Come single to mingle, find your next ex, or just have a pants-off-dance-off!
It's the "Traffic Light" Party to the next level. Never been to one? Read up on the game rules here:
Check your clothes at the door and show off your booty in your undies, but pick your undie color choice wisely:
RED: Stop! I'm taken.
YELLOW: Let's talk about it...
GREEN: Good to go.
GoGo boys and girls!
Raffles and Prizes!
*$5 cover includes clothes check
*Proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center
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!
Notes from a community member:
On Friday, January 31, 2014, I had the distinct pleasure to attend RU12?’s 1st ever Date Night Queer-e-oke Event at Bob Bolyard’s Karaoke at the St. John’s Club. I can only say I feel a deep sense of sadness for all those queer folk who missed out on such a wickedly entertaining event. What made it so spectacular? Glad you asked; was it the wellspring of astonishing talent exhibited by our brothers, sisters and allies? Was it the extensive range individual performers showed from rap to 80’s classics to country to the bright lights of Broadway show tunes? Yes, those were certainly factors. Was it the hilarity of bets waged and lost? “Frenemies” for the night, provoking songs to be sung by individuals who might not have otherwise opted to do so? Maybe. But even more fun was having the script flipped on the agitator who was allegedly shocked by the power and the passion of the performances rendered. Perhaps it was the thrill of watching as the “winner” of the bets conceded that they were the overall “loser” of the competition. For the sake of confidentiality and for what is left of my own shredded dignity, I will refrain from naming names. Nevertheless, this too made the night one to remember.
But most of all this blogger believes that sitting in the middle of a group of friends, some I’ve known for years and others I’d only met that night, laughing, singing, and cutting a rug on the dance floor makes a cold VT Friday night in January something magical. I was free to be exactly me and simply enjoy my community while doing something excessively silly and fun. So, where were you on Friday January 31? Was it a magical night? A night to remember? If not, next time RU12? is having Date Night Queer-e-oke, put on your dancing shoes, show up, be ready to laugh (a lot), and join in with other members of your community to celebrate the reality of our awesome uniqueness.
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
It's almost here!
This weekend the largest Burlesque Festival in New England takes off. A full schedule of events can be found here.
GLAM has two Superhero themed teams competiting in Burlesque Bowling on Saturday, which is a benefit for the RU12? Community Center.
Come join the fun as a spectator, or form your own team to compete!
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
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Center at 802.860.7812.
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!
More than 55 burlesque performers, comedians, and variety acts from all over the United States and Canada will grace the two festival stages over a two night period, each night offering a different experience than the other. The time remaining will be filled with scintillating burlesque activities, including a burlesque bowling event, burlesque classes and a film festival.
It is the goal of the Vermont Burlesque Festival to “warm up Vermont” during its coldest month, just when cabin fever starts to set in. The festival will do this not only by entertaining its festival goers but by raising breast cancer awareness and funds for the Vermont Cancer Center, raising money for the non-profit charity RU12? Community Center, and by sponsoring a winter coat drive for those in need.
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
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends