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:
GLAM boys Javier, Mike, Johnny and Lucas banded together to drop in to a sandwich mixer at INCLUDE, the QSA on Champlain College's campus.
Every Monday, students gather together to talk about LGBTQ issues on campus and in their personal lives in a welcoming, fun environment. This week, GLAM and INCLUDE pooled together to bring sandwich fixin's to the group to give us a chance to discuss the RU12? Community Center and extend an invite to utilize the center's free Wifi and coffee for homework study groups.
Would YOU be interested in joining up with INCLUDE or hosting your own queer-friendly homework hangout at RU12, complete with free high-speed Wifi, computer lab, coffee, and LGBTQ library resources? Email email@example.com to express interest!
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! We are building a network of LGBTQ Disability support groups around the state. Groups meet weekly at the following locations:
Burlington-Tuesdays at 4:30pm
RU12? Community Center, 255 So. Champlain St., Suite 12
St. Albans-1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 5:30pm
Northwestern Medical Center, conference room 4
St. Johnsbury- Fridays at 11:00am
Unitarian Universalist Church, 47 Cherry St.
If you aren’t able to make it to an RU12? Disability Group you can join our online group through Pal Talk Monday nights 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Vermont Chat GLBTQ And Disability chat room.
If you have any questions please contact Brenda (Brenda@ru12.org) or call RU12? at 860-7812
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.
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.
Click here to participate:
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:
Kim Fountain, Executive Director
RU12? Community Center's LGBTQA Grief and Loss group takes place on the third Thursday of the month. The next group will be on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6pm at the Center’s space at 255 S. Champlain St., Suite 12 in Burlington.
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, self-image, rituals, and learning. For more information email: Kelsey@ru12.org or call the Center at (802) 860-7812.
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.
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.
Did you know there is a vibrant underground stand-up comedy scene in Vermont? And did you know there's even a stand-up comedy scene in the LGBT community?
RU12? and VT Cares volunteer Marc Bouchard knows all about it. He was one of six hilarious LGBT comics lined up at Vermont Comedy Club's LGBTQ focused event this past weekend, The Fabulous Show. Below is a personal account from him on being a gay comedian in Vermont:
Throughout my life, I've had people around me say things like "You should perform on stage" or you're funny, you should be a comedian". I would say "Thanks" and think they were just being nice, and that it would be too time consuming to get involved in performance arts.
In October 2011, a small comedy club in Burlington opened, and I attended their first comedy showcase. It was mentioned that they were hosting a weekly open mic where anyone could have five minutes of stage time. I went home and went to work on jokes, and performed the following week. I was immediately addicted, and performed weekly at the open mic, attaining the nickname "Gay Marc" because my material was based around my life, and coming out in a rural and conservative part of Vermont.
As I started performing in showcases, I quickly realized that the majority of the audiences were heterosexual and could not relate to some of my material. Anytime I have a joke that doesn't get a response, I see this as an opportunity to rewrite and educate my audience on the gay lifestyle.
It's not about being political, or shoving my lifestyle down anyone's throat (I have something else for that). All I want to do is make people laugh. By laughing at myself, and relating my lifestyle to theirs, I feel like I bridge a gap to my straight audience. I hope to help them see that we have similar issues, and that laughter truly is the best medicine.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The day was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
On this day, we publicly mourn and honor the lives of those who've died, memorializing them and raising public awareness of hate crimes. The RU12? Community Center held a vigil for the day on November 9th, but would like to acknowledge the day and its incredible significance again on the national date. 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. This day is a great opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ and Burlington communities to come together to determine how we can better support the trans people in our lives.
As a reminder, the second Trans* support group meeting will be taking place at the center tonight, November 20th, from 6:30-8:30. Please come join us, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For more information about TDoR and a list of vigils and remembrances worldwide, visit LGBTQNation
Just a quick, friendly reminder that the next trans* support group meeting will be taking place THIS WEDNESDAY, November 20th, from 6:30 to 8:00 at RU12?. The turnout and enthusiasm were so wonderful last time; let's see if we can't do it again! Looking forward to seeing y'all there!
For questions or for more information, email email@example.com
Join us at the RU12? Community Center for Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 9th, 2013 at 4pm for a vigil, speak out/open-mic, and community art projects. This is a great opportunity for all members of the LGBTQ and Burlington communities to come together to determine how we can better support the trans people in our lives.
We are coming together 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.
More information will follow.
On behalf of RU12? Maya and Josh invite you to join them the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8pm at RU12? for the Trans* Support Group. This group is open to any and all folks who identify as falling somewhere on the trans* spectrum. Without trying to limit the group to a singular vision, the group will strive above all else to achieve three primary goals: to provide a safe space for trans- identified people to be; to foster an atmosphere in which people feel comfortable expressing their thoughts, needs, experiences, and feelings; and to foster a site for community formation.
Who are Maya and Josh? Maya Sun began her own journey to become her authentic self in February of 2013. She has extensive experience in training and small group facilitation and is excited to be part of the RU12? community. Maya is an avid sci-fi and horror fan, loves making art and playing bad covers on her ukulele, and has deep interest in trans-personal and integral psychology, exploration of self and consciousness expansion.
Josh is a senior student of English; Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies; and Film at the University of Vermont. His hobbies include queer activism, vegan cooking, reading voraciously, DIY fashion, and film. Josh is a self-proclaimed transqueer witch with a passion for old horror movies, social justice, and looking fly. He is very excited to be joining the fabulous team at RU12? and looks forward to contributing to the wonderful and important work that they do! (Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org...)
Josh and Maya want this group to reflect and serve the needs and interests of the community we (that is, all of us) create. Participants are encouraged to come to meetings (especially the first one!) with ideas and suggestions concerning the direction the group will take. While both of us are new to this, we want this group to be about you, about (all of) us. As such, we will try as much as possible to structure the sessions around what folks express the most interest in, whether that be information pertaining to accessing resources, social and emotional support, trans* organizing and activism, a combination of the three, or something else entirely.
By providing an informal space for people to come and interact with other trans* folks in a safe, non-judgmental environment, we hope to encourage community members to learn from one another, to produce knowledge collectively, and to have some fun along the way! Please join us for our first meeting next Wed. Oct. 16th.
Do 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 email@example.com or call 860-7812. Events are posted on Facebook on RU12?'s page and on www.fetlife.com.
For more information about the group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
On behalf of RU12?, Kara invites you to join Open Door Dialogues 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. Who is Kara?
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?'s new location at 255 S. Champlain St. for Open Door Dialogues the first Monday of each month at 6pm, meet Kara over cookies, tea and hot chocolate and discuss:
Monday August 5th, 6pm- Homophobia, Prop 8 and DOMA
*These discussions are non sequential, and all newcomers are welcome. If you have questions please email Kara at email@example.com
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends