PRIDE VERMONT PRESENTS:
BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall
Are you an LGBTQ person with children? Would you be interested in sharing stories about your family with other LGBTQ families and families-to-be in a small group setting? We’re putting together a series of family town halls in late August and September to share information with each other and to create community among queer families. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) in helping others start, grow and strengthen their families call Jean at (802) 860-7812 or email email@example.com.
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).
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!
If you are planning to join us, please RSVP at http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com to let us know you’re coming! Suggested donation: $10-$15/family but no one will be turned away for lack of funding.
Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with set-up/break-down. Can provide transportation to/from Burlington area for volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain! This first annual event will celebrate the joy of the LGBTQ and allied community through fun and fitness! We welcome everyone who wishes to join us in the celebration to show support, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.
Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end. Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end. This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course). We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!
All participants will receive an awesome Stride to Pride t-shirt as well as custom finishers medal. Additionally everyone will receive a token for the “OUT on Church Street” event, allowing you 10% off food, drinks and merchandise from participating retailers on Church Street Marketplace all weekend of Pride! Additional tokens for supporters will be for sale at the event for $10 each.
While registration will be open until the event, only people registering by September 1st, 2014 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and finishers medal. All participants will recieve an OUT on Church Street token and will be eligible for prizes regardless of registration date . The cost is $35 per person, this includes the shirt, medal and OUT on Church Street token.
Event schedule and times
Thursday, Sept. 11 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 8 pm, location TBD.
Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington
5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up
6:00 pm - 5K begins
7:00 pm - Awards ceremony
7:15 pm – enjoy the benefits of your OUT on Church Street token by receiving 10% off food/drink/merchandise at participating Church Street Marketplace businesses.
This spring, we lost a dear queer community member – Wayne Beam. He was a long-time bartender and events producer in the community – starting at 135 Pearl and tending to all of us in more ways than one over the years at many venues and events. He is greatly missed by all.
Wayne really loved baseball and as our way to keep his spirit of love and joy alive in all our hearts, we are shifting the annual old north end Ramble pop-up! queer kick ball game into …the first WAYNE WIFFLE BALL GAME on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-12pm at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School on North Street in Burlington, VT. In the shady, grassy baseball field behind the school, we will gather to play one epic game of wiffleball. All Ages. All Abilities. Everyone gets to play (we will sub in if there are lots of folks).
Two teams will be picked that morning, bring a blank shirt that you can mark up with your pick of a jersey number & team name (which will be picked by the team that morning too). No skill required, just bring your love of Wayne and wiffleball.
Not much into playing? Then come be part of the pick up queerleading squad to cheer on each team! Pom Poms, outfits, and cheers DIY!
This game kicks off a community fundraising effort to raise $250 to create a granite brick with Wayne’s name on it to be placed on Church Street. It is a way to honor his memory and the impact he made on so many lives. Our goal is to raise the money by Pride weekend in September (9/13-9/14) so we can place the brick that weekend.
A donation (sliding scale) is asked per player. If everyone kicks in $5 per player (or more), we will be well on the way toward the brick. Every bit helps! [cash accepted at the game].
Can't make the game? We will be collecting donations through this GOFUNDME site up to and through the wiffle ball game until we reach the goal. Any extra money raised will be all given to Wayne's family to help cover memorial costs from back in May. Any amount helps - consider it your last bartender tip to Wayne!
Please pass the word on! Let’s queer up this wiffle ball game in Wayne’s honor!
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee (a collaboration between RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont and Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging) hosted an amazing series of films and discussions, including our signature panel discussion, "Celebrations and Challenges of Being LGBTQA in the NEK" on June 12. Here's a photo of the panelists and moderator, from left to right: Jean Sienkewicz, RU12?/PCVT (moderator); Charlene Willey, of St. Johnsbury (panelist); Chelsea Brochu, formerly of Hardwick, now of Burlington (panelist); Lisa Viles Executive Director of Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging (NEVAAA), St. Johnsbury; Jerri Ryan, of St. Johnsbury and NEVAAA (panelist); and Don Grabowski, from the Health Center in Plainfield (panelist). The evening offered a healthy dialogue between and among LGBTQ community members and Allies about community-building, the need for LGBTQ community and events, bias, and the experience of being LGBTQ and Allies in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
More photos from the event on June 12th can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catamountarts/sets/72157645102651116/; the event was recorded and broadcast on a local television station; check it out on Kingdom Access TV.
The LGBTQA Advisory Committee also hosted five discussions following free Monday night films about LGBTQ issues, including "Imagine Me and You," "Cloudburst," "Weekend," "TransAmerica," and "Valentine Road" and are hoping this series is the beginning of new partnership with the Catamount Arts Center for LGBTQA educational and community-building events. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of those who made our Courageous Conversation series in June a huge success, especially the Catamount Arts Center and NEVAAA, as well as community members who opened themselves up to participate in the dialogue.
For more information about the NEK LGBTQA Advisory Committee, please contact Jean at RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont at 802.860.7812 or email@example.com or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA at 802.751.0431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
RU12? is pleased to announce that we have two new groups starting in June! Please share this information widely and we hope you will join us!
The RU12? Women’s Discussion Group of 2014 will bring older female-identified LGBTQ people together to discuss topics of interest to them in a safe and comfortable setting and will be an easy and enjoyable opportunity to get to know others from Burlington and the surrounding areas. Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 3-5pm at RU12?, 255 S. Champlain Street in Burlington. (Upcoming groups will take place on June 5, 19; July 3, 17; August 7, 21.) Come join us on a Thursday that is convenient, we are waiting to meet you! For more information, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or email email@example.com.
RU12? Walking Group
RU12? wants you to be fit and happy! Join our walking group, get up and get out, and walk with friends new and old. Great outdoor walking in the summer (and the mall for not such nice weather), so rain or shine, we’ll be there! This group is open to anyone interested, regardless of fitness level. Group will meet at 9am on the 3rd Saturday of the month (upcoming: June 21, July 19, Aug 23) outside of Macy’s on Cherry Street, Burlington. Group will leave at 9:10am. For more information, call the Center at
802.860.7812, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These groups, as well as other upcoming RU12? and VT LGBTQ, events are listed on RU12?'s calendar.
RU12?'s Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Community Advisory Group is hosting June's Courageous Conversations Through Art, "Challenges and Celebrations of being LGBTQ in the NEK" at the Catamount Film and Arts Center! All screenings begin at 7pm and are free. Discussions will follow each film; all are welcome!
Schedule of films is as follows:
Monday, June 2 - Imagine Me & You
Monday, June 9 - Cloudburst the Movie (2010)
Monday, June 16 - Weekend
Monday, June 23 - Transamerica
Monday, June 30 - Valentine Road
The Courageous Conversations panel conversation, also free and open to the public, will be moderated by RU12?'s very own Jean Sienkewicz, who coordinates RU12's SafeSpace and LGBT Elders programs, and will take place at 6pm on Thursday, June 12 in the Catamount's Cabaret Room.
Please join us for some films, some stories, and some dialogue about being LGBTQ in the NEK.
For more information, contact Jean at RU12?, 802.860.7812, email@example.com or Jerri Ryan at Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, 802.751.0431, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myq Kaplan - TONIGHT! May 22nd, 8:30pm at Metronome featuring RU12? Community Center Board Co-Chair Hillary Boone!
Tig Notaro- Saturday May 24th, 6pm & 9pm at the UU Church in Burlington. An incredible comedian who has taken the comedy world by storm. She was nominated for a Grammy this year and is a regular on Late Night, Conan and NPR.
DeAnne Smith- Sunday May 25th, 8:30pm at Metronome - DeAnne is competing on the new season of Last Comic Standing, but limit yourself to watching her on tv when you can see her LIVE in #btv this weekend!
For more information, check out http://greenmountaincomedy.com.
Call for Proposals and Performances
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 15th, 2013
The Translating Identity Conference and Free 2 Be student organization of the University of Vermont are proud to announce the Translating Identity Conference (TIC), a one-day conference focusing on gender and gender identities. Conference registration will be free and open to the public. This event hopes to reach out to the University of Vermont, Burlington, and broader communities and educate us all further about transgender and gender identity topics as well as their intersections with other identities. With multiple panels to choose from at any time, some panels will be directed towards trans people, their partners, and allies; while others will be for those who are fairly unfamiliar with the transgender movement and the topic of gender identity. This conference seeks to translate gender identity to both the queer community and its allies.
Free 2 Be is the University of Vermont's LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Advocate) group on campus. We are a Student Government Association
(SGA).recognized club and are entirely run by students. The mission of Free 2
Be is "To actively work on creating a safe space for people of all
sexualities and individualities within ourselves, the LGBTQA, and the University of
Educating and developing ally communities
Increasing visibility of transgender and queer communities
Providing support and safe space for transgender and queer
Encouraging dialogue about identity politics and intersections
Advocating for the safety and rights of trans-people in the
workplace, healthcare, the legal system, etc.
The 2014 TIC Committee will review all panel, workshop and performance proposals.
Everyone is invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, caucus or performance.
Considerations for selection include:
Relevance to gender politics, policy, strategy and organizing
Content and panelists dealing with diverse groups and
Presenter qualifications and experience
Diverse race/gender/class/age representation among panelists and
Overall strength of the submission
All submissions will receive a response. Affiliation with the University
does not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted. The notification
process will be complete by late July. Free 2 Be reserves the right to
reject any proposals that do not support the mission of the student
organization, the conference planning committee, or the University.
TIC will be held on the University of Vermont campus in the Dudley H.
Davis Center. Presenters/performers must provide their own computers and additional
equipment needed for audio/visual technology (specifically Mac users).
HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION
All session proposals will be submitted online. The link to the online
form is provided below. Please contact us, if you have any difficulties
with the online form.
For more information, please contact The Translating Identity Conference
Planning Committee at email@example.com.
Translating Identity Conference
A monthly event: Queer Movies Nights at Burlington College.
Open to all! This free event explores LGBTQ themed movies. Grab some popcorn, bring a date, and make your way to Burlington College at 95 North Avenue in Burlington by 6:30pm on Wednesday, 5/14.
This month, Christopher and His Kind will be shown.
Christopher and His Kind ( father of the musical Cabaret )tells the story of Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin in the early 1930s. The film, adapted by Kevin Elyot from Isherwood's autobiography of the same title, was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood is played by Matt Smith, whilst the cast also includes Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg.
PEEP Show presents: SHIMMY!
Peep Show presents a new burlesque dance party--SHIMMY. Fabulous costumes and drag dress code suggested. Special guest stars Madge of Honor and Goldie Peacock.
Boston-based Madge of Honor is a high-concept queer showman who has performed across the US and UK and is known for three things: brains, body and face. Madge of Honor entertains while exploding the expectations of burlesque. Brooklyn-based Goldie Peacock is a genderblending movement artist, dubbed "the most flamboyant, regal bird in the menagerie." Most recently, Goldie was featured in the Huffington Post as a new queer world drag king.
Featuring resident drag queen Major Face. DJ Papi Javi and go go dancers keep the party moving. Produced and hosted by Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George. Photography by Alyx Lyons. $10, all proceeds benefit the community.
5/17/14, 4-6pm, $25 ($15 for students, sponsored by UVM LGBTQA Center)
@ The RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St., Ste. 12, Burlington
Drag king: an entertainer who intentionally assumes a theatrical guise of maleness in, and for, performance.
Captivated by drag kings? Ever wanted to try drag yourself? Already a king, but you want to deepen your craft? Then this is the workshop for you!
What you'll learn:
-drag king history and culture
-important resources for drag kings
-costuming, styling, makeup (yes, kings can wear it too and - look good doing it, honey), facial hair, packing, binding
-how to concoct a dynamite persona
-how to perform a fierce number
This workshop is open to people of all gender presentations and identities, and all levels of performance experience (including the lack thereof).
Brooklyn-based Goldie Peacock is a genderblending movement artist, dubbed "the most flamboyant, regal bird in the menagerie." Most recently, Goldie was featured in the Huffington Post as a new queer world drag king. Goldie has taught improvisational dance and drag at Oberlin College (Ohio), Pure Movement Portland (Maine), Cultivate Contemporary Dance Festival (New Hampshire) and Chez Bushwick (New York). Their drag king workshops have been profiled by dapperQ.com, Curve Magazine and Edge Media.
Check out Seven Days post about the RU12? LGBTQ Disability Network event Queer Crips featuring John Kallacky- http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/queer-crips/Event?oid=2348081
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.
The Flynn Center of the performing arts is hosting the Lyric production of Les Misérables, a sprawling epic based on the novel of by Victor Hugo. First presented in 1985 this music has circled the world, made history by becoming the second longest running music ever and developed into a successful Hollywood film making over 400 Million.
Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child … In other words, heavy on the drama. But then what would a night of theater be without a little delusion of eloquence, clingy jealous girls, being buried alive, bitter sweet endings, big fancy houses, evil gloating, an artful dodger, rogue angles of Satan, girls with mustaches, a triangle love story, spoiled brats, troubling childlike behavior and a Deus ex Machina or two.
In all seriousness, there is a reason this music has maintained its popularity. Because underneath all the beautiful costumes and sweeping melodies that you will be humming over in your head after leaving the theatre. This is a passionate story about redemption in a world where happy endings can and do happen. Filled with characters so rich you finding yourself wishing there was a third act!
Lyric Theatre Company presents Les Misérables from April 4-13th 2014 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont
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:
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
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!
RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal
Excitement has been building steadily around this event over the last six months. With our roots planted firmly in our past, RU12? is extending our community-centered work across Vermont and scaling up the Center happenings. From our move back to Burlington last summer and showing the works of local LGBTQ artists at the Art Hop to co-hosting the Pride Dance, we are presenting more and more opportunities for our community and allies to get out into the world and celebrate. The momentum continues building and in the coming months, we will produce Pride Vermont, feature such notable artists as John Killaky in the Center space, present one of our popular Town Hall Series on growing our LGBTQ families, and offer a host of new and exciting social and educational opportunities.
All of these amazing new events and programs will happen under a new Center name!! Join us and be the first to hear it as we do our tantalizing Big Reveal.
Of course, what would all the newness be without a shift in our biggest event of the year? Join us at Echo for an evening featuring tasting stations with the most amazing dishes designed to impress, by three of Vermont’s leading caterers.
May 2, 2014
Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont
Cocktail reception at 6:00PM
Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM
Silent and Live Auctions
Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge
Catering by Dale
The Vermont Pride Awards
Each year, RU12? honors Vermont community members and businesses who go above and beyond to ensure that our LGBTQ community thrives in a dynamic, safe, and exciting environment.
The Vermont Pride Award for Activism
The Vermont Pride Activism Award is being presented to the Peep Show. Peep Show is a sassy, irreverent drag and burlesque show, celebrating camp in all things. Producers Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George create a queer-friendly, sex-positive, and above all, inclusive performance space/environment. Their community driven philanthropic effort showcases new and seasoned talent from Burlington to Boston to NYC. Throughout the show, Jonathan and Quechee let the audience know about everything from where to find support for survivors or violence to where to find an HIV test. At the end of the evening, they pay their performers and the rest is donated to support RU12?. http://peepshowvermont.tumblr.com
The Vermont Pride Community Award for Community Service
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee provides cultural education and awareness on behalf of LGBTQ-identified individuals, with special emphasis on aging adults, living in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Committee hosts social and educational events and provides education and technical assistance that is LGBTQ affirming, to staff of programs, agencies and organizations that provide services to aging adults.
The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year
National Life Group
National Life Group, a company with strong Vermont roots. They are very much a part of our communities, supporting such organizations as Pride VT, VT CARES, Outright VT, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund of VT. Their Human Resources Center has the very Vermont title, “The People Center” and their benefits are fully supportive of LGBTQ individuals and families. With “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good.” as a set of corporate values, it is no wonder that they are such a strong supporter of Vermont’s LGBTQ communities.
National Life Group is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator offering personalized service. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.
The Live and Silent Auctions
This year, our auctions are bigger than ever, with items for every budget and interest. Businesses and individuals from across Vermont and all the way to Beijing have donated to the auctions. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff; summer passes to St. Michael’s Playhouse; and hand blown glass vases to tattoo time and yoga passes. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends