PRIDE VERMONT PRESENTS:
BE GENDER PROUD: Gena Rocero at Burlington City Hall
Are you an LGBTQ person with children? Would you be interested in sharing stories about your family with other LGBTQ families and families-to-be in a small group setting? We’re putting together a series of family town halls in late August and September to share information with each other and to create community among queer families. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) in helping others start, grow and strengthen their families call Jean at (802) 860-7812 or email email@example.com.
For LGBTQ families with and without kids and their families of choice (allies included). Bring your little ones (or borrow some if you don't have them), a potluck item to share, any outdoor game supplies you see fit, and some sunscreen, and join us Sunday, August 17 from 10-2pm at Wrightsville Beach, Middlesex (address for your GPS is 369 Vermont 12, Middlesex, VT 05602). Event is free (with a suggested donation of $10/family).
Tentative schedule of events:
11am-1:30pm Face painting
11:30am 3-legged race
12:30pm Beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss
1:30pm Scavenger hunt
Coloring stations, bubbles, flying discs, barbecues, and snacks available at all times. Canoeing/kayaking (rentals) and swimming at Wrightsville Beach (just across the way). Bring your own kids or borrow your favorites for this event, which is always a good time!
If you are planning to join us, please RSVP at http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com to let us know you’re coming! Suggested donation: $10-$15/family but no one will be turned away for lack of funding.
Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with set-up/break-down. Can provide transportation to/from Burlington area for volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
25 million workers now have explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Today, the president made it illegal for companies that contract with the federal government to fire, decline to promote, or refuse to hire someone simply because they are LGBT, by adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to two existing executive orders. Additionally, with the signing of today's executive order, the federal government affirmed Title VII sex discrimination protections for transgender federal employees. The executive order does not carry with it any religious exemptions.
Read more and watch Obama sign the order here.
Pride Center of Vermont is seeking LGBTQA artists to display their work at the Center during the South End Arts and Business Association’s 22nd Annual Art Hop.
More than 35,000 art lovers from across the state are expected to crowd into Burlington between September 5th and 7th to view art from across mediums and materials. Whether you are just starting out in your art or are an established artist, Pride Center of Vermont encourages your submission. We are particularly but not exclusively interested in LGBTQ activist art and art that explores gender and sexuality.
Last year was our first time participating in the Art Hop and it was amazingly successful. LGBTQA artists got fantastic exposure, some sold pieces, and everyone had a great time. Pride Center’s space is bright with large wall space and hanging rods. We also have community space in which to display 3D work.
Selected artists will be featured in our promotion for Art Hop, including announcements on social networking sites, Pride Center’s webpage, and in our e-newsletter distributed to over 1,500 subscribers.
Please enter your submission by August 11th. The committee will notify artists of our selection by August 20th.
Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.
We ask that we receive your work by Tuesday the 2nd of September so that we can have it installed in time.
We will open the Pride Center’s space on Friday, September 5th at 5:00PM with a wine and cheese reception. Pride Center will remain open all day Saturday. We will be closed on Sunday.
Please send submissions to email@example.com.
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee (a collaboration between RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont and Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging) hosted an amazing series of films and discussions, including our signature panel discussion, "Celebrations and Challenges of Being LGBTQA in the NEK" on June 12. Here's a photo of the panelists and moderator, from left to right: Jean Sienkewicz, RU12?/PCVT (moderator); Charlene Willey, of St. Johnsbury (panelist); Chelsea Brochu, formerly of Hardwick, now of Burlington (panelist); Lisa Viles Executive Director of Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging (NEVAAA), St. Johnsbury; Jerri Ryan, of St. Johnsbury and NEVAAA (panelist); and Don Grabowski, from the Health Center in Plainfield (panelist). The evening offered a healthy dialogue between and among LGBTQ community members and Allies about community-building, the need for LGBTQ community and events, bias, and the experience of being LGBTQ and Allies in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
More photos from the event on June 12th can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catamountarts/sets/72157645102651116/; the event was recorded and broadcast on a local television station; check it out on Kingdom Access TV.
The LGBTQA Advisory Committee also hosted five discussions following free Monday night films about LGBTQ issues, including "Imagine Me and You," "Cloudburst," "Weekend," "TransAmerica," and "Valentine Road" and are hoping this series is the beginning of new partnership with the Catamount Arts Center for LGBTQA educational and community-building events. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of those who made our Courageous Conversation series in June a huge success, especially the Catamount Arts Center and NEVAAA, as well as community members who opened themselves up to participate in the dialogue.
For more information about the NEK LGBTQA Advisory Committee, please contact Jean at RU12?/Pride Center of Vermont at 802.860.7812 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerri Ryan at NEVAAA at 802.751.0431 or email@example.com.
June 5, 2014
Transgender People Born in New York State Can Now Readily Obtain a Birth Certificate That Matches Who They Are, But Obstacles Remain for Those Born in NYC
We are thrilled to report that the State of New York has eliminated barriers to accurate ID by updating its policy on correcting birth certificates for transgender people. The state will now issue a corrected birth certificate after receiving an affidavit from a licensed medical provider stating that a transgender individual has received appropriate clinical treatment.
The previous policy, which had not been updated since the 1970’s, required proof of surgery. This left the vast majority of transgender New Yorkers – who have not undergone the extensive surgical procedures that were demanded by the state before it would change the sex designation on birth certificates – with a document that does not match who they are. The state deemed this outmoded requirement to be inconsistent with federal policy, the policies of other states, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and medical consensus. TLDEF, in partnership with a coalition led by the Empire State Pride Agenda, has been pushing for this policy change for years.
“This is tremendous news for transgender people across the country who were born in New York State,” said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. “A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. This will ensure that transgender people can obtain accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are. It also means they will stop being subjected to harassment and discrimination in areas like employment where identification is essential to proving eligibility to work.”
Unfortunately, New York State’s policy change does not apply to those born in New York City, which issues its own birth certificates. TLDEF has a lawsuit pending against the City of New York and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, challenging the city's onerous practice of requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before it will issue them birth certificates with corrected sex designations.
“It is time for New York City to follow the lead of New York State by adopting policies that treat transgender New Yorkers fairly and equally,” Silverman said. “Transgender people in New York City cannot be denied the right to update their birth certificates to reflect who they truly are simply because they were born within New York City rather than elsewhere in the state. That is unfair, and we will continue to prosecute our lawsuit demanding change until all transgender people in New York State – including those in New York City – are treated fairly.”
The Federal Government and the States of California, Iowa, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have updated their birth certificate policies to recognize that an individual’s sex does not depend on surgical status. Last year the American Medical Association passed a resolution in support of policies “that allow for a change of sex designation on birth certificates for transgender individuals based upon verification by a physician that the individual has undergone transition according to applicable medical standards of care.” The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has also long supported this approach.
Courtesy of the National Center for Transgender Equality, breaking news we thought the RU12? community would appreciate!
"Today, an independent review panel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Medicare cannot categorically exclude treatment for gender dysphoria, including transition-related care.
This decision eliminates the nationwide rule that transition-related surgeries cannot be covered by Medicare. Now, decisions on coverage for transition-related care, like hormone therapy or surgeries, will be made on the basis of individual medical need and clinical standards, not outdated prejudices.
Repealing this rule means Medicare will now treat transgender healthcare just as other healthcare procedures are treated under Medicare. It puts decisions about our healthcare back in the hands of doctors and patients rather than bureaucrats or insurance companies.
We congratulate our friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights for the smart advocacy that won this victory. The National Center for Transgender Equality will continue to advocate with our partners to make sure no insurance plan in the United States discriminates against the healthcare needs of transgender people.
Harper Jean Tobin
Director of Policy
National Center for Transgender Equality"
RU12? is pleased to announce that we have two new groups starting in June! Please share this information widely and we hope you will join us!
The RU12? Women’s Discussion Group of 2014 will bring older female-identified LGBTQ people together to discuss topics of interest to them in a safe and comfortable setting and will be an easy and enjoyable opportunity to get to know others from Burlington and the surrounding areas. Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 3-5pm at RU12?, 255 S. Champlain Street in Burlington. (Upcoming groups will take place on June 5, 19; July 3, 17; August 7, 21.) Come join us on a Thursday that is convenient, we are waiting to meet you! For more information, call the Center at 802.860.7812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RU12? Walking Group
RU12? wants you to be fit and happy! Join our walking group, get up and get out, and walk with friends new and old. Great outdoor walking in the summer (and the mall for not such nice weather), so rain or shine, we’ll be there! This group is open to anyone interested, regardless of fitness level. Group will meet at 9am on the 3rd Saturday of the month (upcoming: June 21, July 19, Aug 23) outside of Macy’s on Cherry Street, Burlington. Group will leave at 9:10am. For more information, call the Center at
802.860.7812, or email email@example.com.
These groups, as well as other upcoming RU12? and VT LGBTQ, events are listed on RU12?'s calendar.
RU12?'s Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Community Advisory Group is hosting June's Courageous Conversations Through Art, "Challenges and Celebrations of being LGBTQ in the NEK" at the Catamount Film and Arts Center! All screenings begin at 7pm and are free. Discussions will follow each film; all are welcome!
Schedule of films is as follows:
Monday, June 2 - Imagine Me & You
Monday, June 9 - Cloudburst the Movie (2010)
Monday, June 16 - Weekend
Monday, June 23 - Transamerica
Monday, June 30 - Valentine Road
The Courageous Conversations panel conversation, also free and open to the public, will be moderated by RU12?'s very own Jean Sienkewicz, who coordinates RU12's SafeSpace and LGBT Elders programs, and will take place at 6pm on Thursday, June 12 in the Catamount's Cabaret Room.
Please join us for some films, some stories, and some dialogue about being LGBTQ in the NEK.
For more information, contact Jean at RU12?, 802.860.7812, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerri Ryan at Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, 802.751.0431, email@example.com.
Call for Proposals and Performances
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 15th, 2013
The Translating Identity Conference and Free 2 Be student organization of the University of Vermont are proud to announce the Translating Identity Conference (TIC), a one-day conference focusing on gender and gender identities. Conference registration will be free and open to the public. This event hopes to reach out to the University of Vermont, Burlington, and broader communities and educate us all further about transgender and gender identity topics as well as their intersections with other identities. With multiple panels to choose from at any time, some panels will be directed towards trans people, their partners, and allies; while others will be for those who are fairly unfamiliar with the transgender movement and the topic of gender identity. This conference seeks to translate gender identity to both the queer community and its allies.
Free 2 Be is the University of Vermont's LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Advocate) group on campus. We are a Student Government Association
(SGA).recognized club and are entirely run by students. The mission of Free 2
Be is "To actively work on creating a safe space for people of all
sexualities and individualities within ourselves, the LGBTQA, and the University of
Educating and developing ally communities
Increasing visibility of transgender and queer communities
Providing support and safe space for transgender and queer
Encouraging dialogue about identity politics and intersections
Advocating for the safety and rights of trans-people in the
workplace, healthcare, the legal system, etc.
The 2014 TIC Committee will review all panel, workshop and performance proposals.
Everyone is invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, caucus or performance.
Considerations for selection include:
Relevance to gender politics, policy, strategy and organizing
Content and panelists dealing with diverse groups and
Presenter qualifications and experience
Diverse race/gender/class/age representation among panelists and
Overall strength of the submission
All submissions will receive a response. Affiliation with the University
does not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted. The notification
process will be complete by late July. Free 2 Be reserves the right to
reject any proposals that do not support the mission of the student
organization, the conference planning committee, or the University.
TIC will be held on the University of Vermont campus in the Dudley H.
Davis Center. Presenters/performers must provide their own computers and additional
equipment needed for audio/visual technology (specifically Mac users).
HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION
All session proposals will be submitted online. The link to the online
form is provided below. Please contact us, if you have any difficulties
with the online form.
For more information, please contact The Translating Identity Conference
Planning Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Translating Identity Conference
A monthly event: Queer Movies Nights at Burlington College.
Open to all! This free event explores LGBTQ themed movies. Grab some popcorn, bring a date, and make your way to Burlington College at 95 North Avenue in Burlington by 6:30pm on Wednesday, 5/14.
This month, Christopher and His Kind will be shown.
Christopher and His Kind ( father of the musical Cabaret )tells the story of Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin in the early 1930s. The film, adapted by Kevin Elyot from Isherwood's autobiography of the same title, was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Isherwood is played by Matt Smith, whilst the cast also includes Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Imogen Poots and Iddo Goldberg.
Hello TIC Community and Allies,
My name is Roman Christiaens, and I am a committee member for TIC
2014. TIC is a yearly student-run conference in Burlington, VT focused
on trans issues and identities. TIC 2014 will take place on November 1
at the University of Vermont in the Davis Center (located at 590 Main
St, Burlington, VT 05401).
In collaboration with TIC 2014, I am coordinating a multi-artist
exhibit entitled "Trans Art Matters: A TIC Community Art Exhibit." The
goal of this exhibit is to showcase and celebrate the artwork of local
trans-identified artists and individuals. The exhibit will be placed
in the Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery and is located in the
Allen House at 461 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401.
I am looking for work from trans identified artists in the local
Vermont community. The type of work I'm looking for includes, but is
not limited to: paintings, photography, sculpture, printed word, etc.
The exhibit will take place from October 13 - November 1. A reception
for the artists will be held on Friday, October 31 from 4:30 - 6:00pm.
TIC attendees will have an opportunity to visit the exhibit during the
conference on November 1. The exhibit is located in Allen House at 461
Main St, Burlington, VT 05401.
If you're interested in submitting art, please contact me at
email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is September 15, but the
earlier the better for me. Let me know if you have any questions.
Please help spread the word via the attached poster and image!!!
Check out Seven Days post about the RU12? LGBTQ Disability Network event Queer Crips featuring John Kallacky- http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/queer-crips/Event?oid=2348081
"i am..." is a peer led support & discussion group for people wanting to start the week off in a supportive space. Everyone is welcome. Melanie Jannery will facilitate this group at RU12? Community Center's Conference room located at 255 South Champlain Street in Burlington every Monday at 10:00 AM. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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!
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.
May 2, 2014
Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont
Cocktail reception at 6:00PM
Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM
Silent and Live Auctions
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
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.
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:
Looking to open an account at a good bank? Or are you a current account holder at TD Bank?
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?
If you get a couple friends to join you, you will all
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!
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@example.com or call John at (802) 860-7812 for more information and meeting locations.
Tuesdays: 12pm - 6pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 6pm
By appointment: Evenings & Weekends