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May 29, 2014

SafeSpace contributes data to national report on hate violence released today

Call SafeSpace, 863-0003, if you or someone you know is experiencing hate violence, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual violence or discrimination.  Advocates are availble to provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  SafeSpace also has a report violence online annonymously option, It Matters, Make it Count.


May 29, 2014 | For Immediate Release

National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today

Multi-Year trends in anti-LGBTQ hate violence and homicides continue

To download the full report please visit NCAVP online

  • Rates of anti-LGBTQ violence remain consistent in 2013 with 2,001 total incidents reported, with a substantial increase in the severity of violence reported
  • Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the highest risk of homicide
  • Transgender women, undocumented people, transgender people, people of color, and gay men face the most severe violence 
  • Fewer survivors are reporting hate violence to the police, and those reporting are being met with increased police hostility

NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report documenting the high level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2013.  The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States.  It draws on data collected from 14 anti-violence programs in 13 states across the country and Puerto Rico.  States reporting were: Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, and Arizona. 

General Findings

NCAVP’s 2013 hate violence report documents 2,001 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence in 2013, a slight decrease from the 2,016 total incidents reported in 2012. However, for NCAVP member organizations that reported data in both 2012 and 2013, the number of incidents increased.  NCAVP member organization, Sean’s Last Wish, reported data in 2012 but not 2013, while the Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico reported for the first time in 2013.  The total number of incidents, disregarding data from Sean’s Last Wish in 2012 and the Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico in 2013, increased by 3%, from 1,926 incidents in 2012 to 1,984 incidents in 2013.  Reports of violence also increased in severity in 2013, with a 21% increase in reports of physical hate violence.  The 2013 report continues to document multi-year trends revealing that anti-LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence disproportionately impacts transgender women, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, transgender people, and transgender people of color.  Consistent with previous years, gay men represented the largest group of hate violence survivors and victims in 2013, showing that hate violence remains a pervasive and persistent issue for all LGBTQ and HIV-affected people.  


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April 07, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SafeSpace, a member program of The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), stands in solidarity with survivors and victims of sexual assault in commemorating the 14th annual National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  During this month, NCAVP raises awareness about this form of violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQ and HIV-affected) communities and calls for an end to sexual assault.

Sexual assault is an act of violence in which someone conducts sexual activity without another person’s consent.  Sexual assault offenders exert power and control over survivors through coercion, manipulation, shame, pressure, violating boundaries, and other tactics.  Sexual assault can overlap with other forms of violence and can be committed by strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members, and intimate partners.  In NCAVP’s 2013 report Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV Communities, NCAVP members reported that almost 10% of LGBTQ and HIV-affected  survivors of intimate partner violence experienced form of sexual abuse or harassment from a partner in 2012.  Additionally, NCAVP members reported that 3.1% of hate violence reports were sexual violence in the report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012.  The Centers for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found lifetime prevalence rates of sexual violence for LGB individuals were similar or higher than non-LGB people, while other research has found very high prevalence rates of sexual violence against transgender people.

Discrimination against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people contributes to LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors feeling pressure to not out other LGBTQ and HIV-affected people as having committed sexual violence.  LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault may experience increased barriers to reporting sexual violence such as fear due to threats from an abusive partner to out the survivor’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV-status.  Additionally, LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors may experience disbelief, indifferent, biased attitudes from law enforcement and service providers, and a lack of culturally appropriate and sensitive resources.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NCAVP commits to continue to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault by advocating for political strategies to address and end this violence, documenting its impact, and assisting NCAVP member programs to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors.  NCAVP calls on community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take action in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month to end sexual assault in our communities.

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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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May 2, 2014

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


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?.


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:


March 03, 2014

RU12?'s SafeSpace Trains Vermont Police

One of the most awesome things about being a RU12? Volunteer is the opportunity to do extraordinary things. Last week (work week Feb. 24 – 28, 2014), I was honored to shadow RU12? Staff member and state-wide “let’s teach’em ‘bout them queers” trainer Jean Sienkewicz from the SafeSpace program as she presented to members Vermont’s police and sheriff’s departments from all around the Green Mountain State.  A collaboration with T. J. Anderson, Training Coordinator for the Vermont State Police Academy, the curriculum was designed to “train the trainer” and participants will be taking back the knowledge gained to the various/far-reaching agencies they represent and passing along all the wisdom gained to their fellow officers.

I think the thing that really made this blogger’s heart sing with joy was the eager, earnest and openness with which those in attendance seemed to embrace the materials presented. If I had to sum up the overall attitude in the room in a single word it would have to be: engaged. As the officers present asked questions, participated in ongoing dialog and appeared determined to have an increased understanding of the LBGTQHA community they protect and serve. 

June 28, 2014, will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Riots that marked starting line for the modern LBGTQ movement in America.  Those riots were a direct response to New York City Police discrimination, harassment and violence toward our community.  In my lifetime, as I am 45, I can say without a doubt; things most definitely have gotten better.  And with all the fine work that RU12? Is doing and continues to do on our communities’ behalf my heart is only filled with excitement and hope.

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:

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director


December 11, 2013

RU12?'s St. Johnsbury TDoR celebration in the news!

In collaboration with the St. Johnsbury LGBTQA Community Advisory Group, RU12? had the pleasure of spearheading a Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) celebration on November 21st at the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury. SafeSpace Coordinator Jean Sienkewicz was interviewed by the local Channel 7 news; check out the link here (click on Newscast Thu Nov 21 2013 Transgender Day).

December 04, 2013

Film Screening: God Loves Uganda



Free Screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, "God Loves Uganda" Hosted by VT/NH Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State

Co-Sponsors: RU12? and Peace & Justice Center

Date: Friday Dec. 6

Time: 6:30

Location: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401


More info about the film:

The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right.

The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. God Loves Ugandapremiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. The film serves as a catalyst for change, through our upcoming international screening tour and social action campaign.

November 20, 2013

2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance




The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.  The day was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.

On this day, we publicly mourn and honor the lives of those who've died, memorializing them and raising public awareness of hate crimes.  The RU12? Community Center held a vigil for the day on November 9th, but would like to acknowledge the day and its incredible significance again on the national date.  RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together.  This day is a great opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ and Burlington communities to come together to determine how we can better support the trans people in our lives.

As a reminder, the second Trans* support group meeting will be taking place at the center tonight, November 20th, from 6:30-8:30.  Please come join us, and feel free to email with any questions. 

For more information about TDoR and a list of vigils and remembrances worldwide, visit LGBTQNation


November 06, 2013

This Friday in Randolph and this Saturday in Burlington Transgender Day of Remembrance

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RU12? Community Center presents Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 

TDOR Art Exhibit in Randolph
When: Friday November 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, Randolph, VT,

TDOR Vigil and Speak Out in Burlington
When: Saturday, November 9th

Time:  4pm-6pm
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

Inclusive TDOR Memorial and Lunch in St. Johnsbury
When: Thursday, November 21st
Time:  12noon-1pm
Where: First Congregational Church, 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed in hundreds of communities around the globe throughout November each year. This day has been set aside as a memorial to those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hate or prejudice.

Transgender people—those who do not conform to society’s expectation of gender expression for men and women—face discrimination, hostility and violence. The Burlington TDOR events, which originally were a memorial service to honor the many fallen transgender and gender-variant victims of murder from the past year, have expanded to include a celebration of trans* lives and an opportunity for community building and sustenance on a deep level. With this event, RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together.

RU12? Community Center and SafeArt have created a multi-community art project to help strengthen communities, reduce isolation and raise public awareness of violence and discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Vermont. Visions of You, Me and Us, a progressive, sculptural, and interactional piece will be available for attendees to view and contribute to. Visions of You, Me and Us will travel in 2013 as part of TDOR taking place in various rural areas around Vermont. 

Visions of You, Me and Us has been made possible through generous grants from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust and Northfield Savings Bank.

Also on display will be a community quilt project from Burlington TDOR 2012. Everyone attending TDOR this year will have the opportunity to add their own expressive voice to these community art projects.


Burlington: This event is free and will consist of a vigil, a speak out/open-mic time, and art projects. There will be light refreshments. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KELSEY NARO AT KELSEY@RU12.ORG OR INDIGO JAMES AT IJAMES@UVM.EDU


St. Johnsbury: RU12? and the NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Group are jointly hosting this free event that seeks not only to memorialize those who died by violence but also to celebrate the lives of individuals living with the challenges of prejudice and hatred, as well as to offer an opportunity for local community building and sustenance. A light lunch will be provided. Those whose lives have been lost to violence will be honored in a candle-lighting ceremony. There will be opportunities for people to add to the TDOR 2012 quilt; the Visions of You, Me and Us art installation will not be present at this event. The NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Board is collaboration of the Northeastern Vermont Area Agency on Aging, RU12? and a host of community partners, with the goal of ensuring cultural awareness of the LGBTQA Elder Community. For more information about this event, contact Jean at RU12? ( or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA (802-751-0431 or


June 30, 2013

Visions of You, Me, and Us: RU12? Community Art Project for TDOR in Collaboration with SafeArt

Glogoclr150Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a yearly international event in November honoring those who identify as transgender and who have succumbed to violence.  TDOR is an opportunity to publicly honor the lives of transgender people and to prevent further injustice by making visible the violence perpetrated against them.  

Vermont TDOR historically celebrated only in Burlington, the message of TDOR does not reach beyond Chittenden County.  SafeSpace, the anti-violence, anti-discrimination program at the RU12? Community Center in Burlington, receives calls from all over Vermont requesting information, referrals, advocacy and resources for transgender individuals. SafeArt is a non-profit organization based in Chelsea, and uses the expressive arts to address issues of bullying, dating violence, domestic abuse and sexual assault.

It is evident that a large number of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals inhabit all counties in Vermont. The isolation that transgender individuals in rural communities experience creates barriers to accessing service programs exacerbating the limited economic opportunities available to them, further sustaining marginalization and increasing their vulnerability to become victims of violence.  As a result, RU12? in collaboration with SafeArt, plan to expand TDOR events statewide.

Visions of You, Me, and Us was conceived as a community art project, a progressive, sculptural, and interactional piece that would travel as part of TDORs taking place for the first time in various rural areas around Vermont.   As the project travels to each TDOR event, every person that comes can attach a mirror to the piece, expanding and incorporating from community to community, person to person spreading with it awareness of transgender issues, a sense of the interconnectedness of humanity, and the need for social justice.  Transgender or gender non-conforming individuals attending these events may place their picture directly into the project so it can be reflected back to the community as they gaze into the piece.  The final project resulting in a piece that, when gazed at, reflects themselves, anyone looking with them, and transgender Vermonters; a complete and seen community which in and of itself encourages the connections across generations necessary to promote social justice and non-violence.

 A planning committee of transgender community members, LGBTQ affiliated organizations, and their allies conceive of TDOR each year based on the dynamics and ingenuity of the committee’s members.  If you would like to be part of a TDOR planning committee and this exciting community art project OR if you would like to send us a picture to be included in Visions of  You, Me and Us, please contact Brenda Pitmon at the RU12? Community Center, 802-860-7812 or

June 29, 2013

SafeSpace Contributes to National Report on Hate Violence Against LGBTQ and HIV-Affected Communities Released in June

Multi-Year trends in anti-LGBTQ hate violence and homicides continue 

To download the full report please visit NCAVP online 


  • Overall rates of reports of anti-LGBTQ violence remain steady in 2012 with 2,016 incidents     reported
  •  25 homicides of LGBTQ people documented the  4th highest yearly total ever recorded
  •  Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the most severe violence
  •  LGBTQ people report substantial police misconduct when engaging with the police 

    NATIONAL—The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), released its annual report documenting the high level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2012. The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012, is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States.  It draws on data collected from 15 anti-violence programs in 16 states (with one organization reporting about two states) across the country.  States reporting were: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina,Texas and Vermont.    


    General Findings 

    The 2012 report documents 2,016 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence in 2012 (a slight 4% decrease from 2011), and highlights a number of disturbing multi-year trends of severe anti-LGBTQ violence. LGBTQ people of color were 1.82 times as likely to experience physical violence compared to white LGBTQ people, and gay men were 1.56 times as likely to require medical attention compared to other survivors reporting.  The report also found that transgender people were 1.67 times as likely to  experience threats and intimidation compared to LGBTQ non-transgender survivors and victims.  

    “Though the recent spate of hate violence incidents in New York City has captured the media’s attention, this report demonstrates that severe acts of violence against gay men, transgender people and LGBTQ people of color are, unfortunately, not unique to Manhattan nor to the past month, but rather part of a troubling trend in the United States,” said Chai Jindasurat, NCAVP Coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.  

    If you or someone you know has experienced violence, advocates in the SafeSpace program can help provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  Advocates are available M-Th 9am-6pm and Fri. 9am-2pm at 802-863-0003 or toll free 866-869-7351.  

    People can also report discrimination, hate violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence through a secure link on the website  As with any reporting to SafeSpace the information is confidential and there is the option to remain anonymous.

    April 24, 2013

    St. Johnsbury Friday Night Film Series

    LGBTQA Film Series

    Friday, April 26th 6:30pm

    Universalist Unitarian Church

    47 Cherry St., St. Johnsbury

    Free to the public

    Out in Silence

    Out in the Silence is a 2009 documentary film by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. It chronicles the chain of events that occur when the severe bullying of a gay teen draws Wilson and his partner back to the conservative rural community of Oil
    City, Pennsylvania
    where their own same-sex wedding announcement had previously ignited a controversy. Following the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy, this gripping documentary illustrates the challenges of being an outsider in a conservative rural community and the change that is possible when courageous people break the silence and search for common ground. Out in the Silence will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities.


    In collaboration with

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    April 10, 2013

    Rally to Take Back the Night

    TBTN 2013

    April 08, 2013

    RU12? Launches New Public Service Announcement!

     RU12? Community Center, is proud to announce the launch of our new public service announcement (PSA) in April as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  This PSA was produced by our SafeSpace program, the only anti violence program in Vermont working to end domestic, sexual, and hate related violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) Vermonters.

    SafeSpace PSA on YouTube


    A recent groundbreaking Centers for Disease Control study found that intimate partner violence and sexual violence is a pervasive problem in LGBTQH and non-LGBTQH communities, with members of the LGBTQH communities experiencing sexual and domestic violence at the same or higher rates as non-LGBTQH people.

    In hate violence cases power and control can be exerted through sexual violence.  In other cases, sexual violence is part of a pick up crime where the perpetrator relies on the likelihood of the victim not reporting because he or she fears that law enforcement of mainstream providers will either out them or not take them seriously.  Sexual violence is also often a part of domestic violence where batterers rely heavily on fears of stigma and isolation.  For these and many other reason, RU12’s SafeSpace program offers specialized direct services for LGBTQH survivors of sexual violence.

    If you or someone you know has experienced violence, advocates in the SafeSpace program can help provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  Advocates are available M-Th 9am-6pm and Fri. 9am-2pm at 802-863-0003 or toll free 866-869-7351.

    February 28, 2013

    SafeSpace Applauds the Passage of an LGBTQ-Inclusive VAWA

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The House vote today reflects bi partisian support for the Senate bill which for the first time included explicit protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.

    The National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs (NCAVP), SafeSpace is a program member, has worked over two years advocating for inclusive provisions inserted into VAWA.  This victory will dramatically change our nation’s response to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence.

    Read more NCAVP Media Release


    December 19, 2012

    GEN Silent movie about LGBT Elders available for free home screening

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    Last May, RU12?'s LGBT Elders Program teamed up with community partners Champlain Valley Area Health Education Cener (CVAHEC) and the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) to present a screening of the film GEN Silent, about several LGBT aging Americans and their struggle to feel comfortable being/remaining out in the context of getting older and accessing elders-specific services. This was one of several GEN Silent screenings statewide throughout the month of May.

    Our screening was a remarkable success, with more than 100 folks coming out on a Wednesday evening for the film and following panel discussion, in order to bring attention to the issue as well as identify viable next steps, including the development of cultural competency trainings for elders service providers. RU12? will be debuting this training system this spring in the NEK, but until then, the powerful film that kickstarted our local discussions is available for free home-viewing until January 1. Check it out here: GEN Silent, or contact for more information about RU12?'s new LGBT Elders training.

    November 30, 2012

    Trans Town Hall: Know Your Rights, December 6th


    Trans Town Halls occur the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the McClure Multigenerational Center, located at 241 N Winooski Ave (same building as Outright VT). They are open to all trans and gender non-conforming people and allies. The space is accessible to people with disabilities and refreshments will be served.

    This Thursday, December 6th, join us for a Trans Town Hall focusing on knowing your legal rights.

    What are my rights? 
    What happens if I experience discrimination or harassment? What can I do if I get stopped by the police and they want to search me? What happens if my legal documents have different names or sex markers? What are the laws around marriage for people who transition? 
    Life sometimes presents us with legal challenges. A way to protect ourselves is to empower ourselves with the legal knowledge to help us get through these situations. In December's Trans Town Hall, come with your questions, worries, triumphs and experiences to share with, and learn from, other trans and gender non-conforming people and allies.
    Jes Kraus, J.D., will offer information on some of the most common legal experiences faced by trans people. Jes is the Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office at the University of Vermont. Prior to his career at UVM, Jes worked as an attorney and as the Director of a public sector labor union for nine years, and served as a police officer for five years. Jes was instrumental to the passing of the expansion of Vermont's Anti-Discrimination Act to include gender identity and expression in 2007. He earned a B.S. in Government from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Vermont Law School.
    For more information, contact Jean-Denis at or call 860-RU12(7812). 


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