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August 13, 2014

THIS SUNDAY: Family Program's Picnic Potluck and Field Day!

For LGBTQ families with and without kids and their families of choice (allies included). Bring your little ones (or borrow some if you don't have them), a potluck item to share, any outdoor game supplies you see fit, and some sunscreen, and join us Sunday, August 17 from 10-2pm at Wrightsville Beach, Middlesex (address for your GPS is 369 Vermont 12, Middlesex, VT 05602). Event is free (with a suggested donation of $10/family).

Please RSVP at http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com to let us know you’re coming! 

Suggested donation: $10-$15/family (pay at the door) but no one is ever turned away for lack of funding.

Family picnic

Tentative schedule of events:
11am-1:30pm Face painting
11:30am 3-legged race
12:30pm Beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss
1:30pm Scavenger hunt

Coloring stations, bubbles, flying discs, barbecues, and snacks available at all times. Canoeing/kayaking (rentals) and swimming at Wrightsville Beach (just across the way). Bring your own kids or borrow your favorites for this event, which is always a good time!

For more information, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or email jean@ru12.org.

June 30, 2014

Vermont Pride Picnic and Show!

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 RSVP and RideShare info

 

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May 20, 2014

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler announces its 4th annual Summer Pride Festival

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VERMONT PRIDE THEATER AT CHANDLER

Chandler!, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060

Contact: Sharon Rives, Chandler Pride Producer, (802) 272-7628, < kenrives@gmail.com >

VERMONT PRIDE THEATER AT CHANDLER ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL SUMMER PRIDE FESTIVAL

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler announces its 4th annual Summer Pride Festival of LGBT plays in Randolph, Vermont, July 18-20 and 25-27. This season it will offer full productions of three exciting scripts, none of which has been presented before in Vermont. These will be directed and performed by an ensemble of Equity and non-Equity theater artists from across the nation, and presented in Randolph’s historic Chandler Music Hall, listed on the National Historic Register.

Jane Chambers' classic lesbian drama “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” will be presented Friday July 18 and Sunday July 27. Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-Award-winning comedy “The Little Dog

Laughed” is scheduled for Saturday July 19 and Friday July 25. And a new stage adaptation of Will Fellows' “Farm Boys” will be premiered on Sunday July 20 and Saturday July 26.

The Theater Festival will also include two events benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. A screening of Moises Kaufman's film of “The Laramie Project” is scheduled for Tuesday July 22 in the Esther Mesh Room of Chandler’s Upper Gallery. On Wednesday July 23, in the same space, a cast of young people will present a reading of Leslea Newman’s related poem cycle, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard”.

During the two-week Summer Festival period and for a month thereafter, portrait and landscape paintings by Andy Newman will be on exhibit in the Chandler Gallery. 

David Zak, Executive Director of Chicago-based Pride Films and Plays, will adapt “Farm Boys” and direct it at the Festival. “Mr. Fellows' interviewees provide rare perspective about growing up gay on farms in rural America,” observes Mr. Zak, “and giving them voice on a Vermont stage seems especially relevant.”

Newbury and New York City resident Richard Waterhouse will direct Mr. Beane's 2006 play. When it debuted in New York, leading lady Julie White won a Tony Award for her performance. “It's a laugh a minute,” he observes, “despite holding a mirror to the foibles and vanities of our screen stars – and of ourselves – in ways both painful and wise.”

Jeanne Beckwith, founder of Norwich University's Pegasus Players, will direct Ms. Chambers' 1980 play on the surprising outcomes from a straight woman's encounter with a lesbian community.“The writing for each of the eight characters is very strong,” comments Dr. Beckwith, “and requires eight excellent performers of different ages...not hard to find among Vermont's acting community!”

 

Advance individual tickets for the Music Hall plays are now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com or (800) 838-3006 and www.chandler-arts.org. For the price of only 2 tickets, a “Pride Pass” valid for any 3 admissions is also available.

 

Admission to the Shepard Foundation benefit events is by donation at the door.

 

This 4th annual Summer Pride Theater Festival presents the concerns and issues of LGBT Vermonters with the goal of building bridges of understanding between them, their families and friends, and the wider community. Sponsorship support is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont and the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, with media support provided by Vermont Public Radio.

May 12, 2014

6 Degrees Program

what is 6 degrees?

It can be hard getting through the door to get an HIV test. There are many reasons why people will put off getting tested. But when someone they know reaches out and supports them in getting tested, taking this important step becomes easier to do. Often people have thought about getting tested and just need a little outside encouragement and support to move forward. That’s where the 6 Degrees project comes in.

6 Degrees is a project where Vermonters who are connected to friends, peers and acquaintances at risk of becoming HIV positive (like having unprotected sex or sharing needles) volunteer to become Community Advocates who reach out to their circles and encourage folks to get tested. This non-judgemental peer support, and the support from a network of testers, makes it easier for people to come in for testing and find out what their HIV status is.

 

why is it important to get tested for hiv?

HIV can have a major impact on someone’s health. Many people will not have any symptoms (like getting ill more often) for 11 years after they’ve become HIV-positive, and 1 in 5 people who are living with HIV don’t realize it. The sooner someone gets tested and knows their HIV status, the sooner they can take steps to keep themselves and their partners healthier for longer. 

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what do i get out of it?

Itunes-gift-card-100-usIf you become a Community Advocate, you will receive gift cards, credit towards your bills, and other incentives of your choice worth $25 for each person at risk of becoming HIV-positive that you refer who comes in for a Smalltest. For example, you could earn up to $250 towards an iPad or an electric bill. You will also be a part of a new, exciting project that breaks down barriers for our friends and community, helping those we know and care about to stay healthier and informed. 

 

who runs the 6 degrees project?

The RU12? Community Center, an organization that celebrates, educates and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters has partnered with the Comprehensive Care Clinics, a system of four clinics providing state-of-the-art treatment for all stages of HIV/AIDS. These two organizations work together to:

  • Recruit Community Advocates
  • Support the advocates in connecting with their communities
  • Provide anonymous HIV testing to the people in the Community Advocates' social circles

 

how do i get involved?

If you’re interested in becoming a Community Advocate, contact Mike Bensel or John Chagnon at the RU12? Community Center by calling (802) 860-7812 or emailing 6degrees@ru12.org. You can also contact Deborah Kutzko or Zpora Perry and at the Comprehensive Care Clinic by calling (802) 847-4594. We will set up an interview with you where you can learn more about the program and make sure it’s a good fit for you.

 

  • RU12? Community Center
  • 255 So. Champlain St. #12
  • Burlington, VT 05401
  • [P] 802-860-RU12 (7812)
  • 6Degrees@ru12.org
  • www.RU12.org
  • Comprehensive Care Clinic
  • Fletcher Allen’s Medical Center
  • East Pavilion , Level 5
  • 111 Colchester Avenue
  • Burlington, VT 05401
  • [P] 802-847-4594
  • Toll Free: 1-800-358-1144 ext. 4594

April 07, 2014

VT Law School: Life after US v. Windsor

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Thursday April 10 at 5:30pm, A Post-Argument Discussion: Life after US v. Windsor
Almost a year after Justice Kennedy declared the federal definition of marriage under DOMA unconstitutional, the panel will discuss some of the immediate and long-term impacts of the decision on federal law and the 1,138 federal benefits available to citizens. The panel will discuss the second prong of DOMA, which provides that the individual states do not have to recognize and give full faith and credit to marriages of other states, thus allowing states that have statutory or constitutional bans on same-sex marriage to refuse to recognize such marriages from other states. 

Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson will be the keynote speaker, and the panelists include VLS Professor Cheryl Hanna, State Representative Bill Lippert, and ADF Spokeswoman Kellie Fiedorek. Vermont CLE credit is available for this session.

 More Info

April 01, 2014

Drive a brand-new Audi for a good cause!

You are invited to attend a special event on April 3rd, 5-8 pm at Audi South Burlington as part of a national launch of the new 2015 A3 model. It will be a great time to support one of Vermont Gay Tourism Associaiton’s most active members and will give you a chance to socialize. 

They will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Pride Vermont. The prize is the use of an A3, dinner at Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and one night lodging at Moose Meadow Lodge. It should be a great evening. Hope to see you there. RSVP on their website: 

http://www.audisouthburlington.com/a3-uncompromised-event.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENT: RU12? Community Center is Changing Their Name!

**APRIL FOOLS!!!**

 

Press Release

Burlington, VT: 

Set to be released at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14, the new name of the RU12? Community Center, as chosen from public feedback and board member vote, has been officially announced over a month earlier than planned. 

At a public forum held yesterday at Main Street Landing, Kim Fountain announced the decision of changing RU12's name as of 5/2/2014 to:

RMUFC of VT -  Resource Management for Unified Family Connection 

To add a fun element, and to help the center be more marketable to the community, we also created a logo that uses our offical acronym of RMUFC. This will be our brand's public face: 

Rainbow Mountains Uni-pug & Fairies Center of VT

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With Georgia, our lovable pug-mascot, as the offical mascot. 

Celebrate our new name with us at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

March 27, 2014

TDBank: Fundraising for RU12!

Looking to open an account at a good bank? Or are you a current account holder at TD Bank?

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TD Bank is continuing their support of the local LGBTQ community by raising money for RU12? Community Center. When you open a new, non-interest bearing checking account and use the code "A2226" you could earn $25 from TD Bank for yourself, and they will donate $50 to RU12? Community Center! 

What can a $50 donation do for RU12? Community Center? 

  • provide HIV testing
  • provide an hour of SafeSpace services
  • train a social services agency on working with the LGBTQ community
  • reach thousands of LGBTQ Vermonters with targeted information on social media
  • keep the library open for a day

If you get a couple friends to join you, you will all

  • Keep the Center's doors open for a full day
  • Help RU12? to do elders work in the Northeast Kingdom
  • Produce one Family Program event
  • Support two months of the What's Up e-newsletter
  • Sustain the Disabilities Support Network for one month

Current account holders can add the code of "A2226" to their checking account to earn a $10 donation toward RU12? Community Center. Every dollar counts!

Visit William Cross at the Winooski TD Bank branch, or give him a call at (802) 655-3110 for more details on this fundraiser, and to get started today.

Thanks for your support! 

March 24, 2014

Living With HIV in Vermont

In the rural state of Vermont, many of us face the challenge of social isolation, and may find it difficult to meet others with similar backgrounds and interests. Adding in a factor such as being an HIV+ Vermonter can add an unbearable element to the isolation we already experience. 

The “Living With HIV” social support group provides a safe, confidential space for HIV+ individuals to gather and share their experiences and advice on living with the virus. Group participants come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including coping with stigma, disclosure, and dealing with health care providers.

A goal of this group is to enable participants to become more empowered to take on the many challenges of living with HIV such as dating, safer sex, and managing stress and finances.  It meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, at Burlington-area locations.  Please message john@ru12.org or call John at (802) 860-7812 for more information and meeting locations. 

LWH

March 18, 2014

RU12? LGBT Elders Program at Burlington Gerontology Symposium

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RU12?'s display at Gerontology Symposium

RU12?'s LGBT Elders SafeSpaces Network cultural awareness training program is thrilled for the opportunity to be exhibiting at the Gerontology Symposium today at Burlington's Hilton Hotel! We've been mingling and networking with elder-care providers of all different kinds (medical, mental health, education, case management, etc.) talking about our cultural awareness work around the state. Exciting stuff! If you are attending the symposium, please stop by, chat with Jean and help yourself to a clementine. :)

February 19, 2014

Living With HIV: Social Support Group

Are you, or a friend, HIV+ and just looking for a supportive group to discuss life with HIV with other POZ individuals?

A new Burlington-area social support group will be starting on March 6th. For more information, feel free to shoot a confidential email or call: 

John
john@ru12.org
(802) 860-7812

Jo
tsnjo@sover.net
1(888) 338-8796

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February 04, 2014

First Friday at Higher Ground - A Community Coming Together

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This week, GLAM is launching a new monthly event... "Board Gaymes" and chill time before heading out to dance the night away at First Friday. 

First Friday at Higher Ground began after the closing of Burlington's beloved gay bar, Pearls, in 2006. At first a dance party for women, First Friday expanded to include ALL segments of the LGBTQ community. Through the years, this event has become a staple of our community and a place to get together with friends, meet new people, and get crazy on the dance floor to amazing local DJs. 

RU12? Community Center will open starting at 6pm this Friday for the Board Game event, and will close at 9:30pm so guys can head over to Higher Ground. Early bird tickets to Higher Ground can by bought for $5 at the Higher Ground box office, or online here 

January 18, 2014

Just a few moments for LGBTQ Vermonters...


SamaraHey All-

The Samara Fund, part of the Vermont Community Foundation, has been a huge supporter of RU12? Community Center. We have been able to do everything from truly committing to a statewide expansion to strengthening the safety nets for LGBT seniors in the NEK because the Samara Fund has been there supporting LGBTQ issues. Now, you can help them out by taking this survey. They are seeking your opinion on needs and services that are important to you and the broader LGBTQ community in Vermont. 

As our thank you for participating, at the end of the survey you will be able to vote for your favorite Vermont-based LGBTQ organization to receive a mini-grant of $250.  The organization with the most votes at the end of the survey period will receive this gift of appreciation. You can also use this link to share the survey on your Facebook page:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCFBRXH

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

 

January 08, 2014

Burlesque... Bowling??

Burlesque Entertainers. Unlimited Bowling. Something CRAZY to get you out of the house this winter. What not to love?

You can form your own "Burlesque-y" team now and join in the fun and contests, or simply join as a spectator!

The Vermont Burlesque Festival's Burlesque Bowling Competition is a unique bowling event unlike any other bowling event that Vermont has experienced.  On January 25th starting at 11:30am at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne, 16 teams will have the opportunity to compete for 7 titles:  

 

• Most Distracting Team
• Best Team Lane Shimmies
• Best Dressed
• Best Executed Team Costumes
• Most Colorful Team
• Highest Team Bowling Score
• Worst Team Bowling Score

 

Winners will have the honor of holding the appropriate honorary title and will receive one of the worlds most unprestigious trophies.  

More information here

Team tickets cost $125.  Spectator tickets are available for $5. Buy tickets here

50% of this event's proceeds will benefit "RU12?," a non profit community center that celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.

 

The Rules: 

•Teams can be made up of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 persons.
•No outside beverages, food or alcohol
•No nudity
•No rude, vulgar, inappropriate or uninvited behavior that would upset even a seasoned burlesque producer
• This is a 21 and over event.  Photo ID required upon entry.

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January 06, 2014

Take a Chance, Belly Dance!

Ever wanted to learn to shake it like Shakira? Belly-Dance-Curious? Or just want to brush up those Belly Dancr moves for the club? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!   


Belly Dance Instructor Christine Demarais, a regular performer at the Vermont Pride Festival, is 
starting weekly all-gender Belly Dancing classes at RU12, every Monday night at 6:30pm. GLAM has joined forces to give you guys a FREE sample the first class on January 13th. 

RSVP and more info

Get fit, feel beautiful! Learn to shimmy, undulate and play the (zils) finger cymbals! 
Belly dance is great exercise for all body types and levels of fitness.

Christine has been teaching belly dance in the Burlington area for more than 10 years. She is currently teaching at the Aspire studio for Essex Junction Rec & Parks. She is excited to open this class for ALL genders at RU12? Community Center!

December 31, 2013

Vermont Burlesque Festival January 24 & 25th 2014

More than 55 burlesque performers, comedians, and variety acts from all over the United States and Canada will grace the two festival stages over a two night period, each night offering a different experience than the other. The time remaining will be filled with scintillating burlesque activities, including a burlesque bowling event, burlesque classes and a film festival.

It is the goal of the Vermont Burlesque Festival to “warm up Vermont” during its coldest month, just when cabin fever starts to set in. The festival will do this not only by entertaining its festival goers but by raising breast cancer awareness and funds for the Vermont Cancer Center, raising money for the non-profit charity RU12? Community Center, and by sponsoring a winter coat drive for those in need. 

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December 09, 2013

Peep Show: Winter is Metal!


PEEP SHOW Vermont is an irreverent drag and burlesque show with a dance party to follow. 

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Produced, founded and hosted by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.

Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm
18+
$10

DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee

With performances by:

Doctor Vu
Aeshna Mairéad
Noah Hymen
Lover Bois 
Major Face
Merrique Hysteric
Peter Out and Guest of BroLoko
...and more!

...with our resident kitten Innocent Ivy, stage manager Cliff Hanger, and a sexy queer-friendly BOUNCER

December 05, 2013

This Weekend: Making Scenes: Gay Survivors of Straight Parents

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November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from RU12? Community Center!

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. 

Gay thanksgiving

 

November 25, 2013

Spotlight: Being a Gay Comedian in Vermont

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. 

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    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. 

You can preview part of his set from The Fabulous Show here: "Pray the Gay Away" 

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