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June 12, 2014

Introducing the New Health and Wellness Intern

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Hi everyone, my name is Ellen Bryer and I'm so happy to be joining the RU12? community for the summer! I'm in the process of exploring Burlington and all of the food and fun it has to offer. I'm coming from Smith College in Western Massachusetts and before that from the greater Philadelphia area. At school, I'm entering my senior year and I study Sociology and Public Health. I'm excited to join the vibrant staff at the RU12? Community Center and learn from the LGBTQ community in Burlington. And as a queer woman, I already feel welcomed into the affirmative environment here. 

While I'm here this summer, I'm going to work in the Health and Wellness Office. My goal is to put together a series of Summer Semester classes (how-to, fitness, discussion-based etc.) as a fun way to learn some new skills together. I'll also compile some resources to add the Center such as a pamphlets on HIV information, queer women's health, and sexual and domestic violence. I'll be at RU12? events during the summer and in the office Monday through Friday. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who is a part of this community!

June 10, 2014

Vital Report on LGBTQ Centers Across the Country

CenterLink and the Movement Advancement Project Released the 2014 LGBT Community Center Survey Report. Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12? Community Center) participated in this report. 

"Providing vital services to more than 1.9 million people annually, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community centers reported increased revenue for 2013, allowing them to develop innovative new programs to serve seniors, homeless populations, and transgender populations, according to an extensive report released today." 

Highlights include:

CLIENTS & DIVERSITY

  • Participating LGBT centers serve over 37,900 individuals in a typical week and refer over 9,900 individuals to other agencies for services and assistance.
    • LGBT community center patrons are disproportionately male, people of color, transgender, and/or low income.
  • LGBT community center clientele is diverse, and community centers often offer tailored programming: 90% of LGBT community centers offer specific programming for LGBT youth, 82% for transgender people, 61% for LGBT older adults, and 48% for LGBT people of color.

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

In many regions, local LGBT centers are the only organizations serving the LGBT community, offering a variety of much-needed resources including:

  • Physical and Mental Health Programs: Large centers spent approximately 19% of their 2013 budgets on physical health programs and 17% on mental health programs, including general health and wellness programs, medical and pharmacy services, STD/HIV prevention and treatment, counseling, and facilitated support groups.
  • Information, Education and Computer Programs: 20% of community center budgets goes to information and education programming, including referrals to LGBT businesses, speakers' bureaus, employment training/counseling, or in-house libraries. Many LGBT community centers (78%) also provide patrons with computer resources.
  • Social and Recreational Programs: LGBT community centers offer a range opportunities for patrons, including parties and dances, social groups for targeted populations, summer camps for LGBT youth, and sports leagues.
  • Arts and cultural programs: Centers often offer arts and cultural programming, such as gallery space and film screenings.
  • Community Outreach and Civic Engagement: LGBT community centers target community outreach to the general public, to schools and healthcare providers, and to policymakers in their communities, among other populations.

STAFFING & REVENUES

  • Revenue Growth. Both large and small LGBT centers reported revenues increases from 2012 to 2013; small centers experienced a 20% increase in revenues from 2012 to 2013, compared to a 12% increase for large centers.
  • Revenue Sources. Fifty percent of 2013 revenues of large centers were from government grants, followed by 18% from individual donors and 8% from fundraising events. Foundation funding was only 12% of center revenue.
  • Staff. Despite the increase in average center revenue, many centers still struggle with a lack of funding and resources; 21% of all surveyed centers have no staffand rely solely on volunteers; and 57% have five or fewer paid staff. Almost half of center staff (49%) identify as people of color.

Given the critical role of LGBT community centers in areas of the country with few other resources for LGBT people, small centers in particular are in critical need of additional financial support.

The full report is available online at www.lgbtmap.org and www.lgbtcenters.org.

 

June 09, 2014

David Frye on Voices and Choices Conference

 Great conference this year at the Killington Grand Hotel.  There were an estimated 500 people with all kinds of disabilities who attended the 2014 Voices and Choices Conference put on by Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA) May 29th & 30th.  GMSA is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year!

 We had an informational table with the RU12? GLBTQ Disability Group pictures and information as well as a sign up sheet for people who are interested in attending a group or who would like a group started in their area.  We unveiled our brand new banner which group members designed with help from a graphic designer on what it should like. Photo-8

 We did a workshop called “GLBTW People with Disabilities: Let’s All Have the Conversation!”  Group members worked hard over the past few weeks creating and preparing the workshop format.  There were 25 people who attended the workshop.  We had to get more chairs from other conference rooms and we could have had more people but there wasn’t room.  We prepared questions to get the discussion going.  People were intrigued to speak about this and it was important for everyone to hear other people’s experiences and stories.  There was a lot of positive feedback from the questions.  We had a panel of group members who shared their stories and people were very supportive and the conversation we had about people with disabilities who are GLBTQ.

 
Photo 2Group member Josh Queneville received the LGBTQ Self-Advocate of the Year award for his work in helping bring visibility to the disability group at last year’s Pride festival and Elizabeth Underwood, our UVM intern received Ally of the Year award for her support.

 I met with Chester Finn, who works for the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and he was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama in 2010.  I hope to be working with Chester in the future and doing some work in Washington DC.  Photo 1-2

It was a great conference!  It seem that Voices and Choices gets better every year.  Signing off- David Frye, Volunteer Coordinator for Pride Center of Vermont Disability Support Network.

June 05, 2014

From Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund:New York State Updates Birth Certificate Policy

June 5, 2014

Great News! New York State Updates Birth Certificate Policy; TLDEF Calls upon NYC to Follow Suit

Transgender People Born in New York State Can Now Readily Obtain a Birth Certificate That Matches Who They Are, But Obstacles Remain for Those Born in NYC

We are thrilled to report that the State of New York has eliminated barriers to accurate ID by updating its policy on correcting birth certificates for transgender people. The state will now issue a corrected birth certificate after receiving an affidavit from a licensed medical provider stating that a transgender individual has received appropriate clinical treatment.

The previous policy, which had not been updated since the 1970’s, required proof of surgery. This left the vast majority of transgender New Yorkers – who have not undergone the extensive surgical procedures that were demanded by the state before it would change the sex designation on birth certificates – with a document that does not match who they are. The state deemed this outmoded requirement to be inconsistent with federal policy, the policies of other states, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and medical consensus. TLDEF, in partnership with a coalition led by the Empire State Pride Agenda, has been pushing for this policy change for years.

“This is tremendous news for transgender people across the country who were born in New York State,” said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. “A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. This will ensure that transgender people can obtain accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are. It also means they will stop being subjected to harassment and discrimination in areas like employment where identification is essential to proving eligibility to work.”

Unfortunately, New York State’s policy change does not apply to those born in New York City, which issues its own birth certificates. TLDEF has a lawsuit pending against the City of New York and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, challenging the city's onerous practice of requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before it will issue them birth certificates with corrected sex designations.

“It is time for New York City to follow the lead of New York State by adopting policies that treat transgender New Yorkers fairly and equally,” Silverman said. “Transgender people in New York City cannot be denied the right to update their birth certificates to reflect who they truly are simply because they were born within New York City rather than elsewhere in the state. That is unfair, and we will continue to prosecute our lawsuit demanding change until all transgender people in New York State – including those in New York City – are treated fairly.”

The Federal Government and the States of California, Iowa, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have updated their birth certificate policies to recognize that an individual’s sex does not depend on surgical status. Last year the American Medical Association passed a resolution in support of policies “that allow for a change of sex designation on birth certificates for transgender individuals based upon verification by a physician that the individual has undergone transition according to applicable medical standards of care.” The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has also long supported this approach.

May 30, 2014

From the National Center for Transgender Equality: Medicare Treatment Exclusion Overruled

Courtesy of the National Center for Transgender Equality, breaking news we thought the RU12? community would appreciate!

"Today, an independent review panel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Medicare cannot categorically exclude treatment for gender dysphoria, including transition-related care.

To learn more, download our Fact Sheet on Medicare Coverage of Transition-Related Care

This decision eliminates the nationwide rule that transition-related surgeries cannot be covered by Medicare. Now, decisions on coverage for transition-related care, like hormone therapy or surgeries, will be made on the basis of individual medical need and clinical standards, not outdated prejudices.

Repealing this rule means Medicare will now treat transgender healthcare just as other healthcare procedures are treated under Medicare. It puts decisions about our healthcare back in the hands of doctors and patients rather than bureaucrats or insurance companies.

If you are covered by Medicare use our updated resource for information on accessing coverage or filing an appeal.

We congratulate our friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights for the smart advocacy that won this victory. The National Center for Transgender Equality will continue to advocate with our partners to make sure no insurance plan in the United States discriminates against the healthcare needs of transgender people.

Sincerely,

Harper Jean Tobin

Director of Policy

National Center for Transgender Equality"

May 29, 2014

SafeSpace contributes data to national report on hate violence released today

Call SafeSpace, 863-0003, if you or someone you know is experiencing hate violence, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual violence or discrimination.  Advocates are availble to provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  SafeSpace also has a report violence online annonymously option, It Matters, Make it Count.

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May 29, 2014 | For Immediate Release

National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today

Multi-Year trends in anti-LGBTQ hate violence and homicides continue

To download the full report please visit NCAVP online

  • Rates of anti-LGBTQ violence remain consistent in 2013 with 2,001 total incidents reported, with a substantial increase in the severity of violence reported
  • Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the highest risk of homicide
  • Transgender women, undocumented people, transgender people, people of color, and gay men face the most severe violence 
  • Fewer survivors are reporting hate violence to the police, and those reporting are being met with increased police hostility

NATIONAL—Today the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report documenting the high level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2013.  The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States.  It draws on data collected from 14 anti-violence programs in 13 states across the country and Puerto Rico.  States reporting were: Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, and Arizona. 

General Findings

NCAVP’s 2013 hate violence report documents 2,001 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence in 2013, a slight decrease from the 2,016 total incidents reported in 2012. However, for NCAVP member organizations that reported data in both 2012 and 2013, the number of incidents increased.  NCAVP member organization, Sean’s Last Wish, reported data in 2012 but not 2013, while the Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico reported for the first time in 2013.  The total number of incidents, disregarding data from Sean’s Last Wish in 2012 and the Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico in 2013, increased by 3%, from 1,926 incidents in 2012 to 1,984 incidents in 2013.  Reports of violence also increased in severity in 2013, with a 21% increase in reports of physical hate violence.  The 2013 report continues to document multi-year trends revealing that anti-LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence disproportionately impacts transgender women, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, transgender people, and transgender people of color.  Consistent with previous years, gay men represented the largest group of hate violence survivors and victims in 2013, showing that hate violence remains a pervasive and persistent issue for all LGBTQ and HIV-affected people.  

 

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May 27, 2014

RU12?'s new groups!

RU12? is pleased to announce that we have two new groups starting in June! Please share this information widely and we hope you will join us!

The RU12? Women’s Discussion Group of 2014 will bring older female-identified LGBTQ people together to discuss topics of interest to them in a safe and comfortable setting and will be an easy and enjoyable opportunity to get to know others from Burlington and the surrounding areas. Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 3-5pm at RU12?, 255 S. Champlain Street in Burlington. (Upcoming groups will take place on June 5, 19; July 3, 17; August 7, 21.) Come join us on a Thursday that is convenient, we are waiting to meet you! For more information, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or email womensgroup@ru12.org.

RU12? Walking Group 
RU12? wants you to be fit and happy! Join our walking group, get up and get out, and walk with friends new and old. Great outdoor walking in the summer (and the mall for not such nice weather), so rain or shine, we’ll be there! This group is open to anyone interested, regardless of fitness level. Group will meet at 9am on the 3rd Saturday of the month (upcoming: June 21, July 19, Aug 23) outside of Macy’s on Cherry Street, Burlington. Group will leave at 9:10am. For more information, call the Center at 
802.860.7812, or email walking@ru12.org.

These groups, as well as other upcoming RU12? and VT LGBTQ, events are listed on RU12?'s calendar.

June's Courageous Conversations at St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts Academy: "Challenges and Celebrations of being LGBTQ in the NEK"

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RU12?'s Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Community Advisory Group is hosting June's Courageous Conversations Through Art, "Challenges and Celebrations of being LGBTQ in the NEK" at the Catamount Film and Arts Center! All screenings begin at 7pm and are free. Discussions will follow each film; all are welcome!

Schedule of films is as follows:

Monday, June 2 - Imagine Me & You
Monday, June 9 - Cloudburst the Movie (2010)
Monday, June 16 - Weekend
Monday, June 23 - Transamerica
Monday, June 30 - Valentine Road

The Courageous Conversations panel conversation, also free and open to the public, will be moderated by RU12?'s very own Jean Sienkewicz, who coordinates RU12's SafeSpace and LGBT Elders programs, and will take place at 6pm on Thursday, June 12 in the Catamount's Cabaret Room. 

Please join us for some films, some stories, and some dialogue about being LGBTQ in the NEK. 

For more information, contact Jean at RU12?, 802.860.7812, jean@ru12.org or Jerri Ryan at Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, 802.751.0431, jryan@nevaaa.org.

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May 22, 2014

Queer Local Comedy!!



HillaryLGBTQ Vermont!! Here are shows that will leave you feeling gay (get it? ok, I'll keep my day job). For much better comedy-check out these shows at the Green Mountain Comedy Festival.

Myq Kaplan - TONIGHT! May 22nd, 8:30pm at Metronome featuring RU12? Community Center Board Co-Chair Hillary Boone!

Tig-notaro-photo-bw2Tig Notaro- Saturday May 24th, 6pm & 9pm at the UU Church in Burlington. An incredible comedian who has taken the comedy world by storm. She was nominated for a Grammy this year and is a regular on Late Night, Conan and NPR.

DeAnne Smith- Sunday May 25th, 8:30pm at Metronome - DeAnne is competing on the new season of Last Comic Standing, but limit yourself to watching her on tv when you can see her LIVE in ‪#‎btv‬ this weekend!

For more information, check out http://greenmountaincomedy.com

BURLY BEAR Presents: The Warehouse

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7PM, Red Square, Burlington

Burly Bear is starting the summer season with a HOT HOT party organized as a tribute to one of the greatest House DJs ever, DJ Frankie Knuckles!! Frankie passed away last month, so we are picking up the torch and running with it from Burlington to Chicago and NYC!!!

DJs Craig Mitchell, Brian 'Chia' and Man Machine will be spinning for this Warehouse-style party! And dancers and prizes/gifts make this an official Burly Bear event! And this month we have the talented and ridiculously sexy dancer, Ryan M. Aruzza, giving us a performance!!!!!!!

A Pride VT Fundraiser!
$5 at the door!
7pm-midnight!

Red Square won't disappoint anyone with its drink specials and great crew!!

Facebook Event

The Beyonce Party - A Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party [NEW DATE!]

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It is long over due to celebrate & emulate the queen Bey, Beysus, the one and only BEYONCE with a BEYONCE PARTY, by Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party.

NEW DATE! Saturday, May 23rd
10pm-1am at ARTS RIOT at 400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT - 18+ and $5 cover

Featuring DJ Llu (pop/mashup/remixes) and DJ Chia (house) on the decks trading off all night. Lots of Beyonce music. 

Dressing in tribute to Beysus is HIGHLY encouraged.

As always, come early to play and stay late to dance. Enjoy the great food and drink of our hosts Arts Riot all night!

Facebook Event

Green Mountain Comedy Festival

LGBTQ Vermont!! Here are shows that will leave you feeling gay (get it? ok, I'll keep my day job). For much better comedy-check out these shows at the Green Mountain Comedy Festival.

Myq Kaplan - TONIGHT! May 22nd, 8:30pm at Metronome featuring RU12? Community Center Board Co-Chair Hillary Boone!

Tig Notaro- Saturday May 24th, 6pm & 9pm at the UU Church in Burlington. An incredible comedian who has taken the comedy world by storm. She was nominated for a Grammy this year and is a regular on Late Night, Conan and NPR.

DeAnne Smith- Sunday May 25th, 8:30pm at Metronome - DeAnne is competing on the new season of Last Comic Standing, but limit yourself to watching her on tv when you can see her LIVE in ‪#‎btv‬ this weekend!

For more information, check out http://greenmountaincomedy.com

May 20, 2014

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler announces its 4th annual Summer Pride Festival

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VERMONT PRIDE THEATER AT CHANDLER

Chandler!, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060

Contact: Sharon Rives, Chandler Pride Producer, (802) 272-7628, < kenrives@gmail.com >

VERMONT PRIDE THEATER AT CHANDLER ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL SUMMER PRIDE FESTIVAL

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler announces its 4th annual Summer Pride Festival of LGBT plays in Randolph, Vermont, July 18-20 and 25-27. This season it will offer full productions of three exciting scripts, none of which has been presented before in Vermont. These will be directed and performed by an ensemble of Equity and non-Equity theater artists from across the nation, and presented in Randolph’s historic Chandler Music Hall, listed on the National Historic Register.

Jane Chambers' classic lesbian drama “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” will be presented Friday July 18 and Sunday July 27. Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-Award-winning comedy “The Little Dog

Laughed” is scheduled for Saturday July 19 and Friday July 25. And a new stage adaptation of Will Fellows' “Farm Boys” will be premiered on Sunday July 20 and Saturday July 26.

The Theater Festival will also include two events benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. A screening of Moises Kaufman's film of “The Laramie Project” is scheduled for Tuesday July 22 in the Esther Mesh Room of Chandler’s Upper Gallery. On Wednesday July 23, in the same space, a cast of young people will present a reading of Leslea Newman’s related poem cycle, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard”.

During the two-week Summer Festival period and for a month thereafter, portrait and landscape paintings by Andy Newman will be on exhibit in the Chandler Gallery. 

David Zak, Executive Director of Chicago-based Pride Films and Plays, will adapt “Farm Boys” and direct it at the Festival. “Mr. Fellows' interviewees provide rare perspective about growing up gay on farms in rural America,” observes Mr. Zak, “and giving them voice on a Vermont stage seems especially relevant.”

Newbury and New York City resident Richard Waterhouse will direct Mr. Beane's 2006 play. When it debuted in New York, leading lady Julie White won a Tony Award for her performance. “It's a laugh a minute,” he observes, “despite holding a mirror to the foibles and vanities of our screen stars – and of ourselves – in ways both painful and wise.”

Jeanne Beckwith, founder of Norwich University's Pegasus Players, will direct Ms. Chambers' 1980 play on the surprising outcomes from a straight woman's encounter with a lesbian community.“The writing for each of the eight characters is very strong,” comments Dr. Beckwith, “and requires eight excellent performers of different ages...not hard to find among Vermont's acting community!”

 

Advance individual tickets for the Music Hall plays are now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com or (800) 838-3006 and www.chandler-arts.org. For the price of only 2 tickets, a “Pride Pass” valid for any 3 admissions is also available.

 

Admission to the Shepard Foundation benefit events is by donation at the door.

 

This 4th annual Summer Pride Theater Festival presents the concerns and issues of LGBT Vermonters with the goal of building bridges of understanding between them, their families and friends, and the wider community. Sponsorship support is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont and the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, with media support provided by Vermont Public Radio.

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

May 13, 2014

2014 Pride Vermont Sponsorship Menu is here!

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Sponsoring Pride Vermont is good for the community and your organization. Benefits can be enjoyed all year long in a number of interesting ways. Pride Vermont reaches thousands of people and a number of organizations through our listserv, social media, website, and events. Don’t miss this great opportunity – let the community know where you stand so the community can stand with you.

 

Download the 2014 Menu here:  2014 Sponsorship Menu

VCIL Guest Speaker at Disability Group Thursday May 15th at 3:00

This Thursday Kimberly Whitney from Vermont Center for Independent Living, will be talking about the free services they offer to people with disabilities.  This is the RU12? disability group that meets at The Wellness Coop Thursday at 3:00.  Come join us and participate in the great conversations that we have at our meetings!  See you there!  The Wellness Coop is located at 279 N. Winooski Avenue in Burlington.

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. 

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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.

May 12, 2014

6 Degrees Program

what is 6 degrees?

It can be hard getting through the door to get an HIV test. There are many reasons why people will put off getting tested. But when someone they know reaches out and supports them in getting tested, taking this important step becomes easier to do. Often people have thought about getting tested and just need a little outside encouragement and support to move forward. That’s where the 6 Degrees project comes in.

6 Degrees is a project where Vermonters who are connected to friends, peers and acquaintances at risk of becoming HIV positive (like having unprotected sex or sharing needles) volunteer to become Community Advocates who reach out to their circles and encourage folks to get tested. This non-judgemental peer support, and the support from a network of testers, makes it easier for people to come in for testing and find out what their HIV status is.

 

why is it important to get tested for hiv?

HIV can have a major impact on someone’s health. Many people will not have any symptoms (like getting ill more often) for 11 years after they’ve become HIV-positive, and 1 in 5 people who are living with HIV don’t realize it. The sooner someone gets tested and knows their HIV status, the sooner they can take steps to keep themselves and their partners healthier for longer. 

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what do i get out of it?

Itunes-gift-card-100-usIf you become a Community Advocate, you will receive gift cards, credit towards your bills, and other incentives of your choice worth $25 for each person at risk of becoming HIV-positive that you refer who comes in for a Smalltest. For example, you could earn up to $250 towards an iPad or an electric bill. You will also be a part of a new, exciting project that breaks down barriers for our friends and community, helping those we know and care about to stay healthier and informed. 

 

who runs the 6 degrees project?

The RU12? Community Center, an organization that celebrates, educates and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters has partnered with the Comprehensive Care Clinics, a system of four clinics providing state-of-the-art treatment for all stages of HIV/AIDS. These two organizations work together to:

  • Recruit Community Advocates
  • Support the advocates in connecting with their communities
  • Provide anonymous HIV testing to the people in the Community Advocates' social circles

 

how do i get involved?

If you’re interested in becoming a Community Advocate, contact Mike Bensel or John Chagnon at the RU12? Community Center by calling (802) 860-7812 or emailing 6degrees@ru12.org. You can also contact Deborah Kutzko or Zpora Perry and at the Comprehensive Care Clinic by calling (802) 847-4594. We will set up an interview with you where you can learn more about the program and make sure it’s a good fit for you.

 

  • RU12? Community Center
  • 255 So. Champlain St. #12
  • Burlington, VT 05401
  • [P] 802-860-RU12 (7812)
  • 6Degrees@ru12.org
  • www.RU12.org
  • Comprehensive Care Clinic
  • Fletcher Allen’s Medical Center
  • East Pavilion , Level 5
  • 111 Colchester Avenue
  • Burlington, VT 05401
  • [P] 802-847-4594
  • Toll Free: 1-800-358-1144 ext. 4594

May 08, 2014

Call to Artists- Trans Art Matters

Hello TIC Community and Allies,

My name is Roman Christiaens, and I am a committee member for TIC
2014. TIC is a yearly student-run conference in Burlington, VT focused
on trans issues and identities. TIC 2014 will take place on November 1
at the University of Vermont in the Davis Center (located at 590 Main
St, Burlington, VT 05401).

In collaboration with TIC 2014, I am coordinating a multi-artist
exhibit entitled "Trans Art Matters: A TIC Community Art Exhibit." The
goal of this exhibit is to showcase and celebrate the artwork of local
trans-identified artists and individuals. The exhibit will be placed
in the Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery and is located in the
Allen House at 461 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401.

I am looking for work from trans identified artists in the local
Vermont community. The type of work I'm looking for includes, but is
not limited to: paintings, photography, sculpture, printed word, etc.
The exhibit will take place from October 13 - November 1. A reception
for the artists will be held on Friday, October 31 from 4:30 - 6:00pm.
TIC attendees will have an opportunity to visit the exhibit during the
conference on November 1. The exhibit is located in Allen House at 461
Main St, Burlington, VT 05401.

If you're interested in submitting art, please contact me at
rfchrist@uvm.edu. Deadline for submissions is September 15, but the
earlier the better for me. Let me know if you have any questions.

Please help spread the word via the attached poster and image!!!

Best,

Roman Christiaens

May 06, 2014

SafeSpace Elders Program on Across the Fence

 

Episode closed captioning (text) available upon request. Please email your request to:atfence@uvm.edu or call us at: (802) 656-5059. 

http://www.uvm.edu/extension/atfence/?m=201405 

 

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