Something For Everyone

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

Save for George Clooney, I don't follow celebrities or their sex lives. Looking at the side-by-side mug shots below, I honestly couldn't identify Tom Daley, the 19-year-old British diving champion, versus Dustin Lance Black, the 39-year-old Hollywood screenwriter. (They both look like twinks to me.) But the controversy last year over their 20 year age gap caught my attention and hit close to home. As a teenager, the only thing more terrifying than coming out as same-sex-attracted, for me, was coming out as intergenerationally-attracted.

It was absolutely paralyzing. Gay? Maybe okay, as I was privileged to grow up in a secular unconditionally-loving home in liberal Vermont. But this - it was unspeakable. I didn't even have the vocabulary to express it. I didn't have an outlet to explore it. I didn't have role models to validate it. I felt like a freak.

Painfully insecure in general, I didn't dare venture beyond the norm. I compartmentalized my feelings and my fantasies. It took extensive therapy following an episode of crippling anxiety and depression my freshman year of college for me to admit my desires - even to myself.

When I did, I came out of the closet gate running. All of a sudden, I was no longer skinny and undesirable; I was a twink! I learned about daddies, bears, chickenhawks, et al. I learned that my attraction to older men was not such an uncommon phenomenon after all. My self-consciousness evolved into self-confidence and social consciousness.

Call it a Daddy Complex, deviant, perverted, fucked up; it might just be. I don't care. I've learned to celebrate my difference. My friends will surely tell you I do so unabashedly.

Yet every time I come across literature about intergenerational sexuality, I recall the insecure teenager who sat secretly alone in his shame. It's been years since I felt that particularly toxic shame, but I'll admit: I still appreciate the validation.

So I felt compelled to share a piece of my story. There's plenty of such stories out there, and they often aren't told. The range of human sexuality is vast and beautiful. And in my experience, there's something out there for everybody, whatever you're into, however queer.

GLAM Goes to the Art Hop!

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

Join the Guys of GLAM as we support our fellow local artists at the Art Hop.

GLAM Goes to the Art Hop!

Sat, September 6th at 4pm
Burlington's South End Art District

Burlington, Vermont
**Meet at 4PM at The Pride Center of Vermont and travel over together**

Join the Guys of GLAM as we support our fellow local artists at the Art Hop. The South End Art Hop is an annual event presented by the South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA) of Burlington, Vermont.

Artists join businesses, artist studios, and galleries, which in turn open their doors to the public throughout the post-industrial section of Burlington, known as the “South End”.

The principle behind the event is that of fusing culture and commerce, for which participating sites allow artists to showcase their work in non-traditional settings: offices, stores, restaurants, studios, etc. This promotes a mutually symbiotic relationship, by having businesses benefit from the increased foot traffic of art lovers, and artists benefit from exposure to customers who may not otherwise see their works in non-traditional display environments.

For more info about GLAM contact 802-860-7812 or email: GLAM@ru12.org

LGBTQ Running Group

on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

6pm, Thursdays @ the Pride Center

LGBTQ Running Group


LGBTQ Running Group



6pm, Thursdays, 255 S. Champlain Street #12, Burlington, VT

FMI: Call Mike or John 802.860.7812

New Group Getting together (again) at the Pride Center of Vermont! This time we're going to train for Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk ! All skill levels welcome! We'll meet every Thursday 6pm at RU12? Community Center/Pride Center of Vermont. 

This Thursday, we'll go easy on you with a 1 mile run (over-achievers can continue on further). Set a goal, stick with us weekly, maybe even train for the Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk September 12th, and get some late-summer fitness on!

photo credit: Sangudo via photopin cc


St. Albans Disability Group- New Location and Time!

on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

The St. Albans disability group will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30.  The next meeting will be this Friday, July 25th.  Hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for Laura's March

on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

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October is LGBT History Month

on Monday, 29 September 2014.

October is LGBT History Month

Every Monday in October we will be posting the week's featured LGBT history icons for 2014. 

Each day in October has its own icon such as Margaret Cho on the 11th, Billie Holiday on the 20th, CeCe McDonald on the 25th and Marc Jacobs on the 21st.

Stay tuned to find out who the rest of the 2014 LGBT history icons are!

October 1st-6th LGBT History Icons

on Monday, 06 October 2014.

October 1st-6th LGBT History Icons

October 1st:

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Richard Adams


Adams was an activist that filed the first U.S. lawsuit to seek federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

October 2nd:

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Faisal Alam


Alam is an activist that created the Al-Fatiha Foundation for LGBT Muslims.

October 3rd:

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Tallulah Blankhead


Blankhead was an actress that was a beacon of civil rights and sexual liberation during a time when women were marginalized.

October 4th:

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Natalie Barney


Barney was an author that had an expansive catalog of work, written from a lesbian perspective, includes poetry, novels, epigrams and plays. She started a salon where leading artists and intellectuals gathered.

October 5th:

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Allan Bérubé


Berube was a historian whose book “Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two” influenced the U.S. Senate’s 1993 hearings on the exclusion of lesbians and gay men from the military.

October 6th:

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Bernice Bing


Bing was a painter whose masterpieces reflected her lifelong feelings of cultural duality and incorporate Eastern technique.

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons

October 7th-14th LGBT History Icons



October 7th:

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Ivy Bottini


Bottini is an activitst that successfully worked to defeat Proposition 64 in 1986, which designated homosexuals as a public menace who should be quarantined. 


October 8th:

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Lord Byron


Best known for his satirical epic poem, “Don Juan,” and his own life of excess, Lord Byron was among the first prominent bisexuals.


October 9th:


Michael Callen


In 1985 Callen helped found the People With AIDS Coalition. In doing so he coined the term PWA’s (People With AIDS) to foster a self-empowered movement.

 October 10th:

Kwong Chi

Tseng Kwong Chi/Joesph Tseng


Tseng’s photographs exploit the juxtaposition of perceived and self-assigned identities. Reductive stereotypes were particularly relevant for LGBT Americans of his generation.


October 11th:

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Margaret Cho


Cho is an entertainer that includes queer politics in her uncensored stand-up routines. Her stance against bullying and discrimination earned her a GLAAD Golden Gate Award for enhancing the understanding, advocacy and visibility of the LGBT community.


October 12th:

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Jean Cocteau


This writer, illustrator, poet and filmmaker knew no boundaries in his creative endeavors. A prolific catalog of genre-spanning work makes Cocteau one of the most influential figures of the 20th century French art world.


October 13th:

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Orlando Cruz


In 2012 Cruz became the first professional boxer to come out during his career and one of the first professional athletes to come out while still active.


October 14th:

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Lee Daniels


Daniels became a Hollywood force when his production company released “Monster’s Ball,” a movie
for which Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress.


on Monday, 20 October 2014.








October 15th:

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Stormé DeLarverie


DeLarverie was the activist that threw the first punch at the Stonewall Riot on June 27, 1969. Stormé DeLarverie was the sole female performer for the Jewel Box Review, a traveling drag show that toured the country from 1939 into the 1960s.


October 16th:

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Val Joe “Rudy” Galindo


The first U.S. skating champion to come out as openly gay, Galindo received the Ryan White Award for Service to Prevent HIV/AIDS.


October 17th:

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Darlene Garner


Garner helped found the National Coalition of Black Gays, the first non-white LGBT organization in the country. As an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, Garner devoted herself to religious, racial and LGBT advocacy.


October 18th:

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Glenn Greenwald


Greenwald is a jounralist and disclosed to international media classified U.S. documents obtained by Edward Snowden, thereby exposing controversial NSA surveillance activities.


October 19th:

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Angelina Weld Grimké


Grimké’s three-act drama, “Rachel,” was the first play by a black woman to be staged in a public theater.


October 20th:

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Billie Holiday


Holiday sang with the swing era's greatest musicians and was one of the first African-Americans to work with a white orchestra.


October 21st:


Marc Jacobs


Marc Jacobs is an internationally renowned American fashion designer best known for his own label and his work with Louis Vuitton.



Find Your Refuge Restrooms in Burlington!

on Monday, 03 November 2014.

gender-neutral bathroom database gets local submissions

Find Your Refuge Restrooms in Burlington!

Having trouble finding a safe bathroom in Burlington? Out enjoying Church Street and really have to pee? We hear ya. A few interns at the Pride Center of Vermont have updated Refuge Restrooms (formally Safe2Pee) with gender-neutral bathroom locations in the Burlington area. This website is a database of gender-neutral bathrooms that any user can add to. We are hoping to expand the project by encouraging Vermonters from all over the state to particpate in submitting entries. To check it out click here

Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

Here is a list of our upcoming Holiday Hours:

The Pride Center of Vermont will close at 3pm on Wednesday 12/24

The Center will be closed:

December 25th and 26th

January 1st and 2nd

Thank you!


Drop-in HIV Testing Canceled on Thursday 4/2

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in Events

Drop-in HIV Testing Canceled on Thursday 4/2. Testing will resume the week of April 6th. Please visit GetTestedVermont.com for other testing locations.

Pride Center Welcomes Vincent Creer

on Monday, 08 June 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Pride Center Welcomes Vincent Creer

Pride Center of Vermont is excited to host Vincent Creer this summer through an internship supported by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. He is from Long Beach, California and is currently a Women's Studies and LGBT Studies Major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Vincent will be working to create a series of classes and workshops for Summer Semester at PCVT and helping support the Transgender Community Program. If you have an idea for a class you'd like the Pride Center to offer this summer, or just want to say hello, please emailVincent@pridecentervt.org or give him a call at (802) 860-7812

Gayme Night with GLAM

on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in Events

Gayme Night with GLAM

Come again this Wednesday July 15th to the Pride Center of Vermont and enjoy some fun playing board and video games with us! There will be snacks, drinks and a variety of games. We will start our engines at 7pm. Feel free to bring any game that you'll like! Seeyou all there! Lets get your game on!

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