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Response: Breaking the Cycle

on Friday, 07 December 2018. Posted in Safespace

Response: Breaking the Cycle

On Tuesday, December 4th, WCAX posted the article, Breaking the Cycle: Is restorative justice the answer for domestic abuse? The article addresses a broader question of justice within our society and what healing may - or may not - look like for survivors.

Below are some quotes from the article (see full article here: https://bit.ly/2PpRnwq):

Last year, nearly half of all misdemeanor domestic violence cases (379 of 797) and more than half of all felonies (270 of 409) were dismissed by either prosecutors or the courts...

“The numbers of cases that get dismissed in the court system speak for themselves,” [says] T.J. Donovan, D-Vt. Attorney General… “What's happening in the traditional criminal justice system isn't working. So let's have the courage to say it's not working and let's start looking at different option.” Donovan said.

[Galaise, a survivor of violence shared,] "I feel like the system utterly failed him. And because it failed him, it failed our whole family," Galaise said.

Experiencing harm within the criminal legal system is unfortunately all too common for survivors.When a survivor works within the criminal legal system, the choice to prosecute - or not to prosecute - lies with the local state's attorney. The survivor’s experience and wishes for safety help to inform the process and what the attorney seeks in criminal charges, but the power to make that decision ultimately lies with the state.

For many of the survivors who PCVT’s SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program works with, there is the additional fear of experiencing identity related harm through the criminal legal system (e.g., homophobia, transphobia, ableism, racism, classism, etc.). The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2012, page 124) stated,

“Police services were the most highly problematic aspect of government services overall, with respondents reporting the highest rate of assault when attempting to access police services (6%), along with very high rates of harassment/ disrespect (29%) and denial of equal service (20%).”

Prior to working within the criminal legal system, transgender survivors may ask, “Will they be racially biased? Will they misgender me while they are talking about a really deeply harmful experience? Will they believe me? Will they remember to have an interpreter available for me? Will they ‘victim-blame’ me? Will the jury dismiss me due to [insert *ism here]?”.

At SafeSpace, we strive to support and empower survivors to make choices that feel best to them. We believe that survivors are the experts for their own lives and should lead their own decisions without pressure from others. This philosophy means that we respect a survivor’s choice to participate – or not to participate – in the criminal legal system.

SafeSpace is available to provide emotional support, advocacy, and resources to LGBTQ+ and HIV affected survivors of violence (domestic, sexual, emotional, and hate) and discrimination. We also are available to provide trainings and technical assistance to providers who are striving to provide more inclusive support.

Advocates can be reached during office hours (Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) through our warm-line 802-863-0003 and by email safespace@pridecentervt.org.

We believe you. We support you. And we believe that you are the expert of your own healing or movement forward.

Make a gift to PCVT this Giving Tuesday

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Safespace

Comcast has generously committed to matching all donations up to $5,000!

Make a gift to PCVT this Giving Tuesday

Join us for this global day of philanthropy and throughout the end of the year by giving back to the community during this holiday season. In honor of Giving Tuesday, will you support our mission of creating a more equitable society for LGBTQ people?

We make it our mission to engage, empower, and advocate for our community. We provide vital services to an ever-increasing number of people at our center in Burlington and in communities across the state. As we continue to trudge through this uncertain political climate, your support is more critical than ever. We are committed to providing life-changing services and advocacy for LGBTQ Vermonters, but we can’t do it without your partnership.

You can make a difference this Giving Tuesday. Your gift of any amount supports the health and wellness of the most vulnerable, advocates for equality and justice, and builds a culturally vibrant LGBTQ community.

And today, Comcast has generously committed to matching all donations to the Pride Center of Vermont up to $5,000!

Together we can continue to shape the future we want to see.

In Solidarity,

Mike Sig




Mike Bensel
Executive Director
Pride Center of Vermont

Q&A Forum: On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Posted in Safespace

Q&A Forum: On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

We are to launch a new feature focusing on Being LGBTQ+ and Aging with responses based on information from our partners at Champlain College. To submit a question for next month's newsletter, please email your question to whatsup@pridecentervt.org.  

Q&A Forum:

On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

This month we are excited to launch a new What's Up Q&A column! We are featuring a section focusing on Being LGBTQ+ and Aging with responses based on information from our partners at Champlain College. To submit a question for next month's newsletter, please email your question to whatsup@pridecentervt.org.  

Q: I read on Healthy People 2020 that LGBTQ+people are (for the first time!) identified in the U.S. national health priorities. If this is good news, I am concerned by the fact that this might lead to considering all LGBTQ+ aging population as “at-risk,” opening the door to healthcare coverage discrimination. Is that even true? If it is, is there anything that can be done to minimize the risks?

A: Thank you for a very interesting question! There are risk factors that have been identified and that may be specific to the LGBTQ+ population. If we think about what “healthy aging” means, a few categories come to mind, like physical and mental health, social connections, and a positive sense of self/identity. Studies that explored these within the LGBTQ+ community found out that a positive sense of sexual identity can be a key factor to promote healthy aging, while past experiences of discrimination or victimization can be detrimental to healthy aging. The good news is that people are trying to address these risk factors, so that their impact will become (hopefully) less and less evident, and this should also prevent healthcare discrimination. Given all that, the most effective path towards healthy aging healthily would be to build connections within the community, find groups or even a few people who allow you to express your real self by supporting your sexual and individual identity, and – obviously – try to minimize unhealthy behaviors like smoking and engage in healthy ones like exercising.

Getting more information from the Pride Center about their current activity targeting LGBTQ+ adults over 45, like the group Momentum would be a good first step to improve the quality and size of your social network.

Additional Reading: Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Hyun-Jun Kim, Chengshi Shiu, Jayn Goldsen, Charles A. Emlet; Successful Aging Among LGBT Older Adults: Physical and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life by Age Group, The Gerontologist, Volume 55, Issue 1, 1 February 2015, Pages 154–168 [https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/55/1/154/2957461#58792619]

Q: Is gender transition in later life common? Are there any negative consequences?

A:  It appears that many older Baby Boomers are seriously contemplating gender transitions in their later years; within this population, it seems that transgender women may be disproportionately coming out later in life. A study collecting life-stories from a broad sample of transgender women - all of whom seriously considered or pursued a gender transition past the age of 50 - reported that their contemplation of gender transition came after years, often decades, of internal and interpersonal struggle.

This struggle goes against what’s believed to be important for healthy aging: a strong positive sense of self, and being able to work on the negative experience of discrimination and victimization. From this perspective, gender transition later in life could be seen as a positive step toward better aging. Heteronormativity still has a pervasive influence in our society which means that transgender older adults are often forced to reconstruct the meaning of their experiences at the periphery of these norms; this is hard.

Additional reading: Vanessa D. Fabbre; Gender Transitions in Later Life: A Queer Perspective on Successful Aging, The Gerontologist, Volume 55, Issue 1, 1 February 2015, Pages 144–153 [https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/55/1/144/2957454#58792509]

We want to extend a huge thank you for the support of AARP and Champlain College to helping to make this work possible! Thank you!

Farewell, Catarina!

on Thursday, 09 August 2018. Posted in Safespace

Farewell, Catarina!

Dear community,

It’s bittersweet as we say bon voyage and good luck to our incredible SafeSpace Director Catarina Campbell. Anyone who has been in Catarina’s presence knows the love, support and recognition she gifts to everyone she encounters, and understands the unwavering light and joy she brings to this world.

Through her guidance and leadership Catarina has transformed SafeSpace into a more intersectional, justice-focused anti-oppression program which centers liberation, radical self-care, affirmation, and love. She has touched the hearts and lives of all the survivors she has worked with, all of her coworkers, and endless community members.

We are better people and a better organization because of the generous time, energy, insight, support, empathy and compassion that Catarina has whole-heartedly shared with us. We send her so much gratitude, so much love, and all our best wishes as she embarks on her next journey to UVM’s Women’s Center.

Here’s a note from Catarina:

My heart holds abundant gratitude for the opportunity to care about and get to know the most dynamic, gifted, compassionate, and courageous people as they navigate some of the toughest times through my roles as Coordinator for Direct Services and as the SafeSpace Director. The palpable amount of love, community, and solidarity that exists at the Pride Center has helped me step into the world as a leader through the lens of my each of my identities. The opportunity to vision for a more empathetic world that operates relationally rather than systemically, that centers the experiences of communities who are most impacted, and that follows the lead of folks we serve has been nourishing and meaningful work.

I look forward to celebrating the continued efforts of the SafeSpace Program and am perpetually grateful for the incredibly gifted people who will continue to expand and manifest the reach of our mission on behalf of those we serve.

Thank you for the love and support I have received from our community and through this role. I am a better and more grateful person for having had the chance to care about and connect with each of you.


- Catarina

While we will miss Catarina immensely, we also know that there are many talented and compassionate people who have other gifts to share with our SafeSpace clients and community. If you or anyone you know are interested in joining our SafeSpace team-- please apply!! Check out the job posting here: http://pridecentervt.org/get-involved/employment-internship-opportunities and send your cover letter and resume to safespace@pridecentervt.org by August 26th. Thank you!

Pride Center of Vermont Appoints Mike Bensel as Executive Director

on Thursday, 02 August 2018. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Appoints Mike Bensel as Executive Director
Burlington, VT.  Pride Center of Vermont is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Bensel as Executive Director effective August 1, 2018.
Mike needs no introduction to friends and supporters of the Pride Center of Vermont.  As a student at the University of Vermont in 1999, Mike collaborated with one other UVM student to lead a series of focus groups which established the need for an LGBTQ center in Vermont.  These focus groups led to the formation of what is known today as the Pride Center of Vermont. As a founding board member, Mike spent 5 years serving on the Board of Directors. During his tenure, he was instrumental in securing funding to both hire the first Executive Director and rent the organization's first physical space.
Mike began his career in the non-profit sector at the Humane Society of Chittenden County and then as an Americorps* VISTA , working with with Outright Vermont and the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC).  He worked as a Victim Advocate at SafeSpace from 2002 to 2004, prior to SafeSpace becoming a Pride Center of Vermont program. After spending a few years in Florida, Mike found his way back to Vermont where he spent some time working outside of non-profits.  Thankfully, Mike just couldn't stay away. We were lucky to have him rejoin the center in 2011, first as Health and Wellness Coordinator and then as Director of Health and Wellness Programs.
"It is an immense honor to take on this new role, and together with the dedicated staff and board, contribute to the indispensable work of the Pride Center of Vermont.  With your help, I plan to lead this organization in a way that celebrates the history of this vital institution and moves us forward into a sustainable future. I want to hear from you, the community, how the center can best support the LGBTQ+ communities of Vermont. Please give me a call, invite me out for coffee, or stop by for a visit. My door is always open. " - Mike Bensel, Executive Director
"Mike's passion for this work has spanned decades.  He has been a consistent and grounding force for the center through some very tumultuous and uncertain times and his dedication to the LGBTQ+ community in Vermont is unwavering.  His energy and enthusiasm inspire me and I can't wait to see what is in store for Pride Center of Vermont under Mike's leadership." - Erin Sue Carroll, Board Co-Chair

Recognizing Superstars: Dr. Rachel Inker

on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Posted in Safespace

Recognizing Superstars: Dr. Rachel Inker

"Rachel Inker’s background has prepared her for working with people who struggle to access appropriate health care. An English major who graduated from Harvard in 1986, she wanted to travel, work, and explore the world, so she bought an around-the-world air ticket and spent eight months traveling in Europe and Asia, often alone. She spent five months in India, two of them working as a volunteer with an English doctor, whom she describes as “extraordinary,” in the street clinic he ran for Bangladeshi refugees. She also worked as a volunteer at a hospice run by Mother Theresa.

“I’d always thought about being a doctor, but this was the first time I’d met people for whom helping to relieve suffering was a calling, and it made a tremendous impression on me,” she says.

She went on to spend several years working in therapeutic outdoor and residential programs in New England and in several western states. “Working with struggling teenagers in the wilderness remains some of the best work I’ve done,” Inker recalls. “There is nothing more therapeutic than being outdoors, working as a team, and having to meet whatever challenges present themselves.” She hopes to do this kind of work again.

At the age of 30, Inker entered medical school in her home state and graduated in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. During her first year there, in 1994, she met Chris Brown, an architect and furniture maker, through a classmate who was dating his brother. They married when she graduated and moved to Burlington, Vermont, where she started her family practice residency at UVM. They have three children, twin 16-year-old girls and a 12-year-old son.

“Medical school and then residency was an incredible and demanding period of learning, challenge and growth,” Inker recalls. “Family medicine allowed me to provide care for people of all ages and also to use my experiences working in mental health.”

“I’ve always been moved and fascinated by people’s unique stories and experiences,” she adds. “From the time I was a kid, I enjoyed casual ‘interviews’ and began to appreciate how people lived very different lives than my own,” says the daughter of a lawyer and a social worker.

Board-certified in family medicine, Inker has been a family physician at the Community Health Centers of Burlington since 2001. She continues to be a per diem provider at UVM’s Urgent Care clinic and is a clinical instructor at UVM medical school.

Inker, a family practice physician, first learned about gender transition in 2004 working at the Community Health Centers of Burlington as a family practice physician. There she heard a presentation on trans men and women by a transgender educator. After the talk, the presenter invited anyone interested in transgender health care to be in touch since no one was providing care locally. Inker had no formal training in caring for transgender patients so she began researching existing protocols and networking with other providers locally and across the US. Many of these providers had begun serving transgender patients because of a growing grassroots movement that had taken hold in community health centers in large cities. Today, Dr. Inker is the lead medical provider at the Transgender Clinic affiliated with the Community Health Center of Burlington."

Read more at: http://www.vermontwoman.com/articles/2018/0618/03-Dr-Rachel-Inker/rachel-inker.html

Remembering and Honoring Pulse Victims

on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Posted in Safespace

Remembering and Honoring Pulse Victims

Today is the two-year mark of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a horrendous attack on the LGBTQ community. June 12, 2016, was “Latin Night,” and the murder and maiming targeted primarily Latinx LGBTQ people, killing 49 and wounding an additional 53. Their families of choice and origin continue to deal with their grief and their altered futures. We stand with those families and maintain that the lives taken and voices silenced by this atrocious act will not be erased, and that we will create a brighter future.

We at the Center have intentionally come together this afternoon to reflect together on this incident and to consider what actions we might take to enhance the unity and peace within our community, with particular attention and love for our QTPOC community. We ask that those who read these words take time today to do the same.

As we mourn the lives of those who were lost and harmed we encourage all to celebrate and uplift the lives and voices of our local QTPOC community. Reggie Condra’s podcast Brown 'n Out does just that and we are so grateful: https://brownnout.podbean.com/.

Disability Network at Town Hall Meeting on Accessibility

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Safespace

Disability Network at Town Hall Meeting on Accessibility

Our LGBTQ+ People with Disabilities Network will be meeting at the Town Hall on Accessibility in Burlington this week! (Instead of at the Pride Center). The Town Hall is happening on Wednesday from 4:30-6 at the Dept of Public Works (645 Pine St.) in Burlington. Hope you can make it! enjoyburlington.com/event/accessibility-in-burlington

Catarina Campbell on Brown 'n Out!

on Monday, 07 May 2018. Posted in Safespace

Catarina Campbell on Brown 'n Out!

Brown 'n Out is back! Check out Pride Center of Vermont's very fierce and amazing SafeSPace Director, Catarina Campbell.  This wonderful first episode of Season 2 features the briliant Catarina Campbell.

You can listen to it here: https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/brownnout-podcast/id1341496119 

or here: https:/brownnout.podbean.com/e/coming-soon-brown-n-out-podcast/ 

@cat_alyst070 @brownnoutpodcast #lgbtq #poc #vermont #vt #brownnout #podcast

What's Up with the Ticket Prices?

on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in Events, Safespace

The Annual Benefit Pricing Explained

What's Up with the Ticket Prices?

A lot of folks have been wondering just what's up with our ticket pricing for this year's 20th Annual Community Celebration on May 18th at the Echo Center. The change in pricing is for two reasons. First, we really listened to community members who said that last year the benefit was too expensive. Also, in honor of this being our 20th Annual Celebration, we thought each ticket category could tell the story of the Center.

If you are a community member in need of ticket, please email josie@pridecentervt.org.

Here are the ticket prices and their meaning to the Center:

Party Like It's 1999! Help us celebrate the year we were founded with tickets that are $19.99.

Can't make the Event? Help a community member attend with a $25 ticket. 

The Fight Isn't Over Ticket for $29. 29% of people who came to SafeSpace this year did so as a result of hate violence or discrimination, reminding us that our fight against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Vermont is far from over.

Celebrate Health and Wellness with a $56 ticket. Our Health & Wellness program will have 56 GBT guys participate in a 2-hour session that will hone their skills on promoting sexual health, reducing HIV stigma, and increasing access to HIV testing, prevention, and care. These newly trained peer educators then disseminate this important information throughout our community, including those who are at highest risk for contracting HIV in Vermont.

Celebrate SafeSpace with a $98 ticket. 98 People have been trained in LGBTQ Sensitivity in the Vermont Department of Corrections and in the Vermont State Police thus far this year through our SafeSpace program.

Please use this link to purchase tickets. We hope to see at Echo on May 18th!

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!

on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Posted in Safespace

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!

LGBTQ+ Women's Night at the Museum!
May 2nd at 5:30
Meet in the Fleming Museum lobby

Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:30 pm in the Fleming Museum Lobby for Alison Bechdel's Self-Confessed! exhibit! A personal guided tour will be led by our very own Meg Tamulonis- Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Fleming. The admission fee will be waived, you can pay what you wish if anything at all.

For directions and parking click here: http://www.uvm.edu/~fleming/index.php?category=visiting&page=directions

Information below about Alison Bechdel's Self Confessed! exhibit is from http://www.uvm.edu/~fleming/index.php?category=exhibitions&page=alison_bechdel

In the spring of 2018, the Fleming Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the work of Alison Bechdel, spanning her illustrious, decades-long career. A renowned cartoonist and graphic memoirist who lives in Bolton, Vermont, Bechdel is a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner, and the third Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont—a position unique to the state. Her pioneering comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends, Dykes to Watch Out For, ran from 1983 to 2008 and was syndicated in over fifty alternative papers, including Vermont’s Seven Days, which recently published new Dykes strips by Bechdel focused on current political events.

In 2006, Bechdel published the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which explores her relationship with her father, her coming out, and his possible suicide. Fun Home was a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name. Bechdel followed up in 2012 with Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, which follows her relationship with her mother, girlfriends, therapists, and her exploration of psychoanalytic theory. Both books are works of multilayered complexity, employing nonlinear storytelling and a rich trove of literary and historical references.

Self-Confessed presents these primary bodies of work in depth through original drawings and sketches, while incorporating other aspects of Bechdel’s creative output, from early drawings to activist ephemera to large-scale self-portraits. The exhibition also includes a model of the set for the musical Fun Home, reconstructed for this exhibition.

The exhibition explores Bechdel’s work as a writer, an artist, and an archivist of the self, someone who constantly mines and shares her own experiences as a way to communicate something vitally human: the quest for love, acceptance, community, and social justice.

Queer-vangelical: Art Opening & Artist Talk

on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Safespace

Queer-vangelical: Art Opening & Artist Talk

Art Opening, Artist Talk, and Fundraiser with Kara Torres
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pride Center of Vermont 

Join Burlington Artist Kara Torres for an artist talk about their collection of art entitled "Queer-vangelical." The artist will share their personal experiences of being raised Evangelical while re-examining sexuality, sexual orientation and gender. Q & A and optional facilitated discussion will follow. Art (paintings, stickers, jewelry, t-shirts, magnets, etc.) will be available for sale, and 50% of proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Pride Center.

"Queer-vangelical" is an autobiographical collection of art pieces reflecting the artist's exploration of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation from the late 90's to the present. Raised in rural Vermont amidst an Evangelical church community, "Queer-vangelical" traces the artist's experience of coming out and reexamining the values of this community. Through 20-year-old doodles drawn in number two pencil to contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas, the collection elucidates how the confluence of 80s morality and strict religious values impacted the artist's early experiences of gender and the development of alternative ways of being.

Kara Torres, who also operates under the name Fine Forager, is a Burlington-based artist best known for intricate, cartoon-style black & white line drawings and jewelry made from found objects. 

All art in this show is also available for purchase by contacting the artist directly at fineforagerarts@gmail.com

See more art on Instagram: @fine_forager and at www.fineforagerarts.com

PCVT Seeks Amazing Executive Director!

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Safespace

PCVT Seeks Amazing Executive Director!

Looking for a great ED position in an amazing place? Pride Center of Vermont is looking

for a new Executive Director!


Find out more here:





Posted: February 23, 2018


Email: careers@lgbtcenters.org


Pride Center of Vermont
Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Pride Center of Vermont’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.  The Executive Director will be a strong and collaborative leader with a proven track record in fundraising, financial management, programming and operational supervision. The Executive Director will be the face of the organization, responsible for giving the proper strategic direction, implementing a high- quality vision, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Pride Center of Vermont.


Leadership & Management:

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Pride Center of Vermont’s staff and management team
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to subordinate managers
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize Pride Center of Vermont’s staff, volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Fully understand the complex funding streams (e.g., foundations, corporate, individual, government, etc.) and rapidly changing trends in the not-for-profit, health and human service, and LGBT sectors
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future expansion
  • Work in partnership with the Board of Directors to identify, solicit and acquire new sources of funding
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Act as the organization’s primary spokesperson with elected officials with government agency leaders and with the non-governmental funding communities

Strategy and Vision:

  • Engage the Board, staff, and community stakeholders in a process to help define strategic goals for the organization’s short and longer-term strategic plans
  • Oversee the plan’s implementation, ensuring necessary funds, staff, and infrastructure are available to realize the plan’s goals
  • Communicate the strategy, its goals, its ongoing progress, and outcomes to the organization’s Board, staff, funders, partners and community stakeholders

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Serve as a Center spokesperson for an intersectional LGBT community and the necessity of an aggressive diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Bring a robust understanding of diversity including minimally: race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability status, medical status; but also considering factors that include: marital status, parental status, veteran status, etc.
  • Oversee Center staff, volunteer and board recruitment, hiring, and retention ensuring appropriate demographic representation
  • Ensure Center collaborations and partnerships reflect the above


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Pride Center of Vermont’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Visionary thinker with the ability to establish and enforce the vision of the organization
  • Influential manager with ability to lead and motivate with passion, idealism, integrity, and positive attitude
  • A strategic approach to leadership with an ability to move easily between the environments of donors and foundations and those of grassroots community supporters and partners;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business management, social sciences, or related fields - Master’s Degree preferred
  • Prior experience as an Executive Director or similar leadership role, with ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional leadership experience in not-for-profit management or similar work experience
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning - mission-driven and self-directed
  • A record of success as a dynamic fundraiser, with the ability to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources, particularly in a climate of increasing constraints and fewer resources; the ability to harness financial resources by building effective relationships with potential donors
  • Solid financial skills and GAAP understanding
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Experience working with a diverse community and building strong cultures within organizations
  • Extensive knowledge of LGBTQ programs and issues impacting the community - a passionate and articulate advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community, with the capacity to serve as a leader and visible spokesperson for LGBTQ issues on a local, state and national level
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • An analytical mind capable for “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • A politically savvy collaborator and consensus builder with good judgment, excellent listening skills, the ability to reconcile divergent points of view, resolve conflicts, and develop and maintain, on all fronts, a sense of team spirit and common purpose


Pride Center of Vermont offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.


This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced professional to lead a growing and highly-respected organization. For nearly twenty years, Pride Center of Vermont has provided essential services and a safe meeting place for Vermont’s LGBTQ community. The successful candidate will play a significant role in enhancing Pride Center of Vermont’s work and increasing its impact. As part of a dynamic team, serving an organization with the highest standards of excellence, the Executive Director will enrich and improve the lives of LGBTQ Vermonters across the state.


Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. PCVT serves as the hub for the diverse LGBTQ community of Vermont and surrounding areas. Our work is designed to help people to live rich, healthy lives and to discover the strength found in community, through a wide variety of programs, services and activities.


Please send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to careers@lgbtcenters.org by

March 15, 2018, with Executive Director 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 regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

Fiber Arts Group: No meeting on 1/28

on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. Posted in Safespace

Fiber Arts Group: No meeting on 1/28

The Fiber Arts Group is cancelled for this week! We are so grateful to Megan who has been an incredible volunteer in hosting this space for creativity, connection and community, and we're also wondering if any other crafty folks are interested in helping facilitate future meetings! Please get in touch if you're interested-- info@pridecentervt.org. Thanks!

Statement re: Ask Athena column

on Monday, 22 January 2018. Posted in Safespace

Statement re: Ask Athena column

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. The Pride Center’s programs and services strive to meet the distinct and unique needs of our LGBTQ community. Our drop-in resource center, community meeting spaces, 3,000-volume lending library, David Bohnett Cyber Center, and social events all help us to build community and create increased access to information and resources for all Vermonters. In Seven Days’ most recent issue (Vol. 23, No. 17), the Ask Athena columnist stated that “admirers” of the trans-femme community should come to the Pride Center to find potential romantic partners, while simultaneously using outdated and offensive language. This advice creates an unsafe environment for trans women, and encourages the fetishization of one’s trans status. PCVT works to provide a safe space for all members of our community at our South Champlain Street location, and does not tolerate any form of voyeurism or fetishization of our transgender family.


To learn more about trans allyship and fetishization, check out some of these great articles:

Trans What?

Trans Equality: Good Ally

Everyday Feminism - Trans Fetishization

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