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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.

big reveal 

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:

sugarsnapLeunigscaterbydalefarrell

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. :)

March 07, 2014

Service Dog Support Thursday March 13th at 2:00

Service Dog Support 3.13.2014

January 20, 2014

Bi-monthly St. Johnsbury Lesbian Potluck and "Lesbiana" film screening

By virtue of community request, RU12? has joined forces with the folks who organize the bi-monthly lesbian potluck in St. Johnsbury for a screening of the popular "Lesbiana" film at their next event, Saturday February 1. The potluck begins at 6pm, with the film at 6:30 and discussion to follow. A $5 suggested donation will be split between RU12? and the filmmaker Myriam Fougere.

Any questions can be directed to the Center at 802.860.7812 or [email protected], or the potluck organizer Vickie Schafer, [email protected].

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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 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 [email protected]

 
 

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

July 29, 2013

Art Hop Submissions Due Today!

Review our Call to Artists below and send your submissions to [email protected] today, to be a part of RU12?s Art Hop gallery!

 

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Call For Artists

 

Participate in the RU12? Gallery at this year’s Art Hop, September 6-8, 2013, hosted by the South End Arts and Business Association.

 

RU12? is seeking emerging, queer artists to display during Art Hop.

 

We are open to considering all media and materials.

 

Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.

 

You must be able to deliver and install your work on September 4, 2013 and uninstall by September 10, 2013.

 

Due to the reduced space capacity of the Center, we will have to limit the number of pieces and artists included in the galley. Submissions will be reviewed by our Art Hop committee by August 1, 2013 and artists will be notified by August 5, 2013.

July 01, 2013

On the Trail: A Workshop for Beginner to Intermediate Hikers & Backpackers

 

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Welcome to the premiere workshop of our RU summer class series! 

This 1.5 hour workshop will give you the basic skills to plan & enjoy your hike with more confidence & preparedness. Workshop will include gear selection, packing tips, basic safety (NOT an official First Aid certification, sorry), trail selection, trail courtesy & Leave No Trace principles. There will be a raffle for raffle for prizes! 

Workshop led by Sue Wilson, an avid hiker & backpacker with 20 years of experience.

Open to all community members!

Hosted at the RU12? Community Center: 255 South Champlain St, Burlington, VT on Monday, July 8th from 6-7:30pm.

June 26, 2013

RU12? Celebrates the Repeal of DOMA

RU12? is in the news!

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Check out the links below of various local news stations which covered our DOMA gathering this morning! 

"US Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of DOMA" (WCAX)

"Vermonters React to DOMA Decision" (VPR)

 

 

June 21, 2013

Northeast Kingdom LGBT Elders Interview

 

Here's a short (16 minute) youtube interview that one of Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging (NEVAAA)'s staff members did with a community member in the area (Elisa Lucozzi, co-pastor at St. Johnsbury's North Congregationalist Church) about some of the specific issues LGBT-identified aging adults face. This was in preparation for the May Catamount Arts screening of movie GEN Silent (http://stumaddux.com/GEN_SILENT.html).

This is not only a nice overview of the need for such films but Elisa also talks about the work RU12? is doing with the LGBT Elders SafeSpaces program. Please drop Jean a line if you have questions, comments or concerns, and feel free to share the interview with anyone else you think might be interested. And thanks Sha'an and Elisa for a great interview!

 

April 01, 2013

Happening Soon in St. Johnsbury.....

Womyn to Womyn Lesbian Potluck Group Potluck clipart
April 6th at 6:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

47 Cherry St., St. Johnsbury

The Womyn to Womyn Lesbian Potluck Group meets bimonthly on the first Saturday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Johnsbury.  Contact Vickie at [email protected] for more information.

Interested in meeting people in a social setting that you identify with?  The Intergenerational Subcommittee in St. Johnsbury is looking for suggestions and individuals to participate in the planning of community social events.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

March 25, 2013

April 1st Open Door Dialogues- Exploring Multiple Identities

6a00e54fba494a8834017d3f744fcb970c-120wiOn behalf of RU12?, Kara and Adam invite you to join them the first Monday of each month to explore among other things; coming out, relationships, identity, sexuality, family, and marriage. This informal gathering welcomes all adults from the LGBTQ spectrum as well as allies. Open Door Dialogues will take place at RU12?, facilitated by Kara and Adam.  Who are Kara and Adam?

Adam Gregory Catanzarite prefers neutral pronouns (they, them, their) and enjoys biking around town. Adam is a big fan of Thai and Indian food  and likes watching movies at the cinema whenever they are not working at Outright Vermont.

Kara Rule is a social worker at HowardCenter, she currently provides support to students in a public school environment. Kara enjoys playing basketball, knitting, cooking, and spending time with her dog. Kara is originally from Colorado and has loved exploring the beauty of Vermont. She can often be found at community events in Burlington and Winooski. 

So drop by RU12? for Open Door Dialogues the first Monday of each month at 6pm, meet Kara and Adam over cookies, tea and hot chocolate and discuss: 

Monday April 1st, 6pmExploring Multiple Identities

*These discussions are non sequential, and all newcomers are welcome. If you have questions please email Kara and Adam at [email protected]

January 08, 2013

Tonight Social Support Group for LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities

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Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about!

Meetings are Tuesdays, 4:30 pm at the RU12? Community Center in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. If you have any questions please contact Brenda ([email protected]) or call RU12? at 860-7812

Check Out RU12? Calendar of Events      

JANUARY

Jan. 8th      Making Resolutions for the New Year

Jan. 15th    Discussion group- No Topics Off Limits

Jan. 22nd   NO GROUP TODAY

Jan. 29th    Art Project- Express Yourself

If you aren’t able to make it to the RU12? Disability Group you can join our facilitator, David at The Wellness Co-op for LGBTQ Support Circle for Individuals with Disabilities, or join our online group through Pal Talk.  Monday nights 4:30pm-6:00 pm online Pal Talk in the Vermont GLBTQ Group for Individuals with a Disability Chat Room.

January 07, 2013

Social Support Group for LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities

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Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about!

Meetings are Tuesdays, 4:30 pm at the RU12? Community Center in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. If you have any questions please contact Brenda ([email protected]) or call RU12? at 860-7812

Check Out RU12? Calendar of Events


JANUARY

Jan. 8th      Making Resolutions for the New Year

Jan. 15th    Discussion group- No Topics Off Limits

Jan. 22nd   NO GROUP TODAY

Jan. 29th    Art Project- Express Yourself

If you aren’t able to make it to the RU12? Disability Group you can join our facilitator, David at The Wellness Co-op for LGBTQ Support Circle for Individuals with Disabilities, or join our online group through Pal Talk.  Monday nights 4:30pm-6:00 pm online Pal Talk in the Vermont GLBTQ Group for Individuals with a Disability Chat Room.

January 04, 2013

Don't forget Open Door Dialogues Monday Jan. 7th at 6 pm

6a00e54fba494a88340120a6588ae3970c-120wiOn behalf of RU12?, Kara and Adam invite you to join them the first Monday of each month to explore among other things; coming out, relationships, identity, sexuality, family, and marriage. This informal gathering welcomes all adults from the LGBTQ spectrum as well as allies. Open Door Dialogues will take place at RU12?, facilitated by Kara and Adam.  Who are Kara and Adam?

Adam Gregory Catanzarite prefers neutral pronouns (they, them, their) and enjoys biking around town. Adam is a big fan of Thai and Indian food  and likes watching movies at the cinema whenever they are not working at Outright Vermont.

Kara Rule is a social worker at HowardCenter, she currently provides support to students in a public school environment. Kara enjoys playing basketball, knitting, cooking, and spending time with her dog. Kara is originally from Colorado and has loved exploring the beauty of Vermont. She can often be found at community events in Burlington and Winooski. 

So drop by RU12? for Open Door Dialogues the first Monday of each month at 6pm, meet Kara and Adam over cookies and coffee and discuss: Monday Jan. 7th, 6pm- Holiday fallout: How to recover and move forward. *These discussions are non sequential, and all newcomers are welcome*. If you have questions please email Kara and Adam at [email protected]

January 02, 2013

Holiday Fallout at the Next Open Door Dialogues Monday Jan. 7th at 6 pm

OpenOn behalf of RU12?, Kara and Adam invite you to join them the first Monday of each month to explore among other things; coming out, relationships, identity, sexuality, family, and marriage. This informal gathering welcomes all adults from the LGBTQ spectrum as well as allies. Open Door Dialogues will take place at RU12?, facilitated by Kara and Adam.  Who are Kara and Adam?

Adam Gregory Catanzarite prefers neutral pronouns (they, them, their) and enjoys biking around town. Adam is a big fan of Thai and Indian food  and likes watching movies at the cinema whenever they are not working at Outright Vermont.

Kara Rule is a social worker at HowardCenter, she currently provides support to students in a public school environment. Kara enjoys playing basketball, knitting, cooking, and spending time with her dog. Kara is originally from Colorado and has loved exploring the beauty of Vermont. She can often be found at community events in Burlington and Winooski. 

So drop by RU12? for Open Door Dialogues the first Monday of each month at 6pm, meet Kara and Adam over cookies and coffee and discuss: Monday Jan. 7th, 6pm- Holiday fallout: How to recover and move forward. *These discussions are non sequential, and all newcomers are welcome*. If you have questions please email Kara and Adam at [email protected]

December 19, 2012

GEN Silent movie about LGBT Elders available for free home screening

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Last May, RU12?'s LGBT Elders Program teamed up with community partners Champlain Valley Area Health Education Cener (CVAHEC) and the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) to present a screening of the film GEN Silent, about several LGBT aging Americans and their struggle to feel comfortable being/remaining out in the context of getting older and accessing elders-specific services. This was one of several GEN Silent screenings statewide throughout the month of May.

Our screening was a remarkable success, with more than 100 folks coming out on a Wednesday evening for the film and following panel discussion, in order to bring attention to the issue as well as identify viable next steps, including the development of cultural competency trainings for elders service providers. RU12? will be debuting this training system this spring in the NEK, but until then, the powerful film that kickstarted our local discussions is available for free home-viewing until January 1. Check it out here: GEN Silent, or contact [email protected] for more information about RU12?'s new LGBT Elders training.

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