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July 08, 2014

Call to Artists: 22nd Annual Art Hop

Pride Center of Vermont is seeking LGBTQA artists to display their work at the Center during the South End Arts and Business Association’s 22nd Annual Art Hop.

More than 35,000 art lovers from across the state are expected to crowd into Burlington between September 5th and 7th to view art from across mediums and materials. Whether you are just starting out in your art or are an established artist, Pride Center of Vermont encourages your submission. We are particularly but not exclusively interested in LGBTQ activist art and art that explores gender and sexuality.

Last year was our first time participating in the Art Hop and it was amazingly successful.  LGBTQA artists got fantastic exposure, some sold pieces, and everyone had a great time.  Pride Center’s space is bright with large wall space and hanging rods. We also have community space in which to display 3D work.

Selected artists will be featured in our promotion for Art Hop, including announcements on social networking sites, Pride Center’s webpage, and in our e-newsletter distributed to over 1,500 subscribers.

Please enter your submission by August 11th. The committee will notify artists of our selection by August 20th.

Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.

We ask that we receive your work by Tuesday the 2nd of September so that we can have it installed in time.

We will open the Pride Center’s space on Friday, September 5th at 5:00PM with a wine and cheese reception.  Pride Center will remain open all day Saturday. We will be closed on Sunday.

Please send submissions to art@ru12.org.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Kim Fountain at kim@ru12.org or call 802-860-7812.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Stops Its Support of ENDA

From the Advocate: 

"The morning the sun rose after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, we all woke up in a changed and intensified landscape of religious exemptions being used as an excuse to discriminate. The reality that while politics is about compromise, some compromises are too great.

After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As one of the lead advocates on this bill for 20 years, we do not take this move lightly but we do take it unequivocally — we now oppose this version of ENDA because of its too-broad religious exemption."

Link to the full article.

Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie

Hey people who love Vermont!! Check out this amazing film about VT History [click here] being shown on Vermont Public Television. Of particular interest for LGBTQ folks will be Thursday July 17th: Doers and Shapers, which covers Vermont's struggles toward marriage equality. 

 

July 03, 2014

Summer Semester is HERE!

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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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

 

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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July 02, 2014

Northeast Kingdom Courageous Conversations series a success!

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee (a collaboration between RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont and Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging) hosted an amazing series of films and discussions, including our signature panel discussion, "Celebrations and Challenges of Being LGBTQA in the NEK" on June 12. Here's a photo of the panelists and moderator, from left to right: Jean Sienkewicz, RU12?/PCVT (moderator); Charlene Willey, of St. Johnsbury (panelist); Chelsea Brochu, formerly of Hardwick, now of Burlington (panelist); Lisa Viles Executive Director of Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging (NEVAAA), St. Johnsbury; Jerri Ryan, of St. Johnsbury and NEVAAA (panelist); and Don Grabowski, from the Health Center in Plainfield (panelist). The evening offered a healthy dialogue between and among LGBTQ community members and Allies about community-building, the need for LGBTQ community and events, bias, and the experience of being LGBTQ and Allies in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  

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More photos from the event on June 12th can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catamountarts/sets/72157645102651116/; the event was recorded and broadcast on a local television station; check it out on Kingdom Access TV.

The LGBTQA Advisory Committee also hosted five discussions following free Monday night films about LGBTQ issues, including "Imagine Me and You," "Cloudburst," "Weekend," "TransAmerica," and "Valentine Road" and are hoping this series is the beginning of new partnership with the Catamount Arts Center for LGBTQA educational and community-building events. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of those who made our Courageous Conversation series in June a huge success, especially the Catamount Arts Center and NEVAAA, as well as community members who opened themselves up to participate in the dialogue.

For more information about the NEK LGBTQA Advisory Committee, please contact Jean at RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont at 802.860.7812 or jean@ru12.org or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA at 802.751.0431 or jryan@nevaaa.org.

 

 

July 01, 2014

St. Albans LGBTQ Disability Group Changes for July

The St. Albans location for the RU12? Disability Social and Support Group will not be meeting this week.  Instead they will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency at 3 Home Health Circle in St. Albans Friday July 11th at 3:30 and Friday July 25th at 3:30.  

June 30, 2014

Vermont Pride Picnic and Show!

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June 27, 2014

Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12? Community Center) Speaks Out on BSA and the Montpelier Independence Day Celebration

Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12? Community Center) commends Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, along with City Councilors Thierry Guerlain, Dona Bate, and Jessica Edgerly Walsh on their principled decision to withhold city approval of a vendor license for the July 3rd Independence Day Celebration to the Boy Scouts, based on the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of open discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“Pride Center of Vermont strongly supports many of the values taught by the Boy Scouts of America and their local troupes. It is for this very reason, however, that we cannot abide by the Boy Scouts of America’s message to our young people that there is a reason to discriminate against members of our community,” Executive Director Kim Fountain noted. “We applaud those city leaders who were brave enough to step forward and refuse to put the Montpelier community’s seal of approval on discrimination.” 

Ms. Fountain noted that Pride Center of Vermont planned to alert its membership over the weekend that help is needed for July 3rd cleanup volunteers in Montpelier, in light of the Scouts’ decision to not help with the process. “Supporting Montpelier in the cleanup is a great way to demonstrate that the community has their back on this principled decision.”

“There is a bit of talk that it is the boys who are being hurt by this decision because they are caught in the middle of what is being described as a political issue,” said Ms. Fountain. “What is missing is the fact that LGBTQ youth and adults have been harmfully affected by this policy for years. Even with the recent decision by BSA to allow gay youth to be scouts, they are sending the message that these boys should not aspire to leadership positions because they have been deemed unworthy of such an honor. How is that not hurtful and why are our gay youth less worthy of concern?”

Ms. Fountain hopes that a sincere and productive dialogue on this issue can take place and that local troupes will stand proudly with the LGBTQ community in asking  the Boy Scouts of America to end its discriminatory practices.

For information on how you can support the LGBTQ community and local Boy Scout troupes that stand for justice for our community by helping to clean up after the July 3rd parade, please contact either Kim Fountain at kim@ru12.org or use the volunteer link for the celebration at http://www.montpelieralive.org/.  

June 25, 2014

Coming Soon: Summer Semester

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 everything! We're hosting a fun series of classes in July and August called Summer Semester:

Voulez-Vous Learn French With Drew (Drew Briggs)
Tuesdays in July: 8, 15, 22 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!

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.

Tax-free Retirement Strategies
Tuesday July 29 location 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.

IMPROVAGANZA! Drop-In Class Thursday, July 31 & Aug 7 location 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!

Gender-Friendly Yoga(Rebecca Weisman)
Wednesdays 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!

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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Stonewall Commemoration This Friday

PRIDE Vermont presents our Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service featuring inspiring speakers, music and fellowship. In addition to marking the Stonewall anniversary, this year, (in accordance with the theme for PRIDE Vermont 2014 - "Generations of Pride" ) we will hear about the lives of three different generations of LGBTQ Vermonters.

At the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

This event is free and open to all.

Please join us in marking this very special day in the history of the LGBTQ community!

June 24, 2014

Vermont Cares- Safe Sex and HIV Awareness Talk

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Vermont Cares will be giving a presentation to the RU12? Disability Group which meets at The Wellness Coop this Thursday June 26th at 3:00 pm.  The Wellness Coop is located at 279 North Winooski.  Get important information in a safe, confidential, small group setting.  All are welcome!

June 17, 2014

Want to Know More About LGBTQ Health Care and Coverage?

The Center for American Progress invites you to join Out2Enroll, MomsRising, PFLAG and the National Center for Transgender Equality on Wednesday June 18th at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT during our #WellnessWed Twitter chat to share resources and tips on LGBTQ health care and coverage!  

They’ll be chatting about important issues in LGBT health care, the ACA, and more! There’s also an opportunity for Q&A.

Their invitation:

Join us – Wednesday, June 18th @ 2-3pm ET/ 11am-2pm PT- #LGBTQ #GetCovered #WellnessWed Chat with @MomsRising, @Out2Enroll, @PFLAG & @TransEquality!

Join MomsRising, Out2Enroll, PFLAG and Trans Equality Wednesday at 2 PM ET/ 11am PT to tweet resources and tips about LGBTQ health & enrollment.

Come and share your questions, stories, resources, and more this Wednesday via #WellnessWed

DATE: Wednesday, June 18th

TIME: 2-3pm ET / 11am-12pm PT

WHERE: On Twitter with the hashtag #WellnessWed

WHO: @MomsRising, @Out2Enroll, @TransEquality, @PFLAG and YOU!

President Obama Set to Sign ENDA Executive Order

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act seeks to provide basic federal workplace protections for LGBTQ people. Currently, there are no federal laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination and no state laws in 29 states that explicitly prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation and in 32 that do so based on gender identity. For more information, the Bilerico Project has provided excellent coverage by John Becker. [here] 

June 16, 2014

Camp Outright is Looking for Volunteers!

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Camp Outright is a seven day/six night traditional residential summer camp program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth and their Allies (LGBTQQA), ages 13-22. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of daily activities based upon their interests, as well as special topical workshops to address needs stated by LGBTQQA youth

 

Camp Outright is a partnership between Common Ground Center and Outright Vermont and organizers are looking for responsible volunteers to be cabin counselors, day program volunteers, kitchen support personnel among other roles. All volunteers are expected to act as positive role models for the youth campers as well as demonstrating queer competency and/or good allyship awareness.

 

If camp sounds like something interesting to you, check it out at http://www.campoutright.org/ or contact Connor at 802-453-2592 or connor@cgcvt.org

June 12, 2014

3rd Annual LGBTQA Family Program Picnic Potluck and Field Day

We are so pleased to announce that this year's event will be happening again at the gorgeous Wrightsville Beach in Middlesex. There will be beach ball volleyball, face painting, coloring, bubbles and other Field Day events just for the kiddos! Also on site are disc golf, swimming, kayak and canoe rentals, and charcoal barbecues. And per usual, there will be plenty of good conversation, LGBTQA community-building and amazing food!

This event is for LGBTQ families with and without kids and their families of choice (allies included). Bring your little ones (if you 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).

We are also looking for volunteers to assist with set-up and break-down of the event. Please email jean@ru12.org if interested.

This event is always a great time! You can check out pics from previous years;

2013 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153152835465352.1073741827.37843340351&type=3)

2012 (https://www.facebook.com/RU12events/media_set?set=a.252516741536768.58075.100003353336238&type=3).

We are asking people to please RSVP so we know who to expect: http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com/ and also to share notice of this event widely with anyone you think might be interested in attending

For more information, contact jean@ru12.org or call the Center at 802.860.7812.

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