Audition Notice for Summer Pride Theater Festival

on Friday, 10 April 2015. Posted in Events


Audition Notice for Summer Pride Theater Festival


On Sunday afternoon April 12th, actors young to middle-aged are welcome to audition for the 5th annual summer pride festival, where we 'll be continuing our tradition of presenting multi-generational plays, premiering in Vermont. 

Auditioners should call or e-mail ahead to set a time for auditions. (Walk-ins will be auditioned as time permits, but may have to wait.) Please bring 2 resumes and headshots (if you have them), as there will be 2 directors.

We're casting the following  plays for July 2015.

– Jonathan Harvey's 1994 play Beautiful Thing, directed by CHER LASTON, a coming-out story, subsequently made into a film. Still relevant two decades after its premiere in Britain, the 5-person cast includes 3 teens and 2 adults, 1 of the latter being old enough to parent teens.  

– Sarah Gubbins' 2011 play The Kid Thing, directed by MARGO WHITCOMB, after its successful run in Chicago. The long friendship between 2 lesbian couples is rocked by news of a pregnancy. The 5-person cast calls for 4 women (20-40s) and 1 man, mid-30s. 

WHEN: 2:00 to 4:30 PM on Sunday the 12th

WHERE: Chandler Music Hall, Randolph (VT)

PRODUCTIONS: 2 evenings each, during the July 17-19 & 24-26 festival weekends

REHEARSALS: Starting mid-June, evenings & weekends as available, in Randolph

PREPARE :For “Beautiful Thing”, interested persons will audition with 'sides' from the script. (Advance copy available.)  For “The Kid Thing”, bring a 2-minute monologue.

COMPENSATION: For Equity actors, the approved stipend for theater benefits. For non-equity actors, money toward travel expenses.

CONTACT: To make an appointment or for more information, contact Sharon Rives at <kenrives@gmail.com>; or (802/728-3726).

Press Release: Health Department and Pride Center Working to Promote LGBTQ Health

on Thursday, 09 April 2015.

Rainbow Logo Created for LGBTQ-specific Outreach

Press Release: Health Department and Pride Center Working to Promote LGBTQ Health




For immediate release:

April 9, 2015

Media Contact:

Communication Office


Health Department and Pride Center Working to Promote LGBTQ Health

Rainbow Logo Created for LGBTQ-specific Outreach

BURLINGTON – The Health Department is partnering with Pride Center of Vermont to reach out to LGBTQ Vermonters to promote public health messages, information and services such as 802 Quits, health screenings and parenting resources, and has created a rainbow version of its ‘Moon & Mountains’ logo to use in this initiative.

“By incorporating the rainbow into our official logo, we mean to show our welcoming colors,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “It is the Health Department’s mission to protect and promote the health of all Vermonters, and we are proud to be collaborating in this work with the Pride Center.”

The rainbow version of the logo will be used for LGBTQ-specific outreach, and will be on display during events such as Pride Center’s 17th annual community celebration on May 8 at the ECHO Aquarium and Science Center. Pride Center, located in Burlington, is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of LGBTQ Vermonters.

“Vermont should be proud of our leadership role in promoting and advancing LGBTQ rights,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “This is a great way to continue that tradition.”

“We are thrilled by this show of support by both the Health Department and the Shumlin Administration,” said Kim Fountain, executive director of Pride Center. “Data indicates that the LGBTQ community faces a number of health disparities, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tobacco use, and diabetes. This very visible support is a great way to let our community know about both the ongoing and new ways that Pride Center and the Vermont Department of Health are collaborating to create healthier communities.”

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Gender Free Beginner Salsa Class

on Thursday, 09 April 2015. Posted in Events

Gender Free Beginner Salsa Class

Are you interested in partner dancing but are turned off by the traditionally strict gender roles? Come to the Gender free beginner salsa class at the International Commons at St. Michaels College! Open to students and the public, April 16th from 7-8. 

Class is free but donations will be accepted for the Pride Center of Vermont. 

***Please refrain from wearing perfumes/colognes/scents/etc. as some dancers are allergic! Thanks!***


Leave your Literary Mark with Chris Bohjalian

on Monday, 06 April 2015. Posted in Events

Leave your Literary Mark with Chris Bohjalian

Hey folks! Here is our first official unveiling of a Live Auction item for the Annual Celebration. We will post items from the Live and Silent Auctions regularly so keep checking back, re-post, and tell your friends!

Vermont novelist and essayist Chris Bohjalian has authored seventeen books iincluding his latest best-selling novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and such NY Times best sellers as The Light in the Ruins, The Sandcastle Girls, Before You Know Kindness, The Law of Similars, and Midwives.

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards are too numerous to mention.

And…he has very generously offered to make you a character in his upcoming 2017 book. Can you imagine it?-'Oh, and here is a book where I am a character-see, right here...'


The Art of Healing

on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

The Art of Healing

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, SafeSpace and PCVT invite you to The Art of Healing: an event for LGBTQ survivors of assault to share wisdom and stories of healing. Come share your journey of healing through any medium such as painting, sculpture, photos, music, and poems. Items will be displayed and presented in “The Barn”, a common area at the Pride Center.  


Thursday, April 23rd


6-8 pm


If you’re interested, contact Jenna at SafeSpace (802.860.7812 or jenna@pridecentervt.org) in order to ensure space for everyone.  If preferred, SafeSpace staff can read or present art items on behalf of a survivor.


Keep up with our blog for updates and more details as the event draws closer.

Pride Center of Vermont's 17th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration

on Saturday, 28 March 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Tickets now available!

Pride Center of Vermont's 17th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration

Join Pride Center of Vermont and Host Hillary Boone at our 17th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration as we honor those who have made exceptional contributions to our community. 

May 8th, 2015
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington
Doors open at 6:00PM
 - Order Your Tickets -

Inspired food stations with tantalizing culinary delights by Vermont's best:
Leunig's Bistro & Lounge
Velvet Catering and Events

Amazing auction items! Bid on an experience. Find the perfect gift. Have a fabulous evening surrounded by LGBTQA community. 

And get ready for some live auction excitement with special guest auctioneer Josie Leavitt! 

Be on the lookout for posts about items up for auction. You won't want to miss anything. 

Mark you calendars and help us raise funds to support vital services to some of Vermont's most vulnerable populations. 

For more information, please contact Kim Fountian

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First Friday presents: SPRING BREAK w/JOSLYN FOX

on Saturday, 28 March 2015. Posted in Events

First Friday presents:  SPRING BREAK w/JOSLYN FOX

As seen on your TV, all the way from RuPaul's Drag Race, join us this month for a special edition of First Friday with JOSLYN FOX!

Start April off with a THAW and shake off this cold while we transport you to a tropical beach getaway. Dress for the sun, sand, and surf while you hit the dancefloor with JOSLYN turning up the party! It'll be cold outside but a heatwave in hurrrrrr!

April 3rd 18+ 
Doors @ 8:30pm
$10 pre-show / $15 day of event 

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Visit www.joslynfox.com!


SafeSpace Relationships Skills Class

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

SafeSpace Relationships Skills Class
SafeSpace will be offering a Relationship Skill Building Class starting Monday March 23rd.  This will be a class to learn and practice new skills.  This is not a support group to process specific relationship issues or experiences.  The consistent theme of the class is to become aware of personal values, goals, and dreams and to practice living in alignment with that awareness.  This self-awareness is the foundation of solid relationships.
Mondays from 6-7:30pm beginning March 23.
Class schedule is as follows:
Week 1   March 23: Values & Anti-Oppression
Week 2   March 30: Expectations & Negotiation
Week 3   April 6: Accountability
Week 4   April 13: Boundaries
Week 5   April 20:  Conflict
Week 6   April 27: Community Connections

Gender Free Contra Dancing Friday 3/27/15

on Monday, 23 March 2015. Posted in Events

Gender Free Contra Dancing Friday 3/27/15

You are invited to gender free contra dancing in Burlington! This is a first; the Mad Robin Callers collective is trying this out, finally at last. Please come and support them and ourselves, and to show this is a popular option. Meet at 7:45 PM at the hall, there will be an intro to contra and gender free terms. No prior knowledge needed!!! If you can, bring smooth soled shoes. You too can whirl around the room with Aurora sisters in no time at all.

Hello Dancers!
Spring may be right around the corner, but it's still pretty chilly out--so come warm up at our monthly dance! Our March dance will be gender-free: a chance for callers to practice calling without gendered terms, a chance for dancers to try out different roles if they are so inclined, and a chance to welcome an even wider community to our dance. We hope you'll join us!

Music this month will be provided by a wonderful band full of local talent including our own Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin and Brian Perkins, joined by some of their musical friends. Friday March 27
8-11pm, with a beginner lesson at 7:45pm
First Congregational Church
38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington
Music by Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin, Brian Perkins and Friends!
Calling by the Mad Robins
Cost: $5-10 sliding scale

We welcome dancers of all ages and abilities. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes, a water bottle, $5-10 entry fee and a treat to share at the dessert potluck at the break. Limited parking is available in the church parking lot, with more spaces in the Cherry St. lot across the street.

Questions? Comments? Please be in touch: robins@madrobincallers.org
Hope to see you there!
The Robins

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The F word: The power of feminism

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Events

The F word: The power of feminism

The Women's Center, Student Life and LivingWell
are so pleased to announce feminist, sex education activist Laci Green on campus in celebration of Women's HerStory Month! March 31, 7:30pm - The Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis 

Tickets are free and available NOW at The First Floor Info Desk in Davis

Check out Laci's work here and here.

Gayme Night with GLAM

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Events

Gayme Night with GLAM

Gayme Night is on again!!! This time is going to be a Wednesday after our GLAM meeting. So, reminder: we will be playing Nintendo Wii and a vast variety of board games, (you are more than welcome to bring your wii controllers and/or games). So come and enjoy a night full of laughter, games and food with us!!

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Spring Equinox Celebration at HOWL

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in Events

Spring Equinox Celebration at HOWL
Spring Equinox Celebration at HOWL
Friday, March 20
6:45  - 10:00 PM
Join us for a Spring Equinox celebration at HOWL!
Our themes are renewal, growth, cooperation, and playfulness.  We will have a ceremony outside to honor the new season, then go inside to share a meal and do a creative project together as a group.  The ceremony will be facilitated by priestess Yvonne Raphael.
Please arrive at 6:45 pm, as we will begin the ceremony at 7:00 sharp.  We want to make the most of the remaining daylight.
What to wear for the ceremony: As we will be outside in the snow for the first 30 minutes, please dress for outdoors, but wear/bring what you need to sit on the floor for crafting for awhile afterward.
What to bring for the ceremony: A hardboiled egg or garden seeds to bless and a song to sing to waken the trees.
We will share a potluck meal at about 7:30. Please bring a dish to share. Please note that we will make egg salad to share after we bless them. You might bring a few slices of bread or some crackers for that.
There is some space available for those who want to sleep over.  Please bring your own sleeping pad, sleeping bag and pillow and let us know in advance so we can make sure the space is prepared.
Donations to HOWL gratefully accepted.

Sizzlin' Saturdays comes to Rutland

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in Events

The Local in Rutland hosts a Gay Night every third Saturday!

Sizzlin' Saturdays comes to Rutland

The Local's first ever gay night! Sizzlin' Saturdays! Come one come all! Doesn't matter if you're gay straight or bisexual, come out and show your support! $5.00 cover charge at the door! Midnight drag show with 4 of Rutland's top drag stars! There will also be door prizes so put your name in at the door for a chance to win! :) prizes announced at a later date! So put on your dancing shoes and I'll see you at The Local!!

Ice Skating at Cairns

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Events

Ice Skating at Cairns

Come and enjoy an afternoon of skating with friends! Let go of your troubles and worries and skate away! Lets meet at the Pride Center at 2pm this Saturday 14th and leave for the skating arena at 2:15pm. We'll have a great time!!

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Gender Surfing Part 2

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Safespace

Gender Surfing Part 2

This is the spring session of the group offered last fall, called Gender Surfing.  It will be starting next Monday 3/16, from 3:30-5:00 at the Pride Center of Vermont, and running weekly until April 20th.

Here's a brief description, and attached is a copy of this semester's flyer:

Gender Surfing is a 6-week group for anyone wanting to explore issues related to gender, gender identity, and gender questions in a supportive, affirming space. Topics include gender fluidity, gender non-conformity, genderqueerity, gender roles, gender performance, gender expression, and how gender interacts with identity, self-expression, and relationship roles. Gender surfing is about exploring and navigating gender and building community, and is an open format group.

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