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Stride for Pride

on Monday, 28 August 2017. Posted in Events

Pride Runs on Community!

Stride for Pride

Join us for the Stride for Pride, a 5k walk/run hosted by The Pride Center of Vermont! 

Come down to Perkins Pier for a scenic route on the Burlington Waterfront with a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. This event is family friendly with events afterwards for all to enjoy! 

This route is designed with ease in mind so you can enjoy the view as you cruise along the Island Line Bike Trail.

And don't forget, Pride Vermont is the next day! Come march with us on Church Street as we make our way to Battery Park for our 2017 Pride Festival! 

Registration can be done prior to, or the day of the event from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.

** Emails with route information, FAQ's, and waivers will be emailed after registration **

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Register here through Eventbrite!

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. 

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

 

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

on Saturday, 27 May 2017. Posted in Events

Watch Here:

GLAM Does The T with Emoji and Nikki

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

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PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.

PCVT Receives Worksite Wellness Award

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

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

Leunig's Community Day for Pride Center of Vermont

on Sunday, 16 August 2015. Posted in Events

SUNDAY, September 16th, 11am -10pm

Leunig's Community Day for Pride Center of Vermont

A delicious way to support LGBTQ Vermonters!


Please join the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of Pride Center of Vermont during our Leunig's Community Day. 

Stop by for a delicious meal at the finest restaurant in Vermont while enjoying the best spot in town to people watch. 

Feel great knowing that 10% of the day's proceeds will go directly to providing much needed support and services to LGBTQ communities across Vermont. 

From Transgender support, HIV prevention, and elders work to disabilities advocacy, support for survivors of violence and discrimination, family events, and so much more, Leunig's makes certain that the LGBTQ community continues to thrive. 

And don't forget the best deal-the COMMUNITY PARTNER CARD. You can buy this amazing card anytime during August and the proceeds will benefit the Pride Center. 

This card sells for $50, with half the purchase price donated to the current month’s charity. The Partner Card entitles the purchaser to 20% off food purchases for one year. When you renew the card the second year, the entire $50 is donated to the Pride Center.

SHINE: Pride Vermont 2015

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Posted in Events

SHINE: Pride Vermont 2015
Shine, this year's Pride Vermont theme offers a multitude of metaphorical meanings.  Rays of hope, sunshine's embracing warmth of inclusion and acceptance, the brightness and intensity of a shining star's accomplishment all come to mind.  Given its setting, at the premier LGBTQA occasion, I'd like to play with "shine" in the context of illumination, scientifically speaking, creating that rare but beautiful sight, the rainbow.  
 
Have you ever noticed that three things have to happen to produce the elusive rainbow.  The sun must shine from a clear sky behind you into a cloudy, raindrop laden vista in front.  You, as the lucky observer must be positioned in between.  In addition, to create the brilliant bands of color, from passionate purple to flaming red, the sun must be at a critical angle in the sky, 42 degrees or less.  It all has to do with physical properties of refraction and reflection and any higher in the sky and the rainbow would disappear below the horizon. That's why as the sun approaches the horizon just before sunset, rainbows are most magnificent, especially if dark storm clouds frame the background.
 
So SHINE illuminates, on special occasions, the brilliant colors of Pride.  As we celebrate Pride  Vermont 2015, let's keep in mind what brings those colors alive.  We need the sun at our backs facing a dark and gloomy horizon.  Arched before us in vivid splendor emerges that elusive symbol of hope, acceptance and inclusion if the angle is just right.
 
Hey, I have a thought.  Let's launch an awareness campaign called, "42 Degrees".  Let's figure out a way to position everyone, community and others, in that sweet spot.  We may never actually find the pot of gold at either end, but we can take PRIDE in knowing that the concentric bands of harmonious hues represent something much more valuable, a peaceful co-existence of humanity that acknowledges diversity and accepts each and everyone of us as we are instead of that which we are assumed to be.
 
Pride Week Events:
Sun 9/6: Annual High Heel Race On Church Street
Weds 9/9: Gender PRIDE Speaker Event: Julia Serano
Thurs 9/10: PRIDE Vermont Interfaith Service
Sat 9/12: Roaring 20's Gala
 
Pride Day Events: Sunday September 13th Noon-5pm
Pride Vermont Parade, Festival & Northern Decadence
 

Salon Q

on Monday, 03 August 2015. Posted in Events

Salon Q

Join us on August 11th at 6:00pm for another Salon Q! This month, Jenn Karson will be sharing some of her entrepreneurial and teaching ventures with us. 

Jenn Karson founded Vermont Makers in 2011, an interdisciplinary collective that brings art, programs and ideas to museums, galleries, colleges, universities, K-12 education and public spaces. Jenn and her partners initiated “Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark A Culture of Innovation” in 2014, producing 28 summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs for 15 Vermont Libraries. She is lecturer and the director of communications for the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, where she also supervises the FabLab, and a project collaborator for the exhibition “Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon”.

To learn about Jenn's accomplishments, visit http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/makers-talk-tech-ecology-and-art-at-generator/Content?oid=2389109.

To hear her story on VPR, visit http://digital.vpr.net/post/making-it.

Has Parenting Made You More Judgmental Or Less?

on Thursday, 30 July 2015. Posted in Events

Has Parenting Made You More Judgmental Or Less?

I wish I could, with 100% honesty, say that since becoming a parenting I have become less judgmental. I am not a snob or one to throw labels on people, and it’s not like I was super judgey before I had kids, but even with my open-mindedness, I am pretty opinionated. I’m also a bit of a curmudgeon.

The word judgmental can carry a negative vibe. But in a sense it’s just a matter of forming an opinion. When it comes to parenting, we all have opinions. And if all of our opinions were the same, all of us parents would be members of the same parenting cult, reading the same parenting manuals, and what-to-feed-our-kid cookbooks. We would all subscribe to the same parenting philosophy.

The thousands and thousands of book titles that popped up on the Amazon website when I searched for parenting books say otherwise. From attachment parenting to food choices to the amount of television a child should watch, there are many different and sometimes controversial ways to raise a kid.

Before I had children, I was certainly less understanding of the parent with the screaming child at a restaurant. Or of the friends who were late because of a child-related excuse. I now empathize with parents in child-centered complications, and thank my good luck that on any particular day it’s not one of my children screaming their displeasure.

But what hasn’t changed for me since becoming a parent is my sometimes snap judgment of another parent. I had a pretty clear vision of what type of parent I wanted to be, of how I wanted to do things that would give my child an advantage in life or how I would do things differently than my parents.

There are a handful of parenting rules my partner and I try to live by. And there are moments when I find myself rolling my eyes when I see other parents doing the exact opposite of what we try to do. But I remind myself that different is not always wrong. It might not be wrong, but my way is better, right? Probably not.

My judgments or opinions are never formed with malice. I recognize there are many ways to be a parent and many of those ways will produce successful citizens, in spite of what we do or don’t do as parents. I admit it: I am a little judgmental sometimes. But I would be a hypocrite if I said I never break my own rules. Some days are better than others, and I do the best I can on each day.

As parents, we should support one another because parenting is too hard to do it alone. And we should encourage new and different opinions. We just might learn something, whether we agree with it or not.

This from The Mother ‘Hood illustrates that when push comes to shove all judgements are

dropped when it comes to looking out for our children.

Stride to Pride 5k Run/Walk

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Stride to Pride 5k Run/Walk

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain! In its second year, this event celebrates 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 a custom finishers medal and be entered into our bib raffle for a variety of great prizes! Adults who register before September 1st will be guaranteed a custom "Stride To Pride" t-shirt. Please note that youth registrations do not include a shirt.

This fun event will include music, prizes, azumba warm up and of course a spectacular sunset! 

On-site registration is available, but early registration is encouraged. Bib pick-up will start at 5 pm the day of the race at Battery Park, or you can pick-up your bib on Thursday, September 10 from 4 pm until 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

We look forward to kicking off the weekend of Vermont Pride with you as we Stride To Pride!

Event details and schedule

Thursday, Sept. 10 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

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

5:45 pm - Announcements and Zumba warm up!

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony, refreshments and raffle prizes!

Queer Potluck & Storytelling

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Queer Potluck & Storytelling

Join us at the Pride Center on Sunday, August 9th for an evening of food, friends, and storytelling! 

If you're able to, please prepare a dish and post what you're bringing on the event page so that we can aim for a variety. Also, we all know that good conversation goes great with good food so bring a story to share as well! As always, this is a free event, so bring any and all queers you know! We look forward to seeing you there!

Trans Town Hall: Medical Insurance Navigation

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Trans Town Hall: Medical Insurance Navigation
Medical Transition 101 and Navigating the Medical Insurance Maze to get help with the services needed, these are the topics of the Transgender Community Program's next two Trans Town Halls.  Join us  in the Barn at PCVT to participate in a panel-led discussion of the hurdles the transgender community faces in acquiring comprehensive health insurance coverage.  PCVT'S Safe Space coordinator, Jenna Lee, will be joined by Emily Bens, a insurance advocate from Vermont Legal Aid to talk about your legal rights for medical insurance coverage.  Our own community member, Pelham Bissel, will also be on hand to share her experiences as a court witness of the appeals process when insurance is denied.  
 
The September Trans Town Hall, entitled Medical Transition 101 will focus on the health and medical aspects of transition.  Join us ,  when Dr. Rachel Inker, CHCB's Transgender Health Clinic, Kara DeLeonardis Kraus, clinical social worker/therapist, and Jean-Denis Coulliard, former coordinator of PCVTS Transgender Community Wellness Program will lead the discussion on this important and popular topic.  More to come on this meeting in the next newsletter. 
 
Speaking of Health and Wellness in general and getting the insurance coverage to maintain it, please consider taking a brief, 10 minute, online survey.  Recently, the Pride Center of Vermont teamed with the Vermont Department of Health to create a health & wellness survey to gauge the LGBT-friendliness of medical providers (doctors, insurance providers, etc.) in Vermont. Here's the link to the survey. It is also available on the Home page of the Pride Center's website. 
 
 
Your input is valuable to help monitor how well the local LGBT community's health concerns are being addressed.  Your responses are strictly confidential and anonymous.
 
Spread the word!  Hope to see you Medical Transition 101 and Navigating the Medical Insurance Maze to get help with the services needed, these are the topics of the Transgender Community Program's next two Trans Town Halls.  Join us  in the Barn at PCVT to participate in a panel-led discussion of the hurdles the transgender community faces in acquiring comprehensive health insurance coverage.  PCVT'S Safe Space coordinator, Jenna Lee, will be joined by Emily Bens, a insurance advocate from Vermont Legal Aid to talk about your legal rights for medical insurance coverage.  Our own community member, Pelham Bissel, will also be on hand to share her experiences as a court witness of the appeals process when insurance is denied.  
 
The September Trans Town Hall, entitled Medical Transition 101 will focus on the health and medical aspects of transition.  Join us ,  when Dr. Rachel Inker, CHCB's Transgender Health Clinic, Kara DeLeonardis Kraus, clinical social worker/therapist, and Jean-Denis Coulliard, former coordinator of PCVTS Transgender Community Wellness Program will lead the discussion on this important and popular topic.  More to come on this meeting in the next newsletter. 
 
Speaking of Health and Wellness in general and getting the insurance coverage to maintain it, please consider taking a brief, 10 minute, online survey.  Recently, the Pride Center of Vermont teamed with the Vermont Department of Health to create a health & wellness survey to gauge the LGBT-friendliness of medical providers (doctors, insurance providers, etc.) in Vermont. Here's the link to the survey. It is also available on the Home page of the Pride Center's website. 
 
 
Your input is valuable to help monitor how well the local LGBT community's health concerns are being addressed.  Your responses are strictly confidential and anonymous.
 
Spread the word!  Hope to see you 

GLAM Beach Bash & BBQ

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

GLAM Beach Bash & BBQ

Join us at North Beach on August 9th for GLAM's annual Beach Bash and BBQ! We'll be spending the afternoon swimming, food, and games. This is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and connect with other guys in the community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Six Flags Great Escape with GLAM

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Six Flags Great Escape with GLAM

Join GLAM for a trip to Six Flags Great Escape on August 1! While most GLAM events are free, this event will cost $15 per person. Register with Mike Bensel at mike@pridecentervt.org by July 31st. 

Please meet at the Pride Center of Vermont at 9am to depart to Great Escape by 9:30am. Transportation will be provided, as we will all be traveling in buses.

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