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National Coming Out Day

on Saturday, 11 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

National Coming Out Day





National Coming Out Day

by Kim Fountain


Today is National Coming Out Day. It’s an important day, for certain, but I remember this date because it’s my only sibling’s birthday and I missed the Second Annual March on Washington in 1987 so that I could be with her to celebrate her Sweet 16. I had been out for a whole year and so you might imagine how happy I would have been to be in a big city with all those LGBTQ marchers! Ah family.

By today’s standards, I was relatively old when I came out at 18. By 1995, I had been out almost a decade and was working at the NYC Gay and Lesbian Center, stunned by the twelve year olds walking through the doors with parents or guardians, ready to get involved with the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services. It was mind-boggling to me that not only did they make the decision to come out, but they had supportive parents bring them on over to the Center.

As many of us marvel at young people coming out and at times mumble at how we didn’t come out until our late teens or early twenties, we often do not think about the folks who come out much later in life. Recently, I’ve had about five conversations with people who came out after being in a straight marriage for decades, raising children, and then coming out, sometime after age 50. A couple were in their late 60s when they came out.

What does it mean to come out in later life or to come out, go back in, and come back out decades later? People who went through this keep telling me, ‘I feel like I am just catching up and learning all this new stuff. It’s great, but I have no idea what I’m doing.’ What does it feel like to be in a familiar day to day, to have so much of who you are be so similar and yet radically different? How do you ‘convince’ people you’ve known for years that yes, you really are ‘gay’. How do you reconcile your own emotions? What if there was infidelity with a spouse? How do you find other LGBTQ folks? Why did I wait so long?

And what about our partners who fell in love with people who came out later in life? What is it like potentially rather suddenly meeting our new love’s ex spouse and grown children? What is it like meeting those friends who think you’ve ‘turned’ their buddy or best girlfriend into a homosexual?

There is such tremendous excitement, anxiety, guilt, joy in coming out in later life and we want to talk about it. Lucky for us, we are a Community Center and so hosting an event called Coming Out in Later Life makes complete sense. If you are interested in joining us on November 15th for some hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and some great stories, let me know. Email me, Kim Fountain, at kim@pridecentervt.org or give me a call at 802-860-7812 and I’ll send you over an invitation.  

Happy Coming Out Day!!!

Relationship Skills Class

on Friday, 03 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace will be offering a new Relationship Skill Building Class starting Thursday Oct. 9th.  This will be a class to learn and practice new skills.  This is not a support group to process specific relationship issues or experiences.  The consistent theme of the class is to become aware of personal values, goals, and dreams and to practice living in alignment with that awareness.  This self-awareness is the foundation of solid relationships.
Thursdays at 6 pm beginning October 9th.
Class schedule is as follows:
Week 1   Oct. 9th Values & Anti-Oppression
Week 2   Oct. 16th Expectations & Negotiation
Week 3   Oct. 23rd Accountability
Week 4   Nov. 6th Boundaries
Week 5   Nov. 13th  Conflict & Community Connections
To register please contact brenda@pridecentervt.org or call PCVT at 860-7812

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Join us on Weds October 8th!!

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!






October 8th: Have Your Voice Heard, 
Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement? No, there are thousands. One of them is yours. Help build the future of the movement. We need your voice.

Join us this Wednesday from 5PM-8PM at the Pride Center of Vermont and participate in a national conversation on the future of the LGBTQ movement.

We will provide delicious food, stimulating conversations, and a space where we can all have our voices heard. You provide your vision for our LGBTQ future by finishing one or both of these thoughts:

- What will you be free to do in 2024 that you’re NOT free to do today?

- In 2024, what struggles will the LGBTQ movement face?


What: A national social media event that you can be a part of!

When: Wednesday, October 8th from 5PM-8PM

Where: Pride Center of Vermont, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12


Delicious food, prizes, and fun and a way to make certain Vermont LGBTQ voices are part of the conversation in shaping the next ten years of the LGBTQ movement.

Twitter: @My2024LGBTQ @My2024LGBTQ
Tumbler: @My2024 
Don’t forget to include @PrideCenterVT

This event is sponsored by Pride Center of Vermont with funding from My2024 and CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Night of the Living Dames V

on Monday, 22 September 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Roller Derby Raises Money for Pride Center of Vermont

Night of the Living Dames V

The Green Mountain Derby Dames, Vermont's first and largest women's flat-track roller derby league, kicks off the 2014 fall home season with its annual Night Of The Living Dames double header at the Champlain Valley Expo! 

Black Ice Brawlers play the Rock Coast Rollers at 4:30 p.m. 

Grade A Fancy GMDD's WFTDA team, play Granite State Roller Derby at 7:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring a bit of extra cash to get your hands on some new GMDD merch and grab a beer in our enormous beer garden.

Tickets are $6-12 when purchased in advance, and can be purchased here:http://bit.ly/notld14

** Show up in costume and receive $3 off your ticket at the door! AND be entered into our costume contest. Winner picked by crowd applause at half time. ** 

Door Prices:
FREE 6 & under
$6 Ages 7-12
$14 Seniors, Students, & Military
$16 adult

Feature non-profit: Pride Center of Vermont.

Don't miss all the excitement, athleticism, and fun of women's flat track roller derby right in your own backyard. We'll see you track side!


photo credit: Gomisan via photopin cc


on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

A Benefit for the Pride Center of Vermont


The annual MAIN EVENT of Vermont Pride is back at Higher Ground!
Celebrate your sexuality--Express your identity--Dance the night away with us. 

Get #RisqueVT 
"slightly indecent or liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive"


Bringing world-class entertainment to town: 

DJ ManMachine (Amsterdam) 
DJ Manny Ward (NYC) 
Kitty Kin-Evil (Ottawa) 

...also featuring world-class entertainment right from Vermont:
Burlington Burlesque 
The Human Canvas
Peep Show Vermont 
Noah Dictive 
Vermont Drag Idol 2014 WINNER Nikki Champagne 
Major Face
Nyx Holland ...and hot Go-Go Dancers, party favors and prizes all night long. 


Post your Pride outfit creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at #RisqueVT to get displayed proudly onscreen at the event! (Make sure to post your photos as "Public" so we can see them) Proceeds benefit The Pride Center of Vermont (formerly the RU12? Community Center), which celebrates, educates and advocates for the LGBTQ community in Vermont. 

Special thanks to Burly Bear Events for helping sponsor our fabulous DJs!

Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero to Speak at Vermont Law School Thursday, September 11

on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Safespace

Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero to Speak at Vermont Law School Thursday, September 11

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—Vermont Law School’s National Lawyers Guild* partners with Pride Vermont bringing internationally renowned transgender advocate and model, Geena Rocero to speak to VLS and greater community this Thursday, at 1:30 pm in Oakes 110. As part of the VLS National Lawyers Guild Radical Speaker Series: Beyond Equality and Inclusion Politics, Geena will speak about her global work on gender rights issues facilitating discussion that challenges our status quo understanding of gender, sexuality, and identity.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender day of Visibility, Geena came out as transgender while giving at TED talk. Soon after, Geena launched Gender Proud, “an advocacy and awareness campaign that aims to advance the right of all transgender individuals.” Today Geena sends a powerful message to future policy and lawmakers about the importance of challenging cultural norms and gender binaries that play a significant role in the systems of power and control that distribute life chances.

Born to humble beginnings in Manila, Philippines, Geena always had big dreams. Growing up, she knew that she was different from her childhood friends. At a young age, she told her mom that her gender assignment at birth was different. 
At fifteen, a pageant manager approached her to join a beauty contest. This opportunity led her to the world of the TransWomen Beauty Pageant in the Philippines.  As a young teenager, she then became one of the most prominent figures in the trans beauty pageant world. 

Geena immigrated to San Francisco in 2001, and moved to New York City in 2005 in order to pursue a modeling career. Next Models, one of the most prominent agencies in the world, quickly represented her. 
Through her own experience into womanhood and working as a professional model, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community. 

For more information, contact: Taylor L. Curtis (taylorcurtis@vermontlaw.edu)

*Co-sponsors for the event include: VLS Environmental Law Society, and Alliance

Have you registered for Stride To Pride?

on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Posted in Safespace

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!  This first annual event will celebrate the joy of the LGBTQ and allied community through fun and fitness!  We welcome everyone who wishes to join us in the celebration to show support, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.

Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end.  Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end.  This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course).  We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!

All participants will receive an awesome Stride to Pride t-shirt as well as custom finishers medal.  Additionally everyone will receive a token for the “OUT on Church Street” event, allowing you 10% off food, drinks and merchandise from participating retailers on Church Street Marketplace all weekend of Pride!  Additional tokens for supporters will be for sale at the event for $10 each.

While registration will be open until the event, only people registering by September 1st, 2014 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and finishers medal.  All participants will recieve an OUT on Church Street token and will be eligible for prizes regardless of registration date .  The cost is $35 per person, this includes the shirt, medal and OUT on Church Street token.

Register here:  


Event schedule and times

Thursday, Sept. 11 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 8 pm, location TBD.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony

7:15 pm – enjoy the benefits of your OUT on Church Street token by receiving 10% off food/drink/merchandise at participating Church Street Marketplace businesses.

Registration is now open for Laura's March

on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Margolis, former UVM Director of Campus Security

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Margolis, former UVM Director of Campus Security and and a leading international consultant on public and campus security and safety needs.
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Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Holiday Hours

Here is a list of our upcoming Holiday Hours:

The Pride Center of Vermont will close at 3pm on Wednesday 12/24

The Center will be closed:

December 25th and 26th

January 1st and 2nd

Thank you!


Pride Center Welcomes Vincent Creer

on Monday, 08 June 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Pride Center Welcomes Vincent Creer

Pride Center of Vermont is excited to host Vincent Creer this summer through an internship supported by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. He is from Long Beach, California and is currently a Women's Studies and LGBT Studies Major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Vincent will be working to create a series of classes and workshops for Summer Semester at PCVT and helping support the Transgender Community Program. If you have an idea for a class you'd like the Pride Center to offer this summer, or just want to say hello, please emailVincent@pridecentervt.org or give him a call at (802) 860-7812

SafeSpace Survivor Group

on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace Survivor Group

SafeSpace at Pride Center of Vermont is starting a support group for LGBTQ survivors at all different stages of healing. We are committed to serving survivors in their journeys towards wholeness and recovery. If you'd like to participate in the group please fill out this survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8D9D95

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