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. 

HIV Testing at PCVT

on Monday, 21 August 2017.

HIV Testing at Pride Center of Vermont
Pride Center of Vermont currently offers Rapid HIV testing that is free and fast! Get your results in just 20 minutes! Due to staff transitions we are down to one HIV tester.  Mike, our current tester, will continue to staff the drop-in testing hours every Tuesday and Thursday but may need to cancel from time to time to accommodate other programs. It is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment. HIV Testing appointments are available Monday through Thursday 10am - 5pm. Thanks for your patience during this time. Travis and Taylor certified testers in no time. 
Ask us about setting up an off site testing party!
For more info or to make an appointment contact:
Mike Bensel 802-860-7812

LGBT++ Community Group

on Wednesday, 26 July 2017.

LGBT++ Community Group

Recommended ages 18 and up

a social/activity hybrid group for individuals who's sexual orientation, romantic orientation, or sexual/gender expression is against the society norm. 

Happening today at PCVT from 6:30pm to 8pm

For more information contact the Pride Center of Vermont at (802)860-7812

Fraudulent Web Page

on Friday, 11 August 2017. Posted in Safespace

Fraudulent Web Page

To our LGBTQIA community - please note that a fraudulent web page with a domain similar to the Center's and mimicking the look of our Pride Center Vermont web site has recently been published.  We are sorry for any confusion or concern this has created.  We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse this fraudulent page. Please direct questions or comments to Susan Hartman, Pride Center of Vermont Executive Director.

The People of Pride

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

Meet JJ, Front Desk Volunteer Extraordinaire

The People of Pride

We are starting a new feature: The People of Pride as a way for Center users and supporters to get to know who helps runs the Center. Our first feature is of JJ Carbery, a long-time front desk volunteer, whose lovely Irish accents greets all callers on Wednesdays. I had to the pleasure of interviewing JJ last week. 

What is your volunteer role at the Center? and how long have you had it?
I've been volunteering at the Center for three years. I'm the person at the front desk. I'm that friendly face that greets you when you first arrive at Pride Center Vermont. No day is ever the same. I’m constantly answering phones calls, taking messages, and making appointments. There is always something going on at the Center so the volunteers are always doing something. 
Why do volunteer with the Center? How does the Center work with your life as an LGBT Vermonter? 
 The staff of the Center makes volunteering here so much fun. Volunteering at the Center gives me an opportunity to meet people from all walks of like, I'm an extrovert - a big people's person, and that is one of the reasons I volunteer at Pride Center.   The experience I've got since volunteering here has been priceless, rewarding, and very educational. 
How do you benefit from your volunteer work?
Volunteering in Pride Center Vermont is my way of giving back to the community that has welcomed my husband and me. It's a fantastic way of meeting people through one of the many events that the Center holds on a weekly or monthly bases. I’ve made amazing friends here. 
Tell us a little bit about yourself:  we all know and love your accent-where are you from?
I'm from The southeast of Ireland, from a beautiful city called Waterford. It's renowned for its fabulous Crystal. I'm a qualified healthcare attendant. My husband is the reason we had this fabulous opportunity to come Vermont for his job. We've been living in Vermont for nearly five years now and still love every minute of it. Giving back to my community has always been very important to me, and that's why I’m proud to volunteer at the Center. It’s the hub of the local LGBT community.


A Fond Farewell for Carlos

on Friday, 21 July 2017.

Pride Center says goodbye to a beloved staff member.

A Fond Farewell for Carlos

The folks at Pride Center of Vermont are sad to announce that Carlos Gonzalez-Saenz will be stepping down from his role as Health and Wellness Coordinator after two and a half years at the organization. Carlos has been providing HIV Testing and creating social events with GLAM, PCVT's Mpowerment Intervention designed to reduce new HIV infections among Vermont's gay, bi, and trans, men's communities. 

"Carlos is one of the most rad, dynamic, and genuine revolutionaries I have ever had the pleasure of working with" says colleague, Catarina Campbell. This sentiment is shared by the entire staff at PCVT.

"The last two and a half years at the center have been amazing. I have learned so much about myself and my community. It has changed my life for the better. I will always feel like I am part of the PCVT family, forever. This organization has a permanent place in my heart." says Carlos. He is going to be living and working in the Montpelier area and will still play an active role at the Pride Center as a volunteer. 

Travis Miller, Pride Center's part-time GLAM Coordinator, will be moving into Carlos' role as full-time Health and Wellness Coordinator. 

Please help us send Carlos off with style! We'll be saying our goodbyes on the big boat party this Saturday and at the GLAM meeting on Wednesdayø, July 26th at 6:30pm. His last day is Friday, July 28th. 

Holiday Closures and Events

on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in Safespace

Holiday Closures and Events

Our offices will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th but there are still fun things happening in the community!! 

Join GLAM for Kablooey on Monday! 


And check out the Barbs' Big Beach Bash on Tuesday!! 


The Trans Support Group that usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month will be meeting on Wednesday, July 5th instead, from 6:30-8pm. 


We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

on Monday, 26 June 2017.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

From 11am - 6pm,  Pride Center of Vermont will be celebrating National HIV Testing Day! Now is the time to take control of your sexual health. Know your status.

Pride Center of Vermont will be serving donuts, bagels, and coffee all day for those who come in for a free, rapid HIV test. Please email Mike@prodecentervt.org  if you have any questions. 

On June 27th—National HIV Testing Day—people nationwide are encouraged to learn their HIV status. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. 



Meet New Director, Susan Hartman on The T with Emoji and Nikki

on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

Meet New Director, Susan Hartman on The T with Emoji and Nikki

Susan Hartman, the new Executive Director at Pride Center of Vermont, is welcomed to the Queen City by Emoji & Nikki. The queens learn about what life was like for a young activist from Arkansas, what Susan's journey has been that led her to Vermont, and her goals and objectives for her tenure as the helm of the Pride Center.



To our community members

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Safespace

To our community members

To our community members,

In light of the recent resurgence of violently transphobic sentiments within our community, The Pride Center wishes to extend our capacities in full as a healing presence to those affected. The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center 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 or support- please reach out to our advocates at 802.863.0003 or safespace@pridecentervt.org. You can also report violence anonymously at bit.ly/reportvt. Please know that we are here for you.

The Pride Center of Vermont is committed to ensuring the safety of all members of the LGBTQIA community, especially those of us who identify as trans. We are receptive to the concerns that have been brought to us by the trans community and we are dedicated to moving forward with our advocacy in a way that is informed by the past. Stepping up and advocating for our most marginalized community members in the time ahead is our foremost priority. As an organization that advocates for inclusivity, acceptance, and safety, we seek to bridge the gaps in our community that allow for transphobic rhetoric to take root and divide us. On principle, we do not condone violence of any sort, and we especially condemn violence that affects our trans community members. Our trans community is deeply valued by the Pride Center; these are folks filled with kindness and love who work every day, just by existing resiliently, to make Vermont a safe and inclusive place for trans people to thrive. At the Pride Center, we are deeply aggrieved and disheartened to see such a staggering revitalization of increasingly persistent transphobic hatred and violence, and we are calling for our brilliantly diverse LGBTQIA community to resist hatred and come together for the sake of our most marginalized.

A critical part of coming together and healing is listening to one another, particularly to the trans community members who have been silenced and subjected to hatred. Supporting our trans community can take the form of actively listening and accepting what people have to say at face value, acknowledging their feelings, and letting them know they are heard. Transphobic rhetoric is a threat to the integrity of our whole community, not just to those who are trans. Recent discussions about transphobia have provided much insight on just how much work remains to be done on the part of the LGBTQIA community as well as the community at large towards learning, healing, and uplifting. In the face of the recent vitriolic transphobia, we challenge our fellow LGBTQIA Vermonters to confront bias every day and to support the trans folks in the community by giving them space to exist safely, listening to their concerns, and taking action when the inherent value of a trans person’s life is questioned. We have to do better by our trans community, and we will persist in the effort to accomplish not only a basic understanding, but a wide spread acceptance as well. We will not tolerate this violence.



GLAM's Kablooey

on Friday, 16 June 2017.

GLAM's Kablooey

Come and join us this 3rd of July for some grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as we wait for the GLAMorous fireworks later that night! We will be at Oakledge Park at 7pm so we can have time to eat before the show. Don't miss this beautiful and delicious experience! See you there!

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.

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