The St. Albans location for the RU12? Disability Social and Support Group will not be meeting this week. Instead they will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency at 3 Home Health Circle in St. Albans Friday July 11th at 3:30 and Friday July 25th at 3:30.
Great conference this year at the Killington Grand Hotel. There were an estimated 500 people with all kinds of disabilities who attended the 2014 Voices and Choices Conference put on by Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA) May 29th & 30th. GMSA is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year!
We had an informational table with the RU12? GLBTQ Disability Group pictures and information as well as a sign up sheet for people who are interested in attending a group or who would like a group started in their area. We unveiled our brand new banner which group members designed with help from a graphic designer on what it should like.
We did a workshop called “GLBTW People with Disabilities: Let’s All Have the Conversation!” Group members worked hard over the past few weeks creating and preparing the workshop format. There were 25 people who attended the workshop. We had to get more chairs from other conference rooms and we could have had more people but there wasn’t room. We prepared questions to get the discussion going. People were intrigued to speak about this and it was important for everyone to hear other people’s experiences and stories. There was a lot of positive feedback from the questions. We had a panel of group members who shared their stories and people were very supportive and the conversation we had about people with disabilities who are GLBTQ.
Group member Josh Queneville received the LGBTQ Self-Advocate of the Year award for his work in helping bring visibility to the disability group at last year’s Pride festival and Elizabeth Underwood, our UVM intern received Ally of the Year award for her support.
I met with Chester Finn, who works for the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and he was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama in 2010. I hope to be working with Chester in the future and doing some work in Washington DC.
It was a great conference! It seem that Voices and Choices gets better every year. Signing off- David Frye, Volunteer Coordinator for Pride Center of Vermont Disability Support Network.
This Thursday Kimberly Whitney from Vermont Center for Independent Living, will be talking about the free services they offer to people with disabilities. This is the RU12? disability group that meets at The Wellness Coop Thursday at 3:00. Come join us and participate in the great conversations that we have at our meetings! See you there! The Wellness Coop is located at 279 N. Winooski Avenue in Burlington.
by Xian Chiang-Waren
John Killacky, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts' executive director, used to be a marathon runner and a professional dancer. But in 1996, at the age of 44, a mishap during spinal surgery left him paralyzed from the neck down.
"I still remember the night before surgery, I ran five miles," said Killacky during an interview in his office at the Flynn. "I just wanted to think, OK, well, I’m going to be out for a month. And so, 24 hours later, to be completely paralyzed, it was… an imploded body. And spirit, for sure."
This Friday, April 18, Killacky will speak with the Safe Space disability support groups organized by RU12?, a Burlington-based LGBTQ community center and advocacy nonprofit. He will share his personal story, which inspired him to create and coedit a Lambda-winning anthology of short stories called Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories, which was published in 2004. The event will also feature screenings of films that Killacky created over the years.
"I've found that the only thing I can do is tell my own stories in as minutia a way as possible," Killacky said.
Killacky has made three films on "queer crips." In the first, Crip Shots, he collaborates with talented, established artists (who also identified as queer and disabled) including Judith Smith of the AXIS Dance Company and the late poet Christopher Hewitt, among others. In the second, Dreaming Awake, he reflects on his body and the bodies of other disabled persons, grappling personally with his body and his wheelchair, and films disabled persons without their "equipment" — wheelchairs, canes and the like.
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
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:
The GLBTQ Individuals with Disabilities Social and Support group will host a Winter Fest pizza party tonight Tuesday Feb. 11th from 4pm-6pm in Burlington at the RU12? Community Center. Come join the festivities, share good food, connect with community and have a good time! Feel like singing? There will be karaoke or if you dance, juggle, play an instrument or anything else please come and perform at the Winter Fest pizza party! RSVP to Brenda- email@example.com or call 860-7812. Hope to see you there!!!
In anticipation of the winter storm coming tomorrow Wed. 2/5, the RU12? Disability Group has been cancelled. The next meeting of this group will be Wed. 2/19. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! We are building a network of LGBTQ Disability support groups around the state. Groups meet weekly at the following locations:
Burlington-Tuesdays at 4:30pm
RU12? Community Center, 255 So. Champlain St., Suite 12
St. Albans-1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 5:30pm
Northwestern Medical Center, conference room 4
St. Johnsbury- Fridays at 11:00am
Unitarian Universalist Church, 47 Cherry St.
If you aren’t able to make it to an RU12? Disability Group you can join our online group through Pal Talk Monday nights 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Vermont Chat GLBTQ And Disability chat room.
If you have any questions please contact Brenda (Brenda@ru12.org) or call RU12? at 860-7812
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.
Click here to participate:
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:
Kim Fountain, Executive Director
With DOMA's demise, GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) are currently in the process of educating as many LGBTQ community members about their rights as they relate to taxes and federal benefits. The fact sheet images below are a good start, and GLAD will also be hosting two upcoming webinars:
GLAD also has their GLAD Answers program, a legal information service where community members can call and reach a live person on the other end to ask questions, get referrals, and find out more about their own legal situation.
We hope this information is helpful for Vermont's LGBTQ families!
RU12? LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities Social and Support Group will take the rest of Dec. off and meet again in January. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!
RU12? Community Center
Tues. Jan. 7th at 4:30 pm
Wed. Jan. 8th at 5:30 pm
The Wellness Coop- new location 279 N. Winooski
Thurs. Jan. 9th at 3:00 pm
The RU12? LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities holiday party was rocking the Center last night! Karaoke, good food and connections were made. We all are looking forward to more fun in 2014!!!
When: Tuesday 12/17
Bring something to share or just come and enjoy the party. Rumor has it there may be kareoke..... So get your groove on and come celebrate the holiday season!
If you aren't able to attend please consider taking this survey to help us make the group even better next year Click here to take survey
We hope to see you tomorrow!
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