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March 27, 2014

RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal

 

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.

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Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont

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Cocktail reception at 6:00PM

Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Catering by

Sugarsnap

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

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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.

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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:

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March 21, 2014

The Big Reveal: Save the Date!

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The RU12? Annual Community Celebration
Friday, May 2nd
6-10:00PM
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
Burlington, Vermont

Catering provided by Sugarsnap, 
Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge, 
and Catering by Dale

February 04, 2014

Community member blogs about Family Program Date Night "Queer-e-oke"

Notes from a community member:

On Friday, January 31, 2014, I had the distinct pleasure to attend RU12?’s 1st ever Date Night Queer-e-oke Event at Bob Bolyard’s Karaoke at the St. John’s Club. I can only say I feel a deep sense of sadness for all those queer folk who missed out on such a wickedly entertaining event. What made it so spectacular?  Glad you asked; was it the wellspring of astonishing talent exhibited by our brothers, sisters and allies? Was it the extensive range individual performers showed from rap to 80’s classics to country to the bright lights of Broadway show tunes? Yes, those were certainly factors. Was it the hilarity of bets waged and lost? “Frenemies” for the night, provoking songs to be sung by individuals who might not have otherwise opted to do so? Maybe. But even more fun was having the script flipped on the agitator who was allegedly shocked by the power and the passion of the performances rendered. Perhaps it was the thrill of watching as the “winner” of the bets conceded that they were the overall “loser” of the competition. For the sake of confidentiality and for what is left of my own shredded dignity, I will refrain from naming names.  Nevertheless, this too made the night one to remember. 

But most of all this blogger believes that sitting in the middle of a group of friends, some I’ve known for years and others I’d only met that night, laughing, singing, and cutting a rug on the dance floor makes a cold VT Friday night in January something magical. I was free to be exactly me and simply enjoy my community while doing something excessively silly and fun.  So, where were you on Friday January 31?  Was it a magical night? A night to remember? If not, next time RU12? is having Date Night Queer-e-oke, put on your dancing shoes, show up, be ready to laugh (a lot), and join in with other members of your community to celebrate the reality of our awesome uniqueness.

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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 28, 2014

V-Dance

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It has been far too long since we've had a ladies dance... Mark your calendar and join old and new friends on the dance floor!!
 
SOAL/AURORA - THE V DANCE.            
St. John's Club
February 9, 2013
3 pm - 7 pm
Join us for an afternoon/early evening dance!

Music will be provided by DJ Corey of LinCo Entertainment who has over 22,000 songs ready to get each an every one of us UP ON THE DANCE FLOOR!! 

 COST: $7 at the door, cash only
Cash Bar and munchies.

Part of the proceeds to benefit RU12? Community Center

(If you have a favorite song , bring it on your iPhone or smart phone and Corey will be able to play off from there!)

Questions: Please contact aurorawomynvt@gmailcom


 SPREAD THE WORD!! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!

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 06, 2014

Take a Chance, Belly Dance!

Ever wanted to learn to shake it like Shakira? Belly-Dance-Curious? Or just want to brush up those Belly Dancr moves for the club? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!   


Belly Dance Instructor Christine Demarais, a regular performer at the Vermont Pride Festival, is 
starting weekly all-gender Belly Dancing classes at RU12, every Monday night at 6:30pm. GLAM has joined forces to give you guys a FREE sample the first class on January 13th. 

RSVP and more info

Get fit, feel beautiful! Learn to shimmy, undulate and play the (zils) finger cymbals! 
Belly dance is great exercise for all body types and levels of fitness.

Christine has been teaching belly dance in the Burlington area for more than 10 years. She is currently teaching at the Aspire studio for Essex Junction Rec & Parks. She is excited to open this class for ALL genders at RU12? Community Center!

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 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 20, 2013

PEEP Show presents: Winter Is Metal!!!

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Friday, December 13th at 10 pm

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

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

Come on out for a slayer mash up: theme is Game of Thrones / SLASH / Metal!

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

Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center. 

DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee

With performances by:

Doctor Vu
Aeshna Mairéad
Noah Hymen
Lover Bois 
Major Face
...and many more!

...with our resident kitten, Innocent Ivy 
...and stage manager, Cliff Hanger

+ + SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER TBA + +

Unofficial after party of the Outright Vermont Awards show; this event is 18 and up

Check out the event's Facebook page here 

November 13, 2013

Burly Bear presents SIRLOIN: Hanky Panky

Before there was GRINDR, SCRUFF or any other gay boy hook-up app, there was the HANKY CODE! HankyCode!

Pick your fetish color. Pick your pocket. That would signal your desire to other queer men. Read up on the complete hanky code here.

This Friday 11/15 starting at 7:00pm, Burly Bear is back with a tribute theme to the Hanky Code. Whether you used to wear a hanky, still wear one, or haven't ever heard of this sub-cutural symbol, you can get your groove on at Red Square's Blue Room surrounded by hot kinky guys, dark seedy atmosphere and sweaty go-go cubs!

Pick up a hanky at the front door and express yourself offline. Answer the code quiz questions and win a prize. Hear the amazing DJ Stephen D. Wallace (Montreal) play his signature style of funky alternative edgy house! Leather/kink/fetish dress code encouraged.

$5 at the door, benefits Pride Vermont 2014

Get updates on this event here

November 06, 2013

PEEP Show Presents: RUMOURS at ArtsRiot

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Live performances of Fleetwood Mac's album 1976 RUMOURS... followed by a dance party and a short PEEP Show Vermont set of our regular crew of drag and burlesque stars.

Our biggest show yet! If you only come to ONE show, this is it! Tiered Ticketing with something for everyone!

Peep Show brings irreverant drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State; Peep Show Vermont is the home of queer burlesque in Vermont. Look no further for gender-defying, comedic and dramatic cabaret acts that blur lines and incite revelry!

Peep Show Vermont is produced by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George. 

Featuring:


BIANCA DAGGA
ALEXA LUTHOR
MERRIQUE HYSTERIQUE
VERA WYLDE
GINGE O'LOLLY
RYNN MAYROY
QUECHEE GEORGE
JONATHAN BITCHMAN
VIXEN

and DJ PAPI JAVI

$20 Date Night Seats 
(up front table seating service with discounted food and drink from the ArtsRiot Kitchen)

$10 General Admission

$5 Dance Party ONLY

8PM, Fri 11/15, ArtsRiot, Burlington

Check out the event's Facebook page here 

PEEP Show Presents: Open Season

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OPEN SEASON // NO LIMIT
All Amateur Show Supporting and Showcasing New Talent!!!

10PM, Fri 11/08, The Monkey House, Winooski.

An all amateur night — by the community, of the community and for the community. Come on out and catch tomorrow's hottest queer burlesque and drag performers in their debut to the Peep Show Vermont stage. Theme is: open season.

BRING YOUR MUSIC THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW AND WE'LL PUT YOU ON STAGE! NEED HELP WITH MAKE UP? OUR TRANSFORMATION STATION IS OPEN FROM 8-9PM! 

We welcome and want to support new, up and coming, amateur and young (18+ though, sorry, babies) divas, kings and pin ups to our ever-changing celebration of irreverent drag and burlesque. 

In preparation of our 2nd year of throwing the funnest queer burlesque and drag party in Winooski, we are actively recruiting unseen talent. We encourage performers of color, trans performers, performers with disabilities, and lesbian/bi/queer women performers to join us on stage. 

If you're never performed before, but always thought about it: now is your chance!

If you've performed 5 times or less: now is your chance! 

If you're a drag performer, and you want to try to change genre and do burlesque or performance art: now is your chance!

It's OPEN SEASON at Peep Show and we want YOU to bring it!

dance party to follow with DJ Maple Creemee and DJ Papi Javi!!!
18+
$10 cover
All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center
Door at 9pm
Show at 10pm

Check out the event's Facebook Page here

October 29, 2013

Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce

Tonight at Higher Ground, an LGBT revolution of musical proportions comes to life, teaming up with DJ
Disco Phantom!

Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as theQueen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap Bigfreedia3 movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.

Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. 

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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!...

 

PEEP Show: Looking for Performers!

PEEP Show is back with "Open Season" on November 8th, but this time, we get to see FRESH FACES at an all-amateur queer drag and burlesque night.

This is your chance! If interested in joining up and being a part of this fabulous event, LIKE them on Facebook and send a message here. 

More details on Facebook Event Page

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October 05, 2013

Happy Anniversary PEEP SHOW!!!! (Friday, Oct 11th)

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Peep Show brings irreverent drag and burlesque to Vermont, and celebrates camp in all things. Produced and founded by Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.

 

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October marks a full year of Peep Show bringing irreverent drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State. Come celebrate with your hosts Quechee George and Jonathan Bitchman as we showcase amazing talent and sexy funny gender-defying performers!

With Special Guest from NYC, making her annual Vermont visit
The Bodacious Bianca Dagga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Papi Javi takes us through the night!

Hawt Go Go Dancers

Gay A$$ Raffle!

Dance Party to Follow!

$10 Cover
18+
Doors 9pm
Show starts around 10pm

All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center

Facebook Event

September 26, 2013

PEEP SHOW: Friday, October 11th

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BOO!

October marks a full year of Peep Show bringing irreverent drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State. Come celebrate with your hosts Quechee George and Jonathan Bitchman as we showcase amazing talent and sexy funny gender-defying performers!

With Special Guest from NYC, making her annual Vermont visit
The Bodacious Bianca Dagga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Papi Javi takes us through the night!

Hawt Go Go Dancers

Gay A$$ Raffle!

Dance Party to Follow!

$10 Cover
18+
Doors 9pm
Show starts around 10pm

All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center

Facebook Event

September 25, 2013

Community Calendar Spotlight: Myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass

This Friday at Higher Ground: Myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass SHARED FULL BAND SHOW!

http://www.gregorydouglass.com/

Gregory Douglass is an internationally renowned independent musician with eight critically acclaimed albums and a multitude of digital singles & music videos. His recent spotlight on NPR's "Morning Edition" has coined him "one of New England's best-kept secrets." Douglass has sold over 75,000 songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over 600,000 views on Youtube alone. His music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network's LOGO TV and his newest single "Naysayer" is slated to air on MTV's upcoming "World Of Jenks" series.  Douglass was a finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and won Yobi.tv's "New Stage" competition, an original web series starring Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

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Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul/folk songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn't let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, "Her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott."

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Friday, September 27 @ 8pm | Higher Ground Showcase Lounge 1214 Williston Road, S. Burlington VThttp://www.highergroundmusic.com/event/gregory-douglass-2013 (802) 652-0777 | $10 Advance/$13 Door *

September 13, 2013

Pride Weekend Schedule!

Friday, September 13th

Out on Church Street

6 pm – Midnight, Pride Vermont will present its First Annual “OUT on Church Street”! This event will kick off the weekend of Pride festivities by inviting all Vermonters to enjoy one of New England’s best-known destinations-Church Street in Burlington. We plan to make Church Street the place to be that evening, and you don’t want to miss it!

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Burly Bear Cock Camp

7pm, Red Square, Burlington. It's the Burly Bear hot and sweaty dance party the Friday of Pride weekend!!!

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Pop-Up Queer Pride Party

Join Pop-Up as they kick off the Pride weekend again with one big, bad-ass, sweaty queer dance party. Friday 9pm- 1AM - ARTS RIOT (400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT).

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Saturday, September 14th

Join RU12? at Laura's March!

RU12? Community Center will be participating in Laura's March on September 14th! Please join us in honoring Laura K. Winterbottom and in raising funds for RU12?'s SafeSpace Program. SafeSpace offers direct services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, hate violence, and discrimination. Our services are free and confidential. 

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Vermont Pride's Women's Tea Dance

1-4pm, Red Square, Burlington. More than tea will be served! Celebrate your PRIDE!!

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Community in the Archives: RU12?'s Queer Archives

4-5:30pm Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Special reception for Vermont Pride weekend! A special exhibit of memorabilia, material objects, ephemera and other intimate and personal items and artifacts from the Vermont Queer Archives.

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History of New England’s Gay Leather Groups

6pm Burlington City Arts, Burlington. Come learn why we march at pride from the BDSM/Leather Community perspective. Celebrate pride with a little history!

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Hot Pink Pride Party

The largest Annual Pride Party in Vermont! And you're gonna be seeing PINK all night long.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

Celebrate Pride Sunday at Leunig's

All Day, Leunig's Bistro, Church Street, Burlington. Leunig's is generously donating 10% of the entire day's proceeds to the youth at Outright Vermont.

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Pride Parade

12:30pm, The Pride Parade is a beloved institution here in Vermont and throughout the world. It begins at the south end of Church St. and ends at Battery Park where the festival is held!

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Northern Decadence Food Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Pride Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Burly Bear Pride Day Tea Dance

4pm - 9pm, Red Square, Burlington. $5 suggested donation benefits Pride Vermont! This event is open to all and everyone of every identification is welcome and encouraged to attend!

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For a full list of all Pride Vermont events, click HERE

 

 

 

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