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Tomorrow night, 6-8pm: the first in our Family Program Town Hall Series!

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The first in our Family Program Town Hall series, Starting (or Growing) Your Family is tomorrow night, Tuesday, 8/26, 6-8pm, here at the Pride Center of Vermont (255 S. Champlain Street, Ste. 12, in Burlington. We'll have a panel of resource and lived-experience experts to talk about the various ways LGBTQ families grow their families--alternative reproduction, surrogacy, and adoption. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Come to share your experiences, gain insight from professionals and other queer families, and build community in a supportive space. And please, spread the word!

For this first in the series, Starting (or Growing) Your Family, our experts include:

  • Wanda Audette, Lund Family Center: Private Adoption
  • Christopher Kaufman-Ilstrup: LGBTQ family perspective of adoption through a private agency
  • Cathy Frost and Shannon York, VT Department for Children and Families: Fostering and Adoption through the State child welfare system
  • Jodie Clarke, Northeastern Family Institute (NFI) Vermont: Therapeutic Fostering
  • Claire Giroux-Williams: LGBTQ family perspective of fostering/adopting from public channels
  • Rebecca Campbell, RN formerly of Fenway Health: Assisted Alternative Reproduction options
  • Amber Carbine-March: LGBTQ family perspective of utilizing assisted reproduction
  • Kurt Hughes, Burlington-area Family Lawyer: Surrogacy, and other Legal Questions

There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation. All ages are welcome. Children/youth are encouraged to be present and there will be childcare for very young children. 

There should be ample parking out front of the Center (our space is accessible from a street-level entrance, look for the Pride flag in the window. If you need an elevator, there are directions posted on our door, you’ll need to enter the building through the awning a few doors down).

 

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, call the center at 802-860-7812 or email jean@ru12.org

The dates and topics for the whole series are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 8/26 Starting (or Growing) Your Family

  • Tuesday, 9/9 LGBTQ Families Navigating Systems

  • Tuesday, 9/23 Trans*/Gender Fluid Families: Negotiating Relationships

August 29, 2014

Internship Opportunities Available!

The Pride Center of VT has three internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of PCVT's fun, social HIV prevention program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
  • The Marketing and Outreach Intern will participate in various stages of print and online marketing and outreach projects.

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:

Description

PCVT is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, PCVT'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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

PCVT 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 hour per week.

If you are interested in this position please email michael@ru12.org

 

Marketing and Outreach Intern:

Description

PCVT 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.

Responsibilities 

  • 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.

Requirements

PCVT 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 michael@ru12.org

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 http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com 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 jean@ru12.org.

August 12, 2014

8/13 PrEP Talk: Open Forum

10495306_10152320016560852_2645657460366991162_oPrEP is a pill that is helping prevent HIV transmission across the country in populations most affected by HIV. Could it be right for you? 

We know there is a lot being said about PrEP. This is a place to get the facts. 

Whether you are...
into "Party n Play" 
opening your relationship
or a single guy who is on the dating scene

Whether you...
feel like PrEP is the answer to your fears
or feel like PrEp might be harmful to the community

Whether you are...
HIV positive 
HIV negative
or you don't know

You will get answers without judgement at this important forum. You'll be able to ask questions freely during the open question period or one on one with one of our advocates.

Already on PrEP? We want to hear about your experiences! Please come and share your experience, thoughts and concerns surrounding PrEP as as tool against HIV.

Wednesday August 13 at 6pm 
Pride Center of VT (formerly RU12?)
255 S. Champlain St, Suite 12
Burlington VT, 05401
FMI: 802-860-7812, glam@ru12.org
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August 11, 2014

The Champlain Valley Balls Get Muddy

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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 08, 2014

Let's Talk about Family

Are you thinking about having children but anxious about connecting with doctos and services in a rural state? Do you struggle with dealing with school, legal or medical systems as an LGBTQ family? Do your children ask questions that you aren't sure how to answer? Do you have worries or success stories that you can't share just anywhere?

Please join us in August and September with all of your questions, triumphs and fears for a series of conversations about all parts of life as LGBTQ families. More information will be coming soon about panelists. All ages are welcome. Childcare will be provided. 

Family town hall flier

August 07, 2014

Have you registered for Stride To Pride?

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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:  

http://www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

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!

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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 ellen@ru12.org for more information.

photo credit: Tony George via photopin cc

August 05, 2014

LGBTQ Running Group

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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!

photo credit: Sangudo via photopin cc

July 31, 2014

Pride Vermont's New Website

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Pride Vermont has a NEW website!

Pride Festivities are quickly approaching. Stay up to date with all of  2014 Pride Activities and Events!

www.PrideVermont.com

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

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PRIDE VERMONT PRESENTS:

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall

Wednesday, September 10th, 7:00 PM
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall
FREE ADMISSION
 
Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero To Speak in Burlington
 

 

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July 30, 2014

A Call for Stories from LGBTQ families

Are you an LGBTQ person with children? Would you be interested in sharing stories about your family with other LGBTQ families and families-to-be in a small group setting? We’re putting together a series of family town halls in late August and September to share information with each other and to create community among queer families. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) in helping others start, grow and strengthen their families call Jean at (802) 860-7812 or email ellen@ru12.org.

July 28, 2014

Pride Center of VT: Part Time Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program Coordinator

Position: Part Time Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $20.00/hour

Status: Part-time consultant

Probation: 30 days

Benefits: NA

Application deadline: August 8, 2014

JOB SUMMARY

Pride Center of Vermont seeks part time consultant to bring our family program to the next level. We have laid the base through surveys, focus groups, and events. We now hope to bring more families to the program and increase volunteer involvement so that the Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program becomes highly active and strongly networked, making it increasingly relevant and supportive for families as well as more financially sustainable.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

While the coordinator will bring a host a ideas, the following duties are expected:

·      Family focused event planning across definitions of family

·      Expansion into areas of the state outside of Burlington

·      Education focused workshop production

·      Integration of the Family Program into existing Pride Center work

·      Creation and coordination of an LGBTQA Family Committee

·      Maintenance of Family Program distribution list

·      Development and distribution of monthly newsletter

·      Fostering of collaborations with other family-oriented systems in Vermont

·      Data collection and presentation

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

·      Knowledge of issues related to LGBTQA families

·      Knowledge of family-focused social activities and venues

·      Excellent written and verbal skills

·      Basic understanding of data collection and presentation

·      Ability to search for and help provide information to sustain the program a plus

·      Available to work during days and times necessary to host family events

 

This is a temporary, part time consultant position.  The weekly hours are flexible but the total funds available are capped. 

Pride Center of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Kim Fountain, kim@ru12.org. Or mail to Pride Center of Vermont, Attn: Kim Fountain, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401.

 

July 25, 2014

Pride Center of Vermont Applauds Senator Leahy and Senator Collins for Their Introduction of the Runaway and Homeless Youth And Trafficking Prevention Act

Up to 40% of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender and are at heightened risk of victimization.  On Wednesday, Vermont’s Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired in September 2013. Of critical importance, their proposed legislation includes a non-discrimination clause to protect LGBT youth by prohibiting grantees from discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Homelessness affects youth across socioeconomic backgrounds and can profoundly disrupt their education, entry into the workforce, community involvement, and their ability to enter into adulthood successfully. RHYA provides a coordinated community response to youth in crisis by improving the quality and range of services provided by RHYA programs. 

July 24, 2014

Announcing: Family Town Halls

Join the Pride Center of Vermont for a series of Family Town Halls for LGBTQA families and families-to-be.

Come to share your experiences, gain insight from professionals and other queer families, and build community in a supportive space. The dates and topics are as follows:

Tuesday, 8/26: Starting (or Growing) Your Family
Tuesday, 9/9: LGBTQ Families Navigating Systems
Tuesday 9/23:Trans* or Gender Fluid Families: Negotiating Relationships. 

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UVM and In Our Own Words are hiring!

Click the position titles to view job descriptions, qualifications and application instructions.

UVM Administrative Position: Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

In Our Own Words (a comprehensive LGBT POC organization in upstate New York and one of a handful in the United States): LGBT Lead Advocate and Outreach Worker

 

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