Vermont Children's Theater on Ice (VCTI)

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Events

Vermont Children's Theater on Ice (VCTI)

Open House on Saturday, November 4, 3:00 PM at Leddy Arena. 

This is a free event for skaters interested in learning about team figure skating theater/sport. 


To attend the open house the skater needs to be able to skate backward. To join the team they need to live in Vermont and pass preliminary moves in the field.Ice cream sundaes, meeting team members and skating in costumes is part of this fun event. Boys encouraged to join the team. If you have questions, contact Team Manager Susanmarie Harrington susanmarie.harrington@gmail.com


LGBT History Month: Jack Baker & Michael McConnel

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017.

LGBT History Month: Jack Baker & Michael McConnel

Marriage Equality Pioneers

b. Both 1942

“I am convinced that same-sex marriage will be legalized in the United States.” - Jack Baker

Jack Baker and Michael McConnell are pioneering marriage equality advocates. In 1970 they became the first same-sex couple in the United States to apply for a marriage license. Later, in Baker v. Nelson, they became the first to file a state lawsuit for marriage equality.

Baker and McConnell attended the University of Minnesota. In 1969 Baker and other campus activists founded Fight Repression of Erotic Expression (FREE). FREE was the second gay-student-run organization in the United States. It is credited with creating what would become Gay Pride.

FREE’s initiatives included reporting on gay rights in Minneapolis and surveying major Twin Cities companies in an effort to expose discrimination against homosexuals. They discovered that Honeywell “would not employ a known homosexual.” FREE pushed the university to adopt gay-friendly initiatives, which included banning campus recruitment by employers that discriminate. The prohibition motivated Honeywell to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In 1971, campaigning on a pro-gay platform, Baker became the first openly gay president of the Minnesota Students Association. He was also the first to be reelected president in the school’s then 121-year history.

Baker and McConnell became a couple. They believed Minnesota law did not specifically ban marriage between same-sex adults. They applied for a marriage license, and Baker, a law student, insisted that under the rule of law, “what’s not forbidden is permitted.” Their application was denied. After losing a district court battle, the couple took the suit to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The high court also ruled against them. With marriage disallowed, McConnell legally unsuccessful, laid the foundation for future marriage equality challenges.

In 1972 Baker led the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) Gay Rights Caucus at the party’s Minnesota State Convention. The DFL was the first significant U.S. political party to support marriage equality. In 2015 when Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, McConnell told Minnesota Public Radio, “We were right. We had been right.”

In 2016 Baker and McConnell published a memoir, “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage.” They donated their legal documents to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.

LGBT History Month: Tom Ammiano

on Monday, 02 October 2017.

LGBT History Month: Tom Ammiano

Workplace Pioneer

b. December 15, 1941

“I’ve never been interested in standing in the middle. Sure it’s comfortable, but life’s too short for the middle.”

Tom Ammiano is an LGBT rights activist and one of the first American politicians to fight discrimination against LGBT schoolteachers. He served as the San Francisco school board president, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a member of the California State Assembly.

Ammiano grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. Classmates and his gym teacher routinely bullied him. He turned to humor and education, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University.

Ammiano became a special education teacher in San Francisco and cofounded a gay teachers organization that successfully petitioned the school board to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 1977 he worked successfully with Hank Wilson and Harvey Milk to defeat the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban gay people from teaching in California.

In the 1980s Ammiano worked as a teacher, an activist and a standup comic. In 1990 he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Education and became vice president a year later. He was instrumental in creating gay and lesbian sensitivity training for students in the San Francisco Unified School District. He also made condoms available to middle and high school students and banned the Boy Scouts of America from recruiting and teaching in schools, citing the group’s ban on gay scouts and leaders.

In the mid ’90s, Ammiano was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where, among other reforms, he pushed for LGBT rights and affordable housing. He helped create the city’s Health Care Security Ordinance, making San Francisco the first city in the country to provide universal healthcare access. He also developed the city’s Domestic Partners Ordinance, which offers benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of employees.

In 1999 Catholic groups criticized Ammiano when he granted the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an AIDS charity run by drag queens, a permit to participate in Easter Sunday events. The same year, he mounted an impressive write-in campaign for San Francisco mayor. He lost, but his bid was documented in the film “See How They Run.”

Ammiano was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008. During his tenure, he authored the landmark School Success and Opportunity Act, which permits students in sex-segregated programs to participate according to their gender identity. Ammiano played himself in the Academy Award-winning film “Milk” (2008).

In 1994 Ammiano’s longtime partner, Tim Curbo, died from complications of AIDS. Ammiano married Carolis Deal in 2014.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Series

on Monday, 02 October 2017. Posted in Events

Trauma-Informed Yoga Series

6-week trauma-informed yoga series designed for LGBTQ+ people of all skill levels and ability. Classes will be held in the barn of the Pride Center starting on October 13th and will last approximately 1 hour.

Class schedule:

- Friday, October 13th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, October 27th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, November 3rd @ 6:30 pm

- Friday, November 10th @ 6:30 pm

- Saturday, November 18th @ 6:30 pm

- Friday,  December 1st @ 6:30 pm

Register herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W67C35F

More information from the instructor: Brandon Schulze


I was led to meditation when I was young as a means to help create balance in my life after struggling with depression/anxiety. This started me on a 10+ year path of learning and practicing various types of bodywork and meditations by using Energy, Breath, and eventually Massage Therapy. Three years ago due to anxiety and chronic body pain I began taking up Yoga and saw great results with relief in my mood and body. It was a challenge for sure but the results I saw in keeping up a steady Yoga practice made it worth it. Creating a new network of friends, teachers, and training I found the best fit for me at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, an internationally recognized Yoga Training facility. The style I teach combines Psychology with Yoga Philosophy and Postures. This can be done one-on-one or with group classes. I am excited to be able to share my experiences and training with others, helping them find a means of bringing about comfort in their body as well as the environment in which they live day to day. I believe the skills learned in Yoga and self-exploration can apply to anyone’s life and create a silent space that allows transformation to unfold. All humans experience trauma, and in traumas we can experience deep growth and understanding, allowing us to appreciate the joys life has to offer.

Class Structure:

Week 1 [Oct. 13th] - Inner Child: It is through our childhood that we unwittingly develop and experience traumas that grow and transform into our personal struggles as we grow into adulthood. Creating space with movement and awareness while holding a dialog with our inner child allows us to see an innocent, playful side of ourselves that may have not understood why we felt the way we did when we were young. Through these imprinted notions, our inner child can take control at various times when we are growing. Our inner child is both playful and fun as well as causes limitations in our beliefs about how we see ourselves. Through this class we will find playful movements and self-dialog to tap into what our inner child may be asking of us and how we can use this connection in our lives.
Week 2 [Oct. 21st] - Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral Self: In our world we see love or pains, strengths or weaknesses of our expressions and actions that can be experienced with our inner Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral selves. With this class we will use relaxing flow poses to connect with how we perceive the Feminine, Masculine, and Neutral aspects within ourselves as well as how these parts may see or relate to the world around us.
Week 3 [Oct. 27th] - Exploring Types of Edges: When we reach an edge, we have reached what we perceive to be a physical, mental, or emotional limit. Often brought on by challenges in our daily lives, past traumas, and our current state of being, edges can be explored by means of a physical pose or becoming aware of mental and emotional limitations. Edges are not necessarily painful, they can exist in a Yin or Yang state, having elements both negative and positive. In this class we will explore with movement various Edges and learn how to recognize them as a means of showing ourselves where we are at and where we may be willing to explore beyond an edge.
Week 4 [Nov. 3rd] - Fight, Flight, & Freeze Response: In this class we will explore the benefits of being aware of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems’ response to trauma and triggers. When we experience a traumatic event or are triggered and reminded of one, the sympathetic nervous system responds with Fight, Flight, or Freeze. Creating awareness of how this can happen at small levels or on a larger scale in various situations will help us to overcome these responses. We will learn mind-body tools through movement, breath and mental habits to regain control.
Week 5 [Nov. 10th] - Yoga Philosophy: People often think of Yoga as purely movement (“Asana”), but there are actually 8 different aspects of Yoga. Classes often combine multiple aspects, but a whole class could solely focus on just one, such as breathing (“Pranayama”). Other aspects of Yoga Philosophy include embodied meditation, inner attunement, bliss connection, practices for life, personal practices, and focus or concentration. We will stick with the English wording for these aspects of Yoga and work together as a group on deciding which ones we want to develop more for ourselves.
Week 6 [Nov. 18th] - LGBTQA Spiritual Leadership : Throughout history and even in some modern day cultures, people with LGBTQA identities were often revered or simply accepted as a natural state of being. Queer people were seen as a third gender in some cases, such as the “Berdache” traditions of many Native American cultures who looked to the Queer people of their tribes as gate keepers to the spiritual realms. With our Yoga in this class we will explore individually our role as leaders, both in our communities and of our own spiritual journeys. We will find ways to reclaim this spiritual leadership in today’s society where people are not always as accepting of LGBTQA people.

LGBT History Month: David Adamany

on Sunday, 01 October 2017.

LGBT History Month: David Adamany


University President

b. September 23, 1936
d. November 10, 2016

“You have to drive for higher standards, because it’s good for students and it’s good for society.”

David Adamany was the first openly gay president of an American university. He served as president of Wayne State University in Detroit and Temple University in Philadelphia. He was nationally recognized as a leader in higher education.

Born to a Lebanese family in Janesville, Wisconsin, Adamany earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He was named a special assistant to the attorney general of Wisconsin and pardon counsel to the state’s governor. At 27 he became the youngest person appointed to Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission.

During the 1970s, Adamany was named special advisor to Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey and later served as Wisconsin’s secretary of revenue. He subsequently taught at Wesleyan University, California State University at Long Beach and University of Maryland.

In 1982 Adamany was named president of Wayne State University. He served longer than anyone else to hold the position. During his 15-year tenure, he helped transform the university into a premier research center. The undergraduate library was named in his honor.

In 1999 Adamany was appointed as the interim executive officer of the Detroit Public School District, where he advocated for educational reform. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the president of Temple University.

At Temple, Adamany added a new general education curriculum. He expanded enrollment by one-third, while improving SAT scores by more than 60 points and increasing the university’s honors program. He advocated for LGBT civil rights and offered benefits to the same-sex partners of university employees. After his tenure as president, he became a chancellor and taught at Temple’s James Beasley School of Law and in the Political Science Department.

In 1997 the University of Wisconsin’s Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alumni Council honored Adamany with its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000 the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services named him Arab American of the Year. 



October is LGBT History Month!

on Sunday, 01 October 2017.

October is LGBT History Month!



October is LGBT History Month. We'll be celebrating by posting about an LGBTQ Icon fro every day of the month of October! Stay tuned!


PRIDE Yoga Series

on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Events

PRIDE Yoga Series

6-week PRIDE yoga series designed for LGBTQ+ people of all skill levels and ability. Classes will be held in the barn of the Pride Center starting on October 14th and will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Class schedule:

- Saturday, October 14th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, October 21st @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, October 28th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 4th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 11th @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, November 18th @ 5:00 pm

Information provided by the yoga instructor (Shawn Grady):


Shawn is a queer, non-binary, fat, yoga practitioner, parent, and peer counselor. They are a graduate of the Laughing River (Yoga Alliance Certified) 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, host a weekly Queer Body Positive Yoga class, and work privately with folks to develop and deepen their personal yoga practices. Their work, both professionally and privately, is to hold space for the reclaiming of the human body/heart/mind from the jaws of oppression and to gently learn it's many faces. Their classes are designed for a broad range of body types, abilities, and experience levels and they welcome each practice as an opportunity to explore new ways to strengthen the pathways between mind, body, and breath. The class will be scent free. There will be props, chairs, and modifications available. The space is wheelchair accessible. Lighting will be low. There will not be music. There will not be chanting. Please contact Shawn with any questions, concerns, or requests at shawngrady@gmail.com

Sign up today! Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H3HYVZT

New Show on BBC: Being Transgender

on Monday, 25 September 2017.

New Show on BBC: Being Transgender

Check out the series on BBC:

Being Transgender

How does a person know their gender? Do they see themselves as male or female, or somewhere in between? More and more people around the world do not identify with the gender they were assigned to at birth.Increasingly, people are expressing their gender identity outside of the 'norms', and the lines of gender are becoming more blurred than ever. This film explores what it actually means to be transgender, and what happens when a person transitions psychologically, physically and biologically. We follow a number of transgender people going through their own transition. From a socially transitioning transwoman to two young transmen embarking on hormones, to a transwoman going through gender confirmation surgery - we get a snapshot into what transitioning and being transgender is really like from those living it. We also hear from experts in the field of gender and find out how modern medicine is helping people to transition their gender. And we explore where gender identity actually comes from.



on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Center of Vermont's Fall QTPOC Event



We will meet up at Pride Center of Vermont and carpool to Shelburne Orchard to pick apples. When we're done picking, we will return to Sunshine's house to make apple pies and hang out. QTPOC & partners/families. If able, please bring cash to purchase u-pick apples.



Job Opening: Voices Against Violence (St. Albans)

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

Job Opening: Voices Against Violence (St. Albans)

Outreach Advocate/Educator – St. Albans

Voices Against Violence works towards the elimination of domestic and sexual violence and
stalking through direct service, education and systems change. The Champlain Valley Office of
Economic Opportunity / Voices Against Violence program seeks a motivated professional with a
passion for this mission to be responsible for providing support and advocacy services to
victims/survivors, providing outreach to the community and specific underserved populations,
training/education to service providers, schools and teens as part of a team and participating in
collaborative systems work in service area.

We’re looking for a highly motivated and responsible individual with the ability to relate to a
wide variety of people in a non-judgmental, positive and competent manner. A Bachelor’s
degree in a Human Service field (Social Work, Counseling…) or a combination of education and
experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired is required.
Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence; trauma informed; and experience working in a
crisis oriented environment preferred. Must possess excellent interpersonal and collaborative
skills while promoting the core values of the organization. A valid driver’s license and access to
a private vehicle is necessary. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to:
vavadvocate@cvoeo.org No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled.
This is a 40 hours/week position with excellent benefits. Willingness to work occasional
evenings and weekends at events or meetings required. To learn more about this position
please visit www.voicesagainstviolence.org or www.cvoeo.org 



Family Services Coordinator – St. Albans

Voices Against Violence works towards the elimination of domestic and sexual violence and stalking
through direct service, education and systems change. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic
Opportunity seeks a dynamic person to coordinate all services pertaining to children and families
including providing support and advocacy to kids and their parent, implementing the shelter’s
children’s program, consulting with DCF and supporting families with DCF involvement, training of
service providers and participating in collaborative systems work in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

We’re looking for an energetic person who can work independently with excellent organizational skills.
A Bachelor’s degree in a related area, or equivalent education and experience are required.
Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence and the impact on families is a must for the provision of
direct services to families. Understanding of trauma informed advocacy. Successful applicants must
have excellent verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail; and skills in documentation
and record-keeping. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. This is a full time
position with excellent benefits. Position open until filled. Send letter of interest and resume, via
email to: vavfamily2017@cvoeo.org No phone calls, please.

PCVT is Pulling for Outright VT!

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Safespace

PCVT is Pulling for Outright VT!
This past week and weekend was SO AMAZING. So many beautiful people coming together in love, solidarity and fabulousness. THANK YOU!!! We wouldn't be the vibrant community we are without all of you, and we're so grateful to those of you who came out to celebrate, to learn and to be together this past Pride Week. 
We're still cleaning up the glitter and putting some flags and tables back but we're starting to think about the next fabulous, rainbow-y event coming up to support LGBTQ+ folks in VT... Outright VT's Fire Truck Pull!! We so appreciate and admire the important work that Outright does for queer and trans youth, and we decided to put together a Pride Center team to support them in that work. Our goal is to raise $1500 (or more!) for Outright. If you're able to contribute anything to our fundraising page (every $1 helps!) we would be so grateful. And if you want to join our team to help pull the fire truck and/or to help fundraise- we would love to have you!! Email Julia at julia@pridecentervt.org to get involved.

Stride for Pride

on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs on Community!

Stride for Pride

Join us for the Stride for Pride, a 5k walk/run hosted by The Pride Center of Vermont! 

Come down to Perkins Pier for a scenic route on the Burlington Waterfront with a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. This event is family friendly with events afterwards for all to enjoy! 

This route is designed with ease in mind so you can enjoy the view as you cruise along the Island Line Bike Trail.

And don't forget, Pride Vermont is the next day! Come march with us on Church Street as we make our way to Battery Park for our 2017 Pride Festival! 

Registration can be done prior to, or the day of the event from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.

** Emails with route information, FAQ's, and waivers will be emailed after registration **


Register here through Eventbrite!

GLAM to Host Anti-Racism Discussion Series

on Friday, 25 August 2017.

GLAM to Host Anti-Racism Discussion Series

There is no doubt that racism has a stronghold in this country. Many people have the misconceptions that racism isn’t as prevalent in liberal Vermont, doesn’t exist within the LGBTQ community, or doesn’t exist at all.  Race and racism are topics of discussion often shared around the GLAM table as we discuss everything from Steven Universe to hookup apps. Some folks have been feeling a need to dig deeper into issues of racism and oppression, particularly in response to some of the recent demonstrations of white supremacy like the events in Charlottesville, VA. In response to this interest, GLAM will be introducing a 3 – part discussion series where we’ll examine white supremacy and work towards a developed understanding of the most effective ways of resisting white supremacy in our personal lives, professional environments, and within our community. Your continued and enthusiastic participation is of the utmost importance to this project. Everyone is welcome. We strongly encourage our white group members to participate in this discussion series, as we believe building knowledge amongst our white members and providing space where we can collaboratively take on this important work is integral to the series.

How to get involved:

Save the date: Discussion Series

Session 1: Tuesday, September 26th 6:30pm

We’ll be starting the series by talking about the blatant examples of emboldened racism currently making headlines in our nation. A friend of Pride Center recently shared the Slate article “How the Alt-Right Is Using Sex and Camp to Attract Gay Men to Fascism”, which we will be using as an entry point into a discussion about how white supremacy manifests in all of our lives.


To help organize future discussions. Contact mike@pridecentervt.org


Check out Peace and Justice Center’s White Fragility Talk on Saturday, August 26th at 3:30pm. For more info and other events visit  http://www.pjcvt.org/events/



OVW Grant Updates!

on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in Safespace

OVW Grant Updates!

Work with our OVW grant partners is moving forward! In the past couple months I’ve led multiple workshops with Migrant Justice, WomenSafe and Voices Against Violence to help deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and strengthen their skills in working with LGBTQ+ individuals and survivors. More workshops to come! Each organization (also including HOPE Works) will receive a series of individualized trainings from SafeSpace as well as technical assistance in making their programs and services more affirming and inclusive for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.

Each organization in our partnership has unique experience and expertise to bring to the table and we’re working together to fill in the gaps in each others’ knowledge and capabilities. Migrant Justice is opening our eyes to the realities of migrant farmworkers on dairy farms here in Vermont (read more: migrantjustice.net), and we’re learning more about the isolation, the fear and the many barriers that stand in the way of farmworkers accessing support. We’ll continue doing cross-trainings between all our partner orgs to share information and skills around working with undocumented, Latin American, migrant farmworker and LGBTQ+ survivors.

This past weekend I was able to attend Migrant Justice’s Torneo de Futbol (soccer tournament), where migrant farmworkers and allies from around the state came together to play hard, eat delicious food and have fun. I talked with some folks about our grant and the work we’re doing to strengthen the support network for migrant farmworkers who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence, and passed out papers about consentimiento (consent), violencia/abuso (violence/abuse), identidades LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ+ identities) and recursos (resources: PCVT/SafeSpace, Migrant Justice, WomenSafe, HOPE Works and Voices Against Violence). The folks at Migrant Justice were super-helpful in translating and editing the handouts, and as all of our work is continually evolving I’m sure the handouts will also evolve with more input from migrant farmworkers and grant partners.

I feel so honored to get to work on this project and to do so in a collaborative and continually-learning way. Together we’re putting the pieces in place and figuring out best ways forward. I’m excited to see what we create together. Si se puede!

- Julia Berberan, SafeSpace Coordinator

PCVT Staff Heads to Camp Outright

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.

Woohoo! Camp Outright!!

PCVT Staff Heads to Camp Outright

Pride Center staff is heading down to help out in the kitchen at Camp Outright this afternoon and evening. Susan will be holding down the fort with the help of our amazing volunteers. 

If you'd like to reach SafeSpace, please call (802) 860-7812

HIV testing will end early today. If you would like to make an appointment for Weds or Thurs, please email Mike@pridecentervt.org

Tonight's groups and activities are still happening. Check out our calendar for more events at the center. 

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