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August 11, 2014

The Champlain Valley Balls Get Muddy


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 07, 2014

Have you registered for Stride To Pride?


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:

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.

Gender-Friendly Yoga is Here!


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 for more information.

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August 05, 2014

LGBTQ Running Group


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!

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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

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

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

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!

October 25, 2013

RU12? Online Bulletin Board is Back!

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Thanks to our amazing Marketing Intern from UVM, Shelby Mathews we're re-introducing our Statewide Online Community Bulletin Board on our website. Here you can find or post ads from members of your community for housing, carpool or ride share, furniture and personal items, employment opportunities, and more!

  • Do you have an apartment for rent?

  • How about a job opportunity?

  • Are you looking to set up a carpool or ride-share?

  • Having a tag sale?


Here is your chance to get the word out! The board is a bit empty so please start posting!!


For questions about the posting on the board please or call the center at (802) 860-7812

Click HERE to visit the online bulletin board!

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October 03, 2013

Fantastic Foliage: Hike Snake Mountain


What better way to admire the beautiful Fall foliage than a hike with GLAM! On Sunday the 13th, the GLAM guys will be enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather from the Snake Mountain Trail. The trail is a moderately difficult hike and ends with a fabulous view of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains.

This event is open to people of all genders, ages, and sexual orientations. So feel free to bring your friends! We'll meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11 am.

Questions about the event? Email or call Mike or John at 802-860-7812. Put on your hiking boots, and we'll see you there!

For more information about the event click Here

July 30, 2013

Second Annual Picnic Potluck and Field Day

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July 08, 2013

On the Trail: A Workshop for Beginner to Intermediate Hikers & Backpackers TONIGHT 6-730PM



*UPDATE ON WORKSHOP TONIGHT: We have graciously received some sweet donations of gear from Outdoor Gear Exchange. If you come tonight you are guaranteed to go home with superb hiking tips and a raffle prize! Hope to see you all there!


Welcome to the premiere workshop of our RU summer class series! 

This 1.5 hour workshop will give you the basic skills to plan & enjoy your hike with more confidence & preparedness. Workshop will include gear selection, packing tips, basic safety (NOT an official First Aid certification, sorry), trail selection, trail courtesy & Leave No Trace principles. There will be a raffle for raffle for prizes! 

Workshop led by Sue Wilson, an avid hiker & backpacker with 20 years of experience.

Open to all community members!


July 01, 2013

On the Trail: A Workshop for Beginner to Intermediate Hikers & Backpackers


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Welcome to the premiere workshop of our RU summer class series! 

This 1.5 hour workshop will give you the basic skills to plan & enjoy your hike with more confidence & preparedness. Workshop will include gear selection, packing tips, basic safety (NOT an official First Aid certification, sorry), trail selection, trail courtesy & Leave No Trace principles. There will be a raffle for raffle for prizes! 

Workshop led by Sue Wilson, an avid hiker & backpacker with 20 years of experience.

Open to all community members!

Hosted at the RU12? Community Center: 255 South Champlain St, Burlington, VT on Monday, July 8th from 6-7:30pm.

January 09, 2013

Killington Winter Pride Weekend: February 1st-February 3rd


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ChanAmberNicoleWith one of the most popular nightlife scenes in the East, along with 140 trails spread across 70 miles of mountain terrain, Killington’s got something for everyone – and then some. Whether you’re an avid snow sport enthusiast or just making the trip out to party, we’ll provide you with everything needed for an amazing experience.

407529_374237425923169_374211782592400_1648915_882644708_nAs a part of this initiative, G.N.A.R. is proud to support RU12? Community Center as the principle non-profit beneficiary of this year’s event. RU12 Community Center celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. They offer a wide range of programs from social and educational events, to health and wellness programs, to direct services and advocacy.


- Gold Pass ($129)
- Gold Pass + Full-Day Lift Ticket ($169)

Pride Passes may be purchased at



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January 18, 2012

This isn't your ordinary volunteer opportunity!



Facebook Event

When: Sunday, January 29th, from 11am-12:30

Where: RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, VT

If you are interested in joining us at this session, please contact Kim or 802-860-7812

If you can't make it to the session, but are still interested in volunteering with DCAT, there will be another session on Monday, March 27th at 6:00 pm.


Do you know someone who you think would be perfect for DCAT? Download the DCAT and pass along to a friend!


Events that you could help create:


Summer Semester

Summer SemesterOne of RU12? Community Center’s first programs is back! Summer Semester offers the opportunity for LGBTQ community members to draw upon the skill, ability and knowledge of our talented peers with short series of classes throughout the summer. Potential classes to be offered include: Basic Car Maintainance, Yoga, Financial Planning, Photography, Zumba, Resume Writing, Home Ownership and more!

Family Bowling!

When you host a bowl-a-thon, you recruit people to bowl on a designated day for your special event. Each participating bowler solicits a flat rate pledge among neighbors, friends, and relatives. This could be a fun way to get families to engage in supporting RU12? as well as having a great event for families to enjoy together.

Grab a Bite with Friends


Help introduce the community to RU12? by working with your favorite local restaurants to host benefit nights.



House or Garden Party


Team up with a friend or neighbor to put together a fabulous event for your friends. Let them know how much you care about your community and ask them to support a organization you believe in.

Tee Off With RU12?

Hosting a golf tournament can be a high-profile, and often very lucrative fundraising event. A great advantage of hosting a tournament is the connections you make with local businesses and celebrities that support the RU12? Community Center. Plan a whole day event with lunch and prizes.


Pitch us your own idea!

Contact Kim Fountain: or 802-860-7812


 Make a Difference in Your Community 

Join the RU12? Community Center's Development Committee Action Team (DCAT). DCAT is designed to produce events aimed at fundraising and/or 'friendraising' for RU12?.

On January 29th, we will be hosting our first DCAT volunteer recruitment. This is not your ordinary volunteer opportunity. Whether you want to lead the organizing, participate in only one particular aspect of the organizing such as advertizing or outreach, or you only have time to show up at the event and help take care of logistics, we have the need for your time, energy, and commitment.

The recruitment session will introduce you to RU12's plans for 2012, outline the DCAT structure and present you with opportunities to get involved.


January 13, 2012

Queer-Affirming Yoga Class in Burlington Tonight

Heatehr_d-9609-61_0Our friend Vanessa is teaching a Queer Affirming Yoga class tonight from 5:30-6:30pm at All Wellness in Burlington. It is a Vinyasa-style class and she is asking a $10 donation for attending. Her intention is to create a loving, supportive, and thriving queer yoga group so tell your friends or anyone who might be interested! Maybe we will see you there?!

RU(n)12? at the Intervale on Sat 1/14


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After a two-week hiatus, I'd love to get back into the swing of things with any and all of you (as well as any well-behaved canine running buddies you care to bring along) this weekend. I'm inclined to suggest a flat(ter) route than Red Rocks due to a touchy Achilles on my part, but am enjoying the trail running. How about the Intervale?

So consider this your invite to join Tallulah and me on Saturday, Jan 14th at 10am, for an hour-ish run at the Intervale. Meet at the parking pull-off right after the road turns to dirt (just past the entrance to Gardener's Supply on Intervale Road in Burlington).

I'm open to route suggestions for future runs.

And as promised, the first bi-weekly RUn12? discussion question: Do you have a 2012 training goal? If so, what are you working towards? Respond to me, I'll compile your responses and share at the end of the week. (Your discussion question suggestions are also welcome!)

Hope you are are hale and healthy and happy in this crisp Vermont January!


Jean Sienkewicz

January 05, 2012

GLAM Gaymes Night: First Friday Pre-Gayme!


Facebook Event Page

You know you're a player... we wanna see your game!


Join other guys who like guys for a night of smooth moves and extra-friendly competition. We've got some great games (like, Wii, Apples to Apples and Taboo) but feel free to bring any of your own too. We've got all your snacky dreams and desires covered, too. Just bring your game-face!


Meet up with us at RU12? Annex (located on the 2nd Floor of the Champlain Mill) at 8pm. We'll be heading over to First Friday at Higher Ground to continue the fun.


If you are a young gay, bi or queer man and are interested in becoming involved with GLAM, email us at, facebook friend us or visit us online at



December 22, 2011

RU(n)12? LGBTQ Running Club! Sat, Dec 24th at 10am


RU12?’s premier running group! You and your well-behaved dog should join other RUn12-ers for a 40-ish minute group run this Saturday. Meet at 10am at the entrance to Red Rocks Park in S. Burlington if you would like to participate. If you’d like to join a group of running LGBTQ folk contact or call Jean Sienkewicz at 860-7812

December 05, 2011

Queer Affirming Yoga and Fitness Classes


Class Schedule: Yoga on Fridays 5:30-6:60 and Cardio Blast Thursday 7-8am at All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave, Ste 103, Burlington. ($10 or pay what you can) FMI: email or call 206-355-3923

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