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December 2012

December 28, 2012

RU12? Closed New Year's Day 2013!

The Center will be closed Tuesday January 1st.....Happy New Year 2013!  The Center will re-open Wednesday January 2nd at 10:00 am

The SafeSpace program will also be closed Tuesday January 1st, 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 Wednesday January 2nd at 9:00 am


December 27, 2012

The Center is Closed Today




Due to the hazzardous winter weather, RU12? Community Center will be closed today. Please stay safe and warm!

December 19, 2012

Big Gay Onion Thurs. 12/20 @ 6:30 PM!


Every third Thursday at the Block Gallery in Winooski, RU12? hosts an open mic night. A coffeehouse featuring 3 open mic slots and a featured performer. 

To sign up for the open mic, email All acts of music, interpretive dance, comedy and poetry are encouraged and welcomed. Live music lovers encouraged to listen and delight in the splendor of community. 

Event is free but we will pass the hat for appreciation for RU12? For more information call RU12? 860-7812.


Facebook Event

GEN Silent movie about LGBT Elders available for free home screening

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Last May, RU12?'s LGBT Elders Program teamed up with community partners Champlain Valley Area Health Education Cener (CVAHEC) and the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) to present a screening of the film GEN Silent, about several LGBT aging Americans and their struggle to feel comfortable being/remaining out in the context of getting older and accessing elders-specific services. This was one of several GEN Silent screenings statewide throughout the month of May.

Our screening was a remarkable success, with more than 100 folks coming out on a Wednesday evening for the film and following panel discussion, in order to bring attention to the issue as well as identify viable next steps, including the development of cultural competency trainings for elders service providers. RU12? will be debuting this training system this spring in the NEK, but until then, the powerful film that kickstarted our local discussions is available for free home-viewing until January 1. Check it out here: GEN Silent, or contact for more information about RU12?'s new LGBT Elders training.

December 18, 2012

Fourth Annual Feed the Families Free Holiday Dinner

December 25th from noon to 3 pm

Burlington Elks Lodge

925 North Avenue, Burlington

Free Coats, Hats and Mittens for all

Free transportation provided by Benway's Taxi

For more information call Michelle 310-7769

December 17, 2012

RU12? Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Center will be closed Monday December 24th and Tuesday December 25th.  The Center will re-open Wednesday December 26th at 10:00 am

The SafeSpace program will also be closed Monday December 24th and Tuesday December 25th, 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 Wednesday December 26th at 9:00 am


December 13, 2012

Outright VT Hiring Director of Education

Outright VT Hiring Director of Education

OVT ED SearchThe mission of Outright is to provide safe, healthy, and supportive environments for LGBTQQ youth, ages 13-22. Outright Vermont is hiring a full time Director of Education. The Director of Education is responsible for providing support, resources, and assistance to youth, adults, and school districts across the state of Vermont.

Key functions include:


  • Education and Outreach to schools and community organizations throughout Vermont, including presenting to 4000+ participants at schools in every county in the state

  • Managing Vermont's Queer Straight Alliance Network, including providing support, resources, and technical assistant to Vermont's QSAs

  • Planning and coordinating two major events, the Fall QSA Conference and the Spring Queer & Allied Youth Summit

  • Assisting with General Organizational and Administrative Support

Minimum qualifications necessary include a college degree in a relevant field (or a mixture of education and experience), proven ability to effectively communicate and present to diverse audiences, a valid driver's license and willingness to travel extensively in state, and knowledge about the experiences of queer youth. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to by January 4th. Email with questions. Thanks.

See Full Listing

December 11, 2012

LGBTQ Invidviduals with a Disability Support Circle

Our first LGBTQ and Disability Circle in St. Johnsbury has happened and we had a great turn out! We are still in the process of deciding the format of the group and would love more input. The next meeting will be Friday Dec. 14th at 11 AM at the UU church in St. Johnsbury.  Contact for more info. Hope to see some of you there! -Heather

St. Johnsbury LGBTQ Disabilities Group Meeting

The St. Johnsbury LGBTQ Disabilities Group will be meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Johsbury on 12/14 at 11am. They will be viewing the film Milk, about the former openly gay Mayor of San Francisco, Harvey Milk.

December 08, 2012

Statewide Online Bulletin Board


Bulletin boardWe're introducing a new Statewide Online Community Bulletin Board on our website. Here you can find or post ads from members of your community for housing, carpool or ride share, furniture and personal items, employment opportunities, and more!


  • Do you have an apartment for rent?

  • How about a job opportunity?

  • Are you looking to set up a carpool or ride-share?

  • Having a tag sale?


Here is your chance to get the word out! The board is a bit empty so please start posting!!


For questions about the posting on the board please email or call the center at (802) 860-7812

Click HERE to visit the online bulletin board!

December 06, 2012

St. Johnsbury, VT LGBTQ Disabilities Circle

Our first LGBTQ and Disability Circle in St. Jay has happened and we had a great turn out. We are still in the process of deciding the format of the group and would love more input. It makes place Fridays @11 AM at the UU church Contact for more info. Hope to see some of you there! -Heather

RU12? Documentary Film/Discussion Series Has Returned!



Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

Dec. 10th, 6pm     

RU12? Community Center, Champlain Mill in Winooski

A 1989 documentary film that tells the story of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman with a musical score written and performed by Bobby McFerrin, the film focuses on several people who are represented by panels in the Quilt, combining personal reminiscences with archive footage of the subjects, along with footage of various politicians, health professionals and other people with AIDS

RU12? Second Monday Screening is a cooperative effort of Vermont's LGBT and ally community.  Screenings are free and open to the public. Snacks provided please bring your own drink. Learn about the lives of LGBT people - the pain, the victories, the progress, and the challenges that persist.

As the series' name suggests, screenings are held on the second Monday of every month at RU12?. Film begins at 6pm, discussion to follow. Special thanks to John DeLamar, VGSA and other community volunteers for making these events possible.

December 04, 2012

Kind Understanding Adoption Circle (KUAC) Weds 12/12/12 6-8pm

KuacKUAC (Kind, Understanding Adoption Circle) is a peer support group where 21+ members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents) who are LGBTQ-identified or Allies can come together to share stories, give and receive support, and talk about feelings/thoughts related to the adoption experience. KUACoffers an understanding, confidential community-minded environment where participants can share their feelings and stories with others who can relate. 

The name is significant of the connections made between and among those who share the common thread of adoption. Participation is encouraged (but not required), so that each individual gets the most out of group time, and every KUAC member has a multitude of opportunities at their disposal: to learn more about other triad members’ lives and feelings and thoughts, to be heard, as well as to educate others about the adoption experience—and to do so without the fear of judgment!

KUAC peer support group meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month starting Wednesday, June 13th, from 6-8pm at the RU12? Community Center for LGBTQ Vermonters in Winooski. For more information, please contact RU12? at 802.860.7812 or email 

Killington Winter Pride Names RU12? Community Center as Beneficiary

Contact: Megan Skiles

 Killington Winter Pride / GNAR LLC
Phone: 802-777-9225


(Burlington, VT) December 5, 2012: The organizers of Killington Winter Pride announced today that the Vermont-based, RU12? Community Center has been selected as the principle nonprofit beneficiary for the 2013 event scheduled for February 1 – 3, 2013.

RU12? Community Center celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. They offer a wide range of programs from social and educational events to health and wellness programs to direct services and advocacy. 

“We are thrilled to team up with an organization that has demonstrated such a strong and long-standing commitment to the LGBTQ community here in Vermont,” said Megan Skiles, founder and Event Director of Killington Winter Pride.

The Gay Network Alliance of Riders (G.N.A.R.) and RU12? Community Center are partnering to produce Winter Pride in an effort to promote wellness, diversity, social engagement, winter sports and pride.

“Working with Killington Winter Pride has been amazing. Their vision for Winter Pride is just so inclusive and celebratory of the LGBTQ community,” said Kim Fountain, Executive Director of RU12?. “The Center works with communities throughout Vermont and we continually hear from them that they want more LGBTQ-focused events and spaces. This event is providing exactly that on a really big scale.”

Killington Winter Pride is a fun-filled weekend aimed to celebrate the LGBTQ movement. The three-day event will feature an exciting lineup of on-snow activities, Pride parties and live entertainment. Event festivities will take place at Killington Resort, the largest ski resort in Eastern North America. The Resort boasts 71 miles of skiable terrain or 140 trails, six terrain parks and a superpipe spread across six peaks with 22 lifts. For those who might not ski or ride, there is a Tubing Park, snowcat-drawn sleigh rides and spa services.

Conveniently located in the heart of Vermont, just hours from Massachusetts and New York, Killington Winter Pride hopes to draw locals and guests throughout the East Coast.

For more information or to register, visit or e-mail



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