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August 25, 2014

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

Family town hall flier

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

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 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 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

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

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

May 13, 2014

Queer Movie Night @ Burlington College

A monthly event: Queer Movies Nights at Burlington College. 

Open to all! This free event explores LGBTQ themed movies. Grab some popcorn, bring a date, and make your way to Burlington College at 95 North Avenue in Burlington by 6:30pm on Wednesday, 5/14. 

Queer movie

This month, Christopher and His Kind will be shown.

Christopher and His Kind ( father of the musical Cabaret )tells the story of Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin in the early 1930s. The film, adapted by Kevin Elyot from Isherwood's autobiography of the same title, was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood is played by Matt Smith, whilst the cast also includes Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg.

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.

big reveal 

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:


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


January 09, 2014

GLAD's "Know Your Rights After DOMA" Campaign for LGBTQ Families



With DOMA's demise, GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) are currently in the process of educating as many LGBTQ community members about their rights as they relate to taxes and federal benefits. The fact sheet images below are a good start, and GLAD will also be hosting two upcoming webinars:



GLAD also has their GLAD Answers program, a legal information service where community members can call and reach a live person on the other end to ask questions, get referrals, and find out more about their own legal situation.

We hope this information is helpful for Vermont's LGBTQ families!

Know Your Rights After DOMA_Page_1

Know Your Rights After DOMA_Page_2

January 07, 2014

2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds


Join us Wednesday, January 8 for our 2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction!

Parking is behind the building; enter through the office door (marked). L&B is a shoe-free zone so bring inside shoes or slippers if you're worried about cold feet!

Any questions about this or other Family Program events can be directed to or the Center at 802.860.7812.

Playgroup 2014

December 10, 2013

Wednesday 10am, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, Essex Junction

Join RU12? this Wednesday morning (2nd Wednesday, 10am-12noon) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents. This is the last LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup for 2013!

(Please enter through the office door on the left; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.


November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from RU12? Community Center!

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. 

Gay thanksgiving


October 30, 2013

TONIGHT!! RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party!

Halloween fampro 2013

Tonight, Wednesday, October 30th, is the RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party! Drop by the spooooky haunted RU12? office any time between 4pm and 7pm to show off your costumes, bring a snack to share, and take part in this spooktastic event that includes movies, music, dancing, games and a costume parade! 

When: Wednesday Oct. 30 from 4pm-7pm
Where: RU12? Community Center 255 S. Champlain St. Ste. 12, Burlington
What's going on: A Haunted Office Party!

October 22, 2013

Wednesday 4:30pm, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, S. Burlington

Join RU12? this Wednesday evening (4th Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 1820 Shelburne Road in S. Burlington for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents.

(Please park on the right side of the building so as to avoid interfering with child-care pick-up; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

Playgroup 2013

September 04, 2013

TONIGHT: Pride Parade Prep at RU12?

Burlington Pride is just around the corner (Sunday, September 15) and we at RU12? are gearing up to CELEBRATE!! 

We are in the process of organizing a contingent of community members to march or ride in the Parade with RU12?Meet-up for the Pride Parade on Sunday, September 15: Hood Plant parking lot (behind Burlington Telecom) on King Street between S. Winooski and lower Church Street, 11am if you want to help decorate the RU12? float, or 12noon to line up for marching

Join us tonight for a POSTER/BANNER-MAKING POTLUCK with RU12?
Get dressed to get messy and join us for a Family-friendly night of making Pride banners/posters and flags! 
We'll have supplies on hand (posterboard, paint, markers, glue, etc., even slogan possibilities) and some snacks. Make yourself a poster/banner to carry in the parade, or help us make RU12? hand flags--with RU12? logo coloring pages for kids (or kids at heart!) to decorate the flags.
Bring a dish (or some snacks) to share, any supplies you think could be useful, and join us at one of two locations in the coming weeks:

**TONIGHT Wednesday, 9/4/13, 4:30-7pm
RU12? Community Center, 255 S. Champlain Street, Ste. 12

Tuesday, 9/10/13, 4:30-7pm
St. Johnsbury, North Congregational Church basement, 1325 Main Street
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the Center at 801.860.7812 or email

August 10, 2013

Today's the day! PICNIC POTLUCK FIELD DAY with RU12? Family Program.

Weather is looking GORGEOUS, we hope you can come play! Directions below. Our thanks to our sponsors, Gay Parent Magazine and TD Bank.
Hope to see you there!
Gay Parent Magazine presents:
RU12?'s Second Annual LGBTQA Family Program Picnic Potluck and Field Day
TODAY, Saturday, August 10, 10am-1:30pm
Wrightsville Reservoir Beach, Middlesex VT (5 miles north of Montpelier on Route 12)


Things to bring:
• Suggested donation of $10-$15/family to defray the cost of the event and raise funds for future Family     Program endeavors, but no one will ever be turned away for lack of donation
• A dish to share (with appropriate serving utensils)
• Non-alcoholic beverages for you and yours
• Picnic blankets
• Sunscreen
• Bug spray
• Overlayers in case it gets cold
• Change of clothes/shoes


RU12? will have barbecue supplies (charcoal, grill lighters, lighter fluid), some kid/adult snackies, trach bags, bowls/plates, and utensils for the meal. There will be some scheduled activities (beach ball volleyball, scavenger hunt) and several ongoing (bubbles, coloring, face painting, etc.), giveaways and prizes. 


The intent of this event is to provide an outdoor activity for families (with and without kids!) to enjoy the gorgeous VT summer, and more importantly, build community. Folks we have spoken with are eager to meet and connect with other LGBTQ-identified individuals, as well as provide opportunities for kids in LGBTQ families to see their family constellations mirrored elsewhere.


This year's event is up on our Facebook page ( and pics of last year's event are here.


Directions to Wrightsville Reservoir Beach/Recreation Area can be found here:


Feel free to spread the word with anyone you know who might be interested in attending.

2013-08-13 FP field day

July 30, 2013

Second Annual Picnic Potluck and Field Day

2013-08-13 FP field day

July 02, 2013

TONIGHT! Waterfront Picnic and Family-Friendly Film

FP picnic_film

Tonight, bring your camp chairs or a blanket for lounging in the grass, food and beverages for you and your family (with or without kids), frisbee (and probably some bug spray, given all the wet weather we've been having!) and join us for a Waterfront Park Picnic! We'll be meeting at 5:30pm outside of Skinny Pancake (60 Lake Street)--look for the Pride Flag!--to stake out some turf in Waterfront Park for a low-key Family Program Picnic from 5:30-6:45pm! For a modest donation, RU12? will have some light snacks to supplement your meal.

Following this, around 6:45pm, we'll be heading up to Main Street Landing (also at 60 Lake Street) for a free (kid-friendly) 7pm screening of National Lampoon's Vacation in the Main Street Landing Film House. All donations collected directly benefit the RU12? Community Center! Hope to see you there!

Please drop a line (call the Center at 860.7812 or email if you have any questions, and look for more scheduling from our Family Program soon!

March 21, 2013

RU12? Family Program Play Group This Morning!

RU12 Leaps and Bounds playgroup

March 12, 2013

LGBTQ Adoption Group: 6pm, Weds, 3/13

KUAC (Kind, Understanding Adoption Circle) is a peer support group where 21+ members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and people considering adoption) who are LGBTQ-identified or Allies can come together to share stories, give and receive support, and talk about feelings/thoughts related to the adoption experience. KUAC offers an understanding, confidential community-minded environment where participants can share their feelings and stories with others who can relate.

The name is significant of the connections made between and among those who share the common thread of adoption. Participation is encouraged (but not required), so that each individual gets the most out of group time, and every KUAC member has a multitude of opportunities at their disposal: to learn more about other triad members’ lives and feelings and thoughts, to be heard, as well as to educate others about the adoption experience—and to do so without the fear of judgment!

KUAC peer support group meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month @ 6pm at the RU12? Community Center for LGBTQ Vermonters in Winooski. For more information, please contact RU12? at 802.860.7812 or email

March 08, 2013

New Gay and Lesbian History Award

The Vermont Historical Society's Vermont History Day is a program open to Vermont students in grades 5 - 12.  The newly established Gay & Lesbian History Award will be added to the Vermont History Day's list of Special Prizes, and described as follows:

Gay & Lesbian History Award
Sponsored by the Vermont LGBT History Project
The Vermont LGBT History Project will award a prize for an outstanding entry presenting research recognizing the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within Vermont history, United States history or world history.  The prize for a winning individual entry will be $100; the prize for a winning group entry will be $200, with money divided equally among group members.

Full information about Vermont History Day guidelines for exhibits, web sites, documentaries, performances or papers, as well as information about application and submission deadlines can be found at this direct weblink:   Introductory information is listed below.  A full listing of Special Prizes for Vermont History Day entries is available at the website.

Vermont History Day

Vermont History Day is an exciting education program that encourages students to study history and expand their knowledge. It also provides the opportunity to share the knowledge they have gained from their historical research by creating projects for the state contest. Vermont History Day is affiliated with National History Day.

The program is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18.

Working individually or in small groups (up to 5), students choose a topic related to the National History Day annual theme, which in 2013 is"Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." The topic can relate to Vermont history or US history or world history.

Students conduct research in libraries, museums, and historical societies, and interview experts on their topic. Using their new knowledge and incorporating primary sources, the students develop their projects in the format of their choice: exhibits, web sites, documentaries, performances or papers.

The entries are then judged by local historians, educators, and other professionals at the state program. Through their work, students gain a deeper understanding of how people, cultures, and events affect the course of history. This year's state contest will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Spaulding High School in Barre.

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