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:
The Samara Fund, part of the Vermont Community Foundation, has been a huge supporter of RU12? Community Center. We have been able to do everything from truly committing to a statewide expansion to strengthening the safety nets for LGBT seniors in the NEK because the Samara Fund has been there supporting LGBTQ issues. Now, you can help them out by taking this survey. They are seeking your opinion on needs and services that are important to you and the broader LGBTQ community in Vermont.
Click here to participate:
As our thank you for participating, at the end of the survey you will be able to vote for your favorite Vermont-based LGBTQ organization to receive a mini-grant of $250. The organization with the most votes at the end of the survey period will receive this gift of appreciation. You can also use this link to share the survey on your Facebook page:
Kim Fountain, Executive Director
Walk-in hours are from Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12p-6p. Appointments are available Monday - Friday.
We are located at RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401
RU12? Community Center's LGBTQA Grief and Loss group takes place on the third Thursday of the month. The next group will be on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6pm at the Center’s space at 255 S. Champlain St., Suite 12 in Burlington.
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, self-image, rituals, and learning. For more information email: Kelsey@ru12.org or call the Center at (802) 860-7812.
Burlesque Entertainers. Unlimited Bowling. Something CRAZY to get you out of the house this winter. What not to love?
You can form your own "Burlesque-y" team now and join in the fun and contests, or simply join as a spectator!
The Vermont Burlesque Festival's Burlesque Bowling Competition is a unique bowling event unlike any other bowling event that Vermont has experienced. On January 25th starting at 11:30am at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne, 16 teams will have the opportunity to compete for 7 titles:
• Most Distracting Team
• Best Team Lane Shimmies
• Best Dressed
• Best Executed Team Costumes
• Most Colorful Team
• Highest Team Bowling Score
• Worst Team Bowling Score
Winners will have the honor of holding the appropriate honorary title and will receive one of the worlds most unprestigious trophies.
50% of this event's proceeds will benefit "RU12?," a non profit community center that celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.
•Teams can be made up of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 persons.
•No outside beverages, food or alcohol
•No rude, vulgar, inappropriate or uninvited behavior that would upset even a seasoned burlesque producer
• This is a 21 and over event. Photo ID required upon entry.
Ever wanted to learn to shake it like Shakira? Belly-Dance-Curious? Or just want to brush up those 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.
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!
RU12? has six internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
For more information about TDoR and a list of vigils and remembrances worldwide, visit LGBTQNation
Please forward/spread the word to friends and colleagues!
The 13th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) will be held June 12-14, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Philadelphia, PA).
PTHC hosts over 200 workshops each year. The success of the event is dependent upon the experience and expertise that comes from the community, so the planning committee is now soliciting workshop proposals.
We favor workshops that promote the mission of PTHC which is to educate and empower Trans* individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.
1. You must first create an account on the website by clicking "register" in the upper right-hand corner (or log in if you have an existing account).
2. Go to www.trans-health.org/propose-a-workshop and complete the proposal form.
3. The workshop proposal deadline is January 30, 2014. However, earlier submission is strongly encouraged!
4. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and ranked by working groups. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the end of February 2014.
Please watch the website for more conference developments, including details about sponsorship, program book advertising, and vending opportunities, as well as travel information, housing options, and pre-registration.
For specific questions about the proposal process, please contact Conference Coordinator, Samantha Dato, firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-563-0652 x 264. Samantha is also available to assist with proposal submission for individuals who do not have regular internet access.
Pick your fetish color. Pick your pocket. That would signal your desire to other queer men. Read up on the complete hanky code here.
This Friday 11/15 starting at 7:00pm, Burly Bear is back with a tribute theme to the Hanky Code. Whether you used to wear a hanky, still wear one, or haven't ever heard of this sub-cutural symbol, you can get your groove on at Red Square's Blue Room surrounded by hot kinky guys, dark seedy atmosphere and sweaty go-go cubs!
Pick up a hanky at the front door and express yourself offline. Answer the code quiz questions and win a prize. Hear the amazing DJ Stephen D. Wallace (Montreal) play his signature style of funky alternative edgy house! Leather/kink/fetish dress code encouraged.
$5 at the door, benefits Pride Vermont 2014
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 email@example.com for questions or more details.
Tuesday, November 12
If you're looking for testing on these days, please visit gettestedvermont.com to find all other testing locations in VT.
The RU12?s normal testing days and hours will resume on Thursday, November 14, with walk-in testing available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-6pm. Appointments are also avilable by calling RU12? at (802) 860-7812 or emailing Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Smut returns to Burlington with The Porny Express!
Bike Smut is a collection of erotic bicycle shorts made by cyclists, radicals, and queers from all over the world -various interpretations about what is great about sex and cycling!
This year the submissions are from Oakland, Chicago Vancouver, Chicago, Gainesville, Montreal, Berlin, Milan and Geneva! Literally and figuratively all over the map.
This synthesis of transportation and sexuality is everything you could imagine it to be: creative, ethical, aware, explicit, tantalizing, candid, and silly! Since its inception, Bike Smut has toured North America 15 times, and in the summer of 2011 the project completed its first European excursion, playing 63 shows in 21 countries, from Scotland to Turkey. The winter of 2012 took Bike Smut on their first tour south of the border, featuring six shows around Mexico. The Bike Smut Film Festival is now in its 7th year, and the only way to see it is to attend a screening and experience it with others.
Check it out:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 8:00PM AT ARTSRIOT
ADDRESS: 400 PINE ST. 05401
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 18 AND OVER
Halloween is just around the corner! And the GLAM guys are ready to show off their pumpkin carving skills and share their craziest costume ideas. It's a perfect way to get in the spooking spirit for all the great upcoming Halloween events.
On Firday 10/25, we'll meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 6 pm to get our pumpkins and get carving. Feel free to come in your costumes and bring your friends along. Start planning your scariest pumpkin faces, and we'll see you there!
Questions about the event? Email GLAM@ru12.org or call Mike or John at 802-860-7812.
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 GLAM@ru12.org 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
On October 5th, GLAM will be getting together for a couple hours of Corn Maze fun. Get your corn cob over to RU12? Community Center by 4:00pm and we will carpool to Sam Mazza's Farm. GLAM guys, new guys and your friends all are welcome to hang out and get lost together in Mazza's giant corn maze... *so romantic*
FMI email email@example.com or see the Facebook Event for updates
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends