LGBTQuits Story: Josie

on Thursday, 15 June 2017.

LGBTQuits Story: Josie

Three years ago I started smoking again after being smoke-free for twenty years. I started again because the day after my father-in-law died my mother was taken to the ER for a critical health issue. I turned to the comfort of cigarettes when faced with the loss of a loved one and the worry over another one.

I was so disappointed in myself for starting again. I kept telling myself I would quit at the end of the summer, before the holidays,etc. I kept making excuses and kept right on smoking. I was on the Board of the Pride Center of Vermont and joined their first smoking cessation class. After the four sessions of class, Mike Bensel, my cessation counselor, really gave me the tools I needed to actually quit. So, after three years of smoking a little and sometimes a lot, and being angry at myself everyday for doing so, I quit on Halloween of 2016 and haven’t smoked since. I feel so much better, my house smells better and I’m proud of myself everyday for not stopping and buying cigarettes.

- See more at: http://802quits.org/stories/josie-burlington/#sthash.uj0uLBB9.dpuf

Do you want to find out more about quitting tobacco? Contact LGBTQuits@pridecentervt.org or call Mike at 860-7812


Honoring and Remembering Pulse Victims and Amos Beede

on Monday, 12 June 2017. Posted in Safespace

Honoring and Remembering Pulse Victims and Amos Beede

Today marks one year after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. This horrific attack was waged specifically against LGBTQIA people of color seeking sanctuary and a place to be themselves, two things that should be available to everyone. The massacre claimed 49 lives and left 53 injured, making it the deadliest attack on the LGBTQIA community in U.S. history. It is crucial to recognize the identities of the communities that were targeted in this attack because it allows us to see that this was not only born from homophobia, but of racism as well. Today provides an opportunity to remember the victims of the Pulse shooting and honor their legacy by continuing the efforts towards uprooting hatred, discrimination, and violence towards LGBTQIA individuals and people of color.

The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center of VT offers advocacy and support to LGBTQIA individuals who have experienced any type of violence, bias, or discrimination. If you or someone you know needs help- please reach out to our advocates at 802.863.0003 or safespace@pridecentervt.org. You can also report violence anonymously at bit.ly/reportvt. If you need support- please know that we’re here for you.

If you are able, we encourage you to consider participating in the #HonorThemWithAction Campaign, an effort lead by Equality Florida to honor the memory of the victims of the Pulse shooting. Opportunities to donate to the families of the victims, information on how to become a Pulse partner, and solidarity actions/event listings can all be found on the #HonorThemWithAction Campaign website, honorthemwithaction.org.

We also take the opportunity today to uplift the memory of a member of our own Vermont community, Amos Beede. Amos’ life was cut short by an act of brutal violence rooted in homophobia and transphobia, and he passed away on May 28, 2016. Both the Pulse massacre and the tragic loss of Amos Beede are examples of unchecked homophobia and transphobia that had deadly consequences. We will continue to fight for our community and provide opportunities for others to do so as well. Now more than ever is the time to come together and resist hatred, wherever and however it manifests. The violence has to stop.

Rest in Power

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old

Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

KJ Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Amos John Beede, 38 years old

 We see you. We honor you. We mourn for you. We fight for you.

GLAM goes to Friday Night Food Truck Stop.

on Thursday, 08 June 2017.

GLAM goes to Friday Night Food Truck Stop.

Join the guys of GLAM in this essential summer event as we whet our appetites with the most delicious food trucks from around the state. We'll meet out in front of ArtsRiot at 6:30!
If you have questions please contact Mike, Carlos or Travis at GLAM@pridecentervt.org

TransForm Project Launch!

on Sunday, 28 May 2017. Posted in Safespace

Interest Meeting

TransForm Project Launch!

We believe that no trans person in Vermont should have to come out and transition alone. Come help us make that vision a reality!

The TransForm Project is a new initiative to provide resources, support, and community connections for transgender and gender-nonconforming Vermonters. This summer we'll be launching a mentoring program to connect trans folks with peers across the state, and we need you!

Join us at the TransForm interest meeting to share your ideas and learn about ways to be involved:
- Connect with a peer mentor to find one-on-one support around gender from someone who's been there.
- Become a mentor to show trans and questioning people in your community that they are not alone.
- Share your experiences and skills to help us build an online, step-by-step guide to transitioning in Vermont.
Refreshments will be provided!

(If you're in central or southern Vermont, we'll be holding interest meetings in your neck of the woods soon -- send us an email and we'll keep you updated.)

Questions? Ideas? Can't make it to the meeting, but still want to be involved? Contact us at transform@pridecentervt.org.

TransForm is a collaboration between the Pride Center of Vermont and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

on Saturday, 27 May 2017. Posted in Events

Watch Here:

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

GLAM makes an appearance on the fabulous new show. Check out the GLAM Coordinators, Carlos and Travis. The T' is a new series on VCAM that focuses on arts and activism in the greater Vermont community. The iconic duo, Emoji Nightmare & Nikki Champagne, have been featured on the Seven Days' Stuck in Vermont and WCAX. Tune in on Tuesday nights at 7 pm!

Visit us online

Pride Center goes to the Lake Monsters game

on Friday, 26 May 2017.

Pride Center goes to the Lake Monsters game

The Pride Center is going to the ballpark!! 
For every ticket purchased before June 8th, the Pride Center of Vermont will be given half back as a donation!! Tickets are only $6 and you can purchase them here: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=197926&promocode=pridecentervt#.WRMt8RPyvq0

PCVT Running Group

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs

PCVT Running Group

Hi folks! Thanks to all who came out for our running groups kick-off! Everyone who showed up had a blast and are excited to keep on running! The regularly scheduled group will start meeting every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm and every other Sunday at 10:00 am, starting next Tuesday, May 30th. We start at the Pride Center and right on time so be sure to catch us. For more information and how to stay connected, please contact Travis at travis@pridecentervt.org or call the Health and Wellness office at (802)-860-7812. #PrideRuns

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Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Events

Trans Plant Sale This Saturday!

Parking Lot outside Pride Center of Vermont
Corner of Maple & S. Champlain

Thousands of ornamental, herb and vegetable starts will be offered for sale at this one-time event.

Jump start your spring gardens with vigorous, ready to go, locally hand grown trans*plants. Choose from popular heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and exotic eggplant varieties. Compliment your summer cooking with a bouquet of culinary herbs, including four varieties of basil. Flowers galore will be for sale to bring your gardens alive with color and fragrance.

This sale will help raise funds for our Sept 2017 Gender Pride Speaker Event Fundraiser.

Compost will also be available for sale by Half Ass Compost

Mini Golf Saturday

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017.

Mini Golf Saturday











Come on out and hang out with us! We are gonna be hitting some balls at the Essex Family Fun & Entertainment Center. There will be 18 hole mini golf and batting cages so you can hit balls of various sizes. Get some Sun on you!

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Events

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening + Queer Dance Party

SASS: MAJOR! Doc Screening and Queer Dance Party

Friday, May 12
8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
$5 // 18+Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party’s SASS producers are super proud to present the exclusive Burlington screening of the doc MAJOR! and an after film queer dance party at Higher Ground.
8:30-10 p.m. MAJOR! doc
10 p.m.-1 a.m. queer dance party with DJ Llu + DJ Rob DouglasThis is an 18+ event, $5 donation/ticket for general public and free entrance for the trans + POC community.

Through Major!’s “Major to the People” Program, we are offering FREE entrance to the film for all trans folk and people of color. Yes, really you are our guest. Please RSVP at: pop.up.queer.dance.party@gmail.com. No one will be turned away at the door.

All SASS funds after event expenses from the night, as well as donations from the audience collected that night, will go toward Miss Major’s Circle of Care.


SafeSpace Updates

on Friday, 21 April 2017. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace Updates

Hello everyone!

As you may know, the SafeSpace office here at the Pride Center serves survivors of violence, harassment, and discrimination. We offer emotional support, provide resources, and connect people with organizations that can assist them in areas that we may not be able to, such as emergency housing. The reason we are able to offer these services is primarily through the Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA. Every year, we receive funding through VOCA in order to continue working with communities and individuals who need us.

Part of our work through VOCA includes gathering data about what kinds of communities we serve. This includes gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, age, ability, and more. We would like to share a snapshot of the work we’ve been doing and the people we have been serving with all of you.

“We believe that the first step to eradicating violence in our community is to acknowledge that it is happening,” said Catarina Campbell of the SafeSpace office. Currently, the Pride Center is the only organization in Vermont that specifically serves LGBTQH+ adults statewide. “We think it is important to recognize the various experiences of members of our community, and to support those who need it,” Catarina said.

This quarter, from January 1 through March 31, we served 26 individuals. Of these 26 people:

  • 53% identified as having a disability (14 of 26)

  • 50% identified as trans* or gender nonconforming (13 of 26)

  • 15% lack secure and stable housing (4 of 26)

  • 65% of those we served were between the ages of 25 and 59 (17 or 26)

  • We provided approximately 115 units (about 30 hours) of emotional support

  • There were 49 instances of violence reported (some intersecting)

    • 35% of cases were hate violence (17 of 49)

    • 20% of cases were domestic violence (10 of 49)

    • 18% of cases were sexual violence (9 of 49)

    • 27% of cases were another form of violence (bullying, stalking, etc.)

If you or someone you know is seeking emotional support, legal counseling, housing assistance, or other resources, please reach out to SafeSpace. You can reach us by phone at 802-863-0003 Monday-Thursday from 10am-6pm, and on Fridays from 10am-2pm. You can also email us at SafeSpace@PrideCenterVT.org at any time. To report violence anonymously online: bit.ly/reportvt

-Alanna Moriarty, Blogging and Social Media Intern

May Day March for Dignity!

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

May Day March for Dignity!

May Day March for Dignity! ¡Marcha Por La Dignidad!

Monday, May 1


294 N. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT

Click here to sign-up on Facebook!

Vermont dairy farmworkers have turned up the pressure on Ben & Jerry’s to join the Milk with Dignity Program. Ben & Jerry’s agreed to join this worker-driven social responsibility program nearly two years ago. Despite increased pressure from farmworkers and consumers, Ben & Jerry’s has continued to drag their feet, delaying implementation of Milk With Dignity.

We’ll kick off the march from the Migrant Justice/Vermont Workers’ Center office at 294 N. Winooski Avenue in Burlington. On our way to Ben & Jerry’s, we will pause in front of the Federal Building to demand an end to deportations and lift up Vermont voices and campaigns in resistance to the new administration’s attacks on our communities.

We know that our human rights are under attack in ways we haven’t seen for decades. Whether you are fighting for LGBTQ rights, an end to police brutality and racism, or to stop pipelines and fossil fuel extraction, we need you to join us in the streets this May Day in support of all communities fighting for their rights.

Sponsored by the Vermont Human Rights Council

350 Vermont, Green Mountain Central Labor Council, Green Mountain Self Advocates, Justice for All, Migrant Justice, Peace and Justice Center, Pride Center of Vermont, Rising Tide Vermont, United Academics, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Workers’ Center

P.S. Can you give a ride to a farmworker neighbor? Solidarity drivers needed! Email info@migrantjustice.net

PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.

PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

Pride Center of Vermont received a Rising Star in Worksite Wellness Award from the VT Department of Health! Hooray!! Many thanks to our new SafeSpace Coordinator Jess Novak for attending the conference to accept the award and for speaking to the 450 conference attendees about worksite wellness for LGBTQ employees.

Looking for ways to be healthier? Swing by the Center to do an ab workout with us sometime! We'll also be rolling out an LGBTQ running group in the near future, we hope you'll join.

GLAM Hike's Snake Mountain

on Friday, 07 April 2017.

GLAM Hike's Snake Mountain

Join us for a fun hike. We'll meet at the center at 11am and drive down together. Or meet us at the trailhead at 12pm. We'll grab some creemees and maple things after the hike!

SASS: A Queer Social + 90's Dance Party

on Friday, 07 April 2017.

SASS: A Queer Social + 90's Dance Party

SASS: Queer Social +90s Dance Party 
Friday, April 14
Higher Ground Showcase

9pm - The BFF Game! Like Newlyweds, but for besties competing for prizes against other besties. Hosted by GLAM from Pride Center of Vermont. Keep an eye out for VT CARES safe sex tabling for all your questions and free safer sex gear needs! 

10pm - Dancing to DJ Llu & DJ Chia 90s favorites!

11:30pm - A special 90s throwback performance by Emoji Nightmare +Nikki Champagne!

18+ $5 advance/$10 day of
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SASS: A Monthly Queer Social And Dance Party is a collaborative Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party production. Held once a month on the 2nd weekend of the month (Fridays or Saturdays), we turn Higher Ground fiercely queer for a night.Featuring a warm up hour of a social "activity" (perfect for introverts and non-dance party folks) from 9-10pm and then a bumping dance party headlines by DJ Llu and a rotating crew of DJ friends like DJ Chia and Rob Douglas.SASS is for the whole queer community - anyone who identifies outside or inside of gender or sexuality norms. 18+ $5 advance or $10 day of the party.Making queer space has always been an act of resistance and in this new age of Trump, making joyful, connective, social queer space is even more radical. Come make new friends, meet new loves, network with other community organizers, or just let loose for a night every month with us.We aim to create intentionally inclusive and safe space for all patrons and we ask that you partner with us by vibe watching for inappropriate, dangerous, or non-consensual behaviors.We also ask that everyone come scent free to the party, so that our chemical sensitive queer community members can attend without their health being compromised.SASS's proud and pretty producing collective are Noah Dictive, Nikki Champagne, and DJ Llu.A quick note on our use of the term "queer." This word has had a complex history, including being used as a pejorative term against men who acted effeminate (freakin misogyny, ugh). Back in the 80s some in the LGBT community began reclaiming the word queer as a more inclusive term to recognize all genders and sexualities, to break those binaries down, and to be a more diverse, fluid, and umbrella term than the LGBT (which in full length is actually: LGBTQQIAAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, and Pansexual), but that still leaves out many genders and sexualities (and is ridiculously long). While this term is not embraced by all, especially the older LGBT folks, it is a term now used for nearly 40 years by a growing number of younger folks and has expanded to include academic theory and join the LGBT as the Q in the community acronym.Pop-Up intentionally chose to use the word "queer" six years ago when we were founded, because our co-founders (DJ Llu and Chopper) both identify as queer folks and at the time (and still today) there were only cis-gendered spaces for the LGBT community to gather. Hence, we decided to manifest "decidedly queer" vibrant social space and have been doing so at venues around Burlington, nearly every month, ever since.SAVE THE FOLLOWING SASS WEEKEND DATES
Friday, May 12
Saturday, June 10
Saturday, July 8
Saturday, August 12Learn more at PopUpQueerDanceParty.com

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