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PCVT is Pulling for Outright VT!

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Safespace

PCVT is Pulling for Outright VT!
This past week and weekend was SO AMAZING. So many beautiful people coming together in love, solidarity and fabulousness. THANK YOU!!! We wouldn't be the vibrant community we are without all of you, and we're so grateful to those of you who came out to celebrate, to learn and to be together this past Pride Week. 
 
We're still cleaning up the glitter and putting some flags and tables back but we're starting to think about the next fabulous, rainbow-y event coming up to support LGBTQ+ folks in VT... Outright VT's Fire Truck Pull!! We so appreciate and admire the important work that Outright does for queer and trans youth, and we decided to put together a Pride Center team to support them in that work. Our goal is to raise $1500 (or more!) for Outright. If you're able to contribute anything to our fundraising page (every $1 helps!) we would be so grateful. And if you want to join our team to help pull the fire truck and/or to help fundraise- we would love to have you!! Email Julia at julia@pridecentervt.org to get involved.
 

Stride for Pride

on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs on Community!

Stride for Pride

Join us for the Stride for Pride, a 5k walk/run hosted by The Pride Center of Vermont! 

Come down to Perkins Pier for a scenic route on the Burlington Waterfront with a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. This event is family friendly with events afterwards for all to enjoy! 

This route is designed with ease in mind so you can enjoy the view as you cruise along the Island Line Bike Trail.

And don't forget, Pride Vermont is the next day! Come march with us on Church Street as we make our way to Battery Park for our 2017 Pride Festival! 

Registration can be done prior to, or the day of the event from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.

** Emails with route information, FAQ's, and waivers will be emailed after registration **

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Register here through Eventbrite!

GLAM to Host Anti-Racism Discussion Series

on Friday, 25 August 2017.

GLAM to Host Anti-Racism Discussion Series

There is no doubt that racism has a stronghold in this country. Many people have the misconceptions that racism isn’t as prevalent in liberal Vermont, doesn’t exist within the LGBTQ community, or doesn’t exist at all.  Race and racism are topics of discussion often shared around the GLAM table as we discuss everything from Steven Universe to hookup apps. Some folks have been feeling a need to dig deeper into issues of racism and oppression, particularly in response to some of the recent demonstrations of white supremacy like the events in Charlottesville, VA. In response to this interest, GLAM will be introducing a 3 – part discussion series where we’ll examine white supremacy and work towards a developed understanding of the most effective ways of resisting white supremacy in our personal lives, professional environments, and within our community. Your continued and enthusiastic participation is of the utmost importance to this project. Everyone is welcome. We strongly encourage our white group members to participate in this discussion series, as we believe building knowledge amongst our white members and providing space where we can collaboratively take on this important work is integral to the series.

How to get involved:

Save the date: Discussion Series

Session 1: Tuesday, September 26th 6:30pm

We’ll be starting the series by talking about the blatant examples of emboldened racism currently making headlines in our nation. A friend of Pride Center recently shared the Slate article “How the Alt-Right Is Using Sex and Camp to Attract Gay Men to Fascism”, which we will be using as an entry point into a discussion about how white supremacy manifests in all of our lives.

 

To help organize future discussions. Contact mike@pridecentervt.org

 

Check out Peace and Justice Center’s White Fragility Talk on Saturday, August 26th at 3:30pm. For more info and other events visit  http://www.pjcvt.org/events/

 

 

OVW Grant Updates!

on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in Safespace

OVW Grant Updates!

Work with our OVW grant partners is moving forward! In the past couple months I’ve led multiple workshops with Migrant Justice, WomenSafe and Voices Against Violence to help deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and strengthen their skills in working with LGBTQ+ individuals and survivors. More workshops to come! Each organization (also including HOPE Works) will receive a series of individualized trainings from SafeSpace as well as technical assistance in making their programs and services more affirming and inclusive for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.

Each organization in our partnership has unique experience and expertise to bring to the table and we’re working together to fill in the gaps in each others’ knowledge and capabilities. Migrant Justice is opening our eyes to the realities of migrant farmworkers on dairy farms here in Vermont (read more: migrantjustice.net), and we’re learning more about the isolation, the fear and the many barriers that stand in the way of farmworkers accessing support. We’ll continue doing cross-trainings between all our partner orgs to share information and skills around working with undocumented, Latin American, migrant farmworker and LGBTQ+ survivors.

This past weekend I was able to attend Migrant Justice’s Torneo de Futbol (soccer tournament), where migrant farmworkers and allies from around the state came together to play hard, eat delicious food and have fun. I talked with some folks about our grant and the work we’re doing to strengthen the support network for migrant farmworkers who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence, and passed out papers about consentimiento (consent), violencia/abuso (violence/abuse), identidades LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ+ identities) and recursos (resources: PCVT/SafeSpace, Migrant Justice, WomenSafe, HOPE Works and Voices Against Violence). The folks at Migrant Justice were super-helpful in translating and editing the handouts, and as all of our work is continually evolving I’m sure the handouts will also evolve with more input from migrant farmworkers and grant partners.

I feel so honored to get to work on this project and to do so in a collaborative and continually-learning way. Together we’re putting the pieces in place and figuring out best ways forward. I’m excited to see what we create together. Si se puede!

- Julia Berberan, SafeSpace Coordinator

PCVT Staff Heads to Camp Outright

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.

Woohoo! Camp Outright!!

PCVT Staff Heads to Camp Outright

Pride Center staff is heading down to help out in the kitchen at Camp Outright this afternoon and evening. Susan will be holding down the fort with the help of our amazing volunteers. 

If you'd like to reach SafeSpace, please call (802) 860-7812

HIV testing will end early today. If you would like to make an appointment for Weds or Thurs, please email Mike@pridecentervt.org

Tonight's groups and activities are still happening. Check out our calendar for more events at the center. 

HIV Testing at PCVT

on Monday, 21 August 2017.

HIV Testing at PCVT
HIV Testing at Pride Center of Vermont
 
Pride Center of Vermont currently offers Rapid HIV testing that is free and fast! Get your results in just 20 minutes! Due to staff transitions we are down to one HIV tester.  Mike, our current tester, will continue to staff the drop-in testing hours every Tuesday and Thursday but may need to cancel from time to time to accommodate other programs. It is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment. HIV Testing appointments are available Monday through Thursday 10am - 5pm. Thanks for your patience during this time. Travis and Taylor certified testers in no time. 
Ask us about setting up an off site testing party!
For more info or to make an appointment contact:
Mike Bensel 802-860-7812

LGBT++ Community Group

on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.

LGBT++ Community Group

Recommended ages 18 and up

a social/activity hybrid group for individuals who's sexual orientation, romantic orientation, or sexual/gender expression is against the society norm. 

Happening today at PCVT from 6:30pm to 8pm


For more information contact the Pride Center of Vermont at (802)860-7812

Fraudulent Web Page

on Friday, 11 August 2017. Posted in Safespace

Fraudulent Web Page

To our LGBTQIA community - please note that a fraudulent web page with a domain similar to the Center's and mimicking the look of our Pride Center Vermont web site has recently been published.  We are sorry for any confusion or concern this has created.  We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse this fraudulent page. Please direct questions or comments to Susan Hartman, Pride Center of Vermont Executive Director.

The People of Pride

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

Meet JJ, Front Desk Volunteer Extraordinaire

The People of Pride

We are starting a new feature: The People of Pride as a way for Center users and supporters to get to know who helps runs the Center. Our first feature is of JJ Carbery, a long-time front desk volunteer, whose lovely Irish accents greets all callers on Wednesdays. I had to the pleasure of interviewing JJ last week. 

What is your volunteer role at the Center? and how long have you had it?
I've been volunteering at the Center for three years. I'm the person at the front desk. I'm that friendly face that greets you when you first arrive at Pride Center Vermont. No day is ever the same. I’m constantly answering phones calls, taking messages, and making appointments. There is always something going on at the Center so the volunteers are always doing something. 
 
Why do volunteer with the Center? How does the Center work with your life as an LGBT Vermonter? 
 The staff of the Center makes volunteering here so much fun. Volunteering at the Center gives me an opportunity to meet people from all walks of like, I'm an extrovert - a big people's person, and that is one of the reasons I volunteer at Pride Center.   The experience I've got since volunteering here has been priceless, rewarding, and very educational. 
 
How do you benefit from your volunteer work?
Volunteering in Pride Center Vermont is my way of giving back to the community that has welcomed my husband and me. It's a fantastic way of meeting people through one of the many events that the Center holds on a weekly or monthly bases. I’ve made amazing friends here. 
 
Tell us a little bit about yourself:  we all know and love your accent-where are you from?
I'm from The southeast of Ireland, from a beautiful city called Waterford. It's renowned for its fabulous Crystal. I'm a qualified healthcare attendant. My husband is the reason we had this fabulous opportunity to come Vermont for his job. We've been living in Vermont for nearly five years now and still love every minute of it. Giving back to my community has always been very important to me, and that's why I’m proud to volunteer at the Center. It’s the hub of the local LGBT community.

  

A Fond Farewell for Carlos

on Friday, 21 July 2017.

Pride Center says goodbye to a beloved staff member.

A Fond Farewell for Carlos

The folks at Pride Center of Vermont are sad to announce that Carlos Gonzalez-Saenz will be stepping down from his role as Health and Wellness Coordinator after two and a half years at the organization. Carlos has been providing HIV Testing and creating social events with GLAM, PCVT's Mpowerment Intervention designed to reduce new HIV infections among Vermont's gay, bi, and trans, men's communities. 

"Carlos is one of the most rad, dynamic, and genuine revolutionaries I have ever had the pleasure of working with" says colleague, Catarina Campbell. This sentiment is shared by the entire staff at PCVT.

"The last two and a half years at the center have been amazing. I have learned so much about myself and my community. It has changed my life for the better. I will always feel like I am part of the PCVT family, forever. This organization has a permanent place in my heart." says Carlos. He is going to be living and working in the Montpelier area and will still play an active role at the Pride Center as a volunteer. 

Travis Miller, Pride Center's part-time GLAM Coordinator, will be moving into Carlos' role as full-time Health and Wellness Coordinator. 

Please help us send Carlos off with style! We'll be saying our goodbyes on the big boat party this Saturday and at the GLAM meeting on Wednesdayø, July 26th at 6:30pm. His last day is Friday, July 28th. 

Holiday Closures and Events

on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in Safespace

Holiday Closures and Events

Our offices will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th but there are still fun things happening in the community!! 

Join GLAM for Kablooey on Monday! 

http://www.pridecentervt.org/calendar/calendar/event/13618-glam-s-kablooey

And check out the Barbs' Big Beach Bash on Tuesday!! 

http://www.pridecentervt.org/calendar/calendar/event/13619-the-barbs-july-4th-big-beach-bash

The Trans Support Group that usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month will be meeting on Wednesday, July 5th instead, from 6:30-8pm. 

http://www.pridecentervt.org/calendar/calendar/event/13417-trans-and-gnc-support-group-1st-weds

We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

on Monday, 26 June 2017.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

From 11am - 6pm,  Pride Center of Vermont will be celebrating National HIV Testing Day! Now is the time to take control of your sexual health. Know your status.

Pride Center of Vermont will be serving donuts, bagels, and coffee all day for those who come in for a free, rapid HIV test. Please email Mike@prodecentervt.org  if you have any questions. 

On June 27th—National HIV Testing Day—people nationwide are encouraged to learn their HIV status. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. 

bagels

 

Meet New Director, Susan Hartman on The T with Emoji and Nikki

on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

Meet New Director, Susan Hartman on The T with Emoji and Nikki

Susan Hartman, the new Executive Director at Pride Center of Vermont, is welcomed to the Queen City by Emoji & Nikki. The queens learn about what life was like for a young activist from Arkansas, what Susan's journey has been that led her to Vermont, and her goals and objectives for her tenure as the helm of the Pride Center.

 

 

To our community members

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Safespace

To our community members

To our community members,

In light of the recent resurgence of violently transphobic sentiments within our community, The Pride Center wishes to extend our capacities in full as a healing presence to those affected. The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center offers advocacy and support to LGBTQIA individuals who have experienced any type of violence, bias, or discrimination. If you or someone you know needs help or support- please reach out to our advocates at 802.863.0003 or safespace@pridecentervt.org. You can also report violence anonymously at bit.ly/reportvt. Please know that we are here for you.

The Pride Center of Vermont is committed to ensuring the safety of all members of the LGBTQIA community, especially those of us who identify as trans. We are receptive to the concerns that have been brought to us by the trans community and we are dedicated to moving forward with our advocacy in a way that is informed by the past. Stepping up and advocating for our most marginalized community members in the time ahead is our foremost priority. As an organization that advocates for inclusivity, acceptance, and safety, we seek to bridge the gaps in our community that allow for transphobic rhetoric to take root and divide us. On principle, we do not condone violence of any sort, and we especially condemn violence that affects our trans community members. Our trans community is deeply valued by the Pride Center; these are folks filled with kindness and love who work every day, just by existing resiliently, to make Vermont a safe and inclusive place for trans people to thrive. At the Pride Center, we are deeply aggrieved and disheartened to see such a staggering revitalization of increasingly persistent transphobic hatred and violence, and we are calling for our brilliantly diverse LGBTQIA community to resist hatred and come together for the sake of our most marginalized.

A critical part of coming together and healing is listening to one another, particularly to the trans community members who have been silenced and subjected to hatred. Supporting our trans community can take the form of actively listening and accepting what people have to say at face value, acknowledging their feelings, and letting them know they are heard. Transphobic rhetoric is a threat to the integrity of our whole community, not just to those who are trans. Recent discussions about transphobia have provided much insight on just how much work remains to be done on the part of the LGBTQIA community as well as the community at large towards learning, healing, and uplifting. In the face of the recent vitriolic transphobia, we challenge our fellow LGBTQIA Vermonters to confront bias every day and to support the trans folks in the community by giving them space to exist safely, listening to their concerns, and taking action when the inherent value of a trans person’s life is questioned. We have to do better by our trans community, and we will persist in the effort to accomplish not only a basic understanding, but a wide spread acceptance as well. We will not tolerate this violence.

 

 

GLAM's Kablooey

on Friday, 16 June 2017.

GLAM's Kablooey

Come and join us this 3rd of July for some grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as we wait for the GLAMorous fireworks later that night! We will be at Oakledge Park at 7pm so we can have time to eat before the show. Don't miss this beautiful and delicious experience! See you there!

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