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July 30, 2014

A Call for Stories from LGBTQ families

Are you an LGBTQ person with children? Would you be interested in sharing stories about your family with other LGBTQ families and families-to-be in a small group setting? We’re putting together a series of family town halls in late August and September to share information with each other and to create community among queer families. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) in helping others start, grow and strengthen their families call Jean at (802) 860-7812 or email ellen@ru12.org.

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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May 2, 2014

Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont

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Cocktail reception at 6:00PM

Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Catering by

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 18, 2014

New England Queer People of Color Conference


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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 

January 18, 2014

Just a few moments for LGBTQ Vermonters...


SamaraHey All-

The Samara Fund, part of the Vermont Community Foundation, has been a huge supporter of RU12? Community Center. We have been able to do everything from truly committing to a statewide expansion to strengthening the safety nets for LGBT seniors in the NEK because the Samara Fund has been there supporting LGBTQ issues. Now, you can help them out by taking this survey. They are seeking your opinion on needs and services that are important to you and the broader LGBTQ community in Vermont. 

As our thank you for participating, at the end of the survey you will be able to vote for your favorite Vermont-based LGBTQ organization to receive a mini-grant of $250.  The organization with the most votes at the end of the survey period will receive this gift of appreciation. You can also use this link to share the survey on your Facebook page:

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

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

 

January 09, 2014

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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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 10, 2013

Rethinking Rurality: Queer Voices of The Green Mountain State

About the Project: Over the month of January we will be completing an audio documentary project seeks looks to gather, archive, and display the voices and stories of LGBTQI* people who can speak to the experience of growing up in rural areas of Vermont. While the state is often lauded as a home for financially secure gay adult couples who move in from other areas, small Vermont towns, and many areas with similar demographics in rural America, present distinct and complicated spaces for young people to be visibly queer. So often, we are presented with an “it gets better” narrative that subtly tells us to leave behind our small hometowns to go to big cities, and discount the places we come from as dynamic, livable, places of possibility. This project seeks to reject that notion by bringing together the voices and stories of people who can speak to both the hardships and possibilities for queer life in rural spaces. Specifically, it is our hope that other young LGBTQI* people will be able to use this project as a resource, and a place where they find reflections of themselves, and their stories.

About Us: We are two queer native Vermonters who grew up in rural areas of the state. Like many who leave small rural towns to come to pursue jobs, higher education, or other things, our notions of “home” and the places, people, and things that define it, have become complicated questions for us. Our communities, and the state of Vermont are sometimes spaces that feel difficult for us to thrive in, but also ones that we love, and deeply believe in. It is our hope that the final product of this work will serve not only as a historical archive of narratives and identities that are so often marginalized, but also as an living and working communal project that seeks to carve out possibilities for people of all identities to survive, and even thrive beyond the urban meccas of gay life that are often presented to young queer people as the only livable spaces for them to exist.

Who we are looking for: We are seeking to interview LGBTQI* people who have grown up, or are growing up in Vermont. While the project will be primarily focused on rural areas, we would love to interview all people who can speak to this experience. We will compile and archive the interviews online on website which will be accessible through the website of Vermont’s LGBTQI community center RU12?, and the Vermont Folklife Center, a multi-media archival organization. ALL INTERVIEWS WILL BE ANONYMOUS.  

Our Questions: We will be asking questions about your experience growing up in Vermont, your processes with your sexuality, your visibility or (in)visibility as an LGBTQI*person, the challenges you may have faced, and different resources or ways that you found (or are finding) support. What does it mean to be young and queer in Vermont? What does it look like? Feel like?

The project will also be focused on the idea of home. How do we define home when perhaps our communities, families or sources of support may reject certain parts of us? How do we create it for ourselves? Questions will attempt to understand  what “home” means to you, and how does your identity as a queer person complicates, changes, or strengthen that. Do you feel like Vermont is your home? Why? Do you want to leave Vermont? Do you want to stay?

Note: We recognize that these are general topics, and expect them to vary depending on what people are interested in talking about. We are open to all ideas, suggestions, additions, and subtractions!

If you are interested in participating, have any suggestions in the project, or just want to get it touch, please email Ariel Goodman and Eloise Reid at rethinkingrurality@gmail.com

 
 

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

December 04, 2013

Film Screening: God Loves Uganda

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Free Screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, "God Loves Uganda" Hosted by VT/NH Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State

Co-Sponsors: RU12? and Peace & Justice Center

Date: Friday Dec. 6

Time: 6:30

Location: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/591610780898210/?context=create

More info about the film: http://www.godlovesuganda.com/

The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right.

The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. God Loves Ugandapremiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. The film serves as a catalyst for change, through our upcoming international screening tour and social action campaign.

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

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 02, 2013

Cornfusion!

Let's get lost in a cornfield!  Corn maze

On October 5th, GLAM will be getting together for a couple hours of Corn Maze fun. Get your corn cob over to RU12? Community Center by 4:00pm and we will carpool to Sam Mazza's Farm. GLAM guys, new guys and your friends all are welcome to hang out and get lost together in Mazza's giant corn maze... *so romantic*

FMI email john@ru12.org or see the Facebook Event for updates





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

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September 04, 2013

TONIGHT: Pride Parade Prep at RU12?

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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 jean@ru12.org.

August 13, 2013

Tonight at RU12? - "At Your Cervix: A Self-Exam Workshop"

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August 07, 2013

Tonight is Women's Film Night @ RU12?

Join us tonight at 7PM at RU12? for a free screening of "Pariah", as a part of our monthly Women's Film Night! 

 

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TONIGHT 7PM @ RU12? COMMUNITY CENTER

255 SO. CHAMPLAIN ST BURLINGTON, VT 05401

August 06, 2013

Tomorrow night at the center: Women's Film Night!

Come by the center tomorrow night @ 7pm for a free screening of "Pariah".

You won't want to miss it, it will make your heart warm. 

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7PM WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7, 2013 @ RU12? Community Center

255 So. Champlain St Burlington, VT 05401

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