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Message from SafeSpace: Support and Solidarity

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in Safespace

Message from SafeSpace: Support and Solidarity

A message from SafeSpace, the Anti-Violence Program of the Pride Center of Vermont:

Dear Community,

We hear you. We want you to know that we are here for you. We’ve heard from many individuals in our community that they’ve been hurt by the term “mister sister.” It makes sense to us why this term is harmful. This term has been invoked to out trans people, to invalidate gender identities, and to belittle and antagonize members of our community.

We recognize that people understand and experience words and labels in different ways, but if words are alienating and harming people within our community- we need to listen to that and honor their experience. In our community, trans and gender non-conforming people experience heightened levels of harassment and violence. We cannot deny the reality that more than one in four trans people have faced bias-driven assault, and that rates are higher for trans women and trans people of color (The National Center for Transgender Equality).

The SafeSpace program strives to support all members in our community from myriad forms of violence, including sexual, domestic, and hate violence. Support for community members who are harmed by oppressive language is a part of this mission. Please know that we are here to offer support and that we stand with you in your experience.

To access SafeSpace for support please visit us at the Pride Center or call our confidential hotline at (802)-863-0003 between 10am-6pm Monday through Thursday or 10am-2pm on Fridays.

With solidarity and care,

Catarina and Julia, SafeSpace Coordinators

Pride Center Speaks out about Withdrawal of Title IX Guidance

on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center Speaks out about Withdrawal of Title IX Guidance

February, 25, 2017

Last week the Trump administration revoked federal guidelines under Title IX that specified that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity. By rescinding this guidance, set forth under the Obama administration, the Trump administration is signaling its disregard for the basic needs of transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity by saying that this should be a state level decision. This further sends the message that the federal government will not defend transgender student’s right to an education.

This is a massive step backwards for transgender students. The guidance allowed schools to have a framework for protecting transgender students, without it, students are at risk for being marginalized, isolated or worse.

Pride Center of Vermont stands by all transgender students. The rescinding of this guidance is reprehensible.  As we learned from Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director of GLAD when she was here last week, it is vital that all of the community, and our allies, unite beside our transgender students by speaking out, writing letters to schools, and our elected officials to express our support for transgender students and our dissatisfaction at the rescinding of the guidance. She indicated that on the local level speaking out in support of transgender rights, and protecting transgender students is vital.

The Trans Program offers several monthly meetings which can be found at pridecentervt.org. First Tuesdays and and third  Wednesdays of the month is the Trans and GNC Support Group, and on March 9th the Family, Friends, Partners and Allies of Trans Adults meets.  

If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by removal of the Title IX guidance, please reach out to our SafeSpace program. You can report anything anonymously or just come in the office to talk to someone.  We are here to help and can be reached at 802-860-0003.

Executive Director Search: Meet the Candidates!

on Friday, 24 February 2017. Posted in Events, Safespace

Executive Director Search: Meet the Candidates!
Community Forum: Meet the Candidates 
 
We want your feedback in the selection process of Pride Center of Vermont's next Executive Director! Here is your chance to participate in a community forum where each candidate will make a short presentation and answer questions from members of the community. This is a great opportunity to have you voice heard and provide valuable feedback to the search committee as we work towards finding the most qualified candidate.
 
 
 
Candidates Schedule:
 
Susan Hartman - 6pm, Friday March 3rd
Michael McCarver-Reyes- 11am, Saturday, March 4th
Llu Mulvaney-Stanak -  6pm, Saturday, March 4th

Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Community Survey

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.

Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Community Survey

The Pride Center's Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Project wants to get the pulse of the TGNC community! Fill out this survey to let us know what kinds of programs, services and activities you'd like to see offered. Participants will be given the opportunity to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards. Thanks for your input!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tgnccp-survey

Green Mountain Bucks

on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

Green Mountain Bucks

Hello there! Do you like men in leather? Does it feel right whenever you put on your leather harness? If the answer for any of this questions is yes, then you might want to check this club out!. Come to the Pride Center of Vermont on March 24th and be part of the Green Mountian Bucks desicion process. In this meeting we'll go through sections 5-8 of our bylaws, we'll gather more info on what people want out of the Club, and touch bases on the action plans established in or last gathering. This month we made sure to schedule it right before Burly Bear, so mke sure to wear you leather and come out dancing with us after the meeting. More info to come...

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Sign Up for Tobacco Cessation Group

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Events

Sign Up for Tobacco Cessation Group
Pride Center of Vermont's Tobacco Cessation Group will begin In the next few weeks. The group meets once a week for 4-5 weeks. Each session lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The group will be a place where folks access support and resources throughout there quitting process. Nicotine replacement products (patches, gum, etc) will be provided free of charge. Please indicate which days of the week and times would work for a regular meeting.
 
Here is the link to the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQuits

 

Gayme Night

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

Gayme Night

It's here again!! Join the GLAM guys for fun video games, board games, food, and great company!!! We have a Wii, Giant Jenga, ANOMIA,Twister, Quarkle, UNO, and many more. Have a game that you love and would like to play with us? Bring it with you! We'll be more than happy to try it out! So don't stay bored home, come to The Pride Center and let the games begin!!

GLAM's Movie Night

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

GLAM's Movie Night

Hello folks! Come to Pride Center of Vermont this Thursday March 9th and enjoy this greeat movie showing with us. Watch this vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love. This powerful movie is guaranteed to touch your soul, no matter what color your hair is!

Love Yourself! Some tips for self-care

on Monday, 13 February 2017. Posted in Safespace

Love Yourself! Some tips for self-care

Valentine’s Day can sometimes be stressful if you don’t have someone to spend it with. Whether you’re in a long-distance relationship, single and ready to mingle, or somewhere in between, there is a lot of pressure to find someone to snuggle up with on February 14th.

But instead of worrying about finding someone else to love, why not spend some time loving yourself? We’ve compiled a few tips for having fun and falling in love with yourself this year.

Self-Care Tips for Solo Snugglers:

-Take a long shower or bath: The warm water is so calming, and you can let your mind wander. Put on a relaxing playlist, grab some tea, ice water, or another favorite beverage, and soak. Epsom salts are a great and inexpensive way to enhance a warm bath, and helps soothe any muscle aches you may be feeling.

-Start a compliments notebook: It can be a notebook, a digital document, some sticky notes on your wall, or whatever you have on hand. Keep track of the nice things people say about you so you can look back on them when you’re not feeling so great. It can be nice to remember that kind person who complimented your outfit, or your friend thanking you for being a good listener.

-See some sunlight: Sometimes being inside and in the dark can make you feel stagnant and bored. Even just going outside and sitting or standing outside your front door can be refreshing. The crisp air can do a world of good, even just for a few minutes. If it’s too cold outside, or if it’s difficult to get out of your house, opening the window curtains can bring sunlight into your room and brighten your mood. Plus, it can be fun to people-watch (or dog-watch) from your window.

-Do something you’ve been putting off: If you’ve been meaning to do the dishes for three days but haven’t had the motivation, do them! It will make you feel so much better once you have, and you can get rid of that nagging voice in the back of your head. You can do something  as small as making your bed, or as big as alphabetizing your CD collection or color-coordinating your book collection into a rainbow.

-Dance!: Make a playlist of some favorite songs and move around. It can be a whole-house romp or just a small shoulder-shimmy while you sit on the couch. Try and get some blood flowing by getting your body moving. Plus, the upbeat music will help lift your mood!

-Write something down: It could be an idea that’s been floating around, a to-do list, or a stream-of-consciousness word vomit. Let it all out. You can go back to it later if you’d like, or if you’d like to get rid of some negative thoughts you can burn it/tear it up/use it to line your pet’s litter box.

-Think of your favorites: Eat your favorite comfort food, pull on your favorite sweater, or watch your favorite movie (Harry Potter movie marathon anyone?). Reconnect with what you love.

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Longer-term Self-Love Tips:

-Mindfulness: take a few quiet moments to really think about your own needs. How are you feeling? What thoughts have been on your mind? Is there anything you’ve been wanting for yourself? If you haven’t been feeling so great, think of some things that make you feel better.
Do you have a favorite soft blanket? A movie that always makes you laugh? A book that you’ve loved since you were a kid? Being in touch with how you feel and what you want is a good way to understand yourself, and really love who you are.

-Set boundaries: Has work been overwhelming you? Are social obligations making you feel more stressed than supported? It is okay to say “no” and to take a step back. You are not obligated to take an extra shift at work, or to bring work home with you at night. It can be especially hard to refuse an invitation from a friend, but if you feel like your batteries are running low, it is fine to turn them down--you can always reschedule. Take at least one day per week to do what recharges you, whether that is having a meal with friends or staying at home with some mood lighting and Netflix.

-Let yourself make mistakes: We all mess up. It’s part of being a human person. But making mistakes helps us learn. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but one misstep is not the end of the world. It will be okay. It’s important to recognize the mistake, accept that it happened, and move forward. It can be really hard letting something go, especially if it’s embarrassing or affects other people. But ask yourself: will this matter in a week? In six months? In a year? It may hurt now, but the pain or embarrassment or guilt will soon fade. It’s okay.

-Unplug from social media: This is another tip that gets tossed around all the time. But when was the last time that scrolling through your Facebook feed made you feel good? Take a break from all of the noise and turn off your wifi--even if it’s just for an hour. You can respond to texts from friends if you’d like, but maybe keep away from Instagram and other feeds that might make you feel like you’re missing out on something. Instead of flipping through your phone, try taking an extra-long shower, calling or Facetiming a friend, or go outside (just bundle up--it’s very cold). 

And if you’d like to spend some time with others this Valentine’s Day, come join us at the Pride Center for a showing of the movie Pride (2014)! Doors will open at 6, and the movie will start at 6:30. We hope to see you there!

Also- join us for a Mindfulness series with Katrina Dreamer on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, February 28th-March 21st.

-Alanna Moriarty, Blogging and Social Media Intern

Serving Face! (Rescheduled for Weds 2/15)

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in Events

Serving Face! (Rescheduled for Weds 2/15)

*****Rescheduled  due to storm for 6:30pmWeds 2/15****

Still looking for ideas for the Drag Ball? Do you feel gorgeous but sometimes struggle with your make-up? If that is the case, then head over to Pride Center of Vermont at 6:30pm Weds 2/15 and be a part of Serving Face, where we will have 3 amazing local Drag Queens, Nikki Champagne, Marjorie Mayhem, and Molly Chromatic  helping us create perfect contour,  dazzling eyes, and sparkling glitter beards. This is THE place to be in preparation for the Winter is a Drag Ball on Feb 18th

Mindful Hour (Tuesdays Feb 28 - March 21st)

on Friday, 10 February 2017. Posted in Events, Safespace

Mindful Hour (Tuesdays Feb 28 - March 21st)
Join us for a mindfulness series with Katrina Dreamer on Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pmFebruary 28 - March 21. Katrina will lead guided mindfulness meditations to help you center yourself, find a moment of peace, and connect with others in the community.

Katrina Dreamer is a mindfulness instructor, dreamworker, academic coach, and tutor. She has taught workshops and classes on mindfulness and energy work at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley as well as privately. She works with both children and adults to help them cultivate their intuition and a sense of calm. Find out more at www.katrinadreamer.com.

PRIDE Screening on 2/14!

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in Safespace

PRIDE Screening on 2/14!

Do you have plans this Valentine’s Day? Join Pride Center of VT and Vermont Worker’s Center for a screening of “Pride”! Doors will open at 6pm, and the movie will start at 6:30. There will be popcorn! Screening will be at the Pride Center: 255 South Champlain St., Suite #12 in Burlington.

“Pride,” based on a true story, revolves around a group of gay and lesbian activists in London during the 1984 miners’ strike. Mark Ashton, the activist group’s leader, realizes that the miners have been facing a similar level of police violence and discrimination as the gay and lesbian community and forms a “Gays and Lesbians Support the Miners (GLSM)” advocacy group.
The miners are hesitant to accept the GLSM’s support at first, worried about being associated with the gay and lesbian community. But when the small mining village of Onllwyn, Wales accepts their donation, the partnership is tentatively solidified and the adventure begins.

Features:
Lesbians Against Pit Closures; HIV/AIDS awareness; Intersectionality of class/geography

TW: “Coming out,” family relations and reconciliation; Scenes depicting violence and discrimination

While not representative of race, gender, and non-gay-and-lesbian sexualities, “Pride” is a funny and light-hearted film centered around inclusivity and alliance.

Read more about the film HERE and HERE.

See you on Tuesday!

Trans Town Hall Rescheduled for Feb 28th

on Tuesday, 07 February 2017. Posted in Events

Trans Town Hall Rescheduled for Feb 28th

Due to poor weather conditions between Boston and Burlington, the Trans Town Hall event is postponed to Feb 28th!

GLAD is coming! On Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30pm Jennifer Levi, GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director, will be leading a Trans Town Hall at the Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask one the country's foremost experts in transgender issues anything that's concerning you. Jennifer will come with information about what to expect from the new administration and issues around health care rights. Come a little early for pizza.

Job Postings with Planned Parenthood of NNE

on Thursday, 02 February 2017.

Job Postings with Planned Parenthood of NNE

 

 

 

Hello Everyone,

We have two exciting opportunities at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England that will lead our advocacy efforts to promote and protect our essential health care services in Vermont.  

The Vice President of Public Policy Vermont is a senior management position responsible for creating and advancing effective legislative policy strategy, conduct campaigns for Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, and build strong coalitions and partnerships with fellow organizations and state leaders.

The VT Public Affairs Organizer reports to the VP of Public Policy and is responsible for establishing and nurturing a powerful relationship with a rapidly growing base of activists and volunteers in order to conduct strategic advocacy efforts around the state.  This position works across departments to keep our supporters engaged in our work.  Both job postings are listed below -- please post pass along to those in your network. 

Thank you!

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Vice President of Public Policy, Vermont (Colchester, VT)

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is currently seeking an individual well versed in the policy and legislative arena to serve as Vice President of Public Policy, Vermont.  This full-time senior management position oversees the public policy, advocacy, communications, and electoral activities for PPNNE and its affiliated entities in Vermont.  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: developing a strategic public affairs agenda aligned with PPNNE’s values; managing the annual work plan  for VT’s Public Affairs department (VT); identifying and designing strategies for public policy issues impacting PPNNE’s health care and education services;  overseeing the expansion and utilization of the PPNNE activist and supporter leadership network; directing the work of the PP Vermont Action Fund and state PAC; serving as a senior spokesperson and media liaison for PPNNE , PPVT AF and PAC; and developing positive partnerships with outside constituencies including health care industry leaders.  Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline, with advanced degree preferred, plus ten or more years’ relevant public policy experience in a non-profit/issue advocacy setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired; excellent writing and communication skills; knowledge of the legislative process and experience working with elected officials and state administrative agencies; demonstrated ability to develop and manage issue and electoral campaigns involving advocacy, communications and grassroots components; excellent communication skills, media relations and the ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of individuals and constituencies in and outside of PPNNE. Interested applicants are to visit our website at www.ppnne.org and apply under our JOBS section.  Please attach a cover letter and resume to your online application.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England welcomes diversity & is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Vermont Public Affairs Organizer (Colchester, VT)

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is candidates for a full time (37.5 hours/week) Vermont Public Affairs Organizer position based out of our Colchester, Vermont administrative offices.  We are looking for a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual ready to mobilize and engage with all Vermonters across the state on the issues most important to our patient base.  The Public Affairs Organizer is responsible for growing powerful relationships with Vermont’s expanding activist and volunteer base, strategically raising awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues and representing Planned Parenthood at public events.  This individual must be able to work alongside multiple departments across the affiliate to create bold social media and marketing tactics, to empower our patients to take action in our work, as well as develop strong volunteer leadership able to develop and sustain a statewide volunteer and activist team. Understanding of Vermont’s political process, as well as public speaking and volunteer management experience required. Qualified candidates are computer literate and have a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum two years of relevant experience required or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skill have been acquired.  Interested applicants are to visit our website at www.ppnne.org and apply under our JOBS section.  Please attach a cover letter and resume to your online application.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England welcomes diversity & is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


All Best,

Paige A. Feeser

Regional Recruiter

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
784 Hercules Drive, Ste 110 | Colchester, VT 05446
O: 802-448-9754 | C: 802-999-8835

www.ppnne.org | paige.feeser@ppnne.org

Home-Buying Seminar

on Monday, 30 January 2017.

Home-Buying Seminar

Join us for a fun and informational evening to learn all about the home-buying process! Whether you’re a first-time buyer or just want to brush up on the basics. Dora Dernavich, from Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty and Eugene & Stephen Richards from Spruce Mortgage will be hosting a casual evening seminar to answer all your home-buying questions. Snacks and drinks will be provided, so just bring yourselves and enjoy the night! 

Please RSVP here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7X2Y69P and mark your calendars for Thursday February 23rd from 6-8pm at the Pride Center.

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