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April 10, 2014

National Youth HIV Awareness Day

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

The day is an annual observance that takes place on April 10. The first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day took place on April 10, 2013. 

In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation’s youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging.

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 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

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:

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TDBank: Fundraising for RU12!

Looking to open an account at a good bank? Or are you a current account holder at TD Bank?

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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? 

  • provide HIV testing
  • provide an hour of SafeSpace services
  • train a social services agency on working with the LGBTQ community
  • reach thousands of LGBTQ Vermonters with targeted information on social media
  • keep the library open for a day

If you get a couple friends to join you, you will all

  • Keep the Center's doors open for a full day
  • Help RU12? to do elders work in the Northeast Kingdom
  • Produce one Family Program event
  • Support two months of the What's Up e-newsletter
  • Sustain the Disabilities Support Network for one month

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! 

February 11, 2014

Sandwich Mixer with GLAM and INCLUDE at Champlain College


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. 

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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 glam@ru12.org to express interest! 2011-01-04 00.06.44

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCFBRXH

Thanks all!! 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

 

January 07, 2014

2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds

 

Join us Wednesday, January 8 for our 2nd Wednesday LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup at Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction!

Parking is behind the building; enter through the office door (marked). L&B is a shoe-free zone so bring inside shoes or slippers if you're worried about cold feet!

Any questions about this or other Family Program events can be directed to jean@ru12.org or the Center at 802.860.7812.

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December 17, 2013

Internship Opportunities: Spring 2014

Internship opportunities

RU12? has six internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of RU12?'s fun, social HIV prevention

    program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
  • The Marketing and Outreach Interns will participate in various stages of print and online marketing and outreach projects. Four opportunities are available. 

All internships will be able to provide opportunities for skill development, gaining experience in their respective fields, and fulfilling internship or college credit requirements. Interns receive training, tailored assignments based on interests and skills, and supportive supervision from our staff. See below for details!

 

GLAM Intern:

Description

RU12? Community Center is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, RU12?’s Mpowerment program. GLAM is a group of young gay, bi, queer and/or trans guys who are coming together, getting out, and enjoying the connections we make. Through building a stronger queer community in Chittenden County, we empower one another, support each other, and fight the HIV epidemic. Glam pride

This fun and meaningful project is run by and for GBQT guys. Interns of all identities are encouraged to apply.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of event planning, marketing and community organizing.

Responsibilities

  • Attend weekly core group meetings every Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of weekly social events for GBQ folks on the masculine spectrum.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies and members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Help recruit core volunteers and program participants at LGBTQ events in the area.

Requirements

RU12?  is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with web and social media. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please email michael@ru12.org

 

Marketing and Outreach Intern:

Description

RU12? Community Center is looking for a tech savvy intern with an eye for design to join our fabulous team. Our organization provides services that celebrate and support LGBTQ Vermonters, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing and community organizing.

Experience in HTML or design is helpful but not necessary. We’re willing to train the right candidate.

Responsibilities 

  • Assist in the creation of e-mail & print campaigns, weekly e-newsletters and blog postings
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies.
  • Perform analysis of communications and outreach data.

Requirements

RU12?  is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with web and social media. Experience with design programs, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please email michael@ru12.org

December 10, 2013

Wednesday 10am, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, Essex Junction

Join RU12? this Wednesday morning (2nd Wednesday, 10am-12noon) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 25 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents. This is the last LGBTQA Family Program Playgroup for 2013!

(Please enter through the office door on the left; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at jean@ru12.org or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

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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

 
 

December 05, 2013

Outright Awards & Not-so-Silent Auction

Outright Awards 

Friday, December 13th
 
Higher Ground Ballroom Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:00pm
All Ages $15 advance | $20 day of show

Outright Awards is an annual celebration of the best in queer youth leadership, community advocates, queer and ally partners all over Vermont. An MTV style awards show of the year that promises to bring you Vermont queer celebrities, performances by the state’s top drag crews, a NOT-so-silent auction, and the infamous candy bar. A spectacular night that you don't want to miss!

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This Weekend: Making Scenes: Gay Survivors of Straight Parents

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December 01, 2013

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Did you know it's possible to live a full, healthy life with HIV and potentially never develop AIDS if you are diagnosed and follow a treatment plan as soon as possible? Did you know that 60% of those aged 13-24 living with HIV don't even know it and can unknowingly pass it on to others? 

The first step in the battle against AIDS is knowing your status. RU12? offers free, anonymous testing Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-6pm and by appointment or house call. Call 802-860-7812 or email glam@ru12.org for more information. 

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November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from RU12? Community Center!

Bring a side dish, your favorite board game, and join your community tonight at RU12? for a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner tonight 11/27 starting at 6:00pm. Hosted by the GLAM boys. ALL ARE WELCOME! More details available here. 

We will be closed in observance of the holiday 11/28-29. 

Gay thanksgiving

 

November 25, 2013

Spotlight: Being a Gay Comedian in Vermont

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. 

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    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. 

You can preview part of his set from The Fabulous Show here: "Pray the Gay Away" 

November 11, 2013

GLAM and the National Mpowerment Project in Chicago

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Our new GLAM coordinator John Chagnon attended a training session in Chicago this past week to gain perspectives from Mpowerment projects across this diverse nation and apply them to our own Mpowerment project here in Vermont! 

GLAM Vermont is part of a national movement called Mpowerment. The Mpowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected anal intercourse among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.

On Wednesday, 11/13, John will be discussing his findings from the national movement at our weekly GLAM Core group meeting at 6:30pm at the RU12? Community Center. Typically, our core group is for male-identified aged 18-35, but all are welcome to attend this week's meeting, and questions are welcome to see where YOU can fit into this effective and FUN intervention project. Pizza/drinks provided!

 Message john@ru12.org for questions or more details. 

 

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October 30, 2013

TONIGHT!! RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party!

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Tonight, Wednesday, October 30th, is the RU12? Family Program's Annual Halloween Party! Drop by the spooooky haunted RU12? office any time between 4pm and 7pm to show off your costumes, bring a snack to share, and take part in this spooktastic event that includes movies, music, dancing, games and a costume parade! 


When: Wednesday Oct. 30 from 4pm-7pm
Where: RU12? Community Center 255 S. Champlain St. Ste. 12, Burlington
What's going on: A Haunted Office Party!

October 29, 2013

Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce

Tonight at Higher Ground, an LGBT revolution of musical proportions comes to life, teaming up with DJ
Disco Phantom!

Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as theQueen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap Bigfreedia3 movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.

Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. 

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October 22, 2013

Wednesday 4:30pm, LGBTQA Family Playgroup at Leaps & Bounds, S. Burlington

Join RU12? this Wednesday evening (4th Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm) at the Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center at 1820 Shelburne Road in S. Burlington for our LGBTQA Family Playgroup! For kids birth-4yo and their parents.

(Please park on the right side of the building so as to avoid interfering with child-care pick-up; signs are posted to playgroup space. Bring inside slippers if you'd like as L&B is an outside shoes-free zone).

If you have any questions about this or other Family Program events, please don't hesitate to contact Jean at jean@ru12.org or call us at the Center, 802.860.7812.

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