Tomorrow Legal Clinic Appointment Only

on Monday, 19 January 2015. Posted in Safespace

Tomorrow Legal Clinic Appointment Only

First Clinic is appointment only on 01/20/2015. 

We are no longer taking walk-ins at this time. 

If you would like to make an appointment for the February 17, 2015 Legal Clinic, please contact us at The Pride Center of Vermont at 802-860-7812.


Gender Pride Book Club Now Meets Twice a Month

on Friday, 16 January 2015. Posted in Events

Gender Pride Book Club Now Meets Twice a Month

Gender Pride Book Club

Meeting Schedule Change

After our first meeting last Wednesday, it was unanimously decided that we should meet twice a month, rather than once on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.  So…post it on your calendar and we’ll see you on January 28th!  In the meantime, check out the GPBC Facebook group for the next assignment (https://www.facebook.com/groups/318755084989785/)

Masquerade Murder Mystery Potluck for Julia Serano! Sunday January 25th!

on Friday, 16 January 2015. Posted in Events

Masquerade Murder Mystery Potluck for Julia Serano! Sunday January 25th!

Masquerade Murder Mystery Potluck for Julia Serano! Sunday January 25th!


Gender Pride is ecstatic to announce that author Julia Serano will be the 2015 Gender Pride speaker during Vermont’s Pride Week. Now help bring Serano to Vermont by participating in a masquerade themed murder mystery fundraiser, hosted at The Pride Center of Vermont!


The Masquerade Murder Mystery will be a participant-driven evening of intrigue. All attending persons will be assigned a character prior to the event, folks come in character to the Murder Mystery where they will receive clues and action prompts. Folks can come dressed to part if they like, but a costume is not required for participation.Three rounds of clues and a murder will lead to accusations and the big reveal at the end of the night.


When: Sunday January 25th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: The Pride Center of Vermont

Per-person Donation: $10

What to Bring: Yourself, a potluck dish to share, BYOB, and mystery solving skills.


RSVP: For more information and to sign up email Laura Gagnon at tobywills@hotmail.com

New Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Trans Youth

on Friday, 16 January 2015. Posted in Events

New Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Trans Youth

Who: This group is for parents and caregivers who have a child (age 13-22) who is gender non-conforming, who may be questioning their gender identity, or who identifies as transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, or gender creative. 

When: The first Monday of each month, 6:30-8 pm  

Where: Outright VT:  214 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington.

The next meeting is Mon. Feb. 2nd.

For more information, please contact Christopher Janeway at info@christopherjaneway.com or go to: http://www.outrightvt.org/2014/12/new-support-group-for-families-of-trans-youth/


Talking with kids about LGBTQ families

on Tuesday, 13 January 2015. Posted in Events

An LGBTQ family resource guide

Talking with kids about LGBTQ families

Ahead of our Building Families and Making Books event on Saturday (Saturday January 17 10am - 12 at the Pride Center), here is a preliminary resource list for LGBTQ families who are looking for guidance on how to talk with their children about egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, adoption, etc.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a thorough launching place for parents who are looking for either basic or more in-depth references to begin discussing your family with your children. These include age-appropriate language to consider, comprehensive reading list suggestions, and LGBTQ-specific references to help kick-start these complex discussions.



Resources for talking to your children about LGBTQ assisted reproduction:

Some basic references:

- parents.com: Supportive advice from a lesbian mom.

- parentsviaeggdonation.org: Discussion about egg donation, and includes feedback from kids, as well. Straight-family oriented but still includes helpful ideas.

- dcnetwork.org: A little generic but includes some age-specific language with sections for heterosexual and LGBTQ couples.

- thespermbankofca.org: Introduction of talking to kids and includes a good list of recommended reading. Geared toward an LGBT audience.

- creatingafamily.org: There are a lot of resources here for both adoption and AR families, but it is spread around the website. They do have specific information for LGBT families in both AR and adoption.


More in-depth references:

- thespermbankofca.org: Thorough list of recommended reading, with many books on family diversity and talking to children about donors, etc. I highly recommend checking out this page!

- varta.org: Lots of info and several helpful PDFs linked to on the page. (From Victoria, Australia so the legal advice is moot in the US.)

- colage.org: Some helpful information plus a guide for parents and kids ($35)

- path2parenthood.org: Talking to children about egg and sperm donation, geared toward LGBTQ families.

- familyequality.org: Helpful suggestions with age-appropriate language


Letter: PCVT Staff Member John Chagnon Moves On to Fenway Institute

on Friday, 09 January 2015.

Letter: PCVT Staff Member John Chagnon Moves On to Fenway Institute

Dear PCVT Family,

With much excitement, but also sadness, I will be moving on from my role as a GLAM Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont to accept a new opportunity at Fenway Institute in Boston. I’m thrilled to continue my work in the field of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Services, and hope that I will continue to be surrounded by the rockstars that are fighting to put an end to this terrible virus that has affected so many beautiful people around us. 

Over the past year, I’ve been truly blessed to be involved with the GLAM guys. By creating fun, social events around the Champlain Valley (and beyond), we’ve been successfully building community and life-long friendships while spreading information on safer sex to gay/bi/trans men that are most affected by HIV transmission in Vermont, providing free, anonymous HIV/HCV testing and free safer sex supplies within PCVT and across the state, and connecting rural Vermonters to important resources to provide safety and well-being. A majority of new HIV infections in Vermont are found within the community of men who have sex with men, and GLAM is one of the few remaining prevention programs in the state that specifically fights to eliminate this disproportionate epidemic amongst MSM. 

We make HIV prevention sexy… wouldn’t you want to take condoms from a group of handsome guys dancing in their underwear at a bar? Or how about hosting a party at your house where Mike Bensel and I offer HIV testing in a bedroom while you and your boys eat delicious food we’ve provided and goof off in the living room? And don’t make me grab the silicone body orifice in my office and demonstrate how Insertable Condoms can be used anally. Yes, we’ve done all of that, but most of what we’ve done is things like hiking, river tubing, or playing some volleyball while making solid bonds with each other, all of which can build healthy, sober relationships and also prevent HIV transmission! 

It’s not all about prevention, though. When someone finds out they are HIV positive, feelings of hopelessness, or worse, can creep over them. Mike and I have been fortunate to be able to show newly diagnosed people that the option to stay healthy and have a long, fruitful life is very real, as long as you access services and take care of yourself. Making the best decision for yourself can be overwhelming, and GLAM is here to help you get connected to the care you need.  

One of my favorite accomplishments this year involved helping Twin States Network set up LifePLUS, an HIV Social Support Group that provides a confidential, friendly environment where HIV positive Vermonters can gather twice a month and socialize, share stories and find support in one another. Living in rural Vermont can be isolating; adding in an HIV diagnosis can further deepen isolation and make it extremely difficult to stay away from depression, which then can make it difficult to stay healthy. Hearing the stories, lending a helping hand when I could, and seeing happiness on faces as participants realize they are not alone has made everything worthwhile. 

I’m so thankful for all of the experiences I’ve been through at PCVT and to have been a part of the team of LGBTQ superstars that work and volunteer here. I hope others will be inspired to become a part of the PCVT family and continue to help provide essential services to LGBTQ Vermonters for years to come! 

John Chagnon
Health and Wellness Coordinator 
Pride Center of Vermont 

For more information on GLAM or LifePLUS, hit up our website, email glam@pridecenterVT.org call Mike at (802) 860-7812. 

Click here for Full Job Description

Health & Wellness Job Opportunity at Pride Center of Vermont

on Thursday, 08 January 2015. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Hiring a Health & Wellness Coordinator

Health & Wellness Job Opportunity at Pride Center of Vermont


Job Opening

Title: Health and Wellness Coordinator

Job Type: F/T Position, (34.5 hours/week) $15.50/hour and excellent benefits

Reports To: Executive Director


Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is looking for a F/T Health and Wellness Position for the Health and Wellness Program. PCVT is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing the health and safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.

Primary Functions

The Health and Wellness Coordinator works with the lead Health and Wellness Program Coordinator to produce HIV prevention and testing programs, primarily focused on the Centers for Disease Control’s Mpowerment Program (GLAM) and Social Networks Testing Program (6 Degrees).

Duties and Responsibilities



The contracted position will maintain all administrative duties to keep the program in compliance with the Vermont Department of Health regulations and with any external audits and organization requirements. These duties include:

  • Collect and maintain data and track progress on grant and program goals.
  • Monitor project success and report progress via quarterly reports to the Vermont Department of Health and monthly reports to the PCVT Board of Directors
    • Support maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment at PCVT by sharing ‘front desk’ and other duties with staff (drop-in support, outreach, blogging, etc).

Program Design and Implementation

  • With the lead Health and Wellness Coordinator, produce the various parts of the HIV prevention programs in line with grant-specific requirements.  This position is responsible for providing program support to the lead Coordinator.
  • Co-coordinate the Mpowerment Project (GLAM), ensuring that its different facets, such as outreach events, publicity and M-groups, are carried out successfully.
  • Plan, promote, implement and facilitate events for GLAM and 6 Degrees and other community outreach opportunities.
  • Along with the GLAM Core Group, serve as a starting point for the diffusion process of safer sex messages to all young gay, bisexual, queer and/or trans men in Vermont.
  • Recruit, train, retain, and reward volunteers on all levels of the Health and Wellness Programs.
  • Facilitate the empowerment of young gay, bisexual, queer and/or trans men who join the Project as volunteers.
  • Support the lead Coordinator in conducting sex-positive, harm-reduction focused “Mgroups” that promote safer sex behavior and discussion.
  • Facilitate GLAM Core Group meetings
  • Network and collaborate with appropriate organizations to build support, participation and partnerships.
  • Provide HIV counseling, testing and referrals, through PCVT’s anonymous HIV testing program after participating in certification with Vermont Department of Health.


Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualities and Skills

PCVT is looking for an energetic, team-oriented individual to help lead the Health and Wellness Program. This person must have exceptional time management skills and follow through. This person must also be highly personable and enthusiastic about working with the diverse LGBTQ communities in Vermont. Previous experience with the Mpowerment model and certification in HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral are a plus, but not required. Working knowledge of Excel preferred. Strong communication skills are a must. Program activities take place primarily in the evenings and on weekends.

How to apply

E-mail cover letter and resume to Kim Fountain at employment@pridecentervt.org with ‘Health and Wellness Coordinator’ in the subject line.

Pride Center of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, survivors of violence, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, and individuals of diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.  

Resumes will be accepted through January, 23rd


Join the Gender Pride Book Club!

on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Events

Join the Gender Pride Book Club!

Pride Center Community Members

Has this cold weather got you down?  Housebound more than usual?  Interested in a little reading and lively discussion?

Join the Gender Pride Book Club!  Our first meeting is next Wednesday evening, January 14th, 6:3-8:00 pm at the Center.  We will be exploring gender and sexuality topics, learning from each other’s unique background and perspective, and discussing ways we can promote community for all.

Our book selections this year are Whipping Girl and Excluded, by renowned author, speaker, performer and activist, Julia Serano.  Her books have been used in college and graduate courses in gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ studies over the past 7 years and received many noted awards.  For her full bio, check out this link:  http://juliaserano.com/about.html.

And it gets even better.  Julia will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual Gender Pride event during Pride Week in September.  While she is in town, Ms. Serano has generously agreed to meet with book club members in an informal seminar. 

The Gender Pride Book Club will meet monthly, the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Center to facilitate lively discussion.  In between meetings, an online dialogue will be generated through the Gender Pride Book Club Facebook group, with posted “assignments” to keep everyone up to date and “on the same page”.  Members are encouraged to post questions, comments and perpetuate the discussion. 

Time is short, so if interested, please contact Rene@pridecentervt.org soon.  We’d like to have you join us!

Pride Center of Vermont Legal Clinic

on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Legal Clinic

The Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) Legal Clinic provides one time legal advice about your rights and responsibilities, advice on your options for dealing with legal issues, and information about how the legal system works so you know what to expect.

Legal issues addressed at the clinic

  • Name/gender marker changes  
  • Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate
  • Second Parent Adoption
  • Known Sperm Donor Contracts
  • Divorce/dissolution
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities (custody) modifications
  • Relief from Abuse petitions  
  • Estate Planning

Legal Clinic Information

The Legal Clinic will be open [meets] on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm.

Held at Pride Center of Vermont, 255 South Champlain St. #12, Burlington, VT 05401

Free to everyone

Call SafeSpace at PCVT for an appointment 802-863-0003.  Walk-ins are accepted, however, there is no guarantee a lawyer will be available.

Pride Center Closed 11:30a-1:30p 1/7

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

The Pride Center will be temporarily closed on January 7th from 11:30am-1:30pm for a staff meeting. SafeSpace will still be available at (802)863-0003. We apologize for any inconvenience!  

Fear, Phobia or Sexism?

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

Guest Post: Rene Dubois

Fear, Phobia or Sexism?


Like most gender non-conformists, I occasionally encounter inquiries from cis and trans* folks alike that trespass

on my personal space, most notably; Why do you dress in women’s clothes? Are you gay? When are you going to

transition? Do you suffer from a fetish based in Blanchard’s theory of autogynephilia? Do you realize that you

really don’t “pass” as a woman? 


Good questions, all of them, but no one’s business, unless I choose to share. Perhaps it is more appropriate to

inquire, “Why do you ask?” Fear, homophobia, transphobia, third-gender aversion? 


Julia Serano, noted author and activist (her book, Whipping Girl is required reading for the cast of Amazon Prime’s

“Transparent” series), suggests that these intrusive insults are the result of sexism on many levels. Oppositional

sexism is the belief that all humans can be neatly divided into two distinct groups, male and female. Traditional

sexism supports the hierarchy of male privilege; men viewed as strong and rational, women meek and emotional.

And finally, cis-sexism promotes the misconception that individuals whose gender identity aligns with their

biological sex are more “normal” and “natural”. 


I happen to agree with her. The incessant inquiry and “policing” by others as to my identity and motivation may

not be based in fear as much as buried underneath accepted and unconscious assumptions by the general public,

both cis and trans* alike. 


It seems to me that confronting sexism is a cause worth renewing for the Trans* and supporting queer

communities. Simply promoting an identity in opposition to cis-gendered individuals or attempting to secure the

queer middle ground in between, still doesn’t address this system of assumptions that are ingrained in our



Sexism hurts all of us, regardless of identity, orientation or expression. We need to admit that all of us are

perpetrators as well as recipients and, often times, the issue is confounded with the other “isms” of race, age and

ability. A “real time” awareness as it happens and acknowledgement that we all could do better is the place to



If there is interest, I would like to organize an online book study group that would delve deeper into sexism and

other important issues that preclude community development. I propose that we start with one or both of Julia’s

books, Whipping Girl or Excluded. To accommodate personal schedules, actual group meetings would be limited

to once per month at the Pride Center of Vermont, with weekly posted “assignments” in between. Comments,

thoughts and questions would be posted in a Facebook group, giving everyone the opportunity to review

responses at their leisure. Rather than a real-time Google Chat, this format would allow participants to reflect and

compose their responses. 


No prerequisite courses required, nor any exams to pass. Rather, the yearlong seminar would culminate in a small

group discussion with Julia, herself, during her visit to Vermont in September to deliver the keynote address at the

second annual Gender Pride event at Contois Auditorium in Burlington during Pride Week 2015. 


Let me know if you are interested in joining the group, which will start in January, by sending me an email at

Rene@pridecentervt.org or sending a friend request via Facebook to Gender Pride Book Study Group. In the

meantime, check out Julia’s website, juliaserano.com, to find out where to purchase her books, either hardcover

or digital. And hang in there, we are all gonna make it through the holidays and our spirits will be renewed by the

lengthening days and increasing sunshine as spring approaches. Maybe a good book is what we need to help. 

photo credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebbp/93235624/">the bbp</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>

2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival

on Monday, 15 December 2014. Posted in Events

2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival

The 2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival is back and BIGGER than before... January 22-25, 2015! 

Last year, more than 55 burlesque performers, comedians, and variety acts graced the two festival stages over a two night period, each night offered a different experience than the other.  The time that remained between each night’s showcase was filled with scintillating burlesque activities, including a burlesque bowling event, burlesque classes and a film festival.   

This year, they are bringing back more performers and more nights of fun. A portion of proceeds benefit the Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Cancer Center. Check out a full schedule of events on their website, or follow Vermont Burlesque Festival on Facebook.

RESCHEDULED: LGBTQ Disability Group Holiday Party

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Due to winter storm: Holiday Party is canceled for tonight

RESCHEDULED: LGBTQ Disability Group Holiday Party

Because of the Winter Storm Warning in effect for our area, we will be rescheduling this afternoon's Disability Group Holiday Party. Do not fret! We are quickly working on the new day and time for Holiday Party so you will have a chance to get your Karaoke on!


Stay tuned!

GLAM Gift Swap!

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Events

2nd Annual Yankee/White Elephant Gift Swap!

GLAM Gift Swap!

Join us for a Yankee/White Elephant Gift Swap at Oak45! $5 GIFT LIMIT. 

**********************The rules of the game*******************
Each participant supplies one wrapped gift ($5 max). The gifts are placed in a central location, and number drawing determines in what order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to "steal" another person's unwrapped gift. When a person's gift is stolen, that person chooses another wrapped gift to open. The game is over when the last person has taken their turn.*******************

You must bring a gift to join the game, but you can show up to observe the fun and hang with us too. 

We'll be in the private event room at Oak45. It's also $5 Tuesdays at the bar, and nonalcoholic beverages are also available. Ages 21+
Please email glam@pridecentervt.org for more info. 

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