million people living with HIV, about 1 in 5 of whom don't know they are positive. People who find out that they are HIV positive earlier are more likely to stay healthier longer and are able to better protect themselves and their partners.

Not sure why you should take the test? 
Feeling a little anxious about it? 
Want to make an appointment?
Give Mike or Jean-Denis a call at 802-860-7812 or email us at 
You can also check out these great locally made videos:

For more information on NHTD, see
RU12? Thanks the following businesses for their donations:
August First
City Market
Pure Pop Records
Purple Shutter Herbs
Skinny Pancake
Zabby & Elf's Stone Soup




Stonewall (1)Pop-Up! A Queer Dance Party is a party for the queer community which intentionally "pops up" in a different venue each month. 

Produced by DJ Llu & Chopper, June's event is on the official anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of June 28th, 1969. 

Come dance with other Vermont queer & allied folks as we celebrate 43 years (and counting) of queer liberation! DJs Alan Perry & Rob Douglas will be on the decks. 

21+ $5 at the door - CLUB METRONOME - BURLINGTON, VT

More information at:

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First Annual Vermont Stonewall Commemoration, Presented by Pride Vermont


StonewallPride Vermont is holding a non-sectarian, non-political memorial service commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the raid on a New York City gay bar that sparked the modern movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. All equality-minded Vermonters are invited.

The solemn event will be held at 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the top of Church Street in Burlington; it will include music, a reading of the events of that historic night, testimony from two Vermonters who were in New York during the riots, and remarks from prominent LGBT Vermonters including Margaret Tamulonis, the Vermont Queer Archivist. It will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

As the Stonewall Riots fade further into memory, it is particularly important for the LGBT community and our allies to tell the story, connect with our shared history, and honor those in generations past who have struggled and died in the fight for equality. This is especially valuable in a pro-equality state like Vermont, where LGBT people enjoy freedoms bought by the courage of those who’ve gone before us.

This commemoration will inspire our statewide LGBTQA community to continue working toward equality and keep the memory of Stonewall alive in our time. 

Please attend this important event and help to spread the word. 


June 21, 2012

Outright Vermont Press Release: CIVIL UNION WRONG RIGHTED!




Burlington, VT - With the leadership of Govenor Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) has restored funding to Outright Vermont (ORVT) for their anti-harassment and anti-bullying work in Vermont schools.  This funding was cut in 2000, after the heated Civil Union debates and severe homophobic pressure from outside groups pressured VT

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June 20, 2012

Get your Team together for the Pub Quiz on July 1st

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House of LeMay Presents: VGSA & GLAM's 1st Annual Pub Quiz at Drink!

Gather your friends so you can team up and win fun prizes! This is a free event. 21+

**AN LGBTQ Community-wide Event!!

Teams up to 6 members!


Facebok Event

June 19, 2012

Trans Support Group Wednesday June 20th 6:30pm

6:30-8pm, Every first and third Wednesday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 2nd Floor, Winooski. This peer-led, informal group is open to all trans people and to any discussion topics raised. It is a respectful and confidential space for socializing, support, and discussion.

June 18, 2012

Vermont Folklife Center Offers Apprenticeship Stipends

The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce the continuation of the Vermont
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for a twentieth year. This program was initiated to
support Vermont's living cultural heritage and provides stipends of up to $2000 as
honoraria and to cover such expenses as materials and travel. Under the auspices of the
program, traditional arts such as Yankee fiddling, Abenaki basket making, Franco
American singing, and Somali Bantu drum making have received support.

A traditional arts apprenticeship brings teachers and learners together who share a common
commitment to keeping these art forms alive. It pairs a master artist who has achieved a
high level of expertise in his or her art form with a less-experienced apprentice. The master
and apprentice jointly plan when, where, and what they expect to accomplish during the
course of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeship schedules reflect the time constraints of both
master and apprenticeship and range from short-term, intensive sessions to meetings spread
over the course of a year.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the over one hundred eighty-three
apprenticeships supported during the first seventeen years of the program represent a broad
spectrum, from the arts of native Abenaki, Yankee, and Franco American regional cultures,
to the arts of recent Somali Bantu, Congolese, Tibetan, Bosnian, Meskhetian, and other
new American communities.

Information and application forms for the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Program are available from the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT
05753, call Gregory Sharrow at (802) 388-4964 or online at

The deadline for applications for this year's program is July 9.


June 14, 2012

Queer Invasion of the Dog Park



Join RU12? as we invade the Dog Park with our furry friends! Come together to visit with old friends and make new ones while our pooches get n excellent dose of exercise and socialization. 

 When:     Friday, June 22nd at 6pm

Where:    South Burlington Community Dog Park, Kirby Rd

Afterwards we can head over to the creamee stand!

Facebook Event

June 08, 2012

Community Calendar Spotlight: Vermont CARES Champ Ride!

Vermont Cares Champ Ride

June 9th. This year, the Champ Ride for HIV/AIDS will begin and end in Oakledge Park in Burlington. Riders enjoy scenic routes with distances of 17, 32, 67 &100 miles, winding through beautiful Vermont scenery and lake vistas.

For registration and additional information please visit ourChamp Ride Site.


Staff Reflections on the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

Having the opportunity to join several of our fantastic community members at the Trans-Health Conference was quite the treat! RU12? applied for, and received, a travel scholarship which allowed myself and others to attend who otherwise would've been unable to go. 

The conference is the largest of it's kind in the world, with over 2,500 trans and/or intersex people and our fabulous allies in attendance. The THC offers a plethora of workshops, running from 9a to 7p and activities for conference-goers afterwards. Topics of workshops include such issues as trans-inclusive healthcare, legal issues, issues of family, sexuality, appearance and general well-being. Intersections of gender with race, dis/ability, socio-economic status, religion, age, and sexual orientation are woven throughout workshops, often playing key roles in discussion. This year featured special tracks for femme-identified individuals, sex workers, and those doing HIV-Prevention work. 

I attended many workshops on trans-inclusive sexuality education, gaining insight and language that will help me better serve our community right here in Vermont.  Because of the work we are currently doing to help insure the single-payer healthcare system (coming to VT in 2017) is trans-inclusive, I attended several healthcare-focused workshops- one focusing on legal rights relating to healthcare and one focusing on advocating for yourself and/or clients in healthcare settings. I gained a wider view of what is happening in trans communities across the US and beyond, including police interactions with the trans community in NYC, and the new laws in Argentina allowing people to change gender markers on official documents without surgery or psychiatric diagnosis and to receive free hormone treatment and surgery

Milling around the most gender-fabulous crowd one could ever hope for, I was overcome with the feeling of belonging to an enormous, diverse, and dynamic community. I returned with new energy and new tools to continue the important (and extremely rewarding) work we do at RU12? with and for trans people throughout the state.

Rescheduled for next month: Kink N' Kabobs: Sense-ational!


KinknkabobsTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!!!  Join other kinky people at RU12? for the Kink Discussion Group. This month is a Kink N' Kabobs, a quarterly event where kinky people and tasty kabobs meet! Each Kink N' Kabobs brings a new topic.

 This month:  Making hot wax trails, ice trickling down who-knows-where, rolling spurs on your playmate- That's right! Kink N' Kabobs brings you Sensation Play, for all those who love coming to their senses. Meet other kinky people and share your experiences and enthusiasms, learn some new tricks, and have a blast!

Refreshments and Kabobs provided.

This group is open to all genders, ages, sexual orientations, and sexual interests. We maintain a confidential space that is respectful of all. 

 For more information, contact Jean-Denis at or call him at 860-7812. Events are posted on Facebook and on


June 01, 2012

Community Calendar Spotlight: First Monday Social in Norwich


Please join the monthly LGBTQA Community 'First Monday' social on  every 1st Monday at the Norwich Inn organized by local community members and Dartmouth College/DHMC LGBTQA. Catch up with colleagues or meet new friends...Come and join the fun! Light refreshments will be provided (additional food and alcoholic beverages for purchase in the pub). Please feel free to drop by anytime between 4:30pm and 7:30pm

Norwich Inn Website

Sex As Spiritual Practice A One-day Introduction to Oshiva Tantra

Saturday, June 2, 2012

10 am until 6 pm

Rainbow Serpent, Westminster, VT -

This one-day introduction to awakening the body ecstatic will explore:
  • How sex and pleasure can be spiritual
  • How spiritual practice can be sexy and pleasurable
  • Loving every part of our bodies
  • Feeling and activating energy centers and subtle anatomy
  • Sound, breath, movement, and sacred geometry
  • The relationship between Love, Sex & Eros
  • What to do with sexual and erotic energy
  • Getting pleasure by giving pleasure
  • Easy-to-practice exercises to take home.

Through group agreements, we will ensure confidentiality and respect everyone's self-defined identities and boundaries.

This dayshop runs from 10 am to 6 pm. Please arrive by 9 am, to give yourself time to arrive and get settled.

  • A lunch and/or something vegan to share
  • Notebook or journal and writing/drawing materials
  • Comfortable clothing that feels good to touch, with loose waistband
  • Slippers and/or warm socks

All genders, orientations, and levels of experience welcome.

The facilitators, Oshee and Viva, have studied and practiced Yoga, Tantra, and sacred sexuality for a combined 50 years. They live together at Spiral Fire community in Middle Tennessee, where they practice geomancy and eclectic, Earth-centered spirituality. They lead ceremonies and rituals for personal and planetary healing and transformation.

Before registering, call Oshee at (615) 939-1473, to talk about your intention.

Maximum 19 participants.
To register call Lisa at Rainbow Serpent at (802) 869-1122.

Todd’s June Peek 2012: Paul Russell’s “The Gay 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Gay Men And Lesbians, Past and Present”

Toddspeek“The Gay 100” is a compilation of the author’s, Paul Russell, top 100 gay men and lesbians of history.  He writes by notion of a timeline for the ages, by selecting men and women throughout history, who he feels are the 100 most influential gay men and lesbians of history.

The book contains short biographies of such luminaries as Socrates, Sappho, Oscar Wilde, and Gertrude Stein, among others.  At once uplifting and heart-wrenching, these 100 portraits capture the real people behind the legends and affirm that gay men and lesbians have been an integral part of history from ancient times through the present day--ensuring that those who will follow in their footsteps face a future that is brighter than ever before.

Being gay is a way of life and a way of living that needs to be understood by way of historical context. In his introduction, Russell explains the premise of the book: "One of the ways by which gay men and lesbians have survived through the centuries is by recognizing one another in the various disguises we have worn. We have survived on the consolation of knowing there are others like ourselves. . . . The men and women whose names were secretly whispered, repeated, cherished as homosexual helped create and sustain that amorphous phenomenon we know today as gay culture."

Past lives are integrative to the present. “The Gay 100” is a literary read that is also seen as conduit for history to present day. Isn’t it ironic that people have been gay for thousands of years, and now we live in a world of AIDS, where being gay is closeted, in real terms, for all the wrong reasons? 

Paul Russell writes with dignity for the meaning of “The Gay 100”, as gay history. There is no time like the present to read “The Gay l00” as a literary resource guide for the world of today.  Ciao, Todd


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