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August 13, 2014

THIS SUNDAY: Family Program's Picnic Potluck and Field Day!

For LGBTQ families with and without kids and their families of choice (allies included). Bring your little ones (or borrow some if you don't have them), a potluck item to share, any outdoor game supplies you see fit, and some sunscreen, and join us Sunday, August 17 from 10-2pm at Wrightsville Beach, Middlesex (address for your GPS is 369 Vermont 12, Middlesex, VT 05602). Event is free (with a suggested donation of $10/family).

Please RSVP at to let us know you’re coming! 

Suggested donation: $10-$15/family (pay at the door) but no one is ever turned away for lack of funding.

Family picnic

Tentative schedule of events:
11am-1:30pm Face painting
11:30am 3-legged race
12:30pm Beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss
1:30pm Scavenger hunt

Coloring stations, bubbles, flying discs, barbecues, and snacks available at all times. Canoeing/kayaking (rentals) and swimming at Wrightsville Beach (just across the way). Bring your own kids or borrow your favorites for this event, which is always a good time!

For more information, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or email

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.

July 03, 2014

Summer Semester is HERE!

Summer semester updated

Have you always wanted to learn French? Have you ever been intimidated by a yoga class? Do you have trouble saving money for your goals? This summer, the Pride Center of VT has something for everyone! We're hosting a fun series of classes in July and August called Summer Semester:

Voulez-Vous Learn French With Drew (Drew Briggs)
Tuesdays July: 15, 22 and August 5 at the Center, 6-7pm
Bonjour! This short class is meant to provide some very basic conversation points that will help you when you're traveling or just brushing up on your French. We'll go over some vocab, common phrases, and minimal grammar. All levels are welcome!
Visit the facebook event

Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are!
Thursday July 17 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether it is financial security for your family, a vacation home, or early retirement, this seminar helps determine the actions you need to take to turn your long-term dreams into tangible goals.
Visit the facebook event

Seeking a Tax-free Retirement
Tuesday July 29 at the Center, 6-7pm
Whether you're just starting your career, or only a few years away from retirement, where you save can have a big impact on your retirement income. This seminar is ideal for all professions and income levels. Some of the topics covered are: Types of retirement income, SMART Retirement Money Order, Tax-Deferred vs.Tax-Free accumulation, Universal Life Insurance.
Visit the facebook event

IMPROVAGANZA! Drop-In Class (Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick)
Thursdays July 31 & Aug 7 at the Center, 7-9pm 
Join Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick of Vermont Comedy Club and Spark Arts for some fun during the summer session! This two-hour class will use improv exercises and Whose Line is it Anyway? style games to teach the basics of improv: Saying "Yes and!", freeing yourself from insecurities, thinking quick on your feet and creating engaging, hilarious scenes on the spot. Great for students of all experience levels!
Visit the facebook events here (31st) and here (7th)

Gender-Friendly Yoga(Rebecca Weisman)
Mondays August 11, 18, 25 at the Iyengar Yoga Center of VT, 5:30-7pm
Join Rebecca Weisman for a three-week Gender Friendly Yoga series at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont. In this series we will work with basic yoga postures and create a safe and inviting space to explore our experiences in the body. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe-- appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition. A great way to learn about yoga!
Visit the facebook event

NEW! Safe and Smart: Self Defense (Dan Duval)
Saturdays August 16 and 23 at the Center, 1-2:30pm
We will explore the many facets of self defense from situational awareness to physical intervention if and when it is needed. This class will help us to be aware of our surroundings and situations that we may be able to avoid and ways of managing ourselves if they can not be avoided. We will learn about situational stress reduction so we can use our mind and body to assess and react in the most effective way possible to potential danger. The class will include discussion and physical training. Please wear T shirts or other loose fitting shirt with sweat pants, yoga pants or other long pants for exercise. Shorts are not recommended as we will be dropping to the floor. Please bring drinking water


Register Here! Look out for more classes to be announced soon!

*We ask for a $5 donation per person per class but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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February 04, 2014

First Friday at Higher Ground - A Community Coming Together

First Friday (small file)
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 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 or the Center at 802.860.7812.

Playgroup 2014

December 17, 2013

Internship Opportunities: Spring 2014

Internship opportunities

RU12? has six internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of RU12?'s fun, social HIV prevention

    program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
  • The Marketing and Outreach Interns will participate in various stages of print and online marketing and outreach projects. Four opportunities are available. 

All internships will be able to provide opportunities for skill development, gaining experience in their respective fields, and fulfilling internship or college credit requirements. Interns receive training, tailored assignments based on interests and skills, and supportive supervision from our staff. See below for details!


GLAM Intern:


RU12? Community Center is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, RU12?’s Mpowerment program. GLAM is a group of young gay, bi, queer and/or trans guys who are coming together, getting out, and enjoying the connections we make. Through building a stronger queer community in Chittenden County, we empower one another, support each other, and fight the HIV epidemic. Glam pride

This fun and meaningful project is run by and for GBQT guys. Interns of all identities are encouraged to apply.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of event planning, marketing and community organizing.


  • Attend weekly core group meetings every Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of weekly social events for GBQ folks on the masculine spectrum.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies and members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Help recruit core volunteers and program participants at LGBTQ events in the area.


RU12?  is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with web and social media. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please email


Marketing and Outreach Intern:


RU12? Community Center is looking for a tech savvy intern with an eye for design to join our fabulous team. Our organization provides services that celebrate and support LGBTQ Vermonters, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing and community organizing.

Experience in HTML or design is helpful but not necessary. We’re willing to train the right candidate.


  • Assist in the creation of e-mail & print campaigns, weekly e-newsletters and blog postings
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies.
  • Perform analysis of communications and outreach data.


RU12?  is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with web and social media. Experience with design programs, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please email

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: Ugly Sweaters!

GLAM  guys got together during the first big snowstorm of the season for an Ugly Sweater Crawl  Ugly sweater 2 around Church Street. Friends met up throughout the night and enjoyed snacks,boards games, and hanging out under the Christmas lights downtown Sunday 12/15. 

Stops included Manhattans Pizza, Esox, Drink, Three Needs and ending the night at the Other Place. You could track where the guys were through Facebook checkins, which helped guys meet up along the way. 

Eva Bessette, an RU12? volunteer, provided "ugly" sweaters for the boys from her collection. Check out some of her other trendy sweaters for sale in her Etsy shop.

See more pictures on Facebook, and add GLAM to stay updated on the latest events around town!


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 or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.


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 11, 2013

GLAM and the National Mpowerment Project in Chicago


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 for questions or more details. 


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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 or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

Playgroup 2013

September 18, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Apple Picking. Apples to Apples. Apple Crisp. Put them all together? You get a kick-butt Vermonty afternoon with the GLAM guys.

Meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11am on Sunday, 9/22 and we will carpool out to Allenholm Farm in South Hero. We will spend about 1 1/2 hrs picking apples and such, then bring it back to RU12? to play an updated rendition of Apples to Apples, make Apple Crisp and sip cider.

To RSVP and check updated information, click here

Man Apples

August 21, 2013

Farewell Jean-Denis Pre-Game Night -Fri 8/23

JDC farewell Games

Play Games before we all go out as a group to send Jean-Denis off in style.

As many of you know, Jean-Denis is leaving us. Please come and wish him a fond farewell and thank him for all of his amazing contributions to the LGBTQ community over the last few years!

Join GLAM 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? (located at 255 S. Champlain St, Burlington) at 7pm. We'll all be heading out to Burly Bear at Red Square and Boxer Night at Drink to continue the fun.

For more Information about GLAM:
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

August 10, 2013

Today's the day! PICNIC POTLUCK FIELD DAY with RU12? Family Program.

Weather is looking GORGEOUS, we hope you can come play! Directions below. Our thanks to our sponsors, Gay Parent Magazine and TD Bank.
Hope to see you there!
Gay Parent Magazine presents:
RU12?'s Second Annual LGBTQA Family Program Picnic Potluck and Field Day
TODAY, Saturday, August 10, 10am-1:30pm
Wrightsville Reservoir Beach, Middlesex VT (5 miles north of Montpelier on Route 12)


Things to bring:
• Suggested donation of $10-$15/family to defray the cost of the event and raise funds for future Family     Program endeavors, but no one will ever be turned away for lack of donation
• A dish to share (with appropriate serving utensils)
• Non-alcoholic beverages for you and yours
• Picnic blankets
• Sunscreen
• Bug spray
• Overlayers in case it gets cold
• Change of clothes/shoes


RU12? will have barbecue supplies (charcoal, grill lighters, lighter fluid), some kid/adult snackies, trach bags, bowls/plates, and utensils for the meal. There will be some scheduled activities (beach ball volleyball, scavenger hunt) and several ongoing (bubbles, coloring, face painting, etc.), giveaways and prizes. 


The intent of this event is to provide an outdoor activity for families (with and without kids!) to enjoy the gorgeous VT summer, and more importantly, build community. Folks we have spoken with are eager to meet and connect with other LGBTQ-identified individuals, as well as provide opportunities for kids in LGBTQ families to see their family constellations mirrored elsewhere.


This year's event is up on our Facebook page ( and pics of last year's event are here.


Directions to Wrightsville Reservoir Beach/Recreation Area can be found here:


Feel free to spread the word with anyone you know who might be interested in attending.

2013-08-13 FP field day

July 30, 2013

Second Annual Picnic Potluck and Field Day

2013-08-13 FP field day

July 11, 2013

Women's Pool Night - 7/15/13



Join us for Women's Pool Night at Van Phan Sports, benefitting RU12? Community Center!

Monday July 15, 2013 - 6-9 pm

$10 All you can play pool

Come out and support RU12? while playing pool with the ladies!

May 20, 2013

Two Great Events TONIGHT!!!



Vermont Women's Pool Night

Women pool
May 20, 2013 6-9pm

Van Phan Sports, 55 San Remo Dr (off Dorset St), South Burlington, VT


An evening of billiards for women who love women

...and we don't care how you define women, womyn, wimmin or ladies!  

  • 18+
  • $10 - all you can play pool
  • Cash bar
  • 50/50 raffle to benefit RU12? LGBT Community Center

Facebook Event

Mondays Are a Drag: It's All Fun & Games

MAAD FB Cover copy

Monday, May 20, 2013 7pm

Drink, 135 St Paul St  Burlington

RuPaul's Drag Race may have ended but Mondays are still a drag!! Join us at Drink in downtown Burlington for an LGBTQ Weekly Game Night!!

The "Divine" Spice, Celeste LaRue and Kitty Von Tease will host and perform!

The games will rotate from Bingo to Trivia and beyond! This week... Bingo! Featuring prizes for our players!

Cocktails begin at 7pm....8pm starts the first game. 

Any money raised will benefit the RU12? Community Center but don't forget to tip our Queens!

Facebook Event


October 29, 2012

Family Program Halloween Potluck Rescheduled

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Who says Halloween has to only be one day a year?
Due to the impending tropical storm Sandy, and the fact that winds are expected to begin peaking around the time tonight's Halloween potluck was scheduled to begin, we are postposing our LGBTQA Family Halloween Potluck celebration at the RU12? Community Center until this Saturday, November 3, from 11am-1pm. 
Bring a dish to share, enter the Champlain Mill Building through 3rd floor ramp entrance or 2nd level by the library., and come have some Halloween fun! (Prizes for best costumes, and treats for all!).
Any questions/comments/concerns, please contact or call the Center at 802.860.7812. Check out this event on RU12?'s Facebook page.

Also, please note that the Estate Planning with Pride event scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 10/30, has been cancelled.

September 04, 2012

Thank you for a successful Field Day!

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Geography aside, community certainly does make a difference. And last Saturday, September 1, RU12? had the great fortune of hosting a strong showing of LGBTQHA-identified families at Hubbard Park in Montpelier for a successful inaugural Family Program Picnic Potluck and Field Day event, this despite a long holiday weekend and competing end-of-summer events across the state. Faces were painted, water balloons flew, eggs were dropped, sponges were bucket-brigaded, soda bottles went flying, and hoops were hulaed--not to mention all the good food! A good time, it seems, was had by all. Thank you to all our volunteers (Heather, Crystal, Cat, Hannah, Corey, Alan, Jeffrey, Geoffrey, Jamie, Ashley, Corrine, Leigh and Bianca) and all the participating families for making it an event to remember! See our Facebook page for photos from the event, and see you all next year for the Second Annual!

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