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August 12, 2014

8/13 PrEP Talk: Open Forum

10495306_10152320016560852_2645657460366991162_oPrEP is a pill that is helping prevent HIV transmission across the country in populations most affected by HIV. Could it be right for you? 

We know there is a lot being said about PrEP. This is a place to get the facts. 

Whether you are...
into "Party n Play" 
opening your relationship
or a single guy who is on the dating scene

Whether you...
feel like PrEP is the answer to your fears
or feel like PrEp might be harmful to the community

Whether you are...
HIV positive 
HIV negative
or you don't know

You will get answers without judgement at this important forum. You'll be able to ask questions freely during the open question period or one on one with one of our advocates.

Already on PrEP? We want to hear about your experiences! Please come and share your experience, thoughts and concerns surrounding PrEP as as tool against HIV.

Wednesday August 13 at 6pm 
Pride Center of VT (formerly RU12?)
255 S. Champlain St, Suite 12
Burlington VT, 05401
FMI: 802-860-7812,
Facebook event

August 07, 2014

Gender-Friendly Yoga is Here!


This is a yoga class that is truly open to EVERYONE!

Have you been intimidated before by the regulars at the yoga studio? Have you been waiting for the right time to try yoga? Are you facing new health challenges or concerns about your body?

Please come to The Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont (294 N. Winooski Ave) on Mondays in August from 5:30. Rebecca Weisman is offering a special 3-class class series for Summer Semester at the Pride Center of VT with attention to a variety of bodies and abilities, including those who have a longstanding practice.

Reserve a spot in the studio and share your hopes for the class in advance. Please bring a $5 donation to the each class. 

 Call the Center (802-860-7812) or email for more information.

photo credit: Tony George via photopin cc

July 21, 2014

Who knew finances could be so fun?

We had a great time last Thursday with Jan Knutsen at her Summer Semester workshop Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are! Almost ten community members came to the Center to learn about saving money for emergencies, goals and eventually retirement. We had a diverse age range in attendence with many different savings goals. There was a lively discussion and everyone brought plenty of questions.

We hope to see you at Jan's next workshop on Tax-Free Retirement Strategies on Tuesday July 29!

July 03, 2014

Summer Semester is HERE!

Summer semester updated

Have you always wanted to learn French? Have you ever been intimidated by a yoga class? Do you have trouble saving money for your goals? This summer, the Pride Center of VT has something for everyone! We're hosting a fun series of classes in July and August called Summer Semester:

Voulez-Vous Learn French With Drew (Drew Briggs)
Tuesdays July: 15, 22 and August 5 at the Center, 6-7pm
Bonjour! This short class is meant to provide some very basic conversation points that will help you when you're traveling or just brushing up on your French. We'll go over some vocab, common phrases, and minimal grammar. All levels are welcome!
Visit the facebook event

Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are!
Thursday July 17 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether it is financial security for your family, a vacation home, or early retirement, this seminar helps determine the actions you need to take to turn your long-term dreams into tangible goals.
Visit the facebook event

Seeking a Tax-free Retirement
Tuesday July 29 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether you're just starting your career, or only a few years away from retirement, where you save can have a big impact on your retirement income. This seminar is ideal for all professions and income levels. Some of the topics covered are: Types of retirement income, SMART Retirement Money Order, Tax-Deferred vs.Tax-Free accumulation, Universal Life Insurance.
Visit the facebook event

IMPROVAGANZA! Drop-In Class (Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick)
Thursdays July 31 & Aug 7 at the Center, 7-9pm 
Join Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick of Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts for some fun during the summer session! This two-hour class will use improv exercises and Whose Line is it Anyway? style games to teach the basics of improv: Saying "Yes and!", freeing yourself from insecurities, thinking quick on your feet and creating engaging, hilarious scenes on the spot. Great for students of all experience levels!
Visit the facebook events here (31st) and here (7th)

Gender-Friendly Yoga(Rebecca Weisman)
Mondays August 11, 18, 25 at the Iyengar Yoga Center of VT, 5:30-7pm
Join Rebecca Weisman for a three-week Gender Friendly Yoga series at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont. In this series we will work with basic yoga postures and create a safe and inviting space to explore our experiences in the body. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe-- appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition. A great way to learn about yoga!
Visit the facebook event

NEW! Safe and Smart: Self Defense (Dan Duval)
Saturdays August 16 and 23 at the Center, 1-2:30pm
We will explore the many facets of self defense from situational awareness to physical intervention if and when it is needed. This class will help us to be aware of our surroundings and situations that we may be able to avoid and ways of managing ourselves if they can not be avoided. We will learn about situational stress reduction so we can use our mind and body to assess and react in the most effective way possible to potential danger. The class will include discussion and physical training. Please wear T shirts or other loose fitting shirt with sweat pants, yoga pants or other long pants for exercise. Shorts are not recommended as we will be dropping to the floor. Please bring drinking water


Register Here! Look out for more classes to be announced soon!

*We ask for a $5 donation per person per class but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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June 12, 2014

Introducing the New Health and Wellness Intern


Hi everyone, my name is Ellen Bryer and I'm so happy to be joining the RU12? community for the summer! I'm in the process of exploring Burlington and all of the food and fun it has to offer. I'm coming from Smith College in Western Massachusetts and before that from the greater Philadelphia area. At school, I'm entering my senior year and I study Sociology and Public Health. I'm excited to join the vibrant staff at the RU12? Community Center and learn from the LGBTQ community in Burlington. And as a queer woman, I already feel welcomed into the affirmative environment here. 

While I'm here this summer, I'm going to work in the Health and Wellness Office. My goal is to put together a series of Summer Semester classes (how-to, fitness, discussion-based etc.) as a fun way to learn some new skills together. I'll also compile some resources to add the Center such as a pamphlets on HIV information, queer women's health, and sexual and domestic violence. I'll be at RU12? events during the summer and in the office Monday through Friday. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who is a part of this community!

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:

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director


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. 

Marc B

    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" 

October 25, 2013

RU12? Online Bulletin Board is Back!

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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!

  • 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 or call the center at (802) 860-7812

Click HERE to visit the online bulletin board!

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August 13, 2013

Tonight at RU12? - "At Your Cervix: A Self-Exam Workshop"

Self-exam final poster

July 18, 2013

S2R: A Photoshop Basics Class for the Queer Community 7/22/13


Join us for the 2nd workshop of the "RU" Summer Series of Community Classes!


"S2R: A Photoshop Basics Class for the Queer Community"


Held on Monday July, 22 at the Center in the David Bohnett Cyber Center.

Led by Roger Rodriguez

Learn how to Photoshop your Facebook, LinkedIn, and yes, Grindr profile pic to look your absolute best in this fun, easy to follow, step by step Photoshop Basics tutorial. Perfect for beginners!

You'll learn:

1. Basic photography tips (no more dirty mirror shots, please.)
2. Cropping, resizing your photos.
2. Getting rid of your ex, or, ahem, "facebombs".
3. Other (minor) touchups.
2. Saving your photos in the proper format.

Seating is limited to 10. To register email siena@ru12.rog

July 08, 2013

The Sue(perb) Wilson



Check out Sue Wilson teaching our first RU Summer Class of the season, On The Trail. It was a success! Thank you, Sue!

On the Trail: A Workshop for Beginner to Intermediate Hikers & Backpackers TONIGHT 6-730PM



*UPDATE ON WORKSHOP TONIGHT: We have graciously received some sweet donations of gear from Outdoor Gear Exchange. If you come tonight you are guaranteed to go home with superb hiking tips and a raffle prize! Hope to see you all there!


Welcome to the premiere workshop of our RU summer class series! 

This 1.5 hour workshop will give you the basic skills to plan & enjoy your hike with more confidence & preparedness. Workshop will include gear selection, packing tips, basic safety (NOT an official First Aid certification, sorry), trail selection, trail courtesy & Leave No Trace principles. There will be a raffle for raffle for prizes! 

Workshop led by Sue Wilson, an avid hiker & backpacker with 20 years of experience.

Open to all community members!


January 28, 2013

Lifting the Skirt: Drag Queen Secrets Revealed

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Thought about doing drag but not known where to start?

Always been curious about how drag queens look so fabulous and wondered how they do it?

Unsure what to do for this year's Drag Ball?

Come to this event and learn all the best tips and trade secrets from some amazing local drag queens!

Sunday, February 3, 1:30-3:30pm
The North End Studio, Studio B 
294 N. Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT

Admission: $5 suggested donation, to benefit the RU12? Community Center

Featuring Q&A, demos, and performances by Vermont's own Kitty VonTease, Amber LeMay, and Porsche Pink. The event will also include audience participation portions.

Presented by Vermont Gay Social Alternatives and RU12? Community Classes

(Drag King workshop to be held later this spring)

Facebook Event

November 21, 2012

VASE RACKshop & Book Signing at RU12?

RU12? welcomes Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education for a RACKshop (Risk Aware Consentual Kink) and book signing with Raven Kaldera and his slave Joshua Tenpenny!

The open book signing and Q&A is from 6:45-7:30pm on Saturday, December 1st - feel free to invite others who might be interested, this time is FREE and open to the public. Raven Kaldera has published over 33 books on a range of topics in spirituality, paganism, polyamory, BDSM, and more. You can see his titles at Bring the books you already own or bring cash/card to purchase ones you are interested in! The open book signing is held at the RU12? Community Center, located in the bottom level of the Champlain Mill in Winooski.

Now, about the RACKshop! This special event features 3 workshops: BDSM Spirituality, Master/slave Relationships as a Spiritual Path, and Sacred Prostituation. There are only 10 spaces left for the public. Please email or visit this link to pre-register and save your seat. We are taking payment in cash or check at the door for this event.

Tickets are $25 each. NELA Associates, Rose & Thorn or Darkstone members, and college students get a $5 discount.

For a schedule and class and presenter descriptions, read more below.

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November 14, 2012

VASE: Innovative Fiber Arts (Rope Tying)

RopeTuesday, November 20, 2012 · 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: RU12? Community Center - basement level, Champlain Mill.The Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 102, Winooski, VT 05404

Cost: Free! Donations to RU12 help keep free kink-friendly space open, though!
Dress code: Comfortable to tie in - kinky themed tshirts, collars, etc, are ok.
Description: Since our most recent IFA meetup was such a huge success, we have decided to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday night of every month. Yayyyy!!!!

The Innovative Fiber Arts group was started in 2011 by the VASE directors because

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October 29, 2012

Family Program Halloween Potluck Rescheduled

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Who says Halloween has to only be one day a year?
Due to the impending tropical storm Sandy, and the fact that winds are expected to begin peaking around the time tonight's Halloween potluck was scheduled to begin, we are postposing our LGBTQA Family Halloween Potluck celebration at the RU12? Community Center until this Saturday, November 3, from 11am-1pm. 
Bring a dish to share, enter the Champlain Mill Building through 3rd floor ramp entrance or 2nd level by the library., and come have some Halloween fun! (Prizes for best costumes, and treats for all!).
Any questions/comments/concerns, please contact or call the Center at 802.860.7812. Check out this event on RU12?'s Facebook page.

Also, please note that the Estate Planning with Pride event scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 10/30, has been cancelled.

August 11, 2012

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!

February 25, 2012

Join RU12?'s LGBTQ Knitting, Crocheting, and Textile Artists Group!


Beginners Welcome!!


Group for Knitting, Crocheting, and other Textile Artists Meets Noon on Sundays  at RU12? Community Center Located on the first floor of the Champlain Mill in Winooski.

RU12's LGBTQ Knitting & Crocheting Group is off to a great start! There is a fantastic mixture of knitting crocheting, weaving and embroidering fools that have a great time perfecting their craft among supportive group members. A few folks are just learning how to cast on, knit and purl. Others are learning more advanced techniques in cabling and Tunisian crochet.

Noon on the 2nd and 4th (and sometimes 5th) Sundays of every month at RU12? Community Center.

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 the discussion group.


February 17, 2012

Join the Action Team!!!


Join the RU12? Community Center's Development Committee Action Team (DCAT). DCAT is designed to produce events aimed at fundraising and/or 'friendraising' for RU12?. 

This is not your ordinary volunteer opportunity. Whether you want to lead the organizing, participate in only one particular aspect of the organizing such as advertising or outreach, or you only have time to show up at the event and help take care of logistics, we have the need for your time, energy, and commitment.

Help organize a Summer Semester of community classes, Yard Sales, Dinner Parties, Wine Auction, Bingo Nights and more!!!!


"The great thing about the Action Team is that I don't have to make a long term commitment and attend regular meetings. I can check in when I have the time and energy to help with an ongoing project or create a new project of my own. It's an amazing way to connect with my community and help support the important work that RU12? provides to strengthen our communities."

- Meg Tamulonis, Action Team Member

"RU12? is working hard to provide social and educational programs and events for all LGBTQ Vermonters and our allies. I am very excited that the Action Team has so many dedicated volunteers to ensure our success. The more people who get involved, the more we can do for our community." 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

To join the Action Team please email or call 802-860-7812


February 03, 2012

VASE Risk-Aware Polyamory Workshop (RAPshop) Sat, 2/4

VaseOn Saturday, February 4, 2012, VASE presents a Polyamory conference featuring Anita Wagner, poly skills educator, Bjarne Holmes, social psychologist, and Pam Steeg, relationship therapist, to present about the multi-faceted world of polyamorous relationships.

Valentine’s Day is coming – make the most of it at VASE’s RAPshop (Risk-Aware Polyamory)!
It’s only $25 ($20 if you’re a NELA associate) for a full day of classes, starting off with a safer sex class, 2 topic centered classes, learning about a Poly Grid, and a Q&A panel!  

Thanks to the support of RU12?, Vermont's queer community center, there will be free, anonymous, oral HIV testing available throughout the event!

This is going to be fantastic, so circle February 4th in your calendar with a big red heart!
Pre-registration is required by purchasing your ticket online.  You can also email to pre-register and pay via mailed check.  The conference will occur in South Burlington, VT and the address will be provided to registered attendees.

For more info:

Schedule: may be subject to change10am: Event Opens - Registration Check-in, HIV testing, meet & greet for attendees over coffee & pastries.11am - noon: Safer Sex class taught by Jean-Denis & Switchme12-1

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