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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.

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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


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?.


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.


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:


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


January 23, 2014

Milk and cookies with SafeSpace at UVM today, Thursday 1/23




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Wondering about how to meet people other LGBTQ safely on campus? Questions about how to help a queer friend experiencing intimate partner violence? Need help but unsure where to get it?

As part of Stalking Awareness Month, SafeSpace will be eating cookies and drinking milk with staff from UVM's LGBTQA and Women's Centers today, as part of a dialogue with LGBTQ and Allied UVM community members about LGBTQ relationships.

Today at the Allen House, 12noon-1pm.

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:

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director


December 11, 2013

RU12?'s St. Johnsbury TDoR celebration in the news!

In collaboration with the St. Johnsbury LGBTQA Community Advisory Group, RU12? had the pleasure of spearheading a Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) celebration on November 21st at the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury. SafeSpace Coordinator Jean Sienkewicz was interviewed by the local Channel 7 news; check out the link here (click on Newscast Thu Nov 21 2013 Transgender Day).

November 06, 2013

This Friday in Randolph and this Saturday in Burlington Transgender Day of Remembrance

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RU12? Community Center presents Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 

TDOR Art Exhibit in Randolph
When: Friday November 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, Randolph, VT,

TDOR Vigil and Speak Out in Burlington
When: Saturday, November 9th

Time:  4pm-6pm
Where: RU12? Community Center, 255 South Champlain St. Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401

Inclusive TDOR Memorial and Lunch in St. Johnsbury
When: Thursday, November 21st
Time:  12noon-1pm
Where: First Congregational Church, 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed in hundreds of communities around the globe throughout November each year. This day has been set aside as a memorial to those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hate or prejudice.

Transgender people—those who do not conform to society’s expectation of gender expression for men and women—face discrimination, hostility and violence. The Burlington TDOR events, which originally were a memorial service to honor the many fallen transgender and gender-variant victims of murder from the past year, have expanded to include a celebration of trans* lives and an opportunity for community building and sustenance on a deep level. With this event, RU12? hopes to raise awareness of anti-trans* violence, to celebrate and honor the lives of those taken from us and to unite as a community to heal, support one another, and move forward together.

RU12? Community Center and SafeArt have created a multi-community art project to help strengthen communities, reduce isolation and raise public awareness of violence and discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Vermont. Visions of You, Me and Us, a progressive, sculptural, and interactional piece will be available for attendees to view and contribute to. Visions of You, Me and Us will travel in 2013 as part of TDOR taking place in various rural areas around Vermont. 

Visions of You, Me and Us has been made possible through generous grants from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust and Northfield Savings Bank.

Also on display will be a community quilt project from Burlington TDOR 2012. Everyone attending TDOR this year will have the opportunity to add their own expressive voice to these community art projects.


Burlington: This event is free and will consist of a vigil, a speak out/open-mic time, and art projects. There will be light refreshments. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KELSEY NARO AT KELSEY@RU12.ORG OR INDIGO JAMES AT IJAMES@UVM.EDU


St. Johnsbury: RU12? and the NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Group are jointly hosting this free event that seeks not only to memorialize those who died by violence but also to celebrate the lives of individuals living with the challenges of prejudice and hatred, as well as to offer an opportunity for local community building and sustenance. A light lunch will be provided. Those whose lives have been lost to violence will be honored in a candle-lighting ceremony. There will be opportunities for people to add to the TDOR 2012 quilt; the Visions of You, Me and Us art installation will not be present at this event. The NE Vermont Elder LGBTQA Advisory Board is collaboration of the Northeastern Vermont Area Agency on Aging, RU12? and a host of community partners, with the goal of ensuring cultural awareness of the LGBTQA Elder Community. For more information about this event, contact Jean at RU12? ( or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA (802-751-0431 or


October 15, 2013

Protections for LGBT Survivors of Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and The Violence Against Women Act, our nation’s response to intimate partner violence, was recently passed with explicit inclusion of LGBT survivors of violence and implementation began October 1st.   The Office on Violence Against Women has committed to the implementation of these provisions over the coming months and this will increase resources and support to LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence.   The Huffington Post published an open letter from local and national LGBT and mainstream anti-violence organizations about what this means to LGBT people and to the anti-violence movement.

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May 06, 2013

LGBTQ Welcoming Shelter Needs Our Help

The Sexual Assault Crisis Team (SACT) of Washington County provides comprehensive services  to victims/survivors of sexual violence, including emergency shelter and transitional housing for female victims of sexual violence and male  victims of sexual or domestic violence, legal advocacy, medical  advocacy, crisis services, support groups, and educational forums; legal services are available to victims of sexual assault. 

After visiting Bobbi Gagne at the SACT shelter, I was overwhelmed by the organization's respectful, client-centered approach to assisting LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. In over a decade of doing anti-violence work, attending national conferences, helping to coordinate an LGBTQ national coalition, and countless hours of research, I rarely came accross a shelter focusing so clearly on survivors of sexual violence. SACT does this and extends their work to be absulutely embracing of our community. 

Recently, Bobbi and her team went the extra mile and created a space in the shelter that will allow survivovrs to have a slightly longer stay in an apartment on the first floor. They want everyone who comes to feel welcomed, not just because they say that all are welcomed, but because when someone steps foot in the space, they see LGBTQ culture all around them. 

Please, if anyone has any LGBTQ items-maybe a flag, or those rainbow dishtowels you bought in PTown that you never used, or framed poster that you no longer have wall space for, please let me know. I'd love to bring them down to the shelter. I don't want to have to rent a UHaul, so call me or email me before you bring anything over to the Center. 

If you would like to know more about the ways that SACT operates or the efforts they have made to welcome our community, give me a call or email me. I know you will be as impressed as I am. 

Kim, 802-860-8712

April 10, 2013

Rally to Take Back the Night

TBTN 2013

April 08, 2013

RU12? Launches New Public Service Announcement!

 RU12? Community Center, is proud to announce the launch of our new public service announcement (PSA) in April as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  This PSA was produced by our SafeSpace program, the only anti violence program in Vermont working to end domestic, sexual, and hate related violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) Vermonters.

SafeSpace PSA on YouTube


A recent groundbreaking Centers for Disease Control study found that intimate partner violence and sexual violence is a pervasive problem in LGBTQH and non-LGBTQH communities, with members of the LGBTQH communities experiencing sexual and domestic violence at the same or higher rates as non-LGBTQH people.

In hate violence cases power and control can be exerted through sexual violence.  In other cases, sexual violence is part of a pick up crime where the perpetrator relies on the likelihood of the victim not reporting because he or she fears that law enforcement of mainstream providers will either out them or not take them seriously.  Sexual violence is also often a part of domestic violence where batterers rely heavily on fears of stigma and isolation.  For these and many other reason, RU12’s SafeSpace program offers specialized direct services for LGBTQH survivors of sexual violence.

If you or someone you know has experienced violence, advocates in the SafeSpace program can help provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.  Advocates are available M-Th 9am-6pm and Fri. 9am-2pm at 802-863-0003 or toll free 866-869-7351.

November 28, 2012

RU12? SafeSpace in the News

RU12?'s Executive Director recently contributed to the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Newsletter, writing about LGBTQ survivors of violence. Check out her article on page 2.

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