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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. 

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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" 

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 email[email protected] 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"

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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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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!).

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]  


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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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January 18, 2012

This isn't your ordinary volunteer opportunity!



Facebook Event

When: Sunday, January 29th, from 11am-12:30

Where: RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, VT

If you are interested in joining us at this session, please contact Kim Fountain:[email protected] or 802-860-7812

If you can't make it to the session, but are still interested in volunteering with DCAT, there will be another session on Monday, March 27th at 6:00 pm.


Do you know someone who you think would be perfect for DCAT? Download the DCAT and pass along to a friend!


Events that you could help create:


Summer Semester

Summer SemesterOne of RU12? Community Center’s first programs is back! Summer Semester offers the opportunity for LGBTQ community members to draw upon the skill, ability and knowledge of our talented peers with short series of classes throughout the summer. Potential classes to be offered include: Basic Car Maintainance, Yoga, Financial Planning, Photography, Zumba, Resume Writing, Home Ownership and more!

Family Bowling!

When you host a bowl-a-thon, you recruit people to bowl on a designated day for your special event. Each participating bowler solicits a flat rate pledge among neighbors, friends, and relatives. This could be a fun way to get families to engage in supporting RU12? as well as having a great event for families to enjoy together.

Grab a Bite with Friends


Help introduce the community to RU12? by working with your favorite local restaurants to host benefit nights.



House or Garden Party


Team up with a friend or neighbor to put together a fabulous event for your friends. Let them know how much you care about your community and ask them to support a organization you believe in.

Tee Off With RU12?

Hosting a golf tournament can be a high-profile, and often very lucrative fundraising event. A great advantage of hosting a tournament is the connections you make with local businesses and celebrities that support the RU12? Community Center. Plan a whole day event with lunch and prizes.


Pitch us your own idea!

Contact Kim Fountain: [email protected] or 802-860-7812


 Make a Difference in Your Community 

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?.

On January 29th, we will be hosting our first DCAT volunteer recruitment. 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 advertizing 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.

The recruitment session will introduce you to RU12's plans for 2012, outline the DCAT structure and present you with opportunities to get involved.


January 13, 2012

Queer-Affirming Yoga Class in Burlington Tonight

Heatehr_d-9609-61_0Our friend Vanessa is teaching a Queer Affirming Yoga class tonight from 5:30-6:30pm at All Wellness in Burlington. It is a Vinyasa-style class and she is asking a $10 donation for attending. Her intention is to create a loving, supportive, and thriving queer yoga group so tell your friends or anyone who might be interested! Maybe we will see you there?!

January 12, 2012

27th Annual Lesbian Serenity (AA & Alanon) Retreat at Kirkridge, PA, April 20-22, 2012

Kirkridge viewCome join us for a unique and wonderful, clean and sober lesbian weekend in the Poconos.

Kirkridge is located on 280 beautiful acres of sacred grounds on the Appalachian Trail. There will be AA and Alanon meetings, workshops and topic discussions. 

Hiking, quiet time, meditation, dance and coffee house.

Great fellowship, old and new friends. 6 meals and lodging included with registration.

For more information or to register, go to or contact Pat at 908.879.8098.

December 10, 2011

Lots of fun things to do this weekend with RU12?!



SneaksRUn12? Saturday Jaunt!

10am. You and your well-behaved dog are invited to join Jean from RU12? and other RUn12-ers for a 4-5 mile group run this Saturday at 10am at the entrance to Red Rocks Park in South Burlington.


December Heat: GLAM Sex Talk 1pm


Snuggle boyWe’ll turn up the heat with one of Glam Vermont's Sex Talks! Our next ones will be on Sat 12/10 at 1pm & Weds 12/14 at 6pm. Free food, fun discussions about sex and relationships, gift cards and everyone who comes is entered into a raffle of a very generous gift card from Small Dog Electronics Open to all guys who like guys ages 18-35. Limited space, so email [email protected], or 860-RU12 to register!


Gay Boy Band Auditions!


Rockstar4pm. Any guys 17-25 interested in joining a Gay Boy Band? There’s a group coming together to form an all gay pop/r&b singing boy band that caters to the LGBTQ community and anyone who loves music. Auditions will be held at RU12? 4pm on Sat, 12/10. FMI: email Tyler.




RU12? LGBTQ Knitting & Crocheting Group

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All types of textile artists are welcome to join! 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 [email protected]


RU12? & VGSA Second Sunday Screening

Times_harvey_milkFilm: The Times of Harvey Milk

Film begins at 2pm, discussion to follow. Just as the series' name suggests, screenings are held on the second Sunday of every month at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library in the Pickering Room (on the 2nd floor). 


GLAM Core Group

GlamAccepting New Members!

Sundays 6pm. We're looking for young gay and bi guys who are interested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys! Core Group runs our program, and we want your input! If you're a young gay, bi, or queer man who would like to get involved, email us at [email protected], check out our webpage or friend us on facebook.




December 01, 2011

RACKshop: Anal Play

VaseOn Sunday December 4th, come knockin' on the back door with VASE! Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education will present all the ins & outs for safe exploration of anal play for men, women, trans people, heterosexuals, homosexuals, queer sex, and any-other-sexual you want! Curious about how to get started? What will hurt and what will feel great? VASE will cover all the basics of toys, strap ons, anal sex,lubes, STI's, and even prostate massage.  If you think you've done it all, maybe we can show you something you haven't gotten in there.Think anal play is only for gay sex? Think again! There are dozens of ways heterosexual couples can enjoy the pleasures to be found here.Think anal orgasms for women are a myth? Think again!  Our experienced educators will guide you through the pleasurable exploration of anal play, no matter how you identify.

Plus: FREE & ANONYMOUS HIV testing will be offered, thanks to RU12.

Doors open at 12p. Class goes from 12:30pm to 6:30pm with snack breaks (feel free to bring your own).

There will be demos and an exploratorium for anyone who wants guidance from our educators.

Cost: $20 per person. $15 for NELA members.

Contact VASE to register at [email protected] Visit for more information.

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