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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 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. :)

January 18, 2014

Just a few moments for LGBTQ Vermonters...


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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

 

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

 
 

October 09, 2013

Free Safe-Sex Materials Available

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The RU12? Community Center has just restocked its supplies of safe-sex materials! Stop by to check out our wide variety of condoms of all kinds, lube, informational pamphlets, and more.  

These materials are avaiblable whenever the center is open to help you put safety first. 

October 03, 2013

Fantastic Foliage: Hike Snake Mountain

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What better way to admire the beautiful Fall foliage than a hike with GLAM! On Sunday the 13th, the GLAM guys will be enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather from the Snake Mountain Trail. The trail is a moderately difficult hike and ends with a fabulous view of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains.


This event is open to people of all genders, ages, and sexual orientations. So feel free to bring your friends! We'll meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11 am.

Questions about the event? Email GLAM@ru12.org or call Mike or John at 802-860-7812. Put on your hiking boots, and we'll see you there!


For more information about the event click Here

September 05, 2013

- $425 / 1000ft² - GREAT DEAL! WONDERFUL APT TO SHARE - Putney, VT

Gay writer has spacious and sunny 2BR apartment in Putney, within walking distance to Putney village. Layout is ideal for a share. Private balcony, shared yard, free w/d facility in building. Your own BR; shared bathroom. Heat included. Share cost of electric; propane for oven; and internet/tv service. I have a very friendly Labrador Retriever so you must be dog friendly! No other dogs are permitted. No smoking.  Seeking quiet, responsible and employed individual. I prefer to offer a month to month lease, but will consider longer. References required. $425 a month.

For a month to month lease, I require the first month's rent plus $300 security deposit. Walk my dog for me twice a day -- just to do his business--and you can take $50 a month off the rent. Available immediately.

 

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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

July 30, 2013

Women's Film Night 8/7/13 @ 7pm!

The people have spoken! Based on our survey results, we will be screening "Pariah" for our Women's Film Night.

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Join us on Wednesday August 7, 2013 from 7:00-8:30pm at the center! 255 So. Champlain St Suite 12 Burlington,VT


Free and open to all!


Check out a description of the film and trailer below:


"Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.

Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward."

Pariah (2011) Trailer


You won't want to miss this one y'all! It's a tear-jerker/heart-warmer/coming-of-age/coming-out story! What more could you want!

 

July 29, 2013

Art Hop Submissions Due Today!

Review our Call to Artists below and send your submissions to siena@ru12.org 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 27, 2013

Submission Deadline is This Monday! Call For Artists - RU12 Participates in the Annual SEABA Art Hop

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Call For Artists

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

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

We are open to considering all media and material. 

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 unintsall by September 10, 2013.

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

Please send submissions to siena@ru12.org by July 29, 2013. 

July 24, 2013

Take the Survey for Women's Film Night

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Join us for our monthly Women's Film Night on August 7, 2013 at RU12?

 

Take the survey below to rank which film you would like to see most!

Women's Film Night Survey

The options are:

D.E.B.S.(2004) - Comedy, Action, Lesbian Romance: Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S. D.E.B.S. Trailer

But I'm A Cheerleader (1999) - Drama, Comedy, Lesbian Romance: A naive teenager is sent to conversion therapy camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. But I'm A Cheerleader Trailer

Pariah (2011) - Drama, Lesbian Romance: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Pariah Trailer

Kiss Me (2011) - Drama, Lesbian Romance: A Swedish film, wherein a young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her stepmother's lesbian daughter.Kiss Me Trailer

July 18, 2013

S2R: A Photoshop Basics Class for the Queer Community 7/22/13

 

Join us for the 2nd workshop of the "RU" Summer Series of Community Classes!

 

"S2R: A Photoshop Basics Class for the Queer Community"

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Held on Monday July, 22 at the Center in the David Bohnett Cyber Center.


Led by Roger Rodriguez

Learn how to Photoshop your Facebook, LinkedIn, and yes, Grindr profile pic to look your absolute best in this fun, easy to follow, step by step Photoshop Basics tutorial. Perfect for beginners!

You'll learn:

1. Basic photography tips (no more dirty mirror shots, please.)
2. Cropping, resizing your photos.
2. Getting rid of your ex, or, ahem, "facebombs".
3. Other (minor) touchups.
2. Saving your photos in the proper format.

Seating is limited to 10. To register email siena@ru12.rog

July 16, 2013

RU12? In The News

 

Check out FOX 44's coverage of the FDA ban of blood donations by MSM.


Featuring commentary from our very own, Mike Bensel, Health andWellness Coordinator.


FOX 44 - Protests Across the Country - Gay Men Want to be able to Donate Blood

Call For Artists - RU12? Participates in the Annual SEABA Art Hop

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Call For Artists

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

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

We are open to considering all media and material. 

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 unintsall by September 10, 2013.

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

Please send submissions to siena@ru12.org by July 29, 2013. 

July 15, 2013

Women's Pool Night!

Come out for Women's Pool Night at Van Phan Sports, 6-9pm!

 

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$10 All you can play pool! Proceeds benefit RU12?

 

18+ Van Phan Sports 55 San Remo Dr. South Burlintgon

 

Come out to support RU12?, stay for the ladies!

July 11, 2013

Women's Pool Night - 7/15/13

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Join us for Women's Pool Night at Van Phan Sports, benefitting RU12? Community Center!

Monday July 15, 2013 - 6-9 pm

$10 All you can play pool

Come out and support RU12? while playing pool with the ladies!

July 09, 2013

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT Y'ALL! Women's Film Night at RU12?

 

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Come to the center from 8-10PM for a screening of Itty Bitty Titty Committee in all its queer women loving glory!!! It's free and guaranteed to be fun!



From the director of But I'm a Cheerleader, Jamie Babbit brings us a bad-ass, feminist, lesbian comedy.

It's got something for everyone; feminist underground activism, lesbian plot-lines, patriarchy-smashing, and that cutie JD Samson from Le Tigre!

Check out the trailer

Open to all community members!


 

 

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