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Disability Network at Town Hall Meeting on Accessibility

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Safespace

Disability Network at Town Hall Meeting on Accessibility

Our LGBTQ+ People with Disabilities Network will be meeting at the Town Hall on Accessibility in Burlington this week! (Instead of at the Pride Center). The Town Hall is happening on Wednesday from 4:30-6 at the Dept of Public Works (645 Pine St.) in Burlington. Hope you can make it! enjoyburlington.com/event/accessibility-in-burlington

Congratulations Sunshine!

on Wednesday, 09 May 2018.

Congratulations Sunshine!

Congratulations Sunshine! In mid-June, Sunshine will be moving to Pittsburgh where he has been accepted to the Physician Assistant’s Program at Chatham University. After receiving his Masters Degree as a Physician Assistant, he intends to return to Vermont to provide trans-competent, size-positive health care. So, while we say good-bye for now, Sunshine, we also say, “See you soon!” We look forward to having you return to invest your energy and talent in your new role in service to the trans community of Vermont

During his time at the Pride Center, Sunshine’s leadership and commitment fueled an unparalleled growth of support for the health and well-being of the trans community at large. His intersectional approach to programming provided space for all members of our community, including those who identify as 20-somethings, nerds, fats, and femmes. Sunshine hosted events across the state, and gathered the masses for talent shows, hot cocoa meetups, board games, painting, and more. Sunshine launched our first ever Trans Day of Visibility Coffeehouse, drawing a group of nearly 100 community members and featuring over 15 trans and GNC Vermont artists. We’re going to miss that unique quality he has in bringing people together; he has a special way of engaging directly with community members that makes them feel included and want to participate.

The news of Sunshine’s career development presents another exciting opportunity right here at the Center. The Pride Center of Vermont is actively seeking a new community leader to carry on Sunshine’s great service to the trans community and build on this amazing foundation he established in the Center’s tradition of continued commitment to the support to all members of our larger LGBTQ family. To learn more or apply, click here.

Burly Bear presents Cosmos

on Monday, 07 May 2018. Posted in Events

Burly Bear presents Cosmos

This month Burly Bear is traveling beyond the stars to bring you the most stellar scene! We'll have Djs from all regions of the galaxy bringing you light speed sets! Join us at Red Square on May 25th from 8pm to 11pm in the blue(room) supernova! 

21+
$5 cover/ Proceeds go to People with AIDS Coalition

Catarina Campbell on Brown 'n Out!

on Monday, 07 May 2018. Posted in Safespace

Catarina Campbell on Brown 'n Out!

Brown 'n Out is back! Check out Pride Center of Vermont's very fierce and amazing SafeSPace Director, Catarina Campbell.  This wonderful first episode of Season 2 features the briliant Catarina Campbell.

You can listen to it here: https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/brownnout-podcast/id1341496119 

or here: https:/brownnout.podbean.com/e/coming-soon-brown-n-out-podcast/ 

@cat_alyst070 @brownnoutpodcast #lgbtq #poc #vermont #vt #brownnout #podcast

What's Up with the Ticket Prices?

on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in Events, Safespace

The Annual Benefit Pricing Explained

What's Up with the Ticket Prices?

A lot of folks have been wondering just what's up with our ticket pricing for this year's 20th Annual Community Celebration on May 18th at the Echo Center. The change in pricing is for two reasons. First, we really listened to community members who said that last year the benefit was too expensive. Also, in honor of this being our 20th Annual Celebration, we thought each ticket category could tell the story of the Center.

If you are a community member in need of ticket, please email josie@pridecentervt.org.

Here are the ticket prices and their meaning to the Center:

Party Like It's 1999! Help us celebrate the year we were founded with tickets that are $19.99.

Can't make the Event? Help a community member attend with a $25 ticket. 

The Fight Isn't Over Ticket for $29. 29% of people who came to SafeSpace this year did so as a result of hate violence or discrimination, reminding us that our fight against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Vermont is far from over.

Celebrate Health and Wellness with a $56 ticket. Our Health & Wellness program will have 56 GBT guys participate in a 2-hour session that will hone their skills on promoting sexual health, reducing HIV stigma, and increasing access to HIV testing, prevention, and care. These newly trained peer educators then disseminate this important information throughout our community, including those who are at highest risk for contracting HIV in Vermont.

Celebrate SafeSpace with a $98 ticket. 98 People have been trained in LGBTQ Sensitivity in the Vermont Department of Corrections and in the Vermont State Police thus far this year through our SafeSpace program.

Please use this link to purchase tickets. We hope to see at Echo on May 18th!

Prideability Episode 2 ft. Eli Clare

on Monday, 23 April 2018.

Prideability Episode 2 ft. Eli Clare

Hosts Paul Engels and David Frye, from the Pride Center, speaks with Eli Clare. Eli Clare is a poet, essayist and activist.

Prideability is a series focused on disabilities in the LGBTQ community. Hosts David Frye and Paul Engels address issues, concerns, and provide information that will help educate others on this topic in Vermont and across the country.

David Frye is the Disability Network Group Facilitator at the Pride Center of VT

Paul Engels is the producer of the show and a local activist.

Watch Episode:

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!

on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Posted in Safespace

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!
May 2nd at 5:30
Meet in the Fleming Museum lobby

Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:30 pm in the Fleming Museum Lobby for Alison Bechdel's Self-Confessed! exhibit! A personal guided tour will be led by our very own Meg Tamulonis- Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Fleming. The admission fee will be waived, you can pay what you wish if anything at all.

For directions and parking click here: http://www.uvm.edu/~fleming/index.php?category=visiting&page=directions

Information below about Alison Bechdel's Self Confessed! exhibit is from http://www.uvm.edu/~fleming/index.php?category=exhibitions&page=alison_bechdel

In the spring of 2018, the Fleming Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the work of Alison Bechdel, spanning her illustrious, decades-long career. A renowned cartoonist and graphic memoirist who lives in Bolton, Vermont, Bechdel is a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner, and the third Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont—a position unique to the state. Her pioneering comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends, Dykes to Watch Out For, ran from 1983 to 2008 and was syndicated in over fifty alternative papers, including Vermont’s Seven Days, which recently published new Dykes strips by Bechdel focused on current political events.

In 2006, Bechdel published the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which explores her relationship with her father, her coming out, and his possible suicide. Fun Home was a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name. Bechdel followed up in 2012 with Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, which follows her relationship with her mother, girlfriends, therapists, and her exploration of psychoanalytic theory. Both books are works of multilayered complexity, employing nonlinear storytelling and a rich trove of literary and historical references.

Self-Confessed presents these primary bodies of work in depth through original drawings and sketches, while incorporating other aspects of Bechdel’s creative output, from early drawings to activist ephemera to large-scale self-portraits. The exhibition also includes a model of the set for the musical Fun Home, reconstructed for this exhibition.

The exhibition explores Bechdel’s work as a writer, an artist, and an archivist of the self, someone who constantly mines and shares her own experiences as a way to communicate something vitally human: the quest for love, acceptance, community, and social justice.

Trampalooza

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Events

Trampalooza

GLAM is taking it to new heights at Get Air this Sunday from 5:30-6:30p. Come jump around for an hour with local gay, bi, and trans guys!

We are asking for a $5-$10 donation for this event. We can accept cash or card.

Let's Kiss Debt Goodbye

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Let's Kiss Debt Goodbye

Join us at the Pride Center for a two session group on credit score and mechanisms and resources on how to manage credit score!

For more information or questions please contact Joy Mapp at jammin236@outlook.com.

We hope to see you there!

 

Rutland Lgbtq+ Gathering

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Events

Rutland Lgbtq+ Gathering

Living in the Rutland area?
LGBTQ+?
Looking for community?

Join us for the afternoon on Sunday April 15th from 4pm-6pm!! This is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ folks in the Rutland area to come together and meet each other. LGBTQ+ people and their families welcome! 

The Speakeasy will be closed to the public and open to us! A limited menu of coffee and baked goods will be available for purchase. 

If you have any questions feel free to comment or contact Jess Novak.

We hope to see you there!

Queer-vangelical: Art Opening & Artist Talk

on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Safespace

Queer-vangelical: Art Opening & Artist Talk

Art Opening, Artist Talk, and Fundraiser with Kara Torres
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pride Center of Vermont 

Join Burlington Artist Kara Torres for an artist talk about their collection of art entitled "Queer-vangelical." The artist will share their personal experiences of being raised Evangelical while re-examining sexuality, sexual orientation and gender. Q & A and optional facilitated discussion will follow. Art (paintings, stickers, jewelry, t-shirts, magnets, etc.) will be available for sale, and 50% of proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Pride Center.

"Queer-vangelical" is an autobiographical collection of art pieces reflecting the artist's exploration of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation from the late 90's to the present. Raised in rural Vermont amidst an Evangelical church community, "Queer-vangelical" traces the artist's experience of coming out and reexamining the values of this community. Through 20-year-old doodles drawn in number two pencil to contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas, the collection elucidates how the confluence of 80s morality and strict religious values impacted the artist's early experiences of gender and the development of alternative ways of being.

Kara Torres, who also operates under the name Fine Forager, is a Burlington-based artist best known for intricate, cartoon-style black & white line drawings and jewelry made from found objects. 

All art in this show is also available for purchase by contacting the artist directly at fineforagerarts@gmail.com

See more art on Instagram: @fine_forager and at www.fineforagerarts.com

The Pink Triangle Project: Holocaust Remembrance

on Wednesday, 21 March 2018.

The Pink Triangle Project: Holocaust Remembrance

Please join UVM Hillel and the LGBTQA Center at UVM as we come together with our campus partners at the Interfaith Center to observe Holocaust Remembrance Week with a collaborative history project, honoring the experience and stories of LGBTQ people during the Holocaust.

This will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM.


The Holocaust Remembrance Day Exhibit will be on display from April 9th to the 13th in the Interfaith Center’s Gathering Hall.

David Frye Hosts Prideability: Guest John Kilacky

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

David Frye Hosts Prideability: Guest John Kilacky

Hosts Paul Engels and David Frye speak with John R. Killacky, executive director of Flynn and their first guest on Prideability. John has made numerous films and videos in his hybrid career. In his most recent exhibition, his work focuses on AIDS-related works from the '90s, disability-themed pieces from the 2000's and two recent video collaborations with Vermont artists; Todd R. Lockwood and Art Bell. His award-winning work has been screened internationally at films festivals; broadcast on PBS, Free Speech TV, and Cultura24 in Holland.

About the Hosts: David Frye is the Disability Network Group Facilitator at the Pride Center of VT.

Paul Engels is a concerned citizen of South Burlington.

To watch more videos produced in Vermont, including documentaries, local events, and more, visit any of the following RETN sites:

http://www.retn.orghttp://www.youtube.com/retnvt

http://www.youtube.com/pknbtv

http://www.youtube.com/vtschools

PCVT Seeks Amazing Executive Director!

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Safespace

PCVT Seeks Amazing Executive Director!

Looking for a great ED position in an amazing place? Pride Center of Vermont is looking

for a new Executive Director!

 

Find out more here:

 https://www.lgbtcenters.org/Careers/Vermont

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BURLINGTON, VERMONT

Posted: February 23, 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: careers@lgbtcenters.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

Pride Center of Vermont
Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Pride Center of Vermont’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.  The Executive Director will be a strong and collaborative leader with a proven track record in fundraising, financial management, programming and operational supervision. The Executive Director will be the face of the organization, responsible for giving the proper strategic direction, implementing a high- quality vision, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Pride Center of Vermont.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership & Management:

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Pride Center of Vermont’s staff and management team
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to subordinate managers
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize Pride Center of Vermont’s staff, volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Fully understand the complex funding streams (e.g., foundations, corporate, individual, government, etc.) and rapidly changing trends in the not-for-profit, health and human service, and LGBT sectors
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future expansion
  • Work in partnership with the Board of Directors to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Act as the organization’s primary spokesperson with elected officials with government agency leaders and with the non-governmental funding communities

Strategy and Vision:

  • Engage the Board, staff, and community stakeholders in a process to help define strategic goals for the organization’s short and longer-term strategic plans
  • Oversee the plan’s implementation, ensuring necessary funds, staff, and infrastructure are available to realize the plan’s goals
  • Communicate the strategy, its goals, its ongoing progress, and outcomes to the organization’s Board, staff, funders, partners and community stakeholders

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Serve as a Center spokesperson for an intersectional LGBT community and the necessity of an aggressive diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Bring a robust understanding of diversity including minimally: race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability status, medical status; but also considering factors that include: marital status, parental status, veteran status, etc.
  • Oversee Center staff, volunteer and board recruitment, hiring, and retention ensuring appropriate demographic representation
  • Ensure Center collaborations and partnerships reflect the above

QUALIFICATIONS


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Pride Center of Vermont’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Visionary thinker with the ability to establish and enforce the vision of the organization
  • Influential manager with ability to lead and motivate with passion, idealism, integrity, and positive attitude
  • A strategic approach to leadership with an ability to move easily between the environments of donors and foundations and those of grassroots community supporters and partners;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business management, social sciences, or related fields - Master’s Degree preferred
  • Prior experience as an Executive Director or similar leadership role, with ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional leadership experience in not-for-profit management or similar work experience
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning - mission-driven and self-directed
  • A record of success as a dynamic fundraiser, with the ability to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources, particularly in a climate of increasing constraints and fewer resources; the ability to harness financial resources by building effective relationships with potential donors
  • Solid financial skills and GAAP understanding
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Experience working with a diverse community and building strong cultures within organizations
  • Extensive knowledge of LGBTQ programs and issues impacting the community - a passionate and articulate advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community, with the capacity to serve as a leader and visible spokesperson for LGBTQ issues on a local, state and national level
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • An analytical mind capable for “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • A politically savvy collaborator and consensus builder with good judgment, excellent listening skills, the ability to reconcile divergent points of view, resolve conflicts, and develop and maintain, on all fronts, a sense of team spirit and common purpose

COMPENSATION

Pride Center of Vermont offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

OPPORTUNITY

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced professional to lead a growing and highly-respected organization. For nearly twenty years, Pride Center of Vermont has provided essential services and a safe meeting place for Vermont’s LGBTQ community. The successful candidate will play a significant role in enhancing Pride Center of Vermont’s work and increasing its impact. As part of a dynamic team, serving an organization with the highest standards of excellence, the Executive Director will enrich and improve the lives of LGBTQ Vermonters across the state.

ABOUT PRIDE CENTER OF VERMONT

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. PCVT serves as the hub for the diverse LGBTQ community of Vermont and surrounding areas. Our work is designed to help people to live rich, healthy lives and to discover the strength found in community, through a wide variety of programs, services and activities.

TO APPLY

Please send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to careers@lgbtcenters.org by

March 15, 2018, with Executive Director Search in the subject line.

Pride Center of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons, including those with diverse backgrounds in regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

Why GLAM Campaign: Brandon Schulze

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

Why GLAM Campaign: Brandon Schulze

Why GLAM?

Each week we’ll be highlighting some of our fierce GLAM members who work to spread messages of community, social justice, and fun! As Brandon says, "I joined Glam to find a community that appreciates me, I found loving friends here, and ended up finding more out about myself".

GLAM is part of the nation-wide Mpowerment Project, which is the first documented HIV prevention intervention for young gay/bisexual men to succeed in reducing sexual risk behavior. The program has been carefully developed, evaluated, and continually refined over the course of twelve years by prominent behavioral scientists from the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), a leading-edge HIV/AIDS research institution.

It has been rigorously evaluated in two cities (Eugene, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California), and in both it reduced the rates of unprotected anal intercourse among young gay/bisexual men. The Mpowerment Project is listed in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Compendium of HIV Prevention Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness.

One study also looked at the impact of the Mpowerment Project since HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) — the drug “cocktail” — has become available. Our data showed that the intervention resulted in a slight decrease (-12%) in risk behavior among young gay/bisexual men in Albuquerque, NM while during the same time period, the risk behaviors in the comparison communities rose dramatically. Young gay/bisexual men in Phoenix, AZ reported a 24% increase in unprotected anal sex, and young gay/bisexual men in Austin, TX reported a 42% increase. At the time these data were collected, neither Austin nor Phoenix had an Mpowerment Project in their communities.

Want to learn more about GLAM? Come to one of our core group meetings on Wednesdays @ 6:30pm at the Pride Center, or stop by or drop-in space any day of the week.

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