Free Screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, "God Loves Uganda" Hosted by VT/NH Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State
Co-Sponsors: RU12? and Peace & Justice Center
Date: Friday Dec. 6
Location: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401
More info about the film: http://www.godlovesuganda.com/
The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right.
The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. God Loves Ugandapremiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. The film serves as a catalyst for change, through our upcoming international screening tour and social action campaign.
Bring a side dish, your favorite board game, and join your community tonight at RU12? for a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner tonight 11/27 starting at 6:00pm. Hosted by the GLAM boys. ALL ARE WELCOME! More details available here.
We will be closed in observance of the holiday 11/28-29.
Did you know there is a vibrant underground stand-up comedy scene in Vermont? And did you know there's even a stand-up comedy scene in the LGBT community?
RU12? and VT Cares volunteer Marc Bouchard knows all about it. He was one of six hilarious LGBT comics lined up at Vermont Comedy Club's LGBTQ focused event this past weekend, The Fabulous Show. Below is a personal account from him on being a gay comedian in Vermont:
Throughout my life, I've had people around me say things like "You should perform on stage" or you're funny, you should be a comedian". I would say "Thanks" and think they were just being nice, and that it would be too time consuming to get involved in performance arts.
In October 2011, a small comedy club in Burlington opened, and I attended their first comedy showcase. It was mentioned that they were hosting a weekly open mic where anyone could have five minutes of stage time. I went home and went to work on jokes, and performed the following week. I was immediately addicted, and performed weekly at the open mic, attaining the nickname "Gay Marc" because my material was based around my life, and coming out in a rural and conservative part of Vermont.
As I started performing in showcases, I quickly realized that the majority of the audiences were heterosexual and could not relate to some of my material. Anytime I have a joke that doesn't get a response, I see this as an opportunity to rewrite and educate my audience on the gay lifestyle.
It's not about being political, or shoving my lifestyle down anyone's throat (I have something else for that). All I want to do is make people laugh. By laughing at myself, and relating my lifestyle to theirs, I feel like I bridge a gap to my straight audience. I hope to help them see that we have similar issues, and that laughter truly is the best medicine.
The Fabulous Show. LGBT comedians, tonight at the Monkey House!
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The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The day was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
On this day, we publicly mourn and honor the lives of those who've died, memorializing them and raising public awareness of hate crimes. The RU12? Community Center held a vigil for the day on November 9th, but would like to acknowledge the day and its incredible significance again on the national date. RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together. This day is a great opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ and Burlington communities to come together to determine how we can better support the trans people in our lives.
As a reminder, the second Trans* support group meeting will be taking place at the center tonight, November 20th, from 6:30-8:30. Please come join us, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For more information about TDoR and a list of vigils and remembrances worldwide, visit LGBTQNation
Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm
PEEP Show Vermont is an irreverent drag and burlesque show with a dance party to follow.
Come on out for a slayer mash up: theme is Game of Thrones / SLASH / Metal!
Produced and founded by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.
Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center.
DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee
With performances by:
...and many more!
...with our resident kitten, Innocent Ivy
...and stage manager, Cliff Hanger
+ + SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER TBA + +
Unofficial after party of the Outright Vermont Awards show; this event is 18 and up
Check out the event's Facebook page here
Pick your fetish color. Pick your pocket. That would signal your desire to other queer men. Read up on the complete hanky code here.
This Friday 11/15 starting at 7:00pm, Burly Bear is back with a tribute theme to the Hanky Code. Whether you used to wear a hanky, still wear one, or haven't ever heard of this sub-cutural symbol, you can get your groove on at Red Square's Blue Room surrounded by hot kinky guys, dark seedy atmosphere and sweaty go-go cubs!
Pick up a hanky at the front door and express yourself offline. Answer the code quiz questions and win a prize. Hear the amazing DJ Stephen D. Wallace (Montreal) play his signature style of funky alternative edgy house! Leather/kink/fetish dress code encouraged.
$5 at the door, benefits Pride Vermont 2014
Our new GLAM coordinator John Chagnon attended a training session in Chicago this past week to gain perspectives from Mpowerment projects across this diverse nation and apply them to our own Mpowerment project here in Vermont!
GLAM Vermont is part of a national movement called Mpowerment. The Mpowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected anal intercourse among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.
On Wednesday, 11/13, John will be discussing his findings from the national movement at our weekly GLAM Core group meeting at 6:30pm at the RU12? Community Center. Typically, our core group is for male-identified aged 18-35, but all are welcome to attend this week's meeting, and questions are welcome to see where YOU can fit into this effective and FUN intervention project. Pizza/drinks provided!
Message email@example.com for questions or more details.
TDOR Art Exhibit in Randolph
When: Friday November 8th
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, Randolph, VT,
TDOR Vigil and Speak Out in Burlington
When: Saturday, November 9th
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401
Inclusive TDOR Memorial and Lunch in St. Johnsbury
When: Thursday, November 21st
Where: First Congregational Church, 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed in hundreds of communities around the globe throughout November each year. This day has been set aside as a memorial to those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hate or prejudice.
Transgender people—those who do not conform to society’s expectation of gender expression for men and women—face discrimination, hostility and violence. The Burlington TDOR events, which originally were a memorial service to honor the many fallen transgender and gender-variant victims of murder from the past year, have expanded to include a celebration of trans* lives and an opportunity for community building and sustenance on a deep level. With this event, RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together.
RU12? Community Center and SafeArt have created a multi-community art project to help strengthen communities, reduce isolation and raise public awareness of violence and discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Vermont. Visions of You, Me and Us, a progressive, sculptural, and interactional piece will be available for attendees to view and contribute to. Visions of You, Me and Us will travel in 2013 as part of TDOR taking place in various rural areas around Vermont.
Visions of You, Me and Us has been made possible through generous grants from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust and Northfield Savings Bank.
Also on display will be a community quilt project from Burlington TDOR 2012. Everyone attending TDOR this year will have the opportunity to add their own expressive voice to these community art projects.
Burlington: This event is free and will consist of a vigil, a speak out/open-mic time, and art projects. There will be light refreshments. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KELSEY NARO AT KELSEY@RU12.ORG OR INDIGO JAMES AT IJAMES@UVM.EDU
St. Johnsbury: RU12? and the NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Group are jointly hosting this free event that seeks not only to memorialize those who died by violence but also to celebrate the lives of individuals living with the challenges of prejudice and hatred, as well as to offer an opportunity for local community building and sustenance. A light lunch will be provided. Those whose lives have been lost to violence will be honored in a candle-lighting ceremony. There will be opportunities for people to add to the TDOR 2012 quilt; the Visions of You, Me and Us art installation will not be present at this event. The NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Board is collaboration of the Northeastern Vermont Area Agency on Aging, RU12? and a host of community partners, with the goal of ensuring cultural awareness of the LGBTQA Elder Community. For more information about this event, contact Jean at RU12? (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA (802-751-0431 or email@example.com).
Live performances of Fleetwood Mac's album 1976 RUMOURS... followed by a dance party and a short PEEP Show Vermont set of our regular crew of drag and burlesque stars.
Our biggest show yet! If you only come to ONE show, this is it! Tiered Ticketing with something for everyone!
Peep Show brings irreverant drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State; Peep Show Vermont is the home of queer burlesque in Vermont. Look no further for gender-defying, comedic and dramatic cabaret acts that blur lines and incite revelry!
Peep Show Vermont is produced by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.
and DJ PAPI JAVI
$20 Date Night Seats
(up front table seating service with discounted food and drink from the ArtsRiot Kitchen)
$10 General Admission
$5 Dance Party ONLY
8PM, Fri 11/15, ArtsRiot, Burlington
10PM, Fri 11/08, The Monkey House, Winooski.
An all amateur night — by the community, of the community and for the community. Come on out and catch tomorrow's hottest queer burlesque and drag performers in their debut to the Peep Show Vermont stage. Theme is: open season.
BRING YOUR MUSIC THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW AND WE'LL PUT YOU ON STAGE! NEED HELP WITH MAKE UP? OUR TRANSFORMATION STATION IS OPEN FROM 8-9PM!
We welcome and want to support new, up and coming, amateur and young (18+ though, sorry, babies) divas, kings and pin ups to our ever-changing celebration of irreverent drag and burlesque.
In preparation of our 2nd year of throwing the funnest queer burlesque and drag party in Winooski, we are actively recruiting unseen talent. We encourage performers of color, trans performers, performers with disabilities, and lesbian/bi/queer women performers to join us on stage.
If you're never performed before, but always thought about it: now is your chance!
If you've performed 5 times or less: now is your chance!
If you're a drag performer, and you want to try to change genre and do burlesque or performance art: now is your chance!
It's OPEN SEASON at Peep Show and we want YOU to bring it!
dance party to follow with DJ Maple Creemee and DJ Papi Javi!!!
All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center
Door at 9pm
Show at 10pm
Check out the event's Facebook Page here
Tonight, Wednesday, October 30th, is the RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party! Drop by the spooooky haunted RU12? office any time between 4pm and 7pm to show off your costumes, bring a snack to share, and take part in this spooktastic event that includes movies, music, dancing, games and a costume parade!
When: Wednesday Oct. 30 from 4pm-7pm
Where: RU12? Community Center 255 S. Champlain St. Ste. 12, Burlington
What's going on: A Haunted Office Party!
Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as theQueen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.
Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay.
The 7th annual Halloween Ball is coming! We are all scampering around for our last minute costume ideas.
This year DJ Precious presents "The Boogieman!" This night of frights, chills, and bodily treats will work its dark magic and have you dancing into the deep of night! Doors open at 9:30pm, followed by a live set from Burlington's own Rue Mevlana. Last Halloween Rue Mevlana brought some serious beats and tantalizing vocals, and you're gonna get it again! After Rue Mevlana, Dj Precious will be spinning until close, giving you a true deep City experience with great mixes and new tracks featuring Deep House, Progressive House, Electro.
Green Mountain Cabaret will also be joining the event. The GMC group has become a Burlington favorite. Aside from their own productions, Green Mountain Cabaret was last featured at the annual fetish ball EROTICA in July, and like that night, they will be our costume judges. During the night they will be searching for the top 6 costumes. Once the choices are in, Green Mtn. Cabaret will open the contest with a fierce performance! After, the crowd will pick the best overall costume of the night. If you want to win then be seen! Talk your costume up! Dance like you have never danced before, and be super creative, because a big $$$ prize goes to the winner! "The Boogieman!" is 18+, and tickets are $10.
Precious says.. "Watch out Hunty..The monsters under your bed are getting hungry!" That also translates into DANCE, WERQUE, and have a damn good time on Halloween weekend!
Check out some sneek- peek tracks from Rue Mevlana's upcoming Halloween Ball performance!...
PEEP Show is back with "Open Season" on November 8th, but this time, we get to see FRESH FACES at an all-amateur queer drag and burlesque night.
This is your chance! If interested in joining up and being a part of this fabulous event, LIKE them on Facebook and send a message here.
More details on Facebook Event Page
Join RU12? this Wednesday evening (4th Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 1820 Shelburne Road in S. Burlington for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents.
(Please park on the right side of the building so as to avoid interfering with child-care pick-up; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).
If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.
Bike Smut returns to Burlington with The Porny Express!
Bike Smut is a collection of erotic bicycle shorts made by cyclists, radicals, and queers from all over the world -various interpretations about what is great about sex and cycling!
This year the submissions are from Oakland, Chicago Vancouver, Chicago, Gainesville, Montreal, Berlin, Milan and Geneva! Literally and figuratively all over the map.
This synthesis of transportation and sexuality is everything you could imagine it to be: creative, ethical, aware, explicit, tantalizing, candid, and silly! Since its inception, Bike Smut has toured North America 15 times, and in the summer of 2011 the project completed its first European excursion, playing 63 shows in 21 countries, from Scotland to Turkey. The winter of 2012 took Bike Smut on their first tour south of the border, featuring six shows around Mexico. The Bike Smut Film Festival is now in its 7th year, and the only way to see it is to attend a screening and experience it with others.
Check it out:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 8:00PM AT ARTSRIOT
ADDRESS: 400 PINE ST. 05401
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 18 AND OVER
Halloween is just around the corner! And the GLAM guys are ready to show off their pumpkin carving skills and share their craziest costume ideas. It's a perfect way to get in the spooking spirit for all the great upcoming Halloween events.
On Firday 10/25, we'll meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 6 pm to get our pumpkins and get carving. Feel free to come in your costumes and bring your friends along. Start planning your scariest pumpkin faces, and we'll see you there!
Questions about the event? Email GLAM@ru12.org or call Mike or John at 802-860-7812.
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends