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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, glam@ru12.org
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July 21, 2014

President Obama Signs Federal Contractors Executive Order

25 million workers now have explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Today, the president made it illegal for companies that contract with the federal government to fire, decline to promote, or refuse to hire someone simply because they are LGBT, by adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to two existing executive orders. Additionally, with the signing of today's executive order, the federal government affirmed Title VII sex discrimination protections for transgender federal employees. The executive order does not carry with it any religious exemptions. 

Read more and watch Obama sign the order here. 

April 01, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: RU12? Community Center is Changing Their Name!

**APRIL FOOLS!!!**

 

Press Release

Burlington, VT: 

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

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

RMUFC of VT -  Resource Management for Unified Family Connection 

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

Rainbow Mountains Uni-pug & Fairies Center of VT

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

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

March 27, 2014

TDBank: Fundraising for RU12!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your support! 

March 24, 2014

Living With HIV in Vermont

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

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

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

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February 11, 2014

Sandwich Mixer with GLAM and INCLUDE at Champlain College


GLAM boys Javier, Mike, Johnny and Lucas banded together to drop in to a sandwich mixer at INCLUDE, the QSA on Champlain College's campus. 

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Every Monday, students gather together to talk about LGBTQ issues on campus and in their personal lives in a welcoming, fun environment. This week, GLAM and INCLUDE pooled together to bring sandwich fixin's to the group to give us a chance to discuss the RU12? Community Center and extend an invite to utilize the center's free Wifi and coffee for homework study groups. 


Would YOU be interested in joining up with INCLUDE or hosting your own queer-friendly homework hangout at RU12, complete with free high-speed Wifi, computer lab, coffee, and LGBTQ library resources? Email glam@ru12.org to express interest! 2011-01-04 00.06.44

February 04, 2014

First Friday at Higher Ground - A Community Coming Together

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

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

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

January 20, 2014

Get Ready for the VT Burlesque Festival, and Burlesque Bowling!

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It's almost here! 

This weekend the largest Burlesque Festival in New England takes off. A full schedule of events can be found here.

GLAM has two Superhero themed teams competiting in Burlesque Bowling on Saturday, which is a benefit for the RU12? Community Center. 

Come join the fun as a spectator, or form your own team to compete! 

January 18, 2014

Just a few moments for LGBTQ Vermonters...


SamaraHey All-

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

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

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

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

 

January 08, 2014

Burlesque... Bowling??

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

More information here

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

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

 

The Rules: 

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

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December 31, 2013

Vermont Burlesque Festival January 24 & 25th 2014

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

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

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December 16, 2013

3rd Thursdays LGBTQA Grief and Loss group, this week (December 19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new (old) social and support group for people experiencing loss of any kind. In the past, this group has been a really powerful and helpful experience for members, allowing them to connect, support one another, and heal. In light of both the upcoming holidays and the unexpected loss our LGBTQ community has recently experienced, we hope this group can be a useful tool for bringing people together.

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RU12? is reviving our LGBTQA Grief and Loss group, to be held monthly on 3rd Thursdays. This is a social support group for those interested in giving voice to their experience(s) with loss and listening to others. 
We welcome those experiencing loss of all kinds including death of a loved one, loss of or change in health, familial and other beloved relationships, and more. Topics could include but are not limited to: grieving, letting go, resolution, moving on, coping mechanisms, self-image, rituals and learning.

Please join us this Thursday, December 19, from 6-7:30pm at the RU12? Community Center, 255 S. Champlain Street, Ste. 12, Burlington.

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December 09, 2013

Peep Show: Winter is Metal!


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

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

Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center

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

DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee

With performances by:

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

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

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" 

November 23, 2013

The Fabulous Show: COMEDY ROULETTE!

The Fabulous Show. LGBT comedians, tonight at the Monkey House! 

Click Here For Details

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November 11, 2013

GLAM and the National Mpowerment Project in Chicago

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Our new GLAM coordinator John Chagnon attended a training session in Chicago this past week to gain perspectives from Mpowerment projects across this diverse nation and apply them to our own Mpowerment project here in Vermont! 

GLAM Vermont is part of a national movement called Mpowerment. The Mpowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected anal intercourse among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.

On Wednesday, 11/13, John will be discussing his findings from the national movement at our weekly GLAM Core group meeting at 6:30pm at the RU12? Community Center. Typically, our core group is for male-identified aged 18-35, but all are welcome to attend this week's meeting, and questions are welcome to see where YOU can fit into this effective and FUN intervention project. Pizza/drinks provided!

 Message john@ru12.org for questions or more details. 

 

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November 06, 2013

This Friday in Randolph and this Saturday in Burlington Transgender Day of Remembrance

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RU12? Community Center presents Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 


TDOR Art Exhibit in Randolph
When: Friday November 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, Randolph, VT,


TDOR Vigil and Speak Out in Burlington
When: Saturday, November 9th

Time:  4pm-6pm
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401


Inclusive TDOR Memorial and Lunch in St. Johnsbury
When: Thursday, November 21st
Time:  12noon-1pm
Where: First Congregational Church, 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT


The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed in hundreds of communities around the globe throughout November each year. This day has been set aside as a memorial to those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hate or prejudice.


Transgender people—those who do not conform to society’s expectation of gender expression for men and women—face discrimination, hostility and violence. The Burlington TDOR events, which originally were a memorial service to honor the many fallen transgender and gender-variant victims of murder from the past year, have expanded to include a celebration of trans* lives and an opportunity for community building and sustenance on a deep level. With this event, RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together.

RU12? Community Center and SafeArt have created a multi-community art project to help strengthen communities, reduce isolation and raise public awareness of violence and discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Vermont. Visions of You, Me and Us, a progressive, sculptural, and interactional piece will be available for attendees to view and contribute to. Visions of You, Me and Us will travel in 2013 as part of TDOR taking place in various rural areas around Vermont. 

Visions of You, Me and Us has been made possible through generous grants from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust and Northfield Savings Bank.

Also on display will be a community quilt project from Burlington TDOR 2012. Everyone attending TDOR this year will have the opportunity to add their own expressive voice to these community art projects.

 

Burlington: This event is free and will consist of a vigil, a speak out/open-mic time, and art projects. There will be light refreshments. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KELSEY NARO AT KELSEY@RU12.ORG OR INDIGO JAMES AT IJAMES@UVM.EDU

 

St. Johnsbury: RU12? and the NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Group are jointly hosting this free event that seeks not only to memorialize those who died by violence but also to celebrate the lives of individuals living with the challenges of prejudice and hatred, as well as to offer an opportunity for local community building and sustenance. A light lunch will be provided. Those whose lives have been lost to violence will be honored in a candle-lighting ceremony. There will be opportunities for people to add to the TDOR 2012 quilt; the Visions of You, Me and Us art installation will not be present at this event. The NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Board is collaboration of the Northeastern Vermont Area Agency on Aging, RU12? and a host of community partners, with the goal of ensuring cultural awareness of the LGBTQA Elder Community. For more information about this event, contact Jean at RU12? (jean@ru12.org) or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA (802-751-0431 or jryan@nvaaa.org).

 


October 30, 2013

TONIGHT!! RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party!

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Tonight, Wednesday, October 30th, is the RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party! Drop by the spooooky haunted RU12? office any time between 4pm and 7pm to show off your costumes, bring a snack to share, and take part in this spooktastic event that includes movies, music, dancing, games and a costume parade! 


When: Wednesday Oct. 30 from 4pm-7pm
Where: RU12? Community Center 255 S. Champlain St. Ste. 12, Burlington
What's going on: A Haunted Office Party!

October 29, 2013

Out N About TV

DJ and Joey are on the journey of a lifetime. At the beginning of October, they set off from Chicago to travel through each state and explore Gay America for a full year in their awesome bus, appropriately named "Priscilla." One of their stops included Burlington for a few days.

OutnaboutWe met up with these guys at first before the showing of "The Worst Thing About Coming Out" at the Film House in Burlington, where Kim Fountain and John Chagnon joined a panel to discuss their own personal experiences with coming out. You can view their account of the experience here.

Later, the GLAM guys were thrilled when DJ and Joey offered to transport us to Snake Mountain in Addison, VT for a beautiful fall foliage hike. We all had a great time chatting about differences in gay culture across the states, playing games and stopping for some Maple Creemees. Check out the pictures from GLAM's hiking adventure with DJ and Joey here. 

These wonderful guys are set to learn a lot about the differences in gay culture across the US. You can follow their adventures via their blog, and even check out their own Pride Logo Wear to get a piece of what they are experiencing. Thanks DJ and Joey! 

October 24, 2013

The Boogieman!

The 7th annual Halloween Ball is coming! We are all scampering around for our last minute costume ideas. The Boogieman

This year DJ Precious presents "The Boogieman!" This night of frights, chills, and bodily treats will work its dark magic and have you dancing into the deep of night! Doors open at 9:30pm, followed by a live set from Burlington's own Rue Mevlana. Last Halloween Rue Mevlana brought some serious beats and tantalizing vocals, and you're gonna get it again! After Rue Mevlana, Dj Precious will be spinning until close, giving you a true deep City experience with great mixes and new tracks featuring Deep House, Progressive House, Electro.

Green Mountain Cabaret will also be joining the event. The GMC group has become a Burlington favorite. Aside from their own productions, Green Mountain Cabaret was last featured at the annual fetish ball EROTICA in July, and like that night, they will be our costume judges. During the night they will be searching for the top 6 costumes. Once the choices are in, Green Mtn. Cabaret will open the contest with a fierce performance! After, the crowd will pick the best overall costume of the night. If you want to win then be seen! Talk your costume up! Dance like you have never danced before, and be super creative, because a big $$$ prize goes to the winner! "The Boogieman!" is 18+, and tickets are $10.

Precious says.. "Watch out Hunty..The monsters under your bed are getting hungry!" That also translates into DANCE, WERQUE, and have a damn good time on Halloween weekend!

Check out some sneek- peek tracks from Rue Mevlana's upcoming Halloween Ball performance!...

 

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