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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:

 https://www.lgbtcenters.org/Careers/Vermont

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BURLINGTON, VERMONT

Posted: February 23, 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: careers@lgbtcenters.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

QUALIFICATIONS


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

COMPENSATION

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

OPPORTUNITY

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.

ABOUT PRIDE CENTER OF VERMONT

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.

TO APPLY

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

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.

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.

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: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQuits

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

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Safespace

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Vermont, 50% of homicides are domestic violence related.

SafeSpace works to end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people. We provide information, support, referrals, and advocacy to LGBTQH survivors of violence.

In conjunction with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, SafeSpace is able to connect survivors to the Legal Assistance for Victims Clinic (LAV).

LAV provides services and representation to survivors, free of charge. Their legal team can provide support pertaining to:

  • Restraining orders- both Relief from Abuse Orders and Orders Against Stalking

  • Custody Issues

  • Name change/social security number change, needed as a result of violence

We are here for you.

Advocates are available to meet in person or answer your call Monday - Thursday 10a - 6p and Friday 10a - 2p. 

You can reach us at our Support Line

Local: 802-863-0003

Toll-Free: 866-869-7341

Or contact us anonymously, here.

TIC Conference

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Safespace

TIC Conference

The Pride Center's SafeSpace Program will be hosting an affinity space for survivors of violence at this year's Translating Identity Conference happening this Saturday at UVM.

Read more below and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uvm-tic-attendee-registration-tickets-33566877434

Opening its doors to the public once more, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. The largest conference of its kind in New England, TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time, ranging from healthcare to law to education, that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves! 

This conference is open to the national public, but space is limited. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

Registration and attendance are free!

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