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


on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

A Benefit for the Pride Center of Vermont


The annual MAIN EVENT of Vermont Pride is back at Higher Ground!
Celebrate your sexuality--Express your identity--Dance the night away with us. 

Get #RisqueVT 
"slightly indecent or liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive"


Bringing world-class entertainment to town: 

DJ ManMachine (Amsterdam) 
DJ Manny Ward (NYC) 
Kitty Kin-Evil (Ottawa) 

...also featuring world-class entertainment right from Vermont:
Burlington Burlesque 
The Human Canvas
Peep Show Vermont 
Noah Dictive 
Vermont Drag Idol 2014 WINNER Nikki Champagne 
Major Face
Nyx Holland ...and hot Go-Go Dancers, party favors and prizes all night long. 


Post your Pride outfit creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at #RisqueVT to get displayed proudly onscreen at the event! (Make sure to post your photos as "Public" so we can see them) Proceeds benefit The Pride Center of Vermont (formerly the RU12? Community Center), which celebrates, educates and advocates for the LGBTQ community in Vermont. 

Special thanks to Burly Bear Events for helping sponsor our fabulous DJs!

Phoebe Judge Joins the Pride Center Team!

on Friday, 12 September 2014.

PCVT Family Coordinator Announced

Phoebe Judge Joins the Pride Center Team!

Phoebe is a queer mom and an active member of the LGBTQ community in Burlington, and she is very excited to join the Pride Center of Vermont to expand the Family Program. She envisions the Family Program connecting families across the state and helping people to share their knowledge and experiences. Phoebe has a broad definition of family and is looking forward to bringing programming to the state that addresses the needs of queer families of all stripes, including nuclear, intergenerational, trans* inclusive, and single-parent families. Throughout her life, Phoebe has advocated for fairness and expanding communication between different groups. Recently, she helped to create a group for queer scientists at Cornell University, with an emphasis on reaching undergraduates and students of color. She has a masters from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

UVM Job Listing: Administrative Assistant

on Thursday, 11 September 2014.

The Office of Benefits and Employee Operations is seeking an Administrative Assistant t

UVM Job Listing: Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Benefits and Employee Operations

Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


The Office of Benefits and Employee Operations is seeking an Administrative Assistant to provide high-level administrative support to the Executive Director.  This is an 80% full time (five days a week) position and eligible for the full time benefit package. Responsibilities of the job include: managing complex calendar activity; providing administrative support for committee work; screen and route incoming phone calls; some budget work and general office support.  Working knowledge of software applications used to support office functions (ie Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint) as well as familiarity with Internet resources/editing. Effective writing and organizational skills and ability to multi-task required.  Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with wide range of University personnel, students and the public required along with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.  Associate’s degree with two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination required.  The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Please apply with cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: www.uvmjobs.com (req. #S035PO)

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero to Speak at Vermont Law School Thursday, September 11

on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Safespace

Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero to Speak at Vermont Law School Thursday, September 11

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—Vermont Law School’s National Lawyers Guild* partners with Pride Vermont bringing internationally renowned transgender advocate and model, Geena Rocero to speak to VLS and greater community this Thursday, at 1:30 pm in Oakes 110. As part of the VLS National Lawyers Guild Radical Speaker Series: Beyond Equality and Inclusion Politics, Geena will speak about her global work on gender rights issues facilitating discussion that challenges our status quo understanding of gender, sexuality, and identity.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender day of Visibility, Geena came out as transgender while giving at TED talk. Soon after, Geena launched Gender Proud, “an advocacy and awareness campaign that aims to advance the right of all transgender individuals.” Today Geena sends a powerful message to future policy and lawmakers about the importance of challenging cultural norms and gender binaries that play a significant role in the systems of power and control that distribute life chances.

Born to humble beginnings in Manila, Philippines, Geena always had big dreams. Growing up, she knew that she was different from her childhood friends. At a young age, she told her mom that her gender assignment at birth was different. 
At fifteen, a pageant manager approached her to join a beauty contest. This opportunity led her to the world of the TransWomen Beauty Pageant in the Philippines.  As a young teenager, she then became one of the most prominent figures in the trans beauty pageant world. 

Geena immigrated to San Francisco in 2001, and moved to New York City in 2005 in order to pursue a modeling career. Next Models, one of the most prominent agencies in the world, quickly represented her. 
Through her own experience into womanhood and working as a professional model, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community. 

For more information, contact: Taylor L. Curtis (taylorcurtis@vermontlaw.edu)

*Co-sponsors for the event include: VLS Environmental Law Society, and Alliance

Family Town Hall Series #2, 6pm Tuesday!

on Friday, 05 September 2014.

The second in our Family Town Hall series is fast approaching; please consider this a special invitation to attend! This event’s topic is LGBTQ Families: Navigating Systems.

As LGBTQ families (with and without children), when we get together, we are often telling each other stories about how we’ve been flummoxed by, or have triumphed over, a challenging situation involving systems. Come together for an evening of story-sharing, giving and receiving support, and networking with other LGBTQ families.

  • How have you, as LGBTQ parents, worked with schools or daycare facilities to resolve issues? (For example, bullying, or supporting a child with special needs, or having to provide needed education to teachers or other parents?)
  • Have you been tripped up by the lack of sensitivity to LGBTQ families’ needs in the legal system or with law enforcement? How so?
  • What has your experience been with health care providers? Their support staff?
  • Have you found yourself having to advocate on your family’s behalf with your employer?
  • How do systems challenge or enhance your day-to-day living as an LGBTQ family? Have you had good experiences you’re dying to share along with the difficult ones?

Tuesday, 9/9, 6-8pm at the Pride Center of Vermont, 255 S. Champlain Street, Ste. 12, Burlington.

Free parking and snacks will be available; as will childcare, if needed. Please contact the Center (jean@pridecentervt.org or 860.7812) with your childcare needs.

We hope you will join us!

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

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