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April 01, 2014

Drive a brand-new Audi for a good cause!

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: 

http://www.audisouthburlington.com/a3-uncompromised-event.htm

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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

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

Peep Show

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.

https://www.nationallifegroup.com/PublicSite/Views/AboutUs.aspx?id=105

 

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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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 18, 2014

RU12? LGBT Elders Program at Burlington Gerontology Symposium

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RU12?'s display at Gerontology Symposium

RU12?'s LGBT Elders SafeSpaces Network cultural awareness training program is thrilled for the opportunity to be exhibiting at the Gerontology Symposium today at Burlington's Hilton Hotel! We've been mingling and networking with elder-care providers of all different kinds (medical, mental health, education, case management, etc.) talking about our cultural awareness work around the state. Exciting stuff! If you are attending the symposium, please stop by, chat with Jean and help yourself to a clementine. :)

February 19, 2014

Living With HIV: Social Support Group

Are you, or a friend, HIV+ and just looking for a supportive group to discuss life with HIV with other POZ individuals?

A new Burlington-area social support group will be starting on March 6th. For more information, feel free to shoot a confidential email or call: 

John
john@ru12.org
(802) 860-7812

Jo
tsnjo@sover.net
1(888) 338-8796

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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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January 31, 2014

Tonight! LGBTQA Family Program Date Night: "Queer-e-oke" at Bob Bolyard's Karaoke

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Leave the kiddos and/or furry babies at home and come sing your heart out with us at Bob Bolyard's Karaoke/RU12? Family Program's Date Night "Queer-e-oke." 21+

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 09, 2014

GLAD's "Know Your Rights After DOMA" Campaign for LGBTQ Families

 

 

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!

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January 07, 2014

2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds

 

Join us Wednesday, January 8 for our 2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction!

Parking is behind the building; enter through the office door (marked). L&B is a shoe-free zone so bring inside shoes or slippers if you're worried about cold feet!

Any questions about this or other Family Program events can be directed to jean@ru12.org or the Center at 802.860.7812.

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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 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 10, 2013

Wednesday 10am, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, Essex Junction

Join RU12? this Wednesday morning (2nd Wednesday, 10am-12noon) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents. This is the last LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup for 2013!

(Please enter through the office door on the left; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at jean@ru12.org or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

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December 05, 2013

This Weekend: Making Scenes: Gay Survivors of Straight Parents

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November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from RU12? Community Center!

Bring a side dish, your favorite board game, and join your community tonight at RU12? for a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner tonight 11/27 starting at 6:00pm. Hosted by the GLAM boys. ALL ARE WELCOME! More details available here. 

We will be closed in observance of the holiday 11/28-29. 

Gay thanksgiving

 

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 15, 2013

Tomorrow (Saturday)! LGBTQ-Savvy Health Care: Shaping Medical School Curriculum

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When: Saturday, November 16th
Time:  3pm-5pm (***please arrive promptly; latecomers will not be admitted into the focus group after 3:15pm)
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

Light refreshments will be served.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health curriculum is being developed all over the country but no one has formally asked LGBTQ patients what they think about it. This focus group will gather lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people's thoughts about what makes quality, effective doctors. The material gathered in this focus group will be used as part of a broader research project the findings of which will be used to assess and build curriculum in medical schools. 

***This group is open to people who identify as bisexual, lesbian, gay, or queer; a specific group for people who identify as trans*, genderqueer, intersex, or otherwise gender non-conforming is in the works

For more information: If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact facilitator Alison Alpert at aalpert@uvm.edu or RU12? staff Jean Sienkewicz at 802.860.7812or jean@ru12.org.

 

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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 22, 2013

Wednesday 4:30pm, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, S. Burlington

Join RU12? this Wednesday evening (4th Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 1820 Shelburne Road in S. Burlington for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents.

(Please park on the right side of the building so as to avoid interfering with child-care pick-up; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at jean@ru12.org or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

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