Health Report

on Friday, 29 December 2017.

Health Report

Many of you may have participated in a comprehensive health needs assesment last year conducted in collaboration with LGBTQ HealthLink.  This survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of tobacco use, other chronic disease risk behaviors, and determinants of health in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of Vermont — the catchment area of the Pride Center of Vermont. The results were presented to the community in June. In addition to the presentation, we wanted to make the results available to the community in an online format. 

Check out the result in this Health Report

Pride Center of Vermont's Health & Wellness program works to assess and respond to health disparities within the broader LGBTQ+ community through educational programming, social-support groups, biomedical diagnostics, and increased access to affirming medical providers. A major focus of our current work is HIV testing and prevention as well as tobacco cessation for people who are affected at a disparate rate. We are working towards developing more resources for community members impacted by substance use. We address overall health and wellness by offering yoga classes, a weekly running group, and an annual 5k run. The Health and Wellness team is a small but nimble group of dedicated staff, volunteers, and interns that work towards building a strong, healthy, thriving community.  


PCVT Holiday Closures

on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Safespace

PCVT Holiday Closures

The Pride Center will be closed on Friday 12/22, Monday 12/25, Tuesday 12/26 and Monday 1/1. We're grateful for this community and are sending you warm wishes. We know that holidays can be difficult for LGBTQ+ folks. If you need support while we're closed please know there are resources available--

LGBT National Hotline- glbthotline.org 888.843.4564 
The Trevor Project- thetrevorproject.org 866.488.7386
Trans Lifeline- translifeline.org 1.877.565.8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255

HOPE Works (support around sexual violence) hopeworksvt.org 802.863.1236 or 1.800.489.7273
Steps to End Domestic Violence stepsvt.org 802.658.1996

If you need support when we open back up you can reach our SafeSpace Program at 802.863.0003.

TGNCCP Group Statement re: Seven Days Article

on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

TGNCCP Group Statement re: Seven Days Article

On October 20th, 2017, the Pride Center of Vermont was invaded by a right-wing personality with a large following. They used hidden cameras to record our Trans Town Hall event, “What the Healthcare?”. As you have probably guessed, we talked about healthcare. This video, which was recorded without our permission, was used to create a violent, anti-trans and gender non-conforming propaganda video. It spins a false narrative, making it seem like the focus of our event was to deceive and exploit the healthcare system, when in reality, we just wanted to help each other figure out how to survive and thrive.

Seven Days is currently running a story that focuses on the events of that evening in a way we at the Pride Center feel further endangers those who are most affected by this invasion in the first place, exposing us even more than we already have been by naming this right-wing personality. We don’t want to give this person further exposure, or help said person get any more views on this video of us being exploited. We are purposely not naming the perpetrator and encourage allies and members of our community to do the same in order to minimize our exposure. We would prefer that if you do share news regarding this event, you share our story, an account from those who survived this gross invasion and not give Seven Days any clicks at our expense.

News of this video being spread around our own backyard is the last thing we at the Center wanted, as the risk to the people in this video is very real and already is having a tangible impact on our lives. As we told Seven Days, “What will be a few clicks for you, has the potential to impact us for a lifetime.” While Seven Days did allow us to go on the record for their story, they did not heed our appeals to refrain from using the perpetrator’s name.

We are currently planning a healing event for those who were at the Center on October 20th to come together with a licensed therapist and process our shared trauma. We are going to continue to host events and build our community, while doing everything in our power to protect ourselves from further incursions with new policies, increased vigilance, and are working to ensure that our facilitators have plans in place in case of emergency. We will not be caught off guard again and will not stop coming together to help one another.

These right-wing agitators entered our event using false identities, the four of them posed as a gay couple with a trans child and as a lesbian couple. They pretended to be ignorant allies to disrupt our event. We didn't learn of their deception until a few weeks after the event.

What we want you to take away from this is that, while we may have been victimized, we are not sitting idly by and waiting for the next incursion. We are banding together to heal and are doing everything in our power to not only survive, but thrive, despite the best attempts of those would see us hide ourselves in fear. Trans and gender non-conforming people are resilient by necessity, as those who threaten the status quo of existing power structures must be.

We’re not going anywhere.

Trans 20somethings Group Starting!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Events

Trans 20somethings Group Starting!

A new support group for trans 20somethings is starting in January!  Young adults across the gender spectrum are invited.  We will be serving hot cocoa and pizza at our Trans 20somethings Hot Cocoa Night! If you would like to be involved, email sunshine@pridecentervt.org or simply show up at 6:30pm on January 30th.

The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running!
Exciting news! 
The GLBTQ+ People with Disabilities group is back up and running! 
We will meet at 4:30 this Wednesday afternoon. We are keeping the group structure fairly casual for know while we figure out what type of environment works best for everyone. The topics for discussion are "how do you feel about disclosing your disability or talking about disability in general?"The topic last week was "what do I hope to get out of attending group/ why do you come to group" and that topic will carry on to this week as well so everyone can be included.  Your presence and ideas are important to us! We hope to see you there! 
- David and Rose
For more information email rose@pridecentervt.org



Momentum and Rainbow Get Together

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

Momentum and Rainbow Get Together

In the spirit of the Pride Center of VERMONT Momentum and Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont are joining for a Get Together.

Please join us at the Reservoir Restaurant in Waterbury for great social time, drinks, and food.

Mark your calendars and phones forThursday December 14th, starting at 6:00 PM

.Please let everyone know about this event and central location for several Vermont counties. Please let me know via Facebook or my phone 802-752-8947, so we can contact the Reservoir Restaurant.

Love Your Local Women's Land Trust Day

on Wednesday, 06 December 2017.

Love Your Local Women's Land Trust Day
Please come help HOWL on Sunday, December 17, 10:00 AM -- 2:00 PM. 


We will be patching holes in walls, and possibly installing new baseboards in the community room, if we have enough womanpower. 

You will learn how to make simple home repairs and the HOWL house will be wildlife-proofed and become a more warm and welcoming place.
Bring lunch and/or food to share, work gloves and good cheer. 
You are welcome to stay afterward for our monthly collective meeting. Or you can just take a walk/snowshoe/ski on beautiful women's land. 

Hiring SafeSpace Education Coordinator!

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Safespace

Hiring SafeSpace Education Coordinator!

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) seeks a dynamic and passionate Education Coordinator to join the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Team! We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and dedicated to working for social change with an anti-oppression, survivor-centric, and intersectional framework.

PCVT celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH+) individuals in Vermont. The ideal candidate understands and is able to effectively communicate about the complexities of LGBTQH+ identities and the various challenges that LGBTQH+ individuals in Vermont are facing. Our organization recognizes and celebrates diversity, and we strongly encourage people of color, trans/gender non-conforming individuals, and/or members of other underrepresented groups/constituencies to apply.

SafeSpace Education Coordinator

Status: Full Time
Benefits: Health & Dental Coverage
Salary: $34,000 - $38,000 commensurate with experience

The SafeSpace Education Coordinator is responsible for organizing and facilitating training opportunities requested of the Pride Center. They also provide part-time (20%) direct services to LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected survivors of domestic, sexual and/or hate violence, and individuals who have experienced or are experiencing bias and/or discrimination.

Duties and Responsibilities

PCVT Training and Education
• Provide training and technical assistance to organizations and agencies across Vermont regarding serving LGBTQH+ individuals
• Continually update trainings to reflect and address current language, climate and events
• Establish and foster long-term, collaborative relationships with agencies and organizations, utilizing a training contract system. This system may include: agency assessment, work plan creation, curriculum development, delivery of training modules, content evaluations, formulation of organizational goals and contracts, and technical assistance for goals implementation
• Complete and submit paperwork for government and foundation grants

SafeSpace Direct Services
• Provide crisis intervention services and intake interviews for SafeSpace callers and walk-in clients
• Offer individual and group support, advocacy, information, referrals, and accompaniment
• Document program and client related activity
• Contribute to state and national reports and monthly reports for the Executive Director
• Create and implement outreach initiatives
• Participate in SafeSpace Program development meetings, bi-weekly supervision with SafeSpace Director, and PCVT all-staff meetings

Community Connection
• Coordinate workshops/events/gatherings to bring people together and offer education, healing and social connection for the community
• With other staff: manage volunteer recruitment, placement and development
• With other staff: manage PCVT and related calendar/blog/social media postings

Required Qualifications

• Three or more years of related work experience
• Training or experience in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
• Ability to facilitate working alliances between diverse groups within and beyond LGBTQH+ communities
• Ability to multitask, problem-solve and prioritize effectively
• Excellent communication skills
• Flexibility with a shifting schedule
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for travel statewide
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to anti-oppression work
• Experience in creating and presenting workshops and trainings

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree and certification in Social Work
• Supervisory and clinical experience with crisis intervention, violence and victimization with LGTBQH+ individuals
• Knowledge of available social service resources in Vermont

Please send cover letter and resume by January 2nd to:
SafeSpace@pridecentervt.org (please note “SafeSpace Search” in the subject line)

Pride Center of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons, including those with diverse backgrounds in regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

Is quitting tobacco part of your New Year's resolution?

on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

Is quitting tobacco part of your New Year's resolution?
 Are you resolved to quit/cut down or maintain your smoking in the coming new year?

Get the tips, tools and community support you need before the new year!

November 27th marks the beginning of a 4 week free-tobacco cessation program on Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

If you're interested in participating sign up: 


If you have questions- contact Mike at LGBTQuits@pridecentervt.org.



Ace Community Census

on Friday, 10 November 2017.

Ace Community Census
Ace Community Census
This is the 2017 Ace Community Census, a community research project by the Ace Community Survey Team. The purpose of this study is to understands more about the diversity of the ace community.

This survey is open to anyone over the age of 13, including both aces and non-aces. It will require approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete.

Follow the link to take the survey:



QTPOC & Families/partners bowling

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017.

QTPOC & Families/partners bowling

We will rent a lane or two at Spare Time.


When: Sunday Dec 3 2017


Where: Spare Time Colchester
  215 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester, VT 05446

For folks without transportation, we will meet at the Pride Center at 9:30am to carpool, otherwise find us at Spare Time at 10.

Shoe rental is $4/person... if you can, bring enough to cover shoes for yourself & a couple extra bucks to cover folks who can't afford it. If you can't afford anything, come anyway and we will work something out

Hope to see you there!

Magic: the Gathering tournament to benefit the Pride Center

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Safespace

Magic: the Gathering tournament to benefit the Pride Center

Come join the Pride Center at Quarterstaff Games located on 152 Church St Burlington VT

The Benefits go toward The Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community Project of the Pride Center of Vermont

Is quitting tobacco your New Year's resolution?

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Safespace

Do you use tobacco?

Is quitting tobacco your New Year's resolution?
 Are you resolved to quit/cut down or maintain your smoking in the coming new year?

Get the tips, tools and community support you need before the new year!

The Pride Center of Vermont is offering a free 4-week smoking cessation program. Programming starts the second week of November  in Chittenden County. Programming starts in January for Washington County.

If you're interested in participating sign up: 


If you have questions- contact Mike at LGBTQuits@pridecentervt.org.

LGBT History Month: Rodney Wilson

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

Gay History Month Founder

LGBT History Month: Rodney Wilson
“The greatest act of advocacy for civil rights for LGBT Americans is the act of coming out.” Rodney Wilson is a high school teacher credited with creating Gay History Month. October was selected because schools are in session, and it is the month in which the first national march for lesbian and gay rights occurred and National Coming Out Day is celebrated. Born in Missouri, Wilson grew up watching “Jerry Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour” on television. Until his 20s, he was a fundamentalist Christian. When he developed an interest in history, he found his calling as a teacher. He wrestled with his sexuality and read everything he could find about gay history. He said, “LGBT history gave me self-confidence as a gay person and strengthened my resolve to live, as best I could, an honest, open and integrated life.” In 1994, as a teacher at Mehlville High School in suburban St. Louis, Wilson came out to his history class during a lesson about the Holocaust. If he had lived in Germany during World War II, he explained, he likely would have been imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis for being gay. When he came out, Wilson was a graduate student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He became the first openly gay K-12 teacher in the state. What began as a lesson evolved into a much broader mission to teach young people about gay history. Inspired by Women’s History Month and Black History Month, he worked with national organizations to develop a gay-friendly curriculum for educators. In 1994 Wilson wrote the first article about gay history published by the Missouri Historical Society. University of Missouri-St. Louis became the first college in the country to hold a Gay History Month function, and Wilson helped organize a gay film festival on campus to launch the festivities. In 1995 Gay History Month received its first mainstream media coverage in Newsweek. As Wilson and partners sought endorsements from educational groups, they faced backlash from conservatives who feared that teaching gay history would endanger youth. Gay History Month continued into the late ’90s, but lost momentum when no organization would take responsibility for its observance and financial resources grew scarce. In 2006 Equality Forum created LGBTHistoryMonth.com. Wilson holds master’s degrees from University of Missouri-St. Louis and Harvard University’s extension school. He founded GLSEN-St. Louis (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), the first GLSEN chapter outside of Massachusetts. He teaches history, government and comparative religion.

LGBT History Month: Jeffrey Weinstein

on Monday, 30 October 2017.

Workplace Pioneer

LGBT History Month: Jeffrey Weinstein
“I seem to have been a pioneer in realizing the idea for what are now called domestic partnership benefits. It took years for the idea to catch on.” Jeffrey Weinstein is a writer, editor and critic. As a union representative, he won the first employee healthcare benefits for same-sex couples from a private employer. Born in Manhattan, Weinstein was raised in Brooklyn and Queens. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University before enrolling at the University of California in San Diego, where he pursued graduate work in English and American literature. Shortly after the Stonewell Riots in 1969, Weinstein came out to his family and friends and taught the first class in gay literature in California. Weinstein started his career as a food critic at the San Diego Reader in 1972 and became a restaurant critic for New York’s Soho Weekly News in 1977. He joined the Village Voice in 1981 as editor of visual arts and architecture criticism, where he remained until 1995. In his first year with the Village Voice, Weinstein founded the National Writers Union. In 1982 he helped negotiate the union contract agreement to extend health, life insurance and disability benefits to same-sex partners and other spousal equivalents of the newspaper’s employees. From 1997 to 2006, he served as the fine arts editor and cultural columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and, subsequently, as arts and culture editor for Bloomberg News. In 2009 the University of Southern California named Weinstein deputy director of its Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Program. The following year, the National Endowment for the Arts named him associate director of its Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. In 2013 and 2014, he served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Weinstein writes frequently about gay issues. He created the “Out There” column about LGBT culture on artsjournal.com and wrote a culinary coming-out story, “A Jean-Marie Cookbook,” which earned him a Pushcart Prize. He serves on the board of directors of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. Weinstein married his partner of 32 years, the artist John Perreault, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 2008.
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