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June 16, 2014

Camp Outright is Looking for Volunteers!


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 or contact Connor at 802-453-2592 or

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.

February 04, 2014

First Friday at Higher Ground - A Community Coming Together

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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 

December 05, 2013

Outright Awards & Not-so-Silent Auction

Outright Awards 

Friday, December 13th
Higher Ground Ballroom Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:00pm
All Ages $15 advance | $20 day of show

Outright Awards is an annual celebration of the best in queer youth leadership, community advocates, queer and ally partners all over Vermont. An MTV style awards show of the year that promises to bring you Vermont queer celebrities, performances by the state’s top drag crews, a NOT-so-silent auction, and the infamous candy bar. A spectacular night that you don't want to miss!


This Weekend: Making Scenes: Gay Survivors of Straight Parents


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November 20, 2013

PEEP Show presents: Winter Is Metal!!!

Friday, December 13th at 10 pm

Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm

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

Come on out for a slayer mash up: theme is Game of Thrones / SLASH / Metal!

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

Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center. 

DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee

With performances by:

Doctor Vu
Aeshna Mairéad
Noah Hymen
Lover Bois 
Major Face
...and many more!

...with our resident kitten, Innocent Ivy 
...and stage manager, Cliff Hanger


Unofficial after party of the Outright Vermont Awards show; this event is 18 and up

Check out the event's Facebook page here 

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!...


September 18, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Apple Picking. Apples to Apples. Apple Crisp. Put them all together? You get a kick-butt Vermonty afternoon with the GLAM guys.

Meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11am on Sunday, 9/22 and we will carpool out to Allenholm Farm in South Hero. We will spend about 1 1/2 hrs picking apples and such, then bring it back to RU12? to play an updated rendition of Apples to Apples, make Apple Crisp and sip cider.

To RSVP and check updated information, click here

Man Apples

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

July 30, 2013

Women's Film Night 8/7/13 @ 7pm!

The people have spoken! Based on our survey results, we will be screening "Pariah" for our Women's Film Night.


Join us on Wednesday August 7, 2013 from 7:00-8:30pm at the center! 255 So. Champlain St Suite 12 Burlington,VT

Free and open to all!

Check out a description of the film and trailer below:

"Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward."

Pariah (2011) Trailer

You won't want to miss this one y'all! It's a tear-jerker/heart-warmer/coming-of-age/coming-out story! What more could you want!


February 20, 2013

OUT for the Oscars: This Sunday!

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Outright Vermont and Pop-Up Queer Dance Party present... "the gay super bowl!"

Watch the live telecast on the big screen at Red Square with local movie buffs. We'll provide light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, games, prizes and endless popcorn at this 21+ event. Arrive at 7 p.m. and have your picture taken on the red carpet! (The awards show starts at 8:30.) Last year's party drew 100+ guests dressed to the nines. See our 2012 Red Carpet Slideshow on Facebook...

So, who are you wearing?

It’s time to strut your stuff: sequins, bow ties, fedoras and feathers! Prizes will be awarded the best movie-themed costumes. Buy your ticket before Oscar Day and get a free Benefit Ballot (details below). Don't delay. All tickets at the door are $15/person and do not include a Benefit Ballot :(

Can't make it? Play the Benefit Ballot Game!

Submit your picks for the Benefit Ballot ($10) before noon on Oscar Night (Sunday, February 24) and be eligible for a fabulous movie-themed prize package including passes to several local cinemas, gift cards, movie rentals, yummy snacks and more!


December 13, 2012

Outright VT Hiring Director of Education

Outright VT Hiring Director of Education

OVT ED SearchThe mission of Outright is to provide safe, healthy, and supportive environments for LGBTQQ youth, ages 13-22. Outright Vermont is hiring a full time Director of Education. The Director of Education is responsible for providing support, resources, and assistance to youth, adults, and school districts across the state of Vermont.

Key functions include:


  • Education and Outreach to schools and community organizations throughout Vermont, including presenting to 4000+ participants at schools in every county in the state

  • Managing Vermont's Queer Straight Alliance Network, including providing support, resources, and technical assistant to Vermont's QSAs

  • Planning and coordinating two major events, the Fall QSA Conference and the Spring Queer & Allied Youth Summit

  • Assisting with General Organizational and Administrative Support

Minimum qualifications necessary include a college degree in a relevant field (or a mixture of education and experience), proven ability to effectively communicate and present to diverse audiences, a valid driver's license and willingness to travel extensively in state, and knowledge about the experiences of queer youth. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to by January 4th. Email with questions. Thanks.

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November 14, 2012

Transgender Day of Remembrance Event

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an internationally recognized day set aside to remember and honor those killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. The day also serves as a chance to bring awareness to the epidemic of violence perpetrated against trans and gender non-conforming people.

Please join us as we come together as a community, memorialize the individuals killed this past year, and recognize and celebrate the progress that we've made and the resilience, strength, and compassion of those in our community. There will be a community quilt to contribute to, a timeline featuring local trans people's experiences, and time to connect with others. 

Food and refreshments provided.

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September 12, 2012

9th Annual Outright Vermont Fire Truck Pull!!!

FiretruckScores of teams of a dozen people each, compete to raise the most money, dress the best, please the crowd, and pull a REAL Burlington City fire truck up the Church Street Marketplace.

For almost a decade, Outright Vermont has shown thousands of spectators that queers are fierce and that hundreds and hundreds of Vermonters want to raise money for queer youth programming and anti-harassment workshops for public schools.

Come see the fun on Sat. September 15th, 12pm-2pm outside of the Outdoor Gear Exchange & downtown mall, on Church Street in Burlington, VT.

Better yet - build a team and compete for the GLORY! It is fast, easy and so much fun. Details here:

July 27, 2012

RU12? Family Program Summer 2012 schedule!

We hope you'll join us! Please contact with any questions, comments or if you would like more information, to be added to the RU12? Family Program email announcement list or email discussion group.

Family project flier

July 15, 2012

Outright Vermont Clothing Drive - The entire month of July!

Clothing Drive
Got unwanted clothes? 

Donate them to Outright Vermont! Outright Vermont is doing a Clothing Drive for the Youth Space during the entire month of July. Donations of gently used/new items can be made at their offices at 241 No. Winooski Ave, Burlington. All sizes, genders, and styles are appreciated! 

Drop-off hours are Tuesday-Friday @12pm – 8pm, and Saturday @12pm – 5pm. For more info about Outright, visit

June 21, 2012

Outright Vermont Press Release: CIVIL UNION WRONG RIGHTED!




Burlington, VT - With the leadership of Govenor Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) has restored funding to Outright Vermont (ORVT) for their anti-harassment and anti-bullying work in Vermont schools.  This funding was cut in 2000, after the heated Civil Union debates and severe homophobic pressure from outside groups pressured VT

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May 22, 2012

Shumlin to visit Outright VT Wednesday!


Burlington, VT - This Wednesday, May 23rd, from 2:45pm-3:15pm, Governor Peter Shumlin will visit the Outright Vermont queer youth space at 241 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT to thank the youth, staff, board, and volunteers for their work to advocate for stronger anti-harassment legislation this year.  

 Bill H412, which allows individuals to sue schools for not stopping harassment, and H771, which requires schools to adopt harassment, hazing, and bullying prevention policies, both passed both the Vermont House and Senate by the end of the session in early May.  Outright Vermont, along with the Vermont Human Rights' Commission and the RU12? Community Center, advocated with lawmakers for weeks to ensure that the two bills would pass to strengthen the current anti-harassment laws that protect all Vermont youth in schools.


"Governor Shumlin has demonstrated his support of the queer community in many ways over the years, but it is his unwavering support for the safety and celebration of queer youth that really makes him stand out," said Melissa Murray, Outright Vermont's Executive Director.  "We are proud and excited to have him come to our queer youth space in Burlington on Wednesday!"  


Members of the press invited to attend this brief event! 

For more info, call 802.865.9677 or email Llu Mulvaney-Stanak at 


The mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, ages 13-22. Since 1989, Outright has worked to provide safety and support for LGBTQQ youth, helped make schools safer, and focused on youth empowerment, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about Outright, visit


April 27, 2012

Pop-Up! A Queer Dance Party - Queer-pril Event - UVM Davis Center Atrium




Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party returns to Burlington to team up with UVM's Club 590, Free to Be, and LGBTQA Services for their Gay-Pril month of events.

Saturday, April 28th, 9pm-1am we are going to queer up the Davis Center Atrium (the big grand staircase/open part of the building).


DJ Llu will be headlining, with DJ's Ray Rush & TwoSev opening the night.

This is going to be an EPIC dance party - full on professional lighting & sound from RMB Sound.

Special features:
Bar provided by UVM's Brennan's Pub (in the Davis Center).

QUEER Haircuts - by Dana Kaplan! By appointment or on-demand. Details TBA!

Hosted by producers Chopper & DJ Llu - as always this event is meant to bring out the queer community from all over the state to connect, dance and mingle.

Find out more at:

March 26, 2012

Current and Future Vermont LGBTQ Leaders to Gather at Statehouse

Lgbtqa Leadership


Contact: Kim Fountain, Executive Director, RU12? Community Center

Phone: 802-860-7812


Current and Future Vermont LGBTQ Leaders to Gather at Statehouse 


Montpelier, VT -- A coalition of five Vermont organizations serving the state’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) communities announced plans today for the seventeenth annual Leadership Day at the Vermont Statehouse on Friday, April 6, 2012. On Leadership Day, previously known as Visibility Day, current and future Vermont LGBTQA leaders will gather in Montpelier to meet lawmakers, network, and discuss legislative priorities.

 Organized by the RU12? Community Center, Outright Vermont, Vermont CARES, Vermont Freedom to Marry, and Truth Wins Out, this awareness and leadership day is designed for LGBTQA people of all ages and all degrees of civic engagement.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Vermont’s LGBTQA community members to meet with lawmakers to have our concerns over issues from bullying to transgender health care heard,” said Kim Fountain, Executive Director of RU12? Community Center.   

The goals of this event are twofold: to make certain LGBTQ legislative issues remain a priority for lawmakers, and to promote leadership in the private and public sectors among LGBTQA communities around the state. 

The schedule for Leadership Day is as follows:

7:45AM – 9:15AM: Breakfast in the Statehouse cafeteria

8:45AM: Framing the day - conversations with Vermont’s LGBTQA organizations

9:15AM: Introduction on the House floor

Morning devotional by Rev. Emily Heath of the West Dover Congregational Church

9:45AM - 11:00AM: Discussion and Mingling with LGBTQA Statehouse regulars in Room 11:

Meet and greet fellow Leadership Day participants. Q&A with LGBTQA legislators, Statehouse workers, and Statehouse regulars

11:00AM: Meet with Governor Peter Shumlin in the Ceremonial Office

11:30AM-12:45PM: Meet and greet with legislators in the cafeteria

1:00PM: A light luncheon for participants hosted by Vermont CARES in their new Montpelier offices at 58 East State Street

Vermont LGBTQ leaders will be available for comment during the mid-morning meet and greet in Room 11 on the first floor of the Statehouse.

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