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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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!
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DJ and Joey are on the journey of a lifetime. At the beginning of October, they set off from Chicago to travel through each state and explore Gay America for a full year in their awesome bus, appropriately named "Priscilla." One of their stops included Burlington for a few days.
We met up with these guys at first before the showing of "The Worst Thing About Coming Out" at the Film House in Burlington, where Kim Fountain and John Chagnon joined a panel to discuss their own personal experiences with coming out. You can view their account of the experience here.
Later, the GLAM guys were thrilled when DJ and Joey offered to transport us to Snake Mountain in Addison, VT for a beautiful fall foliage hike. We all had a great time chatting about differences in gay culture across the states, playing games and stopping for some Maple Creemees. Check out the pictures from GLAM's hiking adventure with DJ and Joey here.
These wonderful guys are set to learn a lot about the differences in gay culture across the US. You can follow their adventures via their blog, and even check out their own Pride Logo Wear to get a piece of what they are experiencing. Thanks DJ and Joey!
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.
Thanks to our amazing Marketing Intern from UVM, Shelby Mathews we're re-introducing our 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!
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 emailBulletinBoard@ru12.org or call the center at (802) 860-7812
Click HERE to visit the online bulletin board!
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
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.
What better way to admire the beautiful Fall foliage than a hike with GLAM! On Sunday the 13th, the GLAM guys will be enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather from the Snake Mountain Trail. The trail is a moderately difficult hike and ends with a fabulous view of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains.
This event is open to people of all genders, ages, and sexual orientations. So feel free to bring your friends! We'll meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11 am.
Questions about the event? Email GLAM@ru12.org or call Mike or John at 802-860-7812. Put on your hiking boots, and we'll see you there!
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The people have spoken! Based on our survey results, we will be screening "Pariah" for our Women's Film Night.
Join us on Wednesday August 7, 2013 from 7:00-8:30pm at the center! 255 So. Champlain St Suite 12 Burlington,VT
Free and open to all!
Check out a description of the film and trailer below:
"Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.
Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.
Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward."
You won't want to miss this one y'all! It's a tear-jerker/heart-warmer/coming-of-age/coming-out story! What more could you want!
Review our Call to Artists below and send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org today, to be a part of RU12?s Art Hop gallery!
Call For Artists
Participate in the RU12? Gallery at this year’s Art Hop, September 6-8, 2013, hosted by the South End Arts and Business Association.
RU12? is seeking emerging, queer artists to display during Art Hop.
We are open to considering all media and materials.
Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.
You must be able to deliver and install your work on September 4, 2013 and uninstall by September 10, 2013.
Due to the reduced space capacity of the Center, we will have to limit the number of pieces and artists included in the galley. Submissions will be reviewed by our Art Hop committee by August 1, 2013 and artists will be notified by August 5, 2013.
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends