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April 07, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SafeSpace, a member program of The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), stands in solidarity with survivors and victims of sexual assault in commemorating the 14th annual National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  During this month, NCAVP raises awareness about this form of violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQ and HIV-affected) communities and calls for an end to sexual assault.

Sexual assault is an act of violence in which someone conducts sexual activity without another person’s consent.  Sexual assault offenders exert power and control over survivors through coercion, manipulation, shame, pressure, violating boundaries, and other tactics.  Sexual assault can overlap with other forms of violence and can be committed by strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members, and intimate partners.  In NCAVP’s 2013 report Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV Communities, NCAVP members reported that almost 10% of LGBTQ and HIV-affected  survivors of intimate partner violence experienced form of sexual abuse or harassment from a partner in 2012.  Additionally, NCAVP members reported that 3.1% of hate violence reports were sexual violence in the report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012.  The Centers for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found lifetime prevalence rates of sexual violence for LGB individuals were similar or higher than non-LGB people, while other research has found very high prevalence rates of sexual violence against transgender people.

Discrimination against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people contributes to LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors feeling pressure to not out other LGBTQ and HIV-affected people as having committed sexual violence.  LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault may experience increased barriers to reporting sexual violence such as fear due to threats from an abusive partner to out the survivor’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV-status.  Additionally, LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors may experience disbelief, indifferent, biased attitudes from law enforcement and service providers, and a lack of culturally appropriate and sensitive resources.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NCAVP commits to continue to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault by advocating for political strategies to address and end this violence, documenting its impact, and assisting NCAVP member programs to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors.  NCAVP calls on community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take action in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month to end sexual assault in our communities.

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April 01, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: RU12? Community Center is Changing Their Name!

**APRIL FOOLS!!!**

 

Press Release

Burlington, VT: 

Set to be released at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14, the new name of the RU12? Community Center, as chosen from public feedback and board member vote, has been officially announced over a month earlier than planned. 

At a public forum held yesterday at Main Street Landing, Kim Fountain announced the decision of changing RU12's name as of 5/2/2014 to:

RMUFC of VT -  Resource Management for Unified Family Connection 

To add a fun element, and to help the center be more marketable to the community, we also created a logo that uses our offical acronym of RMUFC. This will be our brand's public face: 

Rainbow Mountains Uni-pug & Fairies Center of VT

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With Georgia, our lovable pug-mascot, as the offical mascot. 

Celebrate our new name with us at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

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.

https://www.nationallifegroup.com/PublicSite/Views/AboutUs.aspx?id=105

 

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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TDBank: Fundraising for RU12!

Looking to open an account at a good bank? Or are you a current account holder at TD Bank?

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TD Bank is continuing their support of the local LGBTQ community by raising money for RU12? Community Center. When you open a new, non-interest bearing checking account and use the code "A2226" you could earn $25 from TD Bank for yourself, and they will donate $50 to RU12? Community Center! 

What can a $50 donation do for RU12? Community Center? 

  • provide HIV testing
  • provide an hour of SafeSpace services
  • train a social services agency on working with the LGBTQ community
  • reach thousands of LGBTQ Vermonters with targeted information on social media
  • keep the library open for a day

If you get a couple friends to join you, you will all

  • Keep the Center's doors open for a full day
  • Help RU12? to do elders work in the Northeast Kingdom
  • Produce one Family Program event
  • Support two months of the What's Up e-newsletter
  • Sustain the Disabilities Support Network for one month

Current account holders can add the code of "A2226" to their checking account to earn a $10 donation toward RU12? Community Center. Every dollar counts!

Visit William Cross at the Winooski TD Bank branch, or give him a call at (802) 655-3110 for more details on this fundraiser, and to get started today.

Thanks for your support! 

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 [email protected] or call John at (802) 860-7812 for more information and meeting locations. 

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March 18, 2014

RU12? LGBT Elders Program at Burlington Gerontology Symposium

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RU12?'s display at Gerontology Symposium

RU12?'s LGBT Elders SafeSpaces Network cultural awareness training program is thrilled for the opportunity to be exhibiting at the Gerontology Symposium today at Burlington's Hilton Hotel! We've been mingling and networking with elder-care providers of all different kinds (medical, mental health, education, case management, etc.) talking about our cultural awareness work around the state. Exciting stuff! If you are attending the symposium, please stop by, chat with Jean and help yourself to a clementine. :)

February 19, 2014

Living With HIV: Social Support Group

Are you, or a friend, HIV+ and just looking for a supportive group to discuss life with HIV with other POZ individuals?

A new Burlington-area social support group will be starting on March 6th. For more information, feel free to shoot a confidential email or call: 

John
[email protected]
(802) 860-7812

Jo
[email protected]
1(888) 338-8796

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January 31, 2014

Tonight! LGBTQA Family Program Date Night: "Queer-e-oke" at Bob Bolyard's Karaoke

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Leave the kiddos and/or furry babies at home and come sing your heart out with us at Bob Bolyard's Karaoke/RU12? Family Program's Date Night "Queer-e-oke." 21+

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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January 07, 2014

2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds

 

Join us Wednesday, January 8 for our 2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction!

Parking is behind the building; enter through the office door (marked). L&B is a shoe-free zone so bring inside shoes or slippers if you're worried about cold feet!

Any questions about this or other Family Program events can be directed to [email protected] or the Center at 802.860.7812.

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December 16, 2013

3rd Thursdays LGBTQA Grief and Loss group, this week (December 19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new (old) social and support group for people experiencing loss of any kind. In the past, this group has been a really powerful and helpful experience for members, allowing them to connect, support one another, and heal. In light of both the upcoming holidays and the unexpected loss our LGBTQ community has recently experienced, we hope this group can be a useful tool for bringing people together.

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RU12? is reviving our LGBTQA Grief and Loss group, to be held monthly on 3rd Thursdays. This is a social support group for those interested in giving voice to their experience(s) with loss and listening to others. 
We welcome those experiencing loss of all kinds including death of a loved one, loss of or change in health, familial and other beloved relationships, and more. Topics could include but are not limited to: grieving, letting go, resolution, moving on, coping mechanisms, self-image, rituals and learning.

Please join us this Thursday, December 19, from 6-7:30pm at the RU12? Community Center, 255 S. Champlain Street, Ste. 12, Burlington.

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December 11, 2013

RU12?'s Winter Pledge Drive is in Full Swing!

 

Help Make a Difference!


WPD photo stripYour support of RU12? Community Center makes a very real difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people, and our allies across Vermont.

Thanks to a generous donation from John Canning and Jay Schuster of Physicians Computer Company your donations will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach $5000. Thank you PCC!

By contributing to RU12?, you have the opportunity to be part of the growing number of programs and events that reach community members across the lifespan. Our elders advocacy work and our disabilities support network are taking off and winning national awards. And each time we run an event through our Family Program, we meet new folks from across Vermont who tell us how happy they are for the opportunity to be with one another. There is nothing quite as rewarding as seeing LGBTQA families light up when they are with other LGBTQA families. No explaining. No judgment. No hiding. Just fun.

Please take a moment to make an investment in the health and dignity of Vermont’s LGBTQ community by supporting RU12? Community Center.

If you are in downtown Burlington, stop by our sunny new location at 255 South Champlain Street. Grab a book from the library, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea, and relax.

Best wishes,

The Staff and Board of RU12?

Click Here to make a donation. If you would like a donation envelope sent to you instead please email Kim Fountain or call (802) 860-7812

You can also send a check to:
255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

 

November 15, 2013

Tomorrow (Saturday)! LGBTQ-Savvy Health Care: Shaping Medical School Curriculum

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When: Saturday, November 16th
Time:  3pm-5pm (***please arrive promptly; latecomers will not be admitted into the focus group after 3:15pm)
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

Light refreshments will be served.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health curriculum is being developed all over the country but no one has formally asked LGBTQ patients what they think about it. This focus group will gather lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people's thoughts about what makes quality, effective doctors. The material gathered in this focus group will be used as part of a broader research project the findings of which will be used to assess and build curriculum in medical schools. 

***This group is open to people who identify as bisexual, lesbian, gay, or queer; a specific group for people who identify as trans*, genderqueer, intersex, or otherwise gender non-conforming is in the works

For more information: If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact facilitator Alison Alpert at [email protected] or RU12? staff Jean Sienkewicz at 802.860.7812or [email protected].

 

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November 07, 2013

Cancelled: RU12?'s Fiber Arts Group on Sun, 11/10


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NO GROUP THIS WEEK

RU12?'s Fiber Arts Group meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 10th is canceled.

The group will reconvene at Noon on Sunday, November 24th

October 09, 2013

LGBTQ Adoption Group Meets 6PM Tonight at RU12?

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KUAC (Kind, Understanding Adoption Circle) is a peer support group where 21+ members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and people considering adoption) who are LGBTQ-identified or Allies can come together to share stories, give and receive support, and talk about feelings/thoughts related to the adoption experience. KUAC offers an understanding, confidential community-minded environment where participants can share their feelings and stories with others who can relate.

The name is significant of the connections made between and among those who share the common thread of adoption. Participation is encouraged (but not required), so that each individual gets the most out of group time, and every KUAC member has a multitude of opportunities at their disposal: to learn more about other triad members’ lives and feelings and thoughts, to be heard, as well as to educate others about the adoption experience—and to do so without the fear of judgment!



October 02, 2013

Trans* Support Group Meets Every 3rd Wednesday at RU12?

Trans Group New

For more information about the group, please email [email protected]

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 [email protected] or see the Facebook Event for updates





September 18, 2013

GLAM Meeting 6:30pm Every Weds

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September 13, 2013

Pride Weekend Schedule!

Friday, September 13th

Out on Church Street

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

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Burly Bear Cock Camp

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

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Pop-Up Queer Pride Party

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

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Saturday, September 14th

Join RU12? at Laura's March!

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

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Vermont Pride's Women's Tea Dance

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

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Community in the Archives: RU12?'s Queer Archives

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

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History of New England’s Gay Leather Groups

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

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Hot Pink Pride Party

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

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

Celebrate Pride Sunday at Leunig's

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

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Pride Parade

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

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Northern Decadence Food Festival

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

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Pride Festival

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

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Burly Bear Pride Day Tea Dance

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

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

 

 

 

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