Family Program Newsletter

on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

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Family Program Newsletter

Hi! My name is Phoebe and I started this fall as the new Family Program coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. I am excited to share with you what we have planned for the fall and winter at the Family Program, and to hear your suggestions and concerns. As a quick introduction, I live in Burlington and am a queer mom with a 2 year old son. I have a background in science, education, and farming. My goals for the program are to build on our community spaces to give families a chance to connect, and to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community beyond socializing.

In addition to these bi-monthly newsletters, we have an activeFacebook page and a Tumblr account where I have been posting announcements of events as well as relevant articles.


Translating Identity Conference (TIC) is looking for volunteers!

on Thursday, 02 October 2014. Posted in Events

Translating Identity Conference (TIC) is looking for volunteers!
The 2014 Translating Identity Conference is looking for volunteers!
Opening its doors to the public for the 12th time in ten years, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!
They are looking for volunteers to help set up, take down, work at the registration table, sell t-shirts, and be at each session throughout the day to make sure things are running smoothly.
They ask that you attend one of two trainings that will be offered on Monday, October 27th at 7:30 or Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 by the fireplace on the 4th floor of the Davis Center (UVM).
If you have any questions do not hesitate to email the committee at tic@uvm.edu!
Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a8ac23a4f58-volunteer --
Learn more about the Translating Identity Conference here: http://www.uvm.edu/~tic 

PEEP Show presents: OPEN SEASON, Again!

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace


PEEP Show presents: OPEN SEASON, Again!

All Amateur Show Supporting and Showcasing New Talent!!!

An all amateur night--by the community, of the community and for the community. Come on out and catch tomorrow's hottest queer burlesque and drag performers in their debut to the Peep Show Vermont stage. Theme is: open season.


We welcome and want to support new, up and coming, amateur and young (18+ though, sorry, babies) divas, kings and pin ups to our ever-changing celebration of irreverent drag and burlesque. 

In preparation of our 3rd year of throwing the funnest queer burlesque and drag party in Winooski, we are actively recruiting unseen talent. We encourage performers of color, trans performers, performers with disabilities, and lesbian/bi/queer women performers to join us on stage. 

If you're never performed before, but always thought about it: now is your chance!

If you've performed 5 times or less: now is your chance! 

If you're a drag performer, and you want to try to change genre and do burlesque or performance art: now is your chance!

It's OPEN SEASON at Peep Show and we want YOU to bring it!

dance party to follow with DJ Maple Creemee and DJ Papi Javi!!!
$10 cover
all proceeds benefit The Pride Center of Vermont
Door at 9pm
Show at 10pm

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Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Join us for this awesome event plus pizza and baked goods!

Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness

Want to join voices with other queer people against intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual violence? Want to learn more about how your campus and others in Vermont handle intimate partner violence? Want free pizza? Come join us Monday October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm for Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness, an event at Pride Center of Vermont’s SafeSpace! Eat pizza, make buttons, and help us create a banner to carry in the vigil and speakout against domestic violence. Let’s talk about what is considered IPV, how queer IPV is dealt with in YOUR college settings, and how you can help others! We will play games and talk about how we can work together to stop violence in intimate relationships!


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Annual LGBTQ Intimate Violence Report released by National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

Annual LGBTQ Intimate Violence Report released by National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

SafeSpace, a Pride Center program, is a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) member and contributor to this annual report that documents intimate partner violence in LGBTQ communities nationwide.

For more information, please contact Kim Fountain, Pride Center of Vermont Executive Director, at 802.860.7812 or kim@pridecentervt.org.
To download the full report please visit NCAVP online at www.ncavp.org.
Executive Summary

Although reports of violence remained consistent with those in 2012, NCAVP’s 2013 report documents 21 homicides, the highest number of LGBTQ intimate partner violence (IPV) homicides recorded and on par with the 21 homicides in 2012. These intimate partner violence homicides illustrate the severe and deadly impact of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.

Within the 2013 intimate partner violence report, person level data indicates that gay men, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, LGBTQ youth and young adults, bisexual survivors, and transgender communities experienced the most severe forms of IPV. These findings continue to highlight the importance of IPV prevention, strategic and community-specific responses to IPV, and the need for research and accurate documentation of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. 

  • Reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected intimate partner violence (IPV) increased slightly in 2013
  • For a second year in a row there were 21 IPV homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people documented; the highest total recorded
  • In 2013, 76% of IPV homicide victims were gay men
  • Gay men, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, LGBTQ and HIV-affected youth and young adults, bisexual survivors, and transgender communities most impacted by IPV 
  • LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of violence rarely go to the police, the courts or domestic violence shelters for support

National Coming Out Day

on Saturday, 11 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

National Coming Out Day





National Coming Out Day

by Kim Fountain


Today is National Coming Out Day. It’s an important day, for certain, but I remember this date because it’s my only sibling’s birthday and I missed the Second Annual March on Washington in 1987 so that I could be with her to celebrate her Sweet 16. I had been out for a whole year and so you might imagine how happy I would have been to be in a big city with all those LGBTQ marchers! Ah family.

By today’s standards, I was relatively old when I came out at 18. By 1995, I had been out almost a decade and was working at the NYC Gay and Lesbian Center, stunned by the twelve year olds walking through the doors with parents or guardians, ready to get involved with the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services. It was mind-boggling to me that not only did they make the decision to come out, but they had supportive parents bring them on over to the Center.

As many of us marvel at young people coming out and at times mumble at how we didn’t come out until our late teens or early twenties, we often do not think about the folks who come out much later in life. Recently, I’ve had about five conversations with people who came out after being in a straight marriage for decades, raising children, and then coming out, sometime after age 50. A couple were in their late 60s when they came out.

What does it mean to come out in later life or to come out, go back in, and come back out decades later? People who went through this keep telling me, ‘I feel like I am just catching up and learning all this new stuff. It’s great, but I have no idea what I’m doing.’ What does it feel like to be in a familiar day to day, to have so much of who you are be so similar and yet radically different? How do you ‘convince’ people you’ve known for years that yes, you really are ‘gay’. How do you reconcile your own emotions? What if there was infidelity with a spouse? How do you find other LGBTQ folks? Why did I wait so long?

And what about our partners who fell in love with people who came out later in life? What is it like potentially rather suddenly meeting our new love’s ex spouse and grown children? What is it like meeting those friends who think you’ve ‘turned’ their buddy or best girlfriend into a homosexual?

There is such tremendous excitement, anxiety, guilt, joy in coming out in later life and we want to talk about it. Lucky for us, we are a Community Center and so hosting an event called Coming Out in Later Life makes complete sense. If you are interested in joining us on November 15th for some hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and some great stories, let me know. Email me, Kim Fountain, at kim@pridecentervt.org or give me a call at 802-860-7812 and I’ll send you over an invitation.  

Happy Coming Out Day!!!

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within

on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in Events

Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm, Phoenix Books Burlington

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within (Burlington)

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm

Join Jon Derek Croteau for a discussion of his new book, My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jon Derek Croteau (jonderekcroteau.com) is a consultant, educator, speaker, and writer. A Huffington Post contributor, he is the author of three books on leadership and numerous journal and periodical articles, as well as poetry, essays, and short stories. He is also executive producer of singer-songwriter Will Dailey’s fourth studio album, National Throat. Jon is a sought-after speaker on resilience, eating disorders and recovery, leadership and talent management, and LGBTQ issues. He has served on boards, committees, and councils for Emerson College, Point Foundation, his own COURAGE Foundation, The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston University, and The Trevor Project. In 2007, Jon married his husband, Justin, and they enjoy the arts, traveling, home design, gardening, skiing, and the outdoors. They reside in Vermont.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  As a child, Jon tried desperately to be his father's version of the all-American boy, denying his gayness in a futile attempt to earn the love and respect of an abusive man. With this he built a deep, internalized homophobia that made him want to disappear rather than live with the truth about himself. That denial played out in the forms of anorexia, bulimia, and obsessive running, which consumed him as an adolescent and young adult.

It wasn't until a grueling yet transformative Outward Bound experience that Jon began to face his sexual identity. This exploration continued as he entered college and started the serious work of sorting through years of repressed anger to separate from his father's control and condemnation.

My Thinning Years is an inspiring story of courage, creativity, and the will to live--and of recreating the definition of family to include friends, relatives, and teachers who support you in realizing your true self.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.

Relationship Skills Class

on Friday, 03 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace will be offering a new Relationship Skill Building Class starting Thursday Oct. 9th.  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.
Thursdays at 6 pm beginning October 9th.
Class schedule is as follows:
Week 1   Oct. 9th Values & Anti-Oppression
Week 2   Oct. 16th Expectations & Negotiation
Week 3   Oct. 23rd Accountability
Week 4   Nov. 6th Boundaries
Week 5   Nov. 13th  Conflict & Community Connections
To register please contact brenda@pridecentervt.org or call PCVT at 860-7812

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Join us on Weds October 8th!!

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!






October 8th: Have Your Voice Heard, 
Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement? No, there are thousands. One of them is yours. Help build the future of the movement. We need your voice.

Join us this Wednesday from 5PM-8PM at the Pride Center of Vermont and participate in a national conversation on the future of the LGBTQ movement.

We will provide delicious food, stimulating conversations, and a space where we can all have our voices heard. You provide your vision for our LGBTQ future by finishing one or both of these thoughts:

- What will you be free to do in 2024 that you’re NOT free to do today?

- In 2024, what struggles will the LGBTQ movement face?


What: A national social media event that you can be a part of!

When: Wednesday, October 8th from 5PM-8PM

Where: Pride Center of Vermont, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12


Delicious food, prizes, and fun and a way to make certain Vermont LGBTQ voices are part of the conversation in shaping the next ten years of the LGBTQ movement.

Twitter: @My2024LGBTQ @My2024LGBTQ
Tumbler: @My2024 
Don’t forget to include @PrideCenterVT

This event is sponsored by Pride Center of Vermont with funding from My2024 and CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Major Face Makes the News

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014.

Ello make a big splash in Vermont!

Major Face Makes the News

Check out Major Face in the news talking about the new social media website, Ello 

CLICK HERE for NECN story.

CLICK HERE for Fox44/ABC22 story.

Are you on Ello yet?

PEEP Show presents: NIGHT OF 100 DOLLYS

on Monday, 29 September 2014. Posted in Events

Friday, October 10th at 10:00pm

PEEP Show presents: NIGHT OF 100 DOLLYS
PEEP SHOW celebrates our 3rd Birthday with a monumental DOLLY PARTON queer burlesque tribute party. 

Produced and hosted by your pals, Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George. 

Dance party to follow with DJ Papi Javi.

Come see our always rotating cast of characters!


Peep Show strives to create a queer-friendly, sex positive party space for all bodies.

Proceeds benefit the Vermont Queer Archives, a program of the Pride Center of Vermont.

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Night of the Living Dames V

on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Roller Derby Raises Money for Pride Center of Vermont

Night of the Living Dames V

The Green Mountain Derby Dames, Vermont's first and largest women's flat-track roller derby league, kicks off the 2014 fall home season with its annual Night Of The Living Dames double header at the Champlain Valley Expo! 

Black Ice Brawlers play the Rock Coast Rollers at 4:30 p.m. 

Grade A Fancy GMDD's WFTDA team, play Granite State Roller Derby at 7:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring a bit of extra cash to get your hands on some new GMDD merch and grab a beer in our enormous beer garden.

Tickets are $6-12 when purchased in advance, and can be purchased here:http://bit.ly/notld14

** Show up in costume and receive $3 off your ticket at the door! AND be entered into our costume contest. Winner picked by crowd applause at half time. ** 

Door Prices:
FREE 6 & under
$6 Ages 7-12
$14 Seniors, Students, & Military
$16 adult

Feature non-profit: Pride Center of Vermont.

Don't miss all the excitement, athleticism, and fun of women's flat track roller derby right in your own backyard. We'll see you track side!


photo credit: Gomisan via photopin cc

Join GLAM for a Delicious Adventure!

on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Events

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Join GLAM for a Delicious Adventure!

You don't have to wait in line for this apple product.... let's go APPLE PICKING! 

Meet GLAM at Autumn Woods Lane in Colchester, VT at 3pm, and we'll carpool out to Allenholm Farm in South Hero. Please park on the grassy circle in the middle of the development. 

Pick a bunch of apples, GLAM will grab the cost, and then we'll bring them back to Johnny's house  in Colchester to hang out and bake apple things. Bring your own ingredients, or just rely on the things we have at the house to make Apple Crisp/Sauce/Cider! 

9/27 is also National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We'll be offering confidential HIV testing at Johnny's house during festivities. 

Message Mike & Johnny for more info

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photo credit: Ben McLeod via photopin cc

Cider Pairing Dinner

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Events

A three course dinner complete with cider pairings and dessert!

Cider Pairing Dinner











Join us for a wonderful evening and support the mission and vision of the Pride Center of Vermont by attending this three course dinner complete with cider pairings and dessert. Cocktail hour begins at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. Tickets are $55 a person for $100 for two. Cost includes food, cider, tax and gratuity!

Check our our photos for the amazing menu that has been put together for us!

Get Tickets!

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T* Party Social

on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Posted in Events

Central Vermont Trans* Group Meets Monthly

T* Party Social

The meeting this month will be Wednesday, September 24 from 7 to 9 PM at an undisclosed location.  The theme will be Spirituality and Religion in the trans* community.  Points for discussion might include the role spirituality/religion played in your transition, trans* identities and spiritual traditions in culture, creating alternative spiritual communities, and reclaiming religious rituals, practices, and traditions. Please come with an open mind and heart as this can be a sensitive topic within our community.

For more information and location details please contact: centralvttrans@gmail.com

photo credit: Nanagyei via photopincc

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