Building GLBTQ community through Mindfulness and Yoga

on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in Events

with Lindsay Foreman and Annette Browne

Building GLBTQ community through Mindfulness and Yoga

Come Home to your true self

June 21, 2015

This is a two hour workshop in which Lindsay and Annette are honored to share ancient and empowering practices as they relate to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*and queer/ questioning community today. All levels of experience, abilities and bodies are welcome. Annette browne is a Kripalu yoga teacher, RN, partner, parent and seeker of the truth! Lindsay Foreman is a mindfulness teacher, Kripalu yoga teacher, a body positive advocate and a lover of life!

For more info, and to register please visit laughingriveryoga.com

One Mill Street ~ The Chace Mill ~ Winooski, Vermont
802.343.8119 ~ Contact Us

Center Closed Monday

on Sunday, 10 May 2015. Posted in Events

Center Closed Monday

Pride Center of Vermont staff, board, and volunteers, have been working hard over the past few months planning our 17th Annual Celebration. Our event on Friday was such a great success! This Monday we'll be taking some much needed R and R. We'll be back on Tuesday 10am.

Enjoy your Monday! 

Gayme Night with GLAM

on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in Events

Gayme Night with GLAM

**GAME Night has moved to TILT: Classic Arcade and Ale house**

It is here again!! Once again is time to gather and play our hearts out with a variety of board games and video games. Bring your Wii controllers and/or your games and join us for a wonderful evening with friends!

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Trans*Plants: Summer Colors and Tastes

on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in Events

Trans*Plants are Awesome! PLANT SALE

Trans*Plants: Summer Colors and Tastes

How Do You Like Your Garden Color?


Soft & Sexy, or Flaming Hot? At the sale, you can choose from two contrasting varieties of Salvia, the Summer Jewel series, with its soft pastel spires and the Splendens Salsa mixture, displaying bold color plumes above deep, rich green foliage. Both varieties have a compact habit and bloom throughout the season. Salvia is a reliable and consistent hummingbird attractor, so you can enjoy your garden along with the “birds and the bees”!

Also highlighted in the photo are some brilliant coleus in flavors that will make your mouth water. The center flat is filled with the “Chocolate Covered Cherry” variety with a sorted Premium Sun mixture on either side. Yum, as Elsa and Anna remark on coronation day, “What’s that smell?.....Chocolate!” Not pictured, is the gregarious Black Dragon coleus, with its sinister dark purple ruffled leaves, flecked with violet and pink, towering over its prey at 12 to 18 inches high. I purposely didn’t include them in this post because I was afraid they might scare young children away from the Trans*plants Are Awesome plant sale on May 16th in the parking lot outside of the Pride Center.

In the foreground, an all season carpet of color. Ah, sweet Alyssum, a dense, compact plant, great in containers or along the garden border. Enjoy the fragrant miniature blossoms of the Alyssum Wonderland Series.

Trans*Plants Are Awesome! PLANT SALE

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Events

Trans*Plants Are Awesome! PLANT SALE

















DATE: 5/16/2015 (Sat) TIME: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Gender Pride 2015 Fundraiser hosting Julia Serano, renowned Author, Performer & Activist

Jump start your spring gardens with vigorous, ready to go, organically grown trans*plants. Thousands of ornamental, herb and vegetable starts will be offered for sale at this one-time event. Choose from popular heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and exotic eggplant varieties. Compliment your summer cooking with a bouquet of culinary herbs, including eight varieties of basil. Flowers galore will be for sale to bring your gardens alive with color and fragrance.


Trans*Plants: Basil is Awesome!

on Sunday, 03 May 2015. Posted in Events

Trans*Plants are Awesome! PLANT SALE

Trans*Plants: Basil is Awesome!


Who doesn’t like basil? I mean, come on, pesto? Yum.

 Did you know that basil is related to peppermint? Yup, and really, really healthy for you. High in Vitamin K, Vitamin A and a whole bunch of minerals important for cardiovascular health. Plus, it contains flavonoids that protect your DNA from radiation. And basil’s essential oils contain both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that counter antibiotic resistant bacteria and provide pain relief through the same biological process as aspirin and ibuprofen.


 Come to to the Plant Sale Saturday, May 16th at the Pride Center of Vermont

(More info on Trans*Plants are Awesome! PLANT SALE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633579143539760/ ) 

Although there are over sixty varieties of basil, only seven will be represented at our Trans*plants Are Awesome Plant Sale on Saturday, May 16th. But, OMG, they are all so fragrant and flavorful. In addition to the popular Sweet Genovese variety used in pesto, come choose from Thai Siam Queen with its distinctive anise flavor or Sweet Dani Lemon and Lime, with their subtle hint of citrus. Combined with Red Rubin, the traditional green leaf varieties make a beautiful bouquet of color. If you are looking for a compact plant that grows well in a container, you’ll have a hard time deciding between Fino Verde, with its smaller but sweeter and more tender leaves, and Sweet Italian Dolce Fresca, a 2015 All America Winner, with its compact shape that recovers quickly after harvest. Both varieties, when regularly trimmed, become a beautiful focal point for the kitchen window shelf.


So come and enjoy the Greek “royal” herb and share it with friends and family as the Indian symbol of hospitality. Share it with your SO as the Italian symbol of love. We’ll have some great serving suggestion on hand at the sale. So Enjoy! Health benefits summarized from http://www.whfoods.com/

"Queering the Lines," an art exhibit by Rebecca Levi

on Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Posted in Events

The Center for Cultural Pluralism invites you to peruse "Queering the Lines," an art exhibit by Rebecca Levi at the Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and open to the public. 

Queering the Lines | May 4 - May 22

Allen House Multicultural Gallery (461 Main St)

Rebecca Levi's work captures and redefines ideas of American domesticity and desire, subverting the norm with the unexpected as it invites a collision between traditional handicrafts and unexpected sources, such as vintage physique magazines, pin-ups and comic books. These works provide a valuable opportunity to pause and question our socially conditioned assumptions about others and ourselves; they serve as an important reminder that visible representation of the traditionally underrepresented is indispensable.  

This exhibit is curated by Laura Di Piazza. A reception will be held on Monday, May 4 from 12pm-1:00pm in the Allen House Lounge.  Light snacks and refreshments provided. All are welcome. 

About the Artist: Rebecca Levi is a New York City born and based artist. She received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. Her embroidery and pen-and-ink work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions including The Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (New York), The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), Soho Gallery for Digital Art (New York), Four Eleven Studio (Provincetown), Deluca Gallery (New York pop-up), Galapagos Art Space (Brooklyn), Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects (Toronto). Her embroidered work "Breakfast Boy" is one of the artworks featured in the recently released Play Smart trading card series from Visual AIDS. She can be found online atrebeccalevi.com


GLAM goes to Maple Fest

on Monday, 20 April 2015. Posted in Events

GLAM goes to Maple Fest

Hey guys! Maple Festival is here and we can't wait to go! Join us for a sweet day filled with tours, shows exhibitions and many other sweet vermonty activities. We are planning on heading to St.Albans around 12:15pm so (if you need a ride or if you can offer rides) meet us at the Pride Center at noon, or meet us at Taylor Park or just hit us up on Group me!

Maple Festival Schedules

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Reception for Vermont Queer Archives Exhibit

on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Posted in Events

Thursday April 16th, 5 - 6pm

Reception for Vermont Queer Archives Exhibit

Vermont Queer Archives
April 1st to April 30th

With a selection of pieces from the archives, this installation reflects how some portions of the LGBTQA community in vermont have defined themselves through images and language. Varying definitions and descriptions of the community can be traced, from women’s communities to lesbian and gay pride parades to queer community gatherings.

Reception for this exhibit: April 16th  5-6pm 

Queer Movie Soireé: Latter Days

on Monday, 30 March 2015. Posted in Events

Queer Movie Soireé: Latter Days

Latter Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film about a gay relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay neighbor. The film was written and directed by C. Jay Cox and stars Steve Sandvoss as the missionary, Aaron, and Wes Ramsey as the neighbor, Christian. Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears as Elder Ryder, and Rebekah Johnson as Julie Taylor. Mary Kay Place, Erik Palladino, Amber Benson, and Jacqueline Bisset have supporting roles.

Latter Days premiered at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on July 10, 2003 and was released in various states of USA over the next 12 months. Later the film was released in a few other countries and shown at several gay film festivals. It was the first film to portray openly the clash between the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and homosexuality, and its exhibition in some U.S. states was controversial. Various religious groups demanded that the film be withdrawn from theaters and video stores under boycott threats.

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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.

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