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Why GLAM? Campaign: Miles Cleary

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.

Why GLAM? Campaign: Miles Cleary

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 Miles says, "I joined GLAM soon after I moved to Burlington. It has been a great way to meet people. I love being part of a group that blends meaningful conversations, outreach, and plain old fun!"

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.

Statement re: Ask Athena column

on Monday, 22 January 2018. Posted in Safespace

Statement re: Ask Athena column

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. The Pride Center’s programs and services strive to meet the distinct and unique needs of our LGBTQ community. Our drop-in resource center, community meeting spaces, 3,000-volume lending library, David Bohnett Cyber Center, and social events all help us to build community and create increased access to information and resources for all Vermonters. In Seven Days’ most recent issue (Vol. 23, No. 17), the Ask Athena columnist stated that “admirers” of the trans-femme community should come to the Pride Center to find potential romantic partners, while simultaneously using outdated and offensive language. This advice creates an unsafe environment for trans women, and encourages the fetishization of one’s trans status. PCVT works to provide a safe space for all members of our community at our South Champlain Street location, and does not tolerate any form of voyeurism or fetishization of our transgender family.

 

To learn more about trans allyship and fetishization, check out some of these great articles:

Trans What?

Trans Equality: Good Ally

Everyday Feminism - Trans Fetishization

#LicensetoDiscriminate

on Thursday, 18 January 2018.

#LicensetoDiscriminate

Today the Trump Administration announced that they will be overhauling the Health and Human Services (HHS) civil rights office as part of a broader plan that will allow health workers to refuse treatment to patients based on religious or moral objections. In other words, this new division will allow medical providers to deny abortion and other critical health care services for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV when they have moral objections.

Existing refusal laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care. The proposed rule would expand those laws in harmful new ways. The LGBTQ community as well as people of color, interracial couples, women, minority faiths, people with disabilities, and others could be at great risk.

Under the revised rule, the civil rights office would be able to further shield these workers as well as punish organizations that don’t allow employees to express religious and moral objections. This is a major shift for the office, which until now focused on enforcing federal civil rights and health care privacy laws. LGBTQ community centers continually work to overcome stigmas and discrimination, and this policy will significantly increase the time they spend helping individuals find alternative care.

According to a recent Center for American Progress survey, LGBTQ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination, including harassment and denials of care, and often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination. The freedom to practice one’s religious beliefs is a mainstay of our Constitution, but it should not be used to deny competent medical care to anyone or as a justification for discrimination, sexism, intolerance, or racism.

#LicensetoDiscriminate

 

More Information:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/conscience-abortion-transgender-patients-health-care-289542

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/01/18/hhs-ocr-announces-new-conscience-and-religious-freedom-division.html

https://medium.com/transequalitynow/medical-mental-health-groups-to-hhs-no-licensetodiscriminate-5f614acaa1ee

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/health-care-office-abortion-contraception.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2018/01/18/445130/discrimination-prevents-lgbtq-people-accessing-health-care/

Why GLAM? Campaign: Travis Miller

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.

Why GLAM? Campaign: Travis Miller

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 Travis says, "GLAM was a great way to get to know people in Burlington when I moved here in May 2016. I never thought it would be so easy to make so many great friends. Thanks GLAM!"

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.

Health Report

on Friday, 29 December 2017.

Health Report

Many of you may have participated in a comprehensive health needs assesment last year conducted in collaboration with LGBTQ HealthLink.  This survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of tobacco use, other chronic disease risk behaviors, and determinants of health in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of Vermont — the catchment area of the Pride Center of Vermont. The results were presented to the community in June. In addition to the presentation, we wanted to make the results available to the community in an online format. 

Check out the result in this Health Report

Pride Center of Vermont's Health & Wellness program works to assess and respond to health disparities within the broader LGBTQ+ community through educational programming, social-support groups, biomedical diagnostics, and increased access to affirming medical providers. A major focus of our current work is HIV testing and prevention as well as tobacco cessation for people who are affected at a disparate rate. We are working towards developing more resources for community members impacted by substance use. We address overall health and wellness by offering yoga classes, a weekly running group, and an annual 5k run. The Health and Wellness team is a small but nimble group of dedicated staff, volunteers, and interns that work towards building a strong, healthy, thriving community.  

 

PCVT Holiday Closures

on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Safespace

PCVT Holiday Closures

The Pride Center will be closed on Friday 12/22, Monday 12/25, Tuesday 12/26 and Monday 1/1. We're grateful for this community and are sending you warm wishes. We know that holidays can be difficult for LGBTQ+ folks. If you need support while we're closed please know there are resources available--

LGBT National Hotline- glbthotline.org 888.843.4564 
The Trevor Project- thetrevorproject.org 866.488.7386
Trans Lifeline- translifeline.org 1.877.565.8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255

HOPE Works (support around sexual violence) hopeworksvt.org 802.863.1236 or 1.800.489.7273
Steps to End Domestic Violence stepsvt.org 802.658.1996

If you need support when we open back up you can reach our SafeSpace Program at 802.863.0003.

TGNCCP Group Statement re: Seven Days Article

on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

TGNCCP Group Statement re: Seven Days Article

On October 20th, 2017, the Pride Center of Vermont was invaded by a right-wing personality with a large following. They used hidden cameras to record our Trans Town Hall event, “What the Healthcare?”. As you have probably guessed, we talked about healthcare. This video, which was recorded without our permission, was used to create a violent, anti-trans and gender non-conforming propaganda video. It spins a false narrative, making it seem like the focus of our event was to deceive and exploit the healthcare system, when in reality, we just wanted to help each other figure out how to survive and thrive.

Seven Days is currently running a story that focuses on the events of that evening in a way we at the Pride Center feel further endangers those who are most affected by this invasion in the first place, exposing us even more than we already have been by naming this right-wing personality. We don’t want to give this person further exposure, or help said person get any more views on this video of us being exploited. We are purposely not naming the perpetrator and encourage allies and members of our community to do the same in order to minimize our exposure. We would prefer that if you do share news regarding this event, you share our story, an account from those who survived this gross invasion and not give Seven Days any clicks at our expense.

News of this video being spread around our own backyard is the last thing we at the Center wanted, as the risk to the people in this video is very real and already is having a tangible impact on our lives. As we told Seven Days, “What will be a few clicks for you, has the potential to impact us for a lifetime.” While Seven Days did allow us to go on the record for their story, they did not heed our appeals to refrain from using the perpetrator’s name.

We are currently planning a healing event for those who were at the Center on October 20th to come together with a licensed therapist and process our shared trauma. We are going to continue to host events and build our community, while doing everything in our power to protect ourselves from further incursions with new policies, increased vigilance, and are working to ensure that our facilitators have plans in place in case of emergency. We will not be caught off guard again and will not stop coming together to help one another.

These right-wing agitators entered our event using false identities, the four of them posed as a gay couple with a trans child and as a lesbian couple. They pretended to be ignorant allies to disrupt our event. We didn't learn of their deception until a few weeks after the event.

What we want you to take away from this is that, while we may have been victimized, we are not sitting idly by and waiting for the next incursion. We are banding together to heal and are doing everything in our power to not only survive, but thrive, despite the best attempts of those would see us hide ourselves in fear. Trans and gender non-conforming people are resilient by necessity, as those who threaten the status quo of existing power structures must be.

We’re not going anywhere.

Trans 20somethings Group Starting!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Events

Trans 20somethings Group Starting!

A new support group for trans 20somethings is starting in January!  Young adults across the gender spectrum are invited.  We will be serving hot cocoa and pizza at our Trans 20somethings Hot Cocoa Night! If you would like to be involved, email sunshine@pridecentervt.org or simply show up at 6:30pm on January 30th.

The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exciting news! 
 
The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running! 
 
We will meet at 4:30 this Wednesday afternoon. We are keeping the group structure fairly casual for know while we figure out what type of environment works best for everyone. The topics for discussion are "how do you feel about disclosing your disability or talking about disability in general?"The topic last week was "what do I hope to get out of attending group/ why do you come to group" and that topic will carry on to this week as well so everyone can be included.  Your presence and ideas are important to us! We hope to see you there! 
 
- David and Rose
 
For more information email rose@pridecentervt.org

 

 

Momentum and Rainbow Get Together

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

Momentum and Rainbow Get Together

In the spirit of the Pride Center of VERMONT Momentum and Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont are joining for a Get Together.

Please join us at the Reservoir Restaurant in Waterbury for great social time, drinks, and food.

Mark your calendars and phones forThursday December 14th, starting at 6:00 PM

.Please let everyone know about this event and central location for several Vermont counties. Please let me know via Facebook or my phone 802-752-8947, so we can contact the Reservoir Restaurant.

Love Your Local Women's Land Trust Day

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

Love Your Local Women's Land Trust Day
Please come help HOWL on Sunday, December 17, 10:00 AM -- 2:00 PM. 

 

We will be patching holes in walls, and possibly installing new baseboards in the community room, if we have enough womanpower. 

 
You will learn how to make simple home repairs and the HOWL house will be wildlife-proofed and become a more warm and welcoming place.
 
Bring lunch and/or food to share, work gloves and good cheer. 
 
You are welcome to stay afterward for our monthly collective meeting. Or you can just take a walk/snowshoe/ski on beautiful women's land. 

Hiring SafeSpace Education Coordinator!

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Safespace

Hiring SafeSpace Education Coordinator!

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) seeks a dynamic and passionate Education Coordinator to join the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Team! We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and dedicated to working for social change with an anti-oppression, survivor-centric, and intersectional framework.

PCVT celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH+) individuals in Vermont. The ideal candidate understands and is able to effectively communicate about the complexities of LGBTQH+ identities and the various challenges that LGBTQH+ individuals in Vermont are facing. Our organization recognizes and celebrates diversity, and we strongly encourage people of color, trans/gender non-conforming individuals, and/or members of other underrepresented groups/constituencies to apply.

SafeSpace Education Coordinator

Status: Full Time
Benefits: Health & Dental Coverage
Salary: $34,000 - $38,000 commensurate with experience

The SafeSpace Education Coordinator is responsible for organizing and facilitating training opportunities requested of the Pride Center. They also provide part-time (20%) direct services to LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected survivors of domestic, sexual and/or hate violence, and individuals who have experienced or are experiencing bias and/or discrimination.

Duties and Responsibilities

PCVT Training and Education
• Provide training and technical assistance to organizations and agencies across Vermont regarding serving LGBTQH+ individuals
• Continually update trainings to reflect and address current language, climate and events
• Establish and foster long-term, collaborative relationships with agencies and organizations, utilizing a training contract system. This system may include: agency assessment, work plan creation, curriculum development, delivery of training modules, content evaluations, formulation of organizational goals and contracts, and technical assistance for goals implementation
• Complete and submit paperwork for government and foundation grants

SafeSpace Direct Services
• Provide crisis intervention services and intake interviews for SafeSpace callers and walk-in clients
• Offer individual and group support, advocacy, information, referrals, and accompaniment
• Document program and client related activity
• Contribute to state and national reports and monthly reports for the Executive Director
• Create and implement outreach initiatives
• Participate in SafeSpace Program development meetings, bi-weekly supervision with SafeSpace Director, and PCVT all-staff meetings

Community Connection
• Coordinate workshops/events/gatherings to bring people together and offer education, healing and social connection for the community
• With other staff: manage volunteer recruitment, placement and development
• With other staff: manage PCVT and related calendar/blog/social media postings

Required Qualifications

• Three or more years of related work experience
• Training or experience in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
• Ability to facilitate working alliances between diverse groups within and beyond LGBTQH+ communities
• Ability to multitask, problem-solve and prioritize effectively
• Excellent communication skills
• Flexibility with a shifting schedule
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for travel statewide
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to anti-oppression work
• Experience in creating and presenting workshops and trainings

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree and certification in Social Work
• Supervisory and clinical experience with crisis intervention, violence and victimization with LGTBQH+ individuals
• Knowledge of available social service resources in Vermont

Please send cover letter and resume by January 2nd to:
SafeSpace@pridecentervt.org (please note “SafeSpace 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 regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

Is quitting tobacco part of your New Year's resolution?

on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

Is quitting tobacco part of your New Year's resolution?
 Are you resolved to quit/cut down or maintain your smoking in the coming new year?

Get the tips, tools and community support you need before the new year!

November 27th marks the beginning of a 4 week free-tobacco cessation program on Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

If you're interested in participating sign up: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQuits

If you have questions- contact Mike at LGBTQuits@pridecentervt.org.

 

 

Ace Community Census

on Friday, 10 November 2017.

Ace Community Census
Ace Community Census
This is the 2017 Ace Community Census, a community research project by the Ace Community Survey Team. The purpose of this study is to understands more about the diversity of the ace community.

This survey is open to anyone over the age of 13, including both aces and non-aces. It will require approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete.

Follow the link to take the survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVqE0TYYYdNl1wAgiohPQnTw52uJZmnIl89Lrhbb63NM6Euw/viewform

 

QTPOC & Families/partners bowling

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017.

QTPOC & Families/partners bowling

We will rent a lane or two at Spare Time.

 

When: Sunday Dec 3 2017

10am-1pm

Where: Spare Time Colchester
 
  215 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester, VT 05446

For folks without transportation, we will meet at the Pride Center at 9:30am to carpool, otherwise find us at Spare Time at 10.

Shoe rental is $4/person... if you can, bring enough to cover shoes for yourself & a couple extra bucks to cover folks who can't afford it. If you can't afford anything, come anyway and we will work something out

Hope to see you there!

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