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PCVT Running Group

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs

PCVT Running Group

Hi folks! Thanks to all who came out for our running groups kick-off! Everyone who showed up had a blast and are excited to keep on running! The regularly scheduled group will start meeting every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm and every other Sunday at 10:00 am, starting next Tuesday, May 30th. We start at the Pride Center and right on time so be sure to catch us. For more information and how to stay connected, please contact Travis at travis@pridecentervt.org or call the Health and Wellness office at (802)-860-7812. #PrideRuns

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Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Events

Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

Parking Lot outside Pride Center of Vermont
Corner of Maple & S. Champlain

Thousands of ornamental, herb and vegetable starts will be offered for sale at this one-time event.

Jump start your spring gardens with vigorous, ready to go, locally hand grown trans*plants. Choose from popular heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and exotic eggplant varieties. Compliment your summer cooking with a bouquet of culinary herbs, including four varieties of basil. Flowers galore will be for sale to bring your gardens alive with color and fragrance.

This sale will help raise funds for our Sept 2017 Gender Pride Speaker Event Fundraiser.


Compost will also be available for sale by Half Ass Compost

Mini Golf Saturday

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017.

Mini Golf Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come on out and hang out with us! We are gonna be hitting some balls at the Essex Family Fun & Entertainment Center. There will be 18 hole mini golf and batting cages so you can hit balls of various sizes. Get some Sun on you!

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Events

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening + Queer Dance Party

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

Friday, May 12
8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
$5 // 18+Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party’s SASS producers are super proud to present the exclusive Burlington screening of the doc MAJOR! and an after film queer dance party at Higher Ground.
8:30-10 p.m. MAJOR! doc
10 p.m.-1 a.m. queer dance party with DJ Llu + DJ Rob DouglasThis is an 18+ event, $5 donation/ticket for general public and free entrance for the trans + POC community.

Through Major!’s “Major to the People” Program, we are offering FREE entrance to the film for all trans folk and people of color. Yes, really you are our guest. Please RSVP at: pop.up.queer.dance.party@gmail.com. No one will be turned away at the door.

All SASS funds after event expenses from the night, as well as donations from the audience collected that night, will go toward Miss Major’s Circle of Care.

 

SafeSpace Updates

on Friday, 21 April 2017. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace Updates

Hello everyone!

As you may know, the SafeSpace office here at the Pride Center serves survivors of violence, harassment, and discrimination. We offer emotional support, provide resources, and connect people with organizations that can assist them in areas that we may not be able to, such as emergency housing. The reason we are able to offer these services is primarily through the Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA. Every year, we receive funding through VOCA in order to continue working with communities and individuals who need us.

Part of our work through VOCA includes gathering data about what kinds of communities we serve. This includes gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, age, ability, and more. We would like to share a snapshot of the work we’ve been doing and the people we have been serving with all of you.

“We believe that the first step to eradicating violence in our community is to acknowledge that it is happening,” said Catarina Campbell of the SafeSpace office. Currently, the Pride Center is the only organization in Vermont that specifically serves LGBTQH+ adults statewide. “We think it is important to recognize the various experiences of members of our community, and to support those who need it,” Catarina said.

This quarter, from January 1 through March 31, we served 26 individuals. Of these 26 people:

  • 53% identified as having a disability (14 of 26)

  • 50% identified as trans* or gender nonconforming (13 of 26)

  • 15% lack secure and stable housing (4 of 26)

  • 65% of those we served were between the ages of 25 and 59 (17 or 26)

  • We provided approximately 115 units (about 30 hours) of emotional support

  • There were 49 instances of violence reported (some intersecting)

    • 35% of cases were hate violence (17 of 49)

    • 20% of cases were domestic violence (10 of 49)

    • 18% of cases were sexual violence (9 of 49)

    • 27% of cases were another form of violence (bullying, stalking, etc.)

If you or someone you know is seeking emotional support, legal counseling, housing assistance, or other resources, please reach out to SafeSpace. You can reach us by phone at 802-863-0003 Monday-Thursday from 10am-6pm, and on Fridays from 10am-2pm. You can also email us at SafeSpace@PrideCenterVT.org at any time. To report violence anonymously online: bit.ly/reportvt

-Alanna Moriarty, Blogging and Social Media Intern

May Day March for Dignity!

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

May Day March for Dignity!

May Day March for Dignity! ¡Marcha Por La Dignidad!

Monday, May 1

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294 N. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT

Click here to sign-up on Facebook!

Vermont dairy farmworkers have turned up the pressure on Ben & Jerry’s to join the Milk with Dignity Program. Ben & Jerry’s agreed to join this worker-driven social responsibility program nearly two years ago. Despite increased pressure from farmworkers and consumers, Ben & Jerry’s has continued to drag their feet, delaying implementation of Milk With Dignity.

We’ll kick off the march from the Migrant Justice/Vermont Workers’ Center office at 294 N. Winooski Avenue in Burlington. On our way to Ben & Jerry’s, we will pause in front of the Federal Building to demand an end to deportations and lift up Vermont voices and campaigns in resistance to the new administration’s attacks on our communities.

We know that our human rights are under attack in ways we haven’t seen for decades. Whether you are fighting for LGBTQ rights, an end to police brutality and racism, or to stop pipelines and fossil fuel extraction, we need you to join us in the streets this May Day in support of all communities fighting for their rights.

Sponsored by the Vermont Human Rights Council

350 Vermont, Green Mountain Central Labor Council, Green Mountain Self Advocates, Justice for All, Migrant Justice, Peace and Justice Center, Pride Center of Vermont, Rising Tide Vermont, United Academics, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Workers’ Center

P.S. Can you give a ride to a farmworker neighbor? Solidarity drivers needed! Email info@migrantjustice.net

PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.

PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

Pride Center of Vermont received a Rising Star in Worksite Wellness Award from the VT Department of Health! Hooray!! Many thanks to our new SafeSpace Coordinator Jess Novak for attending the conference to accept the award and for speaking to the 450 conference attendees about worksite wellness for LGBTQ employees.

Looking for ways to be healthier? Swing by the Center to do an ab workout with us sometime! We'll also be rolling out an LGBTQ running group in the near future, we hope you'll join.

GLAM Hike's Snake Mountain

on Friday, 07 April 2017.

GLAM Hike's Snake Mountain

Join us for a fun hike. We'll meet at the center at 11am and drive down together. Or meet us at the trailhead at 12pm. We'll grab some creemees and maple things after the hike!

SASS: A Queer Social + 90's Dance Party

on Friday, 07 April 2017.

SASS: A Queer Social + 90's Dance Party

SASS: Queer Social +90s Dance Party 
Friday, April 14
Higher Ground Showcase

9pm - The BFF Game! Like Newlyweds, but for besties competing for prizes against other besties. Hosted by GLAM from Pride Center of Vermont. Keep an eye out for VT CARES safe sex tabling for all your questions and free safer sex gear needs! 

10pm - Dancing to DJ Llu & DJ Chia 90s favorites!

11:30pm - A special 90s throwback performance by Emoji Nightmare +Nikki Champagne!

18+ $5 advance/$10 day of
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SASSY DETAILS.....
SASS: A Monthly Queer Social And Dance Party is a collaborative Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party production. Held once a month on the 2nd weekend of the month (Fridays or Saturdays), we turn Higher Ground fiercely queer for a night.Featuring a warm up hour of a social "activity" (perfect for introverts and non-dance party folks) from 9-10pm and then a bumping dance party headlines by DJ Llu and a rotating crew of DJ friends like DJ Chia and Rob Douglas.SASS is for the whole queer community - anyone who identifies outside or inside of gender or sexuality norms. 18+ $5 advance or $10 day of the party.Making queer space has always been an act of resistance and in this new age of Trump, making joyful, connective, social queer space is even more radical. Come make new friends, meet new loves, network with other community organizers, or just let loose for a night every month with us.We aim to create intentionally inclusive and safe space for all patrons and we ask that you partner with us by vibe watching for inappropriate, dangerous, or non-consensual behaviors.We also ask that everyone come scent free to the party, so that our chemical sensitive queer community members can attend without their health being compromised.SASS's proud and pretty producing collective are Noah Dictive, Nikki Champagne, and DJ Llu.A quick note on our use of the term "queer." This word has had a complex history, including being used as a pejorative term against men who acted effeminate (freakin misogyny, ugh). Back in the 80s some in the LGBT community began reclaiming the word queer as a more inclusive term to recognize all genders and sexualities, to break those binaries down, and to be a more diverse, fluid, and umbrella term than the LGBT (which in full length is actually: LGBTQQIAAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, and Pansexual), but that still leaves out many genders and sexualities (and is ridiculously long). While this term is not embraced by all, especially the older LGBT folks, it is a term now used for nearly 40 years by a growing number of younger folks and has expanded to include academic theory and join the LGBT as the Q in the community acronym.Pop-Up intentionally chose to use the word "queer" six years ago when we were founded, because our co-founders (DJ Llu and Chopper) both identify as queer folks and at the time (and still today) there were only cis-gendered spaces for the LGBT community to gather. Hence, we decided to manifest "decidedly queer" vibrant social space and have been doing so at venues around Burlington, nearly every month, ever since.SAVE THE FOLLOWING SASS WEEKEND DATES
Friday, May 12
Saturday, June 10
Saturday, July 8
Saturday, August 12Learn more at PopUpQueerDanceParty.com

Burly Bear Presents: SEED

on Friday, 07 April 2017.

Burly Bear Presents: SEED

Happy Earth Day guys!! It's the weekend to think about planting and seeding and getting dirty! We'll have another amazing door prize, FREE shots from the Absolut boys, $3 beer specials, and amazing sets by the incredible DJs Chia and Rob Douglas!

$5 cover/ Proceeds this month going to Pride Festival Comittee

All Things LBGTQ: A New TV Show in Central VT

on Monday, 03 April 2017.

All Things LBGTQ: A New TV Show in Central VT

 

All Things LGBTQ will be aired in Central Vermont on channel 15 on Saturday March 4th. Others can get the podcast on March 4th on orcamedia.net

 

Healthy Relationships

on Monday, 27 March 2017. Posted in Safespace

Healthy Relationships

Hello everyone!

Today at the SafeSpace office we received two boxes full of booklets about healthy relationships, and we are all quite excited about them. Though these particular booklets are aimed at teens and young adults, it’s important for people of all ages to understand what makes for a healthy relationship and what habits can lead to being in an unhealthy relationship.

We engage in all kinds of relationships, every single day. Some of these relationships are platonic, like with our friends, coworkers, and classmates. Others are familial, like with parents and siblings. Some of us engage in romantic relationships with partners, date-mates, girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, etc. No matter what kind of relationship we engage in, it is important to know what it means for the relationship to be healthy or unhealthy.

Healthy relationships rely on three main elements: trust, communication, and mutual respect. Without these three building blocks, people in relationships are prone to jealousy, misunderstanding, and negative feelings.

With all close relationships, it is important that you trust one another. If you trust someone, you can confide in them and feel comfortable sharing things about yourself. Trust leads to open and honest communication, which is another important aspect of a healthy relationship. If something is bothering you but you don’t feel comfortable expressing your feelings, you are more likely to hold in the negative emotions. Not only does this not solve the original problem, but it could also breed resentment and anger which lead to even more problems like passive-aggression and arguing.

Both trust and open, honest communication are essential to healthy relationships, and neither are possible without mutual respect. It is essential that all people in a relationship acknowledge one another’s humanity, individuality, and personal needs. No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. But knowing that you are cared for and respected regardless of any shortcomings makes it easier to address problems and insecurities that may arise.

Another essential aspect of any relationship is consent. Consent is often associated with sexual and romantic relationships, and is emphasized most in the context of intimacy. However, consent is important in any relationship, whether it’s platonic, familial, or sexual. Consent just means that you have someone’s permission before you make a decision or take an action that affects them. This could mean that you ask your friend’s permission before you hug them or offer them other kinds of physical comfort. It may mean that you ask whether it’s okay to share a piece of information about your friend with someone else. Getting consent is an important way to check in with a friend or partner before you cross a boundary.

In any relationship, it is also nice to be reminded that you are valued and cared for. If you feel as though you are in a healthy, loving relationship with friends or partners, make sure they know you appreciate them. Every once in awhile it is good to send a text, write a note, and/or thank them in person for supporting you and being present in your life.

If you ever feel unsafe in your relationship or need support, please reach out to SafeSpace. Our advocates are available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can call 802.863.0003, email (safespace@pridecentervt.org) or just walk in. We are here for you.

- Alanna Moriarty, Blogging and Social Media Intern

New Program Alert: LGBTQ Tech Clinic

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Safespace

Starting in April!!!

New Program Alert: LGBTQ Tech Clinic

Having issues with your digital devices?

Do you need help getting rid of a nasty computer virus? 

Worried about privacy settings on social media? 
Joe has your back! 

Do you have questions about that new gadget or toy? 
Joe can help with that too!

Set up a time to meet with Joe at Pride Center of Vermont Every 1st and 3rd Saturday 10am - 12pm

SIGN UP HERE 

 

LGBTTechClinic

Green Mountain Bucks to be a Co-Sponsor for Burly Bear Sirloin.

on Tuesday, 21 March 2017.

Green Mountain Bucks to be a Co-Sponsor for Burly Bear Sirloin.

A message from the Green Mountain Bucks President:

The Green Mountain Bucks are happy to be a co-sponsor for Burly Bear Sirloin: Garage! We're excited to be sharing with all of you the reveal of our new logo and some exciting events and road trips ideas. Some of the members will be going around offering tickets for a 50/50 raffle! Dance with me and ask me everything you want to know about the Club! We are thrilled to be a part of the sexiest gay party in VT! See you there!

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Snow Day Closing March 15th

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in Safespace

Snow Day Closing March 15th

Pride Center of Vermont will be closed again today due to the snow storm. Stay safe!

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