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:
GLAM boys Javier, Mike, Johnny and Lucas banded together to drop in to a sandwich mixer at INCLUDE, the QSA on Champlain College's campus.
Every Monday, students gather together to talk about LGBTQ issues on campus and in their personal lives in a welcoming, fun environment. This week, GLAM and INCLUDE pooled together to bring sandwich fixin's to the group to give us a chance to discuss the RU12? Community Center and extend an invite to utilize the center's free Wifi and coffee for homework study groups.
Would YOU be interested in joining up with INCLUDE or hosting your own queer-friendly homework hangout at RU12, complete with free high-speed Wifi, computer lab, coffee, and LGBTQ library resources? Email email@example.com to express interest!
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
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? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
GLAM guys got together during the first big snowstorm of the season for an Ugly Sweater Crawl 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.
See more pictures on Facebook, and add GLAM to stay updated on the latest events around town!
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
Did you know it's possible to live a full, healthy life with HIV and potentially never develop AIDS if you are diagnosed and follow a treatment plan as soon as possible? Did you know that 60% of those aged 13-24 living with HIV don't even know it and can unknowingly pass it on to others?
The first step in the battle against AIDS is knowing your status. RU12? offers free, anonymous testing Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-6pm and by appointment or house call. Call 802-860-7812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
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!
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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
Check out FOX 44's coverage of the FDA ban of blood donations by MSM.
Featuring commentary from our very own, Mike Bensel, Health andWellness Coordinator.
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends