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July 2012

July 31, 2012

Check Out the Aug/Sept Calendar!

Disability group

Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! 

Meetings are Tuesdays, 4:30 pm at the RU12? Community Center in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. For more information contact Brenda ( or call RU12? at 860-7812

Check Out Our Calendar of Events!!!

Aug  21st  Group Art Project with Leigh Ann

Aug  28th  Group Art Project with Leigh Ann


Sept 11th  Safe Sex Talk

Sept 18th  Discussion group- No Topics Off Limits

Sept 25th  Movie and Popcorn

If you aren’t able to make it to the RU12? Disability Group you can join our facilitator, David for our online group through Pal Talk.  Monday nights 4:30pm-6:00 pm online Pal Talk in the Vermont GLBTQ Group for Individuals with a Disability Chat Room.


RU12? Family Program at Owl's Head Berry Farm: Thursday, August 9

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Please join our RU12? Family Program at Owl's Head Blueberry Farm on Thursday, August 9 from 5-7:45pm for an evening of music and berry-picking! $12 per person, includes 2-quarts of pick-your-own berries, and kids/families are welcome! RU12? meet-up at 5:30pm, look for RU12?'s Pride Flag! For more information, see the Owl's Head website, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or contact

July 27, 2012

RU12? Family Program Summer 2012 schedule!

We hope you'll join us! Please contact with any questions, comments or if you would like more information, to be added to the RU12? Family Program email announcement list or email discussion group.

Family project flier

Upcoming Events from the Trans Community Wellness Project

Today the Body Shop on Church Street is offering a free Beauty Evening for trans people on the feminine spectrum! Community members are invited to come anytime between 4:30p to 6p and check out the many stations they'll have set up just for us, including hand/foot massage, facials, and make-overs.

For the more masculinely inclined, check out our Trans Guy Fire-Side Gathering on Saturday, August 18th in Burlington. We'll have hot dogs, s'mores and drinks- just bring yourself! Connect with other guys and enjoy a little camaraderie from 6p-8p in the wooded backyard of a community member. Open to all people who identify anywhere under the trans-masculine umbrella. For directions or more information, contact Jean-Denis.


Want to be added to the mailing list for RU12?'s trans programming? Email Jean-Denis at or call him at 802-860-RU12 (7812).

July 25, 2012

Notes from a donor...

Notes from a donor: As a member of the RU12? Community Center Staff, I experience first hand the positive change affected by our programs & services in the lives of LGBTQ and allied Vermonters. It’s rare that donors get a chance to witness the impact of each dollar spent on the vital programs offered by the center each day. I can see that financial contributions are crucial in maintaining the sustainability of the organization’s mission and how carefully each dollar is spent. I would love to show my support for RU12? by donating a large lump sum of money. Unfortunately my personal budget doesn’t reconcile with that wish, so I choose to donate a smaller amount each month. The Network for Good website allows me to determine a monthly donation that feels comfortable & won’t break my budget. They even send me an email 10 days before they charge my card so I keep track of my donations. I feel good about investing in my community and I know that Vermont is a better place because the RU12? Community Center thrives. Please join me in supporting a fantastic organization!

-Mike Bensel, HIV Prevention Program Coordinator


July 23, 2012

Tues. July 31st- Group Art Project with Leigh Ann at 4:30 pm


Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! 

Meetings are Tuesdays, 4:30 pm at the RU12? Community Center in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. For more information contact Brenda ( or call RU12? at 860-7812


If you aren’t able to make it to the RU12? Disability Group you can join our facilitator, David for our online group through Pal Talk.  Monday nights 4:30pm-6:00 pm online Pal Talk in the Vermont GLBTQ Group for Individuals with a Disability Chat Room.


GLAM Meeting Every Wednesday

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* Every 2nd Wednesday of the month the meeting is held at a restaurant or coffeehouse downtown.


We're looking for young gay, bi and queer guys who are interested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys!  We want your help! If you're a young gay, bi, or queer man who would like to get involved, email us at , check out our webpage ( or friend us on Facebook.

July 22, 2012

Trans Guy’s Group Meet's Monday 6pm



Trans Guy's Group

Every fourth Monday, 6-7:30pm, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 1st Floor, Winooski. 

This is a social and support group specifically for trans people on the masculine spectrum. This informal, peer-facilitated group welcomes people with transgender experiences on the masculine spectrum (such as trans men, men with trans histories, genderqueer people, and those questioning). All experiences are welcome! This group is closed to trans people and confidentiality is required.


For more information, contact or 860-RU12.


July 21, 2012

Alison Bechdel "Dykes, Dads, and Moms to Watch Out For"

Alison Bechdel: "Dykes, Dads, and Moms to Watch Out For"
August 3, 2012 through October 27, 2012
Artist Reception: Friday, August 3 from 5:30 to 8 pm
Vermont Women Writers Panel: Sunday, September 23 at 3 pm

The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center presents an exhibition of Bolton artist Alison Bechdel's artwork that spans her career (so far!). The exhibit features work from Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006), and her recently-published graphic novel, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.


Bechdel started drawing a monthly single-panel cartoon called Dykes to Watch Out For in 1983. This single panel evolved into an ongoing comic strip that was syndicated until 2008, when she made the difficult decision to end the comic strip. Bechdel admits that though it was not easy to let the popular comic strip go, it freed her to follow her new passion: writing about her own life. As she writes, "Actually, this may not be a new passion, just a less disguised version of the old one. Dykes to Watch Out For was an attempt to create a reflection of lesbians in general. My work as a graphic memoirist is an attempt to create a reflection of myself."

Bechdel's 2006 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was deemed Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine. Not best graphic book. Best book! This spring she published a second memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama.

In Bechdel's artist statement, she includes "a small disclaimer" stating that she always feels a little ambivalent about exhibiting her cartoon artwork because she is afraid it will disappoint people – for various reasons – but mostly because the viewer is looking at her original drawings and not the "final" published product. It is a fortunate moment in that we actually get the opportunity to see just that, the process! Contact Nancy Abbott-Hourigan at 802-652-4505 or for more information.

July 18, 2012

GLAMflixx: Pariah (Weds 7:30PM)

PARIAH"Pariah", a fantastic 2011 American contemporary drama about a 17-year old African-American teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian. Popcorn and icee goodies served- just bring yourself (and a friend!). You should come early for the GLAM meeting at 6:30p, too! See ya there!

All ages and identities are welcome!

For more information, call Mike or Jean-Denis at 860-7812, visit the Facebook event, or email

FaceBook Event

Children's Fair Trade Series: Fair Trade and the Environment


Thursday, July 19th at 10am, Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

This fair trade event for children will emphasize the importance of fair trade and the environment. We will read stories about the Earth and explain deforestation and clear cutting in a kid-friendly way. We will also play with bird whistles, plant our own seedlings, and make environmentally friendly snacks. Come join us!

Facebook Event

2nd Annual Summer Pride Festival in Randolph, VT

ChandlerAt the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph VT

2nd Annual Summer Pride Festival

July 13 – July 22

The festival presents staged readings of three plays that present the concerns and issues of the gay and lesbian community. David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays, returns to direct. A talkback discussion between the audience and cast and reception follow each evening's performance.

Still Fighting It– Friday July 13 & Sunday July 22, 7:30 PM
The story of Maggie, a mom who has trouble coping when her daughter arrives home with an unexpected beau. Funny and touching, this new work by Cassie Keet was a finalist in Pride Films and Plays' Women's Work Contest. 

The Homosexuals– Saturday July 14 & Friday July 20, 7:30 PM
A sizzling and sexy look at a group of gay friends and the ties that make them family. A runaway hit in Chicago in 2010, this new comedy by Phillip Dawkins will surely be recognized as one of the decade's lasting scripts. 

The Children's Hour – Sunday July 15 & Saturday July 21, 7:30 PM
When a teacher at an all-girls school disciplines young Mary Tilford, she utters the lie that makes the script still powerful and potent nearly 80 years after its premiere. Photo on right from The Children's Hour, taken by Bob Eddy of First Light Studios. 

Advance: Adults $17, Students $12. $20/$15 Day of Show

Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the Box Office between 3 & 6 PM weekdays at 802-728-6464. Order a three-play pass for the price of two by calling the Box Office no later than Thursday July 12.

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HOWL Solstice Gathering

BonfireJoin HOWL (Huntington Open Women's Land) for their solstice gathering on June 21st. Pot luck at around 6 pm, fire circle  around 8:00 (more or less). Please bring chairs for the circle since we might not have enough. (Also bringing your own plate and utensils for the pot luck would be most helpful.) Feel free to camp overnight. This is an alcohol-free event.

Looking forward to celebrating Women and the Earth with you and hopefully the stars as well. 

Please call HOWL at 434-3953 or visit


Queer Frisbee Golf -- Sun, July 22nd

A Community-Wide Event Hosted by GLAM 

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Join GLAM as we explore the exciting and exotic world of 'Disc Golf' (AKA Frisbee Golf). Never tried it? Neither have we! We're just going out for a leisurely no-pressure game with a bunch of great folks from GLAM! We'll be meeting at RU12? at 1:15pm and heading to Center Chains Disc Golf Course in Waterbury Center. Bring your favorite frisbee or borrow one from us. For more information, call Jean-Denis or Mike at 860-7812 or email



Meet us there at 2pm:
Directions: The village of Waterbury Center is located just east of VT Route 100. From exit 10 on I-89, take

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July 17, 2012

Community Calendar Spotlight: Queer Open-Mic in Brattleboro


Wednesday, July 18th at The Backside Cafe in Brattelboro

Open Mic at the Backside Cafe! This space has been generously offered to us for evening use, let's fill it with poetry, music, stories, stand-up, whatever you've got. Email to get on the performance list, or just show up and we'll make sure you get some mic time. Excited to see and support the diverse talents in our community!


Due to concerns about thunderstorms, RU12? is canceling its Family Program meet-up tonight at the B&J Scoop Shop on Church Street for the Muppets movie.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, and hope to see you next month for berry-picking!

Waves of Adrenaline: CD Release Party -- This Thurs!!!


Catch the Waves and get yourself a copy of OFF ON A WILD ADVENTURE, the new CD everyone is talking about. Includes You Can't Drown Out Vermont --Their song about Tropical Storm Irene

Come on by and help the Waves celebrate the release of their new CD,  No cover, come early to be sure to get a seat!

The event will be held on Thursday, July 19th 6-8pm, at The Block Gallery, Winooski. NO COVER! 


July 15, 2012

Outright Vermont Clothing Drive - The entire month of July!

Clothing Drive
Got unwanted clothes? 

Donate them to Outright Vermont! Outright Vermont is doing a Clothing Drive for the Youth Space during the entire month of July. Donations of gently used/new items can be made at their offices at 241 No. Winooski Ave, Burlington. All sizes, genders, and styles are appreciated! 

Drop-off hours are Tuesday-Friday @12pm – 8pm, and Saturday @12pm – 5pm. For more info about Outright, visit

Community Calendar Spotlight: Tea Dance @ Burlington Boathouse every Sunday


July 13, 2012

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