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August 30, 2012

RU12? Family Program Potluck Picnic and Field Day Event Saturday, September 1!

Just a reminder that this Saturday is RU12?'s first annual Family Program Picnic Potluck and Field Day Event!

The weather is slated to be beautiful (77 degrees and sunny--don't forget your sunscreen!)

We are still looking for a few volunteers to run the children's events (list below). If you have any interest in helping out (10am-4pm), email or call the Center at 802.860.7812.

Field day 2

Tentative list of kids' events will include Balloon Pop, Hula Hoop Marathon, Water Balloon Toss, Tug o' War, Beach Ball Race, Soda Bottle Bowling, Egg on Spoon race, Egg Toss, Long Jump, Face Painting, Toe-Marble Grab, Sponge Relay, Red Light Green Light, Rest/Relaxation Station and an all-participant Scavenger Hunt! Mini-awards and prizes will be offered at the end of the day.

Event will take place at Hubbard Park's Old Shelter (by the soccer field). Plenty of nearby parking, as well as outhouse facilities (no running water). Click here for a map of the park.

Directions from 89: Go R on State Street from the highway to Elm Street. Take a L on Elm until Winter Street. Go L on Winter Street to the junction of Parkway Street/Parkway Avenue. Follow Parkway Street into the park and look for signs for parking. (~1000 feet past the frog pond is a R-turn towards the Old Shelter where the event will take place.)

Things to bring:

  • Suggested donation of $10/family for RU12?'s Family Program (to defray the cost of the event and raise funds for future endeavors), but no one will be turned away for lack of donation.
  • A dish to share
  • Non-alcoholic beverages for you and yours
  • Picnic blankets
  • Sunscreen
  • Overlayer in case it gets cold
  • Change of clothes/shoes in case of getting eggy (egg toss, egg on spoon) or wet (water balloon toss)

For more info on any of the above, please contact

August 29, 2012

UVM Social Justice Retreat

2013 Next Step Facilitator Applications Available Now! About the Next Step Social Justice Retreat Occurring each January, Next Step provides 65 participants with a personal and collective experience in which to further develop their own knowledge and skills about their own social identities. Participants learn how to become better change agents and activists against racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious discrimination, classism and other socially constructed oppressions.

Next Step facilitators are the team, the glue, that holds the retreat together and makes it work. Led by two main lead trainers, the Next Step retreat is a model based largely on small group work, each led by a pair of facilitators. As a facilitator, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of undergraduate and graduate students while supporting and challenging them in a SAFE environment.

The 2013 Next Step Retreat will take place from January 18th - 20th. APPLY TODAY!! You will need to use your UVM Net ID and password to log-in. The application deadline is Monday, September 24th at 5 p.m. Questions? Email Cornell Woodson, Graduate Assistant for Leadership at

August 27, 2012

SafeSpace tabling at Laura's March Sept. 15th

March Poster '12

Monday Sept 17th next meeting of Open Door Coming Out Support Group

The Open Door support group meets at 6:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.  The group will NOT meet Monday Sept. 3rd due to the Labor Day holiday.  The next meeting of the group will be Monday Sept. 17th.  Hope to see you on the 17th!

RU12? Closed for Labor Day

The Center will be closed Monday September 3rd in celebration of Labor Day!  The Center will re-open Tuesday September 4th at 10:00 am

The Open Door support group will not meet Monday Sept. 3rd.  The next group meeting will be Monday Sept. 17th.

The SafeSpace program will also be closed Monday September 3rd, 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 Tuesday September 4th at 9:00 am


August 23, 2012

QUEER QUEST - Sun, Sept 9th 2pm

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An afternoon scavenger hunt in downtown Burlington!

Kick off PRIDE month with a SCAVENGER HUNT that will have you DASHING TOP to BOTTOM all over downtown Burlington in search of CLUES leading to GREAT PRIZES & a FABULOUS finale party at LEVITY! 

SIGN UP is 2-3 p.m. at the top of Church Street
FINALE PARTY: 5 P.M. at LEVITY, 9 Center Street.
Prizes hidden throughout the event!

For all questions and details, contact RU12? Community Center. 802-860-7812
Do it as a team or do it solo! 
Facebook Event

*Digital camera or phone with camera required for participation! 

August 16, 2012

Groups Work Together to Serve LGBTQ Seniors




August 15, 2012 / Contact: Ken Gordon
Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont
481 Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
Telephone: 800-642-5119/802-748-5182

Groups Work Together to Serve LGBTQ Seniors

Imagine growing up in a world where your government legalized discrimination against you and took away your right to privacy. Imagine living in fear of being beaten in the street and having nowhere to turn to for help. And imagine living under the constant threat of losing your job, family, friends, and children, so doing whatever you could to hide who you love rather than celebrate it in public.

This is the world in which many older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults lived their entire lives. Some bravely came out and lived the best they could, while others remained closeted. Today, these individuals are part of the fastest growing age group in the Vermont – those over the age of sixty.

Continue reading "Groups Work Together to Serve LGBTQ Seniors" »

August 14, 2012

Trans Support Group Meets 1st & 3rd Weds!


August 13, 2012

Register to vote at RU12?!

Images-1As RU12?'s in-house notary, I just (a few minutes ago!) registered my very first person to vote. What a privilege and honor to be able to do so! Especially with such a big election coming up in just 12 weeks!

Did you know you can register to vote here at RU12??

For more information, stop in the Center during our regular business hours, 10am-6pm (M-Th) and 10am-2pm (Fri), or email to set up an appointment.

Women's Activity group

Are you bored

Are you an LGBTQ woman looking for activities to do with other women?  I would like to get a group together for women interested in doing fun activities together.  If interested, email me at  LET’S HAVE FUN!


August 11, 2012

Trans Guy Fire Gathering


RU12?'s Trans Community Wellness Program presents:

Trans bonfire

 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. For directions or more information, contact Jean-Denis at 860-7812 or 

LGBTQ Fiber Arts Group: Sunday @ Noon


The Fiber Arts Group meets 2nd and 4th (and sometimes 5th) Sundays of every month at RU12? Community Center. Knitting, crochetting, weaving, ebroidery and more for people of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and skill levels to come together in a queer space. If you have questions or you'd like to join the group please contact RU12? at 860-RU12 (7812) or email

Join our online Fiber Arts Group!

GLAM Goes to the Tea Dance!



This event is new to Burlington this summer and the guys of GLAM are excited to see what all the fuss is about! Everyone is welcome at this LGBTQ event at the Burlington Boathouse. 

$5 cover 21+. Free parking at meters on Sundays!


August 10, 2012

Community Calendar Spotlight: THE BARBARAS' BIG GAY BEACH BASH

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SUNDAY AUGUST 12th, 12 - 7 PM





Boat Rides, Barbeque, Kayaking, Canoing, Pedal Boat Rides, Swimming,

Water Tubing/Skiing, Jamming


Burgers, Hotdogs, Chicken and Soft Drinks will be provided

Bring your favorite dish/dessert to share

(Please No Perfume, Nuts or Seafood)


Bring Your Bathing Suit, Towel,

boat shoes/sandals/sneakersfor shale beach water fun!

330 Fisher Point Rd., West Addison,

(Please RSVP)


330 Fisher Point Rd. is off Rt 17W, 1 mile east of Chimney Point Bridge to NY, Across from West Addison General Store &Goodies Ice Cream Stand.  See directions below. We’re 2nd House on Right, Brown Contemporary


Directions from Burlington, Middlebury, VT:  Take Rt. 7N to Rt 17W approx 15 miles to West Addison/Lake Champlain.  After 2nd hard curve left take your first right onto Fisher Point Rd. (W. Addison Gen Store on right, Goodies Ice Cream Stand on left) We’re the 2nd house on right #330, Brown Contemporary.


Directions from Rutland, VT:  Take Rt 4W to Exit 2, Take R onto 22A N  and go about 25 miles. Take Left at Flashing Yellow light onto 125 towards Lake. Go 6 miles to end and take R onto 17E.  Go 1.5 miles and take your left onto Fisher Point Rd. (just before Goodies Ice Cream and W. Add. Gen Store). We’re the Second House on right. #330,  Brown Contemporary.


Directions from Mass and Points South:  Take 93N to NH then take 89N to Vermont Exit 1 (Rt 4W) Take L off exit onto 4W toward Quechee Gorge/Woodstock.  Go approx 50 miles on 4W past Killington and Rutland.  See directions from Rutland above.


August 09, 2012

Family Program Blueberry Picking Cancelled

Sadly, the weather has gotten the best of us. Tonight's Family Program blueberry picking event is cancelled due to inclement weather. :(

Family Program Blueberry-Picking Tonight: just a heads up, we are eagerly keeping an eye on the weather as there are thunderstorms predicted for Chittenden County. Safety of all is our first priority. We'll keep an eye on things and make a final call by 4:45pm; we're REALLY hoping the weather holds for our event tonight!!

August 08, 2012

SafeSpace Attends Milton National Night Out

National Night Out is an opportunity for local community members to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit, support local crime prevention, build police-community partnerships and just have fun! SafeSpace attended Milton's third annual National Night Out last night.  SafeSpace partnered with the Milton police department's victim advocate to answer questions and provide information about our programs.

August 07, 2012

Don't forget today at 4:30!


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. If you have any questions please contact Brenda ( or call RU12? at 860-7812

Aug  7th    Discussion group- No Topics Off Limits



August 06, 2012

RU12? Queer Invasion: Dog Park -- Tues, Aug 7th


Dog park rain

Tuesday, Aug 7th 6pm

South Burlington Community Dog Park


It was so much fun the first time we decided to make it a regular event.

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 an excellent dose of exercise and socialization. 

When: Tuesday, August 7th at 6pm

Where: South Burlington Community Dog Park, Kirby Road, South Burlington (next to the airport)

Afterwards we can head over to the creamee stand!


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{Community Alert} Rise in LGBTQ Bias Incidents and Violence


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 Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities



Community Alert

August 6, 2012

Contact: Kim Fountain, Executive Director 


RU12? Community Center Documents Rise in LGBTQ Bias Incidents and Victims of Violence 

RU12? Community Center’s SafeSpace Program has received 5 reports of alleged anti-LGBTQ bias related incidents at businesses in Vermont in July. Three of the alleged incidents are related to employment and two involve biased customer service.

"SafeSpace typically sees a spike in the summer months of individuals reporting incidents of intimate partner violence however this summer we are seeing double the number of Bias/Discrimination and Hate Violence incidents reported from 2011.” said Brenda Pitmon, SafeSpace Coordinator. “ The recent rise in reports is of great concern to us."  RU12’s SafeSpace program is working to address these reports and in several of the cases is in communication with the Human Rights Commission.

SafeSpace has also experienced a sharp rise in the percentage of new clients across forms of violence, with a 56% rise between February-March, 2012 and April-July, 2012. SafeSpace staff is working to help ensure that these survivors receive the most relevant and the safest services possible. 

RU12? encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to our SafeSpace Program at 802-863-0003 or toll free 866-869-7341, where you can speak with a counselor and seek support, or you can report violence anonymously online via a secure reporting form on our website,


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