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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.

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, glam@ru12.org
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August 11, 2014

The Champlain Valley Balls Get Muddy

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The Champlain Valley Balls, GLAM's volleyball team, played in the 25th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament and raise $275 to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of VT. We were 5-3 in the group round and made it to the first round of the elimination round! (And if there was a prize for best dance moves, we would have won.) It was a great day - can't wait until next year!

 

August 08, 2014

Let's Talk about Family

Are you thinking about having children but anxious about connecting with doctos and services in a rural state? Do you struggle with dealing with school, legal or medical systems as an LGBTQ family? Do your children ask questions that you aren't sure how to answer? Do you have worries or success stories that you can't share just anywhere?

Please join us in August and September with all of your questions, triumphs and fears for a series of conversations about all parts of life as LGBTQ families. More information will be coming soon about panelists. All ages are welcome. Childcare will be provided. 

Family town hall flier

August 07, 2014

Gender-Friendly Yoga is Here!

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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 ellen@ru12.org for more information.

photo credit: Tony George via photopin cc

August 05, 2014

LGBTQ Running Group

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6pm, Thursdays, 255 S. Champlain Street #12, Burlington, VT

FMI: Call Mike or John 802.860.7812

New Group Getting together (again) at the Pride Center of Vermont! This time we're going to train for Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk ! All skill levels welcome! We'll meet every Thursday 6pm at RU12? Community Center/Pride Center of Vermont. 

This Thursday, we'll go easy on you with a 1 mile run (over-achievers can continue on further). Set a goal, stick with us weekly, maybe even train for the Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk September 12th, and get some late-summer fitness on!

photo credit: Sangudo via photopin cc

July 31, 2014

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

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PRIDE VERMONT PRESENTS:

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

Wednesday, September 10th, 7:00 PM
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall
FREE ADMISSION
 
Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero To Speak in Burlington
 

 

Continue reading "BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall" »

July 30, 2014

A Call for Stories from LGBTQ families

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 ellen@ru12.org.

July 21, 2014

Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk Sept. 12th!

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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.

Register here:  

http://www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

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.

 

July 16, 2014

Saturday July 26: Wayne's Wiffle Ball Game

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!

July 02, 2014

Northeast Kingdom Courageous Conversations series a success!

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.  

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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 jean@ru12.org or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA at 802.751.0431 or jryan@nevaaa.org.

 

 

June 30, 2014

Vermont Pride Picnic and Show!

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 RSVP and RideShare info

 

Facebook Event

 

June 12, 2014

Introducing the New Health and Wellness Intern

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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!

May 27, 2014

RU12?'s new groups!

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 womensgroup@ru12.org.

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 walking@ru12.org.

These groups, as well as other upcoming RU12? and VT LGBTQ, events are listed on RU12?'s calendar.

June's Courageous Conversations at St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts Academy: "Challenges and Celebrations of being LGBTQ in the NEK"

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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, jean@ru12.org or Jerri Ryan at Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, 802.751.0431, jryan@nevaaa.org.

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May 22, 2014

Queer Local Comedy!!



HillaryLGBTQ Vermont!! Here are shows that will leave you feeling gay (get it? ok, I'll keep my day job). For much better comedy-check out these shows at the Green Mountain Comedy Festival.

Myq Kaplan - TONIGHT! May 22nd, 8:30pm at Metronome featuring RU12? Community Center Board Co-Chair Hillary Boone!

Tig-notaro-photo-bw2Tig 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

May 20, 2014

Translating Identity Conference 2014 Call for Proposals

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
Vermont community."


CONFERENCE PRIORITIES
        Educating and developing ally communities
        Increasing visibility of transgender and queer communities
        Providing support and safe space for transgender and queer
        participants
        Encouraging dialogue about identity politics and intersections
        Advocating for the safety and rights of trans-people in the
        workplace, healthcare, the legal system, etc.


PROPOSAL REVIEW
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
communities
        Presenter qualifications and experience
        Diverse race/gender/class/age representation among panelists and
        presenters
        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.

PRESENTER/PERFORMER RESPONSIBILITIES
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.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JJY8G9B



For more information, please contact The Translating Identity Conference
Planning Committee at tic@uvm.edu.
-- 
Translating Identity Conference
November 1,2014
tic@uvm.edu
http://www.uvm.edu/~tic

May 13, 2014

Queer Movie Night @ Burlington College

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. 

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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.

May 06, 2014

PEEP Show events for May

PEEP Show presents: SHIMMY!  

 

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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.

  


PEEP Show presents: Drag King Workshop with Goldie Peacock!
 

 

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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.

April 16, 2014

Upcoming Queer Crips Mentioned in Seven Days

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

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