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Home-Buying Seminar

on Monday, 30 January 2017.

Home-Buying Seminar

Join us for a fun and informational evening to learn all about the home-buying process! Whether you’re a first-time buyer or just want to brush up on the basics. Dora Dernavich, from Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty and Eugene & Stephen Richards from Spruce Mortgage will be hosting a casual evening seminar to answer all your home-buying questions. Snacks and drinks will be provided, so just bring yourselves and enjoy the night! 

Please RSVP here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7X2Y69P and mark your calendars for Thursday February 23rd from 6-8pm at the Pride Center.

Women's March on Montpelier & Unity Rally

on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted in Safespace

Women's March on Montpelier & Unity Rally

The Pride Center will be marching in solidarity with folks from around the country (and world) this coming Saturday in Montpelier. Will we see you there? The March begins at 1:00 p.m. at Montpelier High School and leads to the rally on the Statehouse lawn from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Below you'll find the Mission and Vision from the Women's March on Washington page, followed by ways to get involved with the Women's March and Unity Rally in Montpelier.

MISSION & VISION

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
— Audre Lorde

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:

  • Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.

  • Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.

  • Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.

  • Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.

  • Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE EVENT IN MONTPELIER:

·       RSVP for the Women’s March on Montpelier and Unity Rally on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1830257343920729/
·       Spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues.  Here’s the website:  http://womensmarchonmontpeliervt.org/
·       Tell Vermont why you’re coming. Write an email or record a video statement on your phone or computer using the prompt “My name is _______ and I’m coming to Montpelier because…” and send it to katie@clearspotvt.com.
·       Help plan. Email elise@radvt.org.
·       Make art for the March. Email ackerarts@aol.com.

MLK Day Action with Black Lives Matter VT

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Posted in Safespace

MLK Day Action with Black Lives Matter VT

On Monday, January 16th the Pride Center will be closing at 1:45 to take part in Black Lives Matter VT's action against police brutality and the school to prison pipeline. We invite you to join us in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/1362444590474288/

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Safespace

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

Pride Center of Vermont is ecstatic to be a host site for a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Intern each summer. This year the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program is accepting applications from undergraduate students across the US to participate in exciting PAID internships in host sites around the country.

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The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country.

Students selected for the program receive:

  • A full-time 10-week substantive internship at a reproductive rights and/or social justice organization with a $3500 stipend
  • An intensive 3 day training at the annual CLPP Conference.  Training will include workshops on non-profit organizations, grassroots organizing, effective communication, self-care, and reproductive and social justice.
  • Continued support and training throughout the summer
  • An online community where the Summer 2017 cohort will post reflective weekly reports
  • An opportunity to present their work at the 2018 CLPP Conference

I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity. There is no way I would have been able to work at the Pride Center for a summer as an unpaid intern, so I am grateful to CLPP/RRASC for the support and training. And I am beyond grateful for the Pride Center for an amazing summer working with activists in Vermont’s rural queer community. I am leaving with a portfolio of work, an array of work experience and many connections that I will never forget.
—Ellen Bryer '14 RRASC

For more information, contact CLPP Assistant Director, at 413.559.5859 or RRASC@hampshire.edu.

Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Application:

Apply Here

Application deadline is coming up quickly! Applications are due by January 15 at 11:59 pm.

An Evening of Mindfulness

on Wednesday, 21 December 2016. Posted in Safespace

An Evening of Mindfulness

An Evening of Mindfulness
Hosted by Katrina Dreamer and Pride Center VT
7:30 – 9 pm, Tuesday, January 17

With the upcoming inauguration, many of us need a space where we can cultivate calm and connection. This evening is designed to help you center yourself, find a moment of peace, and connect with others in the community. Katrina will lead a guided mindfulness meditation and provide a space where people can share their feelings about the new administration. 

Katrina Dreamer is a mindfulness instructor, dreamworker, academic coach, and tutor. She has taught workshops and classes on mindfulness and energy work at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley as well as privately. She works with both children and adults to help them cultivate their intuition and a sense of calm. Find out more at www.katrinadreamer.com.

Upcoming Momentum Events

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016.

Upcoming Momentum Events

-There's some free LGBTQIA comedy at the Vermont Comedy club tonight (12/7) at 9:00.

-There are LGBTQIA  holiday shows at the the Comedy club on Sunday 12/11 at 5:00 and 7:30.

-Momentum is having our soup party Sunday at 1:00 
 
-Hump Day get together will take a break for the holidays, and start back up again on January 11th at 5:30 at Art's Riot.

Seeking a Shared Living Provider

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016.

Seeking a Shared Living Provider

Do you have experience in the mental health field?  Do you enjoy arts and crafts, shopping, eating healthy, and being silly?  We are seeking a Shared Living Provider (s) to support an independent 49 year old woman.  The ideal candidate would be kind and sensitive with strong boundaries and the ability  to provide consistent care and supervision.  The right provider (s) will provide a calm and peaceful home environment. Compensation:  $30,000 tax-free annual stipend and generous respite.  Interested candidates contact lreid@howardcenter.org or call 802.488.6563

http://classifieds.sevendaysvt.com/viewAd.htm;jsessionid=265877A55410692EC2B882B770B7676C?adId=82413

We would greatly appreciate any assistance you might provide in circulating our ad and helping us reach providers who might be a match for this shared living opportunity. Thank you.

New Song for Trans Solidarity

on Friday, 02 December 2016.

New Song for Trans Solidarity

Hello Friends,

I'm a Boston musician who has recently written and recorded Pop-Up Boy in solidarity with the trans community - now more than ever!
The spoken word segment in the middle of the song is NC Governor McCrory - this song is in defiance of HB2.

I'll attach it below and invite (encourage!) you to post it, play it, share it as you feel appropriate - assuming you like it.

Cheers!
Eric (audiopetrol)

https://audiopetrol.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Seeking Participants for Research Project

on Friday, 02 December 2016.

Seeking Participants for Research Project

Seeking participants for a research project on decision making

Hello everyone!

My name is Nicholas DeMassi, I am an economics student at the University of Vermont and I am seeking participants for my thesis research. In particular, I am looking to recruit self-identifying straight and gay men for a decision making study that involves playing a game and taking a short demographic survey.

Participation will involve compensation for your time. Playing the game does not involve interaction with other participants; however you will be in the same room as other participants. Your name and sexual orientation will not be known to other participants and will only be used by the researchers.

If you are interested in being a participant in this study or if you have further questions, please contact me at 774-254-1045(phone call or text) or ndemassi@uvm.edu. Thank you very much for your time!

Nicholas DeMassi

774-254-1045

ndemassi@uvm.edu

Ugly Sweater/ Yankee Swap!

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

Ugly Sweater/ Yankee Swap!

'Tis the season for Ugly Sweaters! Come to Oak45's 5 dollars wine Tuesday and hang out with GLAM as we take part in the spirit of the holidays and exchange presents while admiring cold weather clothing. We had a great time last year and this year won't be any different!! So come out of hibernation for this night and share this fun experience with us.

P.S.: If you wanna participate in the gift swap we ask for a maximum of 10 dollars. No need to spend all of your holiday shopping money here! :D

Check out the FACEBOOK Event

Trans Town Hall: Holiday Survival

on Monday, 28 November 2016. Posted in Safespace

Trans Town Hall: Holiday Survival

The holidays aren't always easy...

The Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Project at PCVT invites you to December's Trans Town Hall: Holiday Survival.

Join us for an open forum with Kara DeLeonardis-Kraus, LICSW, MSW Therapist, Nancy Feldman, LCMHC Therapist and Catarina Campbell from the Pride Center's SafeSpace Program for a sharing of ideas, concerns and coping strategies to help you get through the holidays.

Friday December 2nd, 6:30-8pm at the Pride Center: 255 South Champlain St. Suite #12. 

We're here for you.

Vermont Burlesque Festival

on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Posted in Events

Vermont Burlesque Festival

What: Vermont Burlesque Festival! The Vermont Burlesque Festival celebrates the local burlesque community and talent, offers continuing burlesque education and culture, and introduces the greater Vermont community to talent from outside of its borders. There will be multiple performances, comedy, and classes, from both local Vermonters and performers from outside the state. 

When: January 19, 20, and 21-- follow this link for the complete schedule! http://www.vermontburlesquefestival.com/Schedule.html

Where: ArtsRiot on Thursday for the opening cermonies (benefitting the Pride Center of Vermont), Barre on Friday, and the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on Saturday. Complete listings in the link above. 

Use the coupon code "pride" for $3 off current ticket prices! Additionally, this code will donate $2 to the Pride Center in November and $5 in December and January (donation clause does not apply to purchaes for the Barre show). 

Fiber Arts Group Makes Donation

on Wednesday, 09 November 2016.

Fiber Arts Group Makes Donation

The Pride Center is tremendously proud of the members of our LGBTQ Fiber Arts Group, who generously donated a parcel of their creations to several agencies providing services to Vermont’s vulnerable populations this past weekend. The group provided hats, scarves, and mittens to the VT Refugee Resettlement Project, Spectrum, and COTS.

Coordinator Megan Moerdyk said, regarding the F.A.G, “I was looking to connect with other LGBT people in a social context. I have always been creative and had done embroidery in the past so I decided to resurrect this craft and try the group [...] I loved giving out our group's amazing donations - we have very talented, generous members!” Group members have been tirelessly knitting and crocheting these items so they would be available to community members by winter.

Join this group of merry fiber artists! The Fiber Arts Group meets on second and fourth Sundays of each month at the Pride Center from 12-2 PM. Interested parties may email megan@pridecentervt for more information regarding the fun, irreverently funny, creative group.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

on Thursday, 03 November 2016. Posted in Safespace

Transgender Day of Remembrance

We invite you to join the Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, our Trans and Gender Non-Conforming groups and community members for this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event will take place on Sunday, November 20th at 2pm at the Pride Center.

We will honor the transgender individuals who we lost this year, acknowledge anti-transgender violence that happens locally and globally, offer each other support and solidarity, and envision a safer, more just world.

We would love to have community members involved in this event in as many ways as possible. If you'd like to say some words or read a poem at the event please contact Ze'Eva (zeeva.chasan@gmail.com). If you'd like to have some of your artwork displayed at the event please contact Willow (willow@pridecentervt.org). Artwork should be submitted by Wednesday 11/16.

In solidarity.

DeAnne Smith at Vermont Comedy Club

on Thursday, 03 November 2016.

DeAnne Smith at Vermont Comedy Club
You've seen her on Last Comic Standing and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson...now she's coming back to Vermont Comedy Club!
GREAT IF YOU LIKE... Cameron Esposito, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari
SHOWS: Sat, Nov 5 // 7:00 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS: $20 (plus taxes & fees)
ABOUT DEANNE SMITHDeAnne Smith is excellent at comedy. A Canadian Comedy Award winner, she's been in JFL countless times (okay, like, 8), and had 3 solo shows in JFL42 (making Now Toronto's Top 10 Comedy Shows list each time).
You want more? She's also performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Iceland Comedy Festival.
Still reading? She's also been on TV all over the damn world, including on Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Canada's The Comedy Network and CBC, Australia's Channel 10 and ABC, and UK's Sky TV. Phew, that's a lot of stuff!
"Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder." - UK Telegraph
"Fresh, cutting...one of the finest wits in the country." - The Montreal Gazette
"Witty, out-of-nowhere sideswipe punches." - Time Out Sydney
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