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May 20, 2014

Translating Identity Conference 2014 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals and Performances
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 15th, 2013

The Translating Identity Conference and Free 2 Be student organization of the University of Vermont are proud to announce the Translating Identity Conference (TIC), a one-day conference focusing on gender and gender identities. Conference registration will be free and open to the public. This event hopes to reach out to the University of Vermont, Burlington, and broader communities and educate us all further about transgender and gender identity topics as well as their intersections with other identities. With multiple panels to choose from at any time, some panels will be directed towards trans people, their partners, and allies; while others will be for those who are fairly unfamiliar with the transgender movement and the topic of gender identity. This conference seeks to translate gender identity to both the queer community and its allies.

Free 2 Be is the University of Vermont's LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Advocate) group on campus. We are a Student Government Association
(SGA).recognized club and are entirely run by students. The mission of Free 2
Be is "To actively work on creating a safe space for people of all
sexualities and individualities within ourselves, the LGBTQA, and the University of
Vermont community."


CONFERENCE PRIORITIES
        Educating and developing ally communities
        Increasing visibility of transgender and queer communities
        Providing support and safe space for transgender and queer
        participants
        Encouraging dialogue about identity politics and intersections
        Advocating for the safety and rights of trans-people in the
        workplace, healthcare, the legal system, etc.


PROPOSAL REVIEW
The 2014 TIC Committee will review all panel, workshop and performance proposals.
Everyone is invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, caucus or performance.
Considerations for selection include:
        Relevance to gender politics, policy, strategy and organizing
        Content and panelists dealing with diverse groups and
communities
        Presenter qualifications and experience
        Diverse race/gender/class/age representation among panelists and
        presenters
        Overall strength of the submission


All submissions will receive a response. Affiliation with the University
does not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted. The notification
process will be complete by late July. Free 2 Be reserves the right to
reject any proposals that do not support the mission of the student
organization, the conference planning committee, or the University.

PRESENTER/PERFORMER RESPONSIBILITIES
TIC will be held on the University of Vermont campus in the Dudley H.
Davis Center.  Presenters/performers must provide their own computers and additional
equipment needed for audio/visual technology (specifically Mac users).


HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION
All session proposals will be submitted online. The link to the online
form is provided below. Please contact us, if you have any difficulties
with the online form.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JJY8G9B



For more information, please contact The Translating Identity Conference
Planning Committee at tic@uvm.edu.
-- 
Translating Identity Conference
November 1,2014
tic@uvm.edu
http://www.uvm.edu/~tic

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.

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Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont

Get Tickets

 

Cocktail reception at 6:00PM

Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Catering by

Sugarsnap

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?.  http://peepshowvermont.tumblr.com

 

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.

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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:

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March 14, 2014

Urinetown the Musical

Urinetown - Is this really the title

February 04, 2014

Community member blogs about Family Program Date Night "Queer-e-oke"

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.

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January 08, 2014

Burlesque... Bowling??

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.  

More information here

Team tickets cost $125.  Spectator tickets are available for $5. Buy tickets here

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.

 

The Rules: 

•Teams can be made up of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 persons.
•No outside beverages, food or alcohol
•No nudity
•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.

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January 06, 2014

Take a Chance, Belly Dance!

Ever wanted to learn to shake it like Shakira? Belly-Dance-Curious? Or just want to brush up those Belly Dancr 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. 

RSVP and more info

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!

December 31, 2013

Vermont Burlesque Festival January 24 & 25th 2014

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. 

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December 17, 2013

Internship Opportunities: Spring 2014

Internship opportunities

RU12? has six internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of RU12?'s fun, social HIV prevention

    program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
  • The Marketing and Outreach Interns will participate in various stages of print and online marketing and outreach projects. Four opportunities are available. 

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

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. Glam pride

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

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 michael@ru12.org

 

Marketing and Outreach Intern:

Description

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.

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

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 michael@ru12.org

December 09, 2013

Peep Show: Winter is Metal!


PEEP SHOW Vermont is an irreverent drag and burlesque show with a dance party to follow. 

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Produced, founded and hosted by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.

Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm
18+
$10

DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee

With performances by:

Doctor Vu
Aeshna Mairéad
Noah Hymen
Lover Bois 
Major Face
Merrique Hysteric
Peter Out and Guest of BroLoko
...and more!

...with our resident kitten Innocent Ivy, stage manager Cliff Hanger, and a sexy queer-friendly BOUNCER

November 13, 2013

Burly Bear presents SIRLOIN: Hanky Panky

Before there was GRINDR, SCRUFF or any other gay boy hook-up app, there was the HANKY CODE! HankyCode!

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

Get updates on this event here

November 06, 2013

PEEP Show Presents: RUMOURS at ArtsRiot

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Live performances of Fleetwood Mac's album 1976 RUMOURS... followed by a dance party and a short PEEP Show Vermont set of our regular crew of drag and burlesque stars.

Our biggest show yet! If you only come to ONE show, this is it! Tiered Ticketing with something for everyone!

Peep Show brings irreverant drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State; Peep Show Vermont is the home of queer burlesque in Vermont. Look no further for gender-defying, comedic and dramatic cabaret acts that blur lines and incite revelry!

Peep Show Vermont is produced by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George. 

Featuring:


BIANCA DAGGA
ALEXA LUTHOR
MERRIQUE HYSTERIQUE
VERA WYLDE
GINGE O'LOLLY
RYNN MAYROY
QUECHEE GEORGE
JONATHAN BITCHMAN
VIXEN

and DJ PAPI JAVI

$20 Date Night Seats 
(up front table seating service with discounted food and drink from the ArtsRiot Kitchen)

$10 General Admission

$5 Dance Party ONLY

8PM, Fri 11/15, ArtsRiot, Burlington

Check out the event's Facebook page here 

October 29, 2013

Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce

Tonight at Higher Ground, an LGBT revolution of musical proportions comes to life, teaming up with DJ
Disco Phantom!

Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as theQueen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap Bigfreedia3 movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.

Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. 

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October 24, 2013

The Boogieman!

The 7th annual Halloween Ball is coming! We are all scampering around for our last minute costume ideas. The Boogieman

This year DJ Precious presents "The Boogieman!" This night of frights, chills, and bodily treats will work its dark magic and have you dancing into the deep of night! Doors open at 9:30pm, followed by a live set from Burlington's own Rue Mevlana. Last Halloween Rue Mevlana brought some serious beats and tantalizing vocals, and you're gonna get it again! After Rue Mevlana, Dj Precious will be spinning until close, giving you a true deep City experience with great mixes and new tracks featuring Deep House, Progressive House, Electro.

Green Mountain Cabaret will also be joining the event. The GMC group has become a Burlington favorite. Aside from their own productions, Green Mountain Cabaret was last featured at the annual fetish ball EROTICA in July, and like that night, they will be our costume judges. During the night they will be searching for the top 6 costumes. Once the choices are in, Green Mtn. Cabaret will open the contest with a fierce performance! After, the crowd will pick the best overall costume of the night. If you want to win then be seen! Talk your costume up! Dance like you have never danced before, and be super creative, because a big $$$ prize goes to the winner! "The Boogieman!" is 18+, and tickets are $10.

Precious says.. "Watch out Hunty..The monsters under your bed are getting hungry!" That also translates into DANCE, WERQUE, and have a damn good time on Halloween weekend!

Check out some sneek- peek tracks from Rue Mevlana's upcoming Halloween Ball performance!...

 

PEEP Show: Looking for Performers!

PEEP Show is back with "Open Season" on November 8th, but this time, we get to see FRESH FACES at an all-amateur queer drag and burlesque night.

This is your chance! If interested in joining up and being a part of this fabulous event, LIKE them on Facebook and send a message here. 

More details on Facebook Event Page

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October 21, 2013

Bike Smut: A Film Festival of Radical Pleasure

Bike Smut returns to Burlington with The Porny Express!

Bike Smut is a collection of erotic bicycle shorts made by cyclists, radicals, and queers from all over the world -various interpretations about what is great about sex and cycling!

This year the submissions are from Oakland, Chicago Vancouver, Chicago, Gainesville, Montreal, Berlin, Milan and Geneva! Literally and figuratively all over the map.

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This synthesis of transportation and sexuality is everything you could imagine it to be: creative, ethical, aware, explicit, tantalizing, candid, and silly! Since its inception, Bike Smut has toured North America 15 times, and in the summer of 2011 the project completed its first European excursion, playing 63 shows in 21 countries, from Scotland to Turkey. The winter of 2012 took Bike Smut on their first tour south of the border, featuring six shows around Mexico. The Bike Smut Film Festival is now in its 7th year, and the only way to see it is to attend a screening and experience it with others.

Check it out:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 8:00PM AT ARTSRIOT
ADDRESS: 400 PINE ST. 05401
FOOD/BEVERAGE: BOTH 
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 18 AND OVER

 

October 05, 2013

Happy Anniversary PEEP SHOW!!!! (Friday, Oct 11th)

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Peep Show brings irreverent drag and burlesque to Vermont, and celebrates camp in all things. Produced and founded by Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.

 

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October marks a full year of Peep Show bringing irreverent drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State. Come celebrate with your hosts Quechee George and Jonathan Bitchman as we showcase amazing talent and sexy funny gender-defying performers!

With Special Guest from NYC, making her annual Vermont visit
The Bodacious Bianca Dagga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Papi Javi takes us through the night!

Hawt Go Go Dancers

Gay A$$ Raffle!

Dance Party to Follow!

$10 Cover
18+
Doors 9pm
Show starts around 10pm

All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center

Facebook Event

September 26, 2013

PEEP SHOW: Friday, October 11th

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BOO!

October marks a full year of Peep Show bringing irreverent drag and burlesque to the Green Mountain State. Come celebrate with your hosts Quechee George and Jonathan Bitchman as we showcase amazing talent and sexy funny gender-defying performers!

With Special Guest from NYC, making her annual Vermont visit
The Bodacious Bianca Dagga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Papi Javi takes us through the night!

Hawt Go Go Dancers

Gay A$$ Raffle!

Dance Party to Follow!

$10 Cover
18+
Doors 9pm
Show starts around 10pm

All proceeds benefit RU12? Community Center

Facebook Event

September 25, 2013

Community Calendar Spotlight: Myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass

This Friday at Higher Ground: Myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass SHARED FULL BAND SHOW!

http://www.gregorydouglass.com/

Gregory Douglass is an internationally renowned independent musician with eight critically acclaimed albums and a multitude of digital singles & music videos. His recent spotlight on NPR's "Morning Edition" has coined him "one of New England's best-kept secrets." Douglass has sold over 75,000 songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over 600,000 views on Youtube alone. His music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network's LOGO TV and his newest single "Naysayer" is slated to air on MTV's upcoming "World Of Jenks" series.  Douglass was a finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and won Yobi.tv's "New Stage" competition, an original web series starring Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

http://www.myraflynn.com/fr_home.cfm

Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul/folk songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn't let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, "Her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott."

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Friday, September 27 @ 8pm | Higher Ground Showcase Lounge 1214 Williston Road, S. Burlington VThttp://www.highergroundmusic.com/event/gregory-douglass-2013 (802) 652-0777 | $10 Advance/$13 Door *

September 13, 2013

Pride Weekend Schedule!

Friday, September 13th

Out on Church Street

6 pm – Midnight, Pride Vermont will present its First Annual “OUT on Church Street”! This event will kick off the weekend of Pride festivities by inviting all Vermonters to enjoy one of New England’s best-known destinations-Church Street in Burlington. We plan to make Church Street the place to be that evening, and you don’t want to miss it!

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Burly Bear Cock Camp

7pm, Red Square, Burlington. It's the Burly Bear hot and sweaty dance party the Friday of Pride weekend!!!

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Pop-Up Queer Pride Party

Join Pop-Up as they kick off the Pride weekend again with one big, bad-ass, sweaty queer dance party. Friday 9pm- 1AM - ARTS RIOT (400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT).

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Saturday, September 14th

Join RU12? at Laura's March!

RU12? Community Center will be participating in Laura's March on September 14th! Please join us in honoring Laura K. Winterbottom and in raising funds for RU12?'s SafeSpace Program. SafeSpace offers direct services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, hate violence, and discrimination. Our services are free and confidential. 

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Vermont Pride's Women's Tea Dance

1-4pm, Red Square, Burlington. More than tea will be served! Celebrate your PRIDE!!

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Community in the Archives: RU12?'s Queer Archives

4-5:30pm Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Special reception for Vermont Pride weekend! A special exhibit of memorabilia, material objects, ephemera and other intimate and personal items and artifacts from the Vermont Queer Archives.

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History of New England’s Gay Leather Groups

6pm Burlington City Arts, Burlington. Come learn why we march at pride from the BDSM/Leather Community perspective. Celebrate pride with a little history!

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Hot Pink Pride Party

The largest Annual Pride Party in Vermont! And you're gonna be seeing PINK all night long.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

Celebrate Pride Sunday at Leunig's

All Day, Leunig's Bistro, Church Street, Burlington. Leunig's is generously donating 10% of the entire day's proceeds to the youth at Outright Vermont.

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Pride Parade

12:30pm, The Pride Parade is a beloved institution here in Vermont and throughout the world. It begins at the south end of Church St. and ends at Battery Park where the festival is held!

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Northern Decadence Food Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Pride Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Burly Bear Pride Day Tea Dance

4pm - 9pm, Red Square, Burlington. $5 suggested donation benefits Pride Vermont! This event is open to all and everyone of every identification is welcome and encouraged to attend!

More Info

For a full list of all Pride Vermont events, click HERE

 

 

 

September 07, 2013

Artists Featured at RU12? this Weekend:

Art Hop Hours at RU12? Community Center: 

Friday 9/6: 5pm-10pm

Saturday 9/7: 10am-10pm

Sunday 9/8: 11am-4pm

FMI: 802-860-7812

**Special Thanks to all of the artists and to DJ Papi Javi for providing our sound!!!

______________________

Sue Wilson

  Photo (2)When I look at an object- a ceramic bowl, a stone wall, an oil painting- I often find myself looking for evidence of the process: a tool mark, a brushstroke, a fingerprint or the imprint of a palm. I think of the process of the object's creation, the crafts-person's frame of mind as they worked their trade or their art- their years of experience guiding their hands in the thousands of tiny movements needed to make an object when once there was none. While some may seek to hide the evidence of process in their final work, it is all I can see. And I find myself looking for it every time I touch a finished piece. 

 

 

Asher Folsom Sullivan

Photo (4)My work explores various tensions ­ content and construction, identity and community, mainstream and subversive ­ often by incorporating and referencing queer frameworks. I primarily utilize a grayscale palette, favoring ink, typewriters, paper, and analog processes. These particular drawings are part of a larger series that seeks to present an unapologetic queer narrative that frankly addresses queer bodies, relationships, sexuality, and access to resources.

www.asherfolsomsullivan.com

 

 

Brian Loring

MONSTERS!

Photo (5)I’m a local graphic design artist who has done work for various nonprofits including Vermont Cares and Pride Vermont. Aside from my professional work, I design tattoos (including my own sleeve), and draw and paint for fun and to decorate my own place. My monster collection started when I began doodling…drawing all sorts of creatures and features. Then, my little monsters began developing personalities, each as distinct as their features. Raging desserts, cute little fuzzy desserts: I began drawing and painting them all!

 

 

Alyx Lyons

Photo (7)I enjoy the performance of photography. Looking through a lens to compose, consider the light, and try to capture what the eye sees is a dance behind the camera, a solitary endeavor yet also a way to participate in the milieu that I am shooting. In addition to being behind the lens and her day job, I am a percussionist with Sambatucada and other occasional bands, and am the producer of Proud Women Play Music.

 

Eva Bessette

Photo (8)As a lifetime Burlington resident, I have long had a passion for artistry and the balance between

humanity and nature. I had picked up skills in sewing from my mom as a little girl and since then, have completed various projects for fun. In recent years, I’ve incorporated my love of nature into my love of sewing by using sustainable means and the refuse of humanity to create beautiful and useful products.  You can follow my projects and see more items at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CosmicConcepts

 

 

Megan Moerdyk

My Story in Jewelry-Making

Photo (1)As a child I thought that I would just magically make enough money as an adult to solve all of the problems my parents complained about. Then reality hit and that dream dispersed. Luckily I was introduced to the skill of yard sale shopping and I started my career as an upcycled jeweler.  I love treasure-hunting in free bins and on the side of the road. I love how this community gives to those who give back. I love to need something and then turn to what I have in my home and realize I can create it with a little work, a trip to a second-hand store and some creative thinking. That’s what I’ve done here.

 

Milton Rosa Ortiz


PhotoMilton Rosa Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a Bachelor in Architecture from Kansas State University and, practiced in Aspen, under Studio B Architects, Harry Teague Architects and, in Mexico under Steve Conger. After discovering a knack for sculptures at Anderson Ranch Arts Center he relocated to NYC, abandoned architecture and pursued art full-time. Over then next 15 years he exhibited in New York, Aspen, New Orleans, Miami, Paris, San Francisco, San Juan, Kuwait and, Venezuela. His artwork explores issues of the sacred and the profane through three-dimensional allegories juxtaposing contemporary socio-political issues.

 For the L-factor show at Exit Art (NYC, 2003) he presented "La Aparicion de la Fama." A hanging sculpture based on Jennifer Lopez's green Versace dress made of fragments of bottles hand-picked from the streets of the Bronx. In 2008 Milton presented Disbelief , a site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where plaster casts of human bodies were suspended from the ceiling as if swiming in an imaginary lake. And, in 2011, he created Pendulum, an abstraction of such a device for the 103-floor main lobby of the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

 The artist is currently working on a large scale installation called Anemone, to be installed in a ship, next Winter; and, on a new body of work exploring the religions of India. 

 Milton is also an BSN-RN at Fletcher-Allen Health Care, in Burlington, VT.

 

Gavin Rouille

Photo (9)As an artist-activist, I use personal and political subject matter to address issues of identity and equality.  I use several tactics and diverse media such as quilting, protest posters, pamphleteering and other mass media methods. I use messages that emulate and reverse the messages of my target audience in order to shift the direction of the message back upon themselves.  My aim is to educate by playing a neutral role in exposing people to their own willful or unconscious ignorance.

 

 

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