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David Frye Receives United Way Award!

on Tuesday, 09 September 2014.

David Frye Receives United Way Award!

David Frye, volunteer coordinator for the LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities Social and Support Group Network at Pride Center of Vermont, recieved the United Way 2014 Building Block Award this morning at the Live United Breakfast.  David was recognized for his passionate commitment to fostering the health, safety and well being of this remarkable group of people.  Check out this video produced by the United Way of Chittenden County and you too will be drawn in by David's passion for the work!  David's video

"Time is a precious gift.  And when we give it, the potential is endless and the payoff is priceless" Amy Carmola, Director of Community Impact, United Way Chittenden County

If you are interested in volunteering your time to YOUR Pride Center please contact Brenda

Have you registered for Stride To Pride?

on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Posted in Safespace

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!  This first annual event will celebrate the joy of the LGBTQ and allied community through fun and fitness!  We welcome everyone who wishes to join us in the celebration to show support, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.

Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end.  Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end.  This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course).  We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!

All participants will receive an awesome Stride to Pride t-shirt as well as custom finishers medal.  Additionally everyone will receive a token for the “OUT on Church Street” event, allowing you 10% off food, drinks and merchandise from participating retailers on Church Street Marketplace all weekend of Pride!  Additional tokens for supporters will be for sale at the event for $10 each.

While registration will be open until the event, only people registering by September 1st, 2014 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and finishers medal.  All participants will recieve an OUT on Church Street token and will be eligible for prizes regardless of registration date .  The cost is $35 per person, this includes the shirt, medal and OUT on Church Street token.

Register here:  

http://www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

Event schedule and times

Thursday, Sept. 11 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 8 pm, location TBD.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony

7:15 pm – enjoy the benefits of your OUT on Church Street token by receiving 10% off food/drink/merchandise at participating Church Street Marketplace businesses.

Internships Available

on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

Be a part of a dynamic team!

Internship Opportunities Available!

The Pride Center of VT has three internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of PCVT's fun, social HIV prevention program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
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All internships will be able to provide opportunities for skill development, gaining experience in their respective fields, and fulfilling internship or college credit requirements. Interns receive training, tailored assignments based on interests and skills, and supportive supervision from our staff. See below for details!

GLAM Intern:

Description

PCVT is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, PCVT's Mpowerment program. GLAM is a group of young gay, bi, queer and/or trans guys who are coming together, getting out, and enjoying the connections we make. Through building a stronger queer community in Chittenden County, we empower one another, support each other, and fight the HIV epidemic.

This fun and meaningful project is run by and for GBQT guys. Interns of all identities are encouraged to apply.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of event planning, marketing and community organizing.

Responsibilities

  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Attend weekly core group meetings every Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Assist in the planning and implementation of weekly social events for GBQ folks on the masculine spectrum.
  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies and members of the LGBTQ community.
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Requirements

PCVT is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with web and social media. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hour per week.

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Marketing and Outreach Intern:

Description

PCVT is looking for a tech savvy intern with an eye for design to join our fabulous team. Our organization provides services that celebrate and support LGBTQ Vermonters, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing and community organizing.

Experience in HTML or design is helpful but not necessary. We’re willing to train the right candidate.

Responsibilities 

  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Assist in the creation of e-mail & print campaigns, weekly e-newsletters and blog postings
  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies.
  • http://ru12.typepad.com/site/grayarrow.png) 0em 0.2em no-repeat transparent;">Perform analysis of communications and outreach data.

Requirements

PCVT is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with web and social media. Experience with design programs, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please email michael@ru12.org

Something For Everyone

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

Save for George Clooney, I don't follow celebrities or their sex lives. Looking at the side-by-side mug shots below, I honestly couldn't identify Tom Daley, the 19-year-old British diving champion, versus Dustin Lance Black, the 39-year-old Hollywood screenwriter. (They both look like twinks to me.) But the controversy last year over their 20 year age gap caught my attention and hit close to home. As a teenager, the only thing more terrifying than coming out as same-sex-attracted, for me, was coming out as intergenerationally-attracted.

It was absolutely paralyzing. Gay? Maybe okay, as I was privileged to grow up in a secular unconditionally-loving home in liberal Vermont. But this - it was unspeakable. I didn't even have the vocabulary to express it. I didn't have an outlet to explore it. I didn't have role models to validate it. I felt like a freak.

Painfully insecure in general, I didn't dare venture beyond the norm. I compartmentalized my feelings and my fantasies. It took extensive therapy following an episode of crippling anxiety and depression my freshman year of college for me to admit my desires - even to myself.

When I did, I came out of the closet gate running. All of a sudden, I was no longer skinny and undesirable; I was a twink! I learned about daddies, bears, chickenhawks, et al. I learned that my attraction to older men was not such an uncommon phenomenon after all. My self-consciousness evolved into self-confidence and social consciousness.

Call it a Daddy Complex, deviant, perverted, fucked up; it might just be. I don't care. I've learned to celebrate my difference. My friends will surely tell you I do so unabashedly.

Yet every time I come across literature about intergenerational sexuality, I recall the insecure teenager who sat secretly alone in his shame. It's been years since I felt that particularly toxic shame, but I'll admit: I still appreciate the validation.

So I felt compelled to share a piece of my story. There's plenty of such stories out there, and they often aren't told. The range of human sexuality is vast and beautiful. And in my experience, there's something out there for everybody, whatever you're into, however queer.

GLAM Goes to the Art Hop!

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

Join the Guys of GLAM as we support our fellow local artists at the Art Hop.

GLAM Goes to the Art Hop!

Sat, September 6th at 4pm
Burlington's South End Art District

Burlington, Vermont
**Meet at 4PM at The Pride Center of Vermont and travel over together**

Join the Guys of GLAM as we support our fellow local artists at the Art Hop. The South End Art Hop is an annual event presented by the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) of Burlington, Vermont.

Artists join businesses, artist studios, and galleries, which in turn open their doors to the public throughout the post-industrial section of Burlington, known as the “South End”.

The principle behind the event is that of fusing culture and commerce, for which participating sites allow artists to showcase their work in non-traditional settings: offices, stores, restaurants, studios, etc. This promotes a mutually symbiotic relationship, by having businesses benefit from the increased foot traffic of art lovers, and artists benefit from exposure to customers who may not otherwise see their works in non-traditional display environments.


For more info about GLAM contact 802-860-7812 or email: GLAM@ru12.org

LGBTQ Running Group

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

6pm, Thursdays @ the Pride Center

LGBTQ Running Group

 

LGBTQ Running Group

 

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6pm, Thursdays, 255 S. Champlain Street #12, Burlington, VT

FMI: Call Mike or John 802.860.7812

New Group Getting together (again) at the Pride Center of Vermont! This time we're going to train for Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk ! All skill levels welcome! We'll meet every Thursday 6pm at RU12? Community Center/Pride Center of Vermont. 

This Thursday, we'll go easy on you with a 1 mile run (over-achievers can continue on further). Set a goal, stick with us weekly, maybe even train for the Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk September 12th, and get some late-summer fitness on!

photo credit: Sangudo via photopin cc

 

St. Albans Disability Group- New Location and Time!

on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

The St. Albans disability group will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30.  The next meeting will be this Friday, July 25th.  Hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for Laura's March

on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Margolis, former UVM Director of Campus Security

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October is LGBT History Month

on Monday, 29 September 2014.

October is LGBT History Month

Every Monday in October we will be posting the week's featured LGBT history icons for 2014. 

Each day in October has its own icon such as Margaret Cho on the 11th, Billie Holiday on the 20th, CeCe McDonald on the 25th and Marc Jacobs on the 21st.

Stay tuned to find out who the rest of the 2014 LGBT history icons are!

October 1st-6th LGBT History Icons

on Monday, 06 October 2014.

October 1st-6th LGBT History Icons

October 1st:

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Richard Adams

1947-2012

Adams was an activist that filed the first U.S. lawsuit to seek federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

October 2nd:

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Faisal Alam

1977-present

Alam is an activist that created the Al-Fatiha Foundation for LGBT Muslims.

October 3rd:

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Tallulah Blankhead

1902-1968

Blankhead was an actress that was a beacon of civil rights and sexual liberation during a time when women were marginalized.

October 4th:

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Natalie Barney

1876-1972

Barney was an author that had an expansive catalog of work, written from a lesbian perspective, includes poetry, novels, epigrams and plays. She started a salon where leading artists and intellectuals gathered.

October 5th:

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Allan Bérubé

1946-2006

Berube was a historian whose book “Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two” influenced the U.S. Senate’s 1993 hearings on the exclusion of lesbians and gay men from the military.

October 6th:

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Bernice Bing

1936-1998

Bing was a painter whose masterpieces reflected her lifelong feelings of cultural duality and incorporate Eastern technique.

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons

 

 

October 7th:

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Ivy Bottini

1926-Present

Bottini is an activitst that successfully worked to defeat Proposition 64 in 1986, which designated homosexuals as a public menace who should be quarantined. 

 

October 8th:

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Lord Byron

1788-1824

Best known for his satirical epic poem, “Don Juan,” and his own life of excess, Lord Byron was among the first prominent bisexuals.

 

October 9th:

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Michael Callen

1955-1993

In 1985 Callen helped found the People With AIDS Coalition. In doing so he coined the term PWA’s (People With AIDS) to foster a self-empowered movement.

 October 10th:

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Tseng Kwong Chi/Joesph Tseng

1950-1990

Tseng’s photographs exploit the juxtaposition of perceived and self-assigned identities. Reductive stereotypes were particularly relevant for LGBT Americans of his generation.

 

October 11th:

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Margaret Cho

1968-Present

Cho is an entertainer that includes queer politics in her uncensored stand-up routines. Her stance against bullying and discrimination earned her a GLAAD Golden Gate Award for enhancing the understanding, advocacy and visibility of the LGBT community.

 

October 12th:

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Jean Cocteau

1889-1963

This writer, illustrator, poet and filmmaker knew no boundaries in his creative endeavors. A prolific catalog of genre-spanning work makes Cocteau one of the most influential figures of the 20th century French art world.

 

October 13th:

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Orlando Cruz

1981-Present

In 2012 Cruz became the first professional boxer to come out during his career and one of the first professional athletes to come out while still active.

 

October 14th:

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Lee Daniels

1959-Present

Daniels became a Hollywood force when his production company released “Monster’s Ball,” a movie
for which Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress.

OCTOBER 15TH-21ST LGBT HISTORY ICONS

on Monday, 20 October 2014.

OCTOBER 15TH-21ST LGBT HISTORY ICONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 15th:

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Stormé DeLarverie

1920-2014

DeLarverie was the activist that threw the first punch at the Stonewall Riot on June 27, 1969. Stormé DeLarverie was the sole female performer for the Jewel Box Review, a traveling drag show that toured the country from 1939 into the 1960s.

 

October 16th:

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Val Joe “Rudy” Galindo

1969-Present

The first U.S. skating champion to come out as openly gay, Galindo received the Ryan White Award for Service to Prevent HIV/AIDS.

 

October 17th:

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Darlene Garner

1948-Present

Garner helped found the National Coalition of Black Gays, the first non-white LGBT organization in the country. As an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, Garner devoted herself to religious, racial and LGBT advocacy.

 

October 18th:

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Glenn Greenwald

1967-Present

Greenwald is a jounralist and disclosed to international media classified U.S. documents obtained by Edward Snowden, thereby exposing controversial NSA surveillance activities.

 

October 19th:

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Angelina Weld Grimké

1880-1958

Grimké’s three-act drama, “Rachel,” was the first play by a black woman to be staged in a public theater.

 

October 20th:

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Billie Holiday

1915-1959

Holiday sang with the swing era's greatest musicians and was one of the first African-Americans to work with a white orchestra.

 

October 21st:

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Marc Jacobs

1963-Present 

Marc Jacobs is an internationally renowned American fashion designer best known for his own label and his work with Louis Vuitton.

 

 

Find Your Refuge Restrooms in Burlington!

on Monday, 03 November 2014.

gender-neutral bathroom database gets local submissions

Find Your Refuge Restrooms in Burlington!

Having trouble finding a safe bathroom in Burlington? Out enjoying Church Street and really have to pee? We hear ya. A few interns at the Pride Center of Vermont have updated Refuge Restrooms (formally Safe2Pee) with gender-neutral bathroom locations in the Burlington area. This website is a database of gender-neutral bathrooms that any user can add to. We are hoping to expand the project by encouraging Vermonters from all over the state to particpate in submitting entries. To check it out click here

Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

Here is a list of our upcoming Holiday Hours:

The Pride Center of Vermont will close at 3pm on Wednesday 12/24

The Center will be closed:

December 25th and 26th

January 1st and 2nd

Thank you!

 

Drop-in HIV Testing Canceled on Thursday 4/2

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in Events

Drop-in HIV Testing Canceled on Thursday 4/2

Drop-in HIV Testing Canceled on Thursday 4/2. Testing will resume the week of April 6th. Please visit GetTestedVermont.com for other testing locations.

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