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August 12, 2014

8/13 PrEP Talk: Open Forum

10495306_10152320016560852_2645657460366991162_oPrEP is a pill that is helping prevent HIV transmission across the country in populations most affected by HIV. Could it be right for you? 

We know there is a lot being said about PrEP. This is a place to get the facts. 

Whether you are...
into "Party n Play" 
opening your relationship
or a single guy who is on the dating scene

Whether you...
feel like PrEP is the answer to your fears
or feel like PrEp might be harmful to the community

Whether you are...
HIV positive 
HIV negative
or you don't know

You will get answers without judgement at this important forum. You'll be able to ask questions freely during the open question period or one on one with one of our advocates.

Already on PrEP? We want to hear about your experiences! Please come and share your experience, thoughts and concerns surrounding PrEP as as tool against HIV.

Wednesday August 13 at 6pm 
Pride Center of VT (formerly RU12?)
255 S. Champlain St, Suite 12
Burlington VT, 05401
FMI: 802-860-7812, glam@ru12.org
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August 08, 2014

Let's Talk about Family

Are you thinking about having children but anxious about connecting with doctos and services in a rural state? Do you struggle with dealing with school, legal or medical systems as an LGBTQ family? Do your children ask questions that you aren't sure how to answer? Do you have worries or success stories that you can't share just anywhere?

Please join us in August and September with all of your questions, triumphs and fears for a series of conversations about all parts of life as LGBTQ families. More information will be coming soon about panelists. All ages are welcome. Childcare will be provided. 

Family town hall flier

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. 

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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.

March 24, 2014

Living With HIV in Vermont

In the rural state of Vermont, many of us face the challenge of social isolation, and may find it difficult to meet others with similar backgrounds and interests. Adding in a factor such as being an HIV+ Vermonter can add an unbearable element to the isolation we already experience. 

The “Living With HIV” social support group provides a safe, confidential space for HIV+ individuals to gather and share their experiences and advice on living with the virus. Group participants come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including coping with stigma, disclosure, and dealing with health care providers.

A goal of this group is to enable participants to become more empowered to take on the many challenges of living with HIV such as dating, safer sex, and managing stress and finances.  It meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, at Burlington-area locations.  Please message john@ru12.org or call John at (802) 860-7812 for more information and meeting locations. 

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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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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 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 11, 2013

GLAM and the National Mpowerment Project in Chicago

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Our new GLAM coordinator John Chagnon attended a training session in Chicago this past week to gain perspectives from Mpowerment projects across this diverse nation and apply them to our own Mpowerment project here in Vermont! 

GLAM Vermont is part of a national movement called Mpowerment. The Mpowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected anal intercourse among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.

On Wednesday, 11/13, John will be discussing his findings from the national movement at our weekly GLAM Core group meeting at 6:30pm at the RU12? Community Center. Typically, our core group is for male-identified aged 18-35, but all are welcome to attend this week's meeting, and questions are welcome to see where YOU can fit into this effective and FUN intervention project. Pizza/drinks provided!

 Message john@ru12.org for questions or more details. 

 

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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

Peep show Nov 8

October 09, 2013

Sex Chat: Topic Consent and Touch - Thurs, 6:30PM

Consent-is-sexy2Do you enjoy talking about sex, sexuality, gender, kink, and relationships? Meet other people who do too in a warm and welcoming space! The Sex Chat (formerly Kink Discussion Group), is held every 2nd Thursday of the month. Each month a new topic is chosen to be explored and community members have a chance to meet others, talk about their experience, and expand their delightfully devious minds.  Periodically people with specific skills are brought in and attendees get a chance to learn new skills or gain knowledge about a specific topic.

This group is open to people 18+ of all genders, sexual orientations, experience and interests. We maintain a confidential space that is respectful of all.

For more information, contact thecenter@ru12.org or call 860-7812. Events are posted on Facebook on RU12?'s page and on www.fetlife.com.

September 25, 2013

National Kink Coming Out Day

This Saturday, September 28th, is National Kink Coming Out Day.  Similar to the LGBTQA National Coming Out Day, this day is an opportunity for individuals to share their kink identity and experience with others.  It is as much a chance for pride and celebration as a time when self-identified kinky people can speak up to end discrimination against those in the kink/BDSM communities.  Allies and supporters can also speak up to de-stigmatize alternative sexual identities and expressions.

During this day, you may come out as much or as little as is comfortable for you, whether that involves sharing stories with loved ones or having conversations within your community.  Or, if you’re curious about the kink community, you can attend an event or class on kink, BDSM, consent, D/S relationships, and more.  No matter your identity, Kink Coming Out Day is about you and your unique experiences.

There will be an event this Saturday, the 28th, at the Soul Fire Studio, Chace Mill from 1 to 5.  This will be a low-key event, where people comfortable with coming out as kinky can do so in a safe space.  Even if you’re still exploring your own kink identity or just curious about the community, you’re welcome to show up and learn more.  A session on basic safety and consent will take place from 1 to 4, followed by a smaller social reception from 1 to 5.  This will be a great way to meet new people in a safe, supportive place and celebrate this important facet of our community!  

More Info

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 06, 2013

Sex Chat Open Sexuality Forum Thursday

EraseDo you enjoy talking about sex, sexuality, gender, kink, and relationships? Meet other people who do too in a warm and welcoming space! The Sex Chat (formerly Kink Discussion Group), is held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30p at the RU12? Community Center. Each month a new topic is chosen to be explored and community members have a chance to meet others, talk about their experience, and expand their delightfully devious minds.  Periodically people with specific skills are brought in and attendees get a chance to learn new skills or gain knowledge about a specific topic.

It's fun, it's confidential, it's a great way to meet others and learn something about yourself. Come on down and get "queerious" with us!

This Thursday, join us for an open forum all about sex and relationships. This confidential, safe space provides you a chance to bring your questions about anything at all and find answers or ideas. If we don't know the answer, we'll help you find it! And, you can send in a question in advance by emailing jean-denis@ru12.org! 

This group is open to all people of all genders, sexual orientations, and erotic interests who are age 18+. We maintain a confidential space that is respectful of all.

No RSVP required. Free to attend!

 

July 11, 2013

TONIGHT! Dirty Talk Dialogues: An Open Sexuality Forum

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Curious about…. kink? Polyamory? Sexuality? Queer? We're kicking off a discussion and sharing forum at the new RU12? space. This confidential, safe space provides you a chance to bring your questions about anything at all and find answers or ideas. We plan to introduce themes for the upcoming months that will be led by local folks who are knowledgeable in a particular area. If we don't know the answer, we'll help you find it! And, you can send in a question in advance by emailing jean-denis@ru12.org! 

It's fun, it's confidential, it's a great way to meet others and learn something about yourself. Come on down and get "queerious" with us!

This group is open to all people of all genders, sexual orientations, and erotic interests who are age 18+. We maintain a confidential space that is respectful of all. Contact Jean-Denis for more information at jean-denis@ru12.org or 802-860-7812.

No RSVP required. Free to attend!

July 27, 2012

RU12? Family Program Summer 2012 schedule!

We hope you'll join us! Please contact jean@ru12.org 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

February 03, 2012

VASE Risk-Aware Polyamory Workshop (RAPshop) Sat, 2/4

VaseOn Saturday, February 4, 2012, VASE presents a Polyamory conference featuring Anita Wagner, poly skills educator, Bjarne Holmes, social psychologist, and Pam Steeg, relationship therapist, to present about the multi-faceted world of polyamorous relationships.

Valentine’s Day is coming – make the most of it at VASE’s RAPshop (Risk-Aware Polyamory)!
It’s only $25 ($20 if you’re a NELA associate) for a full day of classes, starting off with a safer sex class, 2 topic centered classes, learning about a Poly Grid, and a Q&A panel!  


Thanks to the support of RU12?, Vermont's queer community center, there will be free, anonymous, oral HIV testing available throughout the event!


This is going to be fantastic, so circle February 4th in your calendar with a big red heart!
Pre-registration is required by purchasing your ticket online.  You can also email vtkink@gmail.com to pre-register and pay via mailed check.  The conference will occur in South Burlington, VT and the address will be provided to registered attendees.

For more info: http://bit.ly/AmjXpA


Schedule: may be subject to change10am: Event Opens - Registration Check-in, HIV testing, meet & greet for attendees over coffee & pastries.11am - noon: Safer Sex class taught by Jean-Denis & Switchme12-1

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