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VT LGBTQ+ PoC Meeting

on Friday, 19 August 2016. Posted in Events

VT LGBTQ+ PoC Meeting

The next VT LGBTQ+ PoC meeting at the Pride Center of Vermont is happening soon! This group is meant to provide an affinity space for Vermont’s LGBTQ+ People of Color. We hope to provide a safe, centered space that fosters community and networking. We strive to eventually work with other racial and social justice organizations on movement building as well as provide QTPOC in Vermont with social and economic resources. Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, August 23 from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Pride Center of Vermont. Please note that this is a LGBTQ+ PoC affinity space only.

Momentum Summer Cycling Trip

on Wednesday, 17 August 2016. Posted in Events

Momentum Summer Cycling Trip

We are happy to announce a Momentum, momentous bike ride. On Saturday, August 20th at 10am, we will bike to the Allenholm Farm and Creemee stand in South Hero. If you don't want to bike that far, a group can break off at Charlie Auer's boat house. He is a welcoming soul and this is an amazing spot to hang out until the other group returns or you decide to head home. Total mileage: ~25 flat and scenic miles. Easy pace. Bring: Your own bike, helmet, water, flat fixer, first aid, $8 for bike ferry and either lunch or lunch $. (Contact laniravin@gmx.com if you have questions or plan to attend.)

Meet at ECHO Center at the Burlington Waterfront.

Trans Community Program Meeting

on Friday, 12 August 2016. Posted in Events

Trans Community Program Meeting

It has been so great to see so many amazing folks at the Trans Community Program meetings! We have been focusing on community outreach and education about TCP and its goals. Another important topic of discussion has been fostering relationships within the trans community and holding social events that center trans and GNC folks. If you would like to take part in the conversation, come to the next TCP meeting on Wednesday August 24th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Pride Center of Vermont. The Trans Community Program is a trans centered space, but we also welcome allies, family, and committed community members to this next meeting.

Seeking input for Opioid Alliance survey

on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

Seeking input for Opioid Alliance survey

You may have already heard about a new partnership in our area called the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance. This Alliance is a unique commitment from key state, local government, business, and non-profit leaders to organize a Collective Impact approach to reducing opioid abuse and the burdens it brings to our communities.  The Alliance has identifed 4 strategy-focused action teams:

Treatment Access and Recovery Support

Community Stat Rapid Intervention

Workforce Development

Community Level Prevention

The Alliance wants your input to help inform the goals and objectives of the Community Level Prevention Action Team. Please help them by filling out the survey below!  

The survey is mostly multiple choice and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please respond to the survey no later than FRIDAY, 8/19/16. Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PreventionActionTeam

The results of this survey will be used to: 

  1. Help identify strategies that are already being implemented in the county to prevent opioid abuse. 
  2. Identify problem areas and issues related to opioid use and prevention that will be most important for the Action Teams to address to fill gaps. 
  3. Determine people who should be invited to regularly participate in Prevention Action Team meetings (First meeting will be on 9/13 from 1-3pm)
  4. Create a list of people that can be called upon for insight and support as needed.  

Gender Fun at Pride Vermont!

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in Events

Gender Fun at Pride Vermont!

Gender Fun and Pride Vermont invites all of the LGBTQQIAA… community to come together at the Pride Vermont Festival to celebrate gender and gender diversity.

Meet webcomic author Sophie Labelle! Make gender expression craft projects, check out information on gender diversity, participate in a scavenger hunt, and get your face painted!

Gender Fun is an event that makes its mission to bring together and celebrate gender diversity, as well as to make visible and create inclusion of gender variation during Vermont Pride. Gender Fun events seek to promote awareness, advocate for, and create a welcoming community of all gender identities.

Visit the Gender Fun tent during the Pride Vermont festival on September 11th, from 1pm to 5pm. 

We encourage and value feedback in the pursuit of this mission. For further information and to give your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas please contact Alex Gagnon at alex@pridecentervt.org

Pride Bars from Nutty Steph's!

on Wednesday, 10 August 2016. Posted in Safespace

Pride Bars from Nutty Steph's!

Wow, you know what's so sweet?! The fact that Nutty Steph's is making a Pride Bar and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pride Center! We are very excited about this delicious collaboration. Here's what the folks at Nutty Steph's say about their newest fabulous chocolate:

Pride Bar is a delicious tribute to social equality. It blossomed out of the belief that all people should be able to love who they love while eating mind-blowing chocolate. Unlike the human spirit, not all chocolate was created equal, and this Ecuadorian variety is the best. We start with pure direct-from-farmer dark chocolate and stir in pure lemon oil, candied ginger and toasted pecans. You're going to love it!

Stay tuned, this decadent treat will debut on August 15th. Snack in style and support both a local chocolatier and the Pride Center of VT!

A big "thank you" to Nutty Steph's!

Pride Center of Vermont Legal Clinic

on Friday, 08 July 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Legal Clinic

 The Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) Legal Clinic provides one time legal advice about your rights and responsibilities, advice on your options for dealing with legal issues, and information about how the legal system works so you know what to expect.

Legal issues addressed at the clinic

  • Name/gender marker changes  
  • Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate
  • Second Parent Adoption
  • Known Sperm Donor Contracts
  • Divorce/dissolution
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities (custody) modifications
  • Relief from Abuse petitions  
  • Estate Planning
  • And more

Legal Clinic Information

The Legal Clinic will be open on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm.

Held at Pride Center of Vermont, 255 South Champlain St. #12, Burlington, VT 05401

Free to everyone

Call SafeSpace at PCVT for an appointment 802-863-0003 or email us at safespace@pridecentervt.org.  Walk-ins are accepted, however, there is no guarantee a lawyer will be available.

Next Trans Community Program Planning Meeting!

on Friday, 05 August 2016. Posted in Events

Next Trans Community Program Planning Meeting!

The next Trans Community Program planning meeting is on Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30pm at the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington. A lot happened at the previous meeting! Community members started to plan some new events for the trans community (look for “A New You” soon!) and discussed goals and hopes for the Trans Community Program. During the upcoming meeting, we will continue to develop events and work on community outreach. We are always happy to meet new folks and to see returning faces. The Trans Community Program is a trans centered space, but we also welcome allies, family, and committed community members to this next meeting.

Barb's Big Beach Bash

on Friday, 05 August 2016. Posted in Events

Barb's Big Beach Bash

Come to Barb's’ Big Beach Bash on Saturday, August 6th at 1pm in West Addison, Vermont!

All families (kids and dogs too!) are welcome! LGBT and LGBT friends welcome! Bring your favorite dish/dessert to share. Burgers, hotdogs, chicken, and soft drinks will be provided. BYOB. Please no perfume, nuts, or seafood.

Bring a bathing suit, towel, and water shoes. There will be a barbeque, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boat, water tubing/skiing, and s'mores!

(Please RSVP to The Barbs, thebarbs@gmavt.net & 802-759-2259 / 978-502-6282-cell)

330 Fisher Point Rd., West Addison, 802-759-2259, thebarbs@gmavt.net

(330 Fisher Point Rd., West Addison, VT is off Rt 17W, 1 mile east of Chimney Point Bridge to NY, Across from West Addison General Store &Goodies Ice Cream Stand See directions below. We’re 2nd House on Right, Brown Contemporary w/green trim)

Directions from Burlington , Middlebury , VT : Take Rt. 7N to Rt 17W approx 15 miles to West Addison/Lake Champlain. After 2nd hard curve left take your first right onto Fisher Point Rd. (W. Addison Gen Store on right, Goodies Ice Cream Stand on left) We’re the 2ndhouse on right #330, Brown Contemporary w/green trim.

Directions from Rutland , VT : Take Rt 4W to Exit 2, Take R onto 22A N and go about 25 miles . Take Left at Flashing Yellow light onto 125 towards Lake . Go 6 miles to end and take R onto 17E. Go 1.5 miles and take your left onto Fisher Point Rd. (just before Goodies Ice Cream and W. Add. Gen Store). We’re the Second House on right. #330, Brown Contemporary.

Directions from Mass and Points South: Take 93N to NH then take 89N to Vermont Exit 1 (Rt 4W) Take L off exit onto 4W toward Quechee Gorge/Woodstock. Go approx 50 miles on 4W past Killington and Rutland . See directions from Rutland above.

Leunig's Community Day Benefitting the Pride Center of Vermont

on Thursday, 04 August 2016. Posted in Events

Leunig's Community Day Benefitting the Pride Center of Vermont

Please join the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of Pride Center of Vermont during our Leunig's Community Day on Sunday, August 21st.

Stop by for a delicious meal at the finest restaurant in Vermont and feel great knowing that a portion of the day's proceeds will go directly to providing much needed support and services to LGBTQ+ communities across Vermont.

From Transgender support, HIV prevention, and elders work to disabilities advocacy, support for survivors of violence and discrimination, family events, and so much more, Leunig's donation to the Pride Center of Vermont makes certain that the LGBTQ+ community continues to thrive. The Pride Center of Vermont is also home to many support groups and community programs, such as Momentum, GLAM, and the Trans Community Program.

And don't forget the best deal-the COMMUNITY PARTNER CARD. You can buy this amazing card anytime during August and the proceeds will benefit the Pride Center of Vermont. This card sells for $50, with half the purchase price donated to the current month’s charity. The Partner Card entitles the purchaser to 20% off food purchases for one year. When you renew the card the second year, the entire $50 is donated to the Pride Center of Vermont.

Visit Leunig's website to learn more about the restaurant. 

New QTPOC Group at the Pride Center of Vermont

on Monday, 01 August 2016. Posted in Events

New QTPOC Group at the Pride Center of Vermont

There is a new QTPOC group at the Pride Center of Vermont! This group is meant to provide an affinity space for Vermont’s LGBTQ+ People of Color. We hope to provide a safe, centered space that fosters community and networking. We strive to eventually work with other racial and social justice organizations on movement building as well as provide QTPOC in Vermont with social and economic resources. Join us on the start of our journey at the Pride Center of Vermont on Thursday, August 11th at 6:30pm. The first meeting will be flexible as we share ideas, goals, and stories unique to our intersecting identities. Please note that this is a QTPOC affinity space only.

MOMENTUM: An Evening of Queer Cuisine

on Friday, 29 July 2016. Posted in Events

MOMENTUM: An Evening of Queer Cuisine

On August 21st Leunig's Bistro will donate 10% of all their receipts (food and alcohol) to The Pride Center Vermont. What better reason for Momentum to go out for a beautiful meal, cocktails, and some laughs? Join me, at Leunings to support the Pride Center, make new friends, and tickle your taste buds. I plan to make a reservation for 10 people at 6:30 on the 21st, so RSVP by August 15th to ensure your place at table. See you there...

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Momentum Summer Cycling Trip

on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. Posted in Events

Momentum Summer Cycling Trip

I would like to announce a Momentum, momentous bike ride. We will bike to the Allenholm Farm and Creemee stand in South Hero. If you don't want to bike that far, a group can break off at Charlie Auer's boat house. He is a welcoming soul and this is an amazing spot to hang out until the other group returns or you decide to head home. Total mileage: ~25 flat and scenic miles. Easy pace. Bring: Your own bike, helmet, water, flat fixer, first aid, $8 for bike ferry and either lunch or lunch $. (Contact laniravin@gmx.com if you have questions or plan to attend.) 

Meet at ECHO Center on the Burlington Waterfront. 

Next Trans Community Program Meeting!

on Monday, 25 July 2016. Posted in Events

Next Trans Community Program Meeting!

Hello All! The next Trans Community Program Meeting is happening this Wednesday, July 27th, at 6:30pm at the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington. We had a great meeting a few weeks back and we can’t wait to move forward with the program. We are always happy to meet new folks and to see returning faces. The Trans Community Program is a trans centered space, but we also welcome allies, family, and committed community members to this next meeting.

Pride Center of VT joins the VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of VT joins the VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Contact: Chani Waterhouse

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Phone (802) 223-1302 ext 112

chani@vtnetwork.org

P.O. Box 405, Montpelier, VT 05601

 

 

Press Release

Pride Center of Vermont Joins the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Montpelier, Vermont, July 15, 2016:  Pride Center of Vermont has become a member organization of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.  The Pride Center provides free and confidential services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, hate violence, and anti-LGBTQ bias or abuse through its SafeSpace Program.  The Vermont Network is the leader of the movement to end domestic and sexual violence in Vermont, representing fifteen non-profit organizations which provide direct services for victims and survivors in communities across the state. 

According to Network Executive Director Karen Tronsgard-Scott, “We are honored to welcome the Pride Center and SafeSpace to our coalition of member organizations.  We believe the perspectives of the LGBT community are key to our ability to advocate on behalf of all survivors.” 

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us,” said Kim Fountain, the Executive Director of the Pride Center of Vermont. “The Network and its membership have long been such strong allies of Pride Center’s SafeSpace Program. Membership in the Network will help SafeSpace to develop even more ways for us to support LGBTQ survivors of violence.

As a member of the coalition represented by the Vermont Network, the Pride Center will have access to a statewide and national platform focused on domestic and sexual violence, public policy advocacy, training and technical assistance provided by the Vermont Network.

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