Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is the 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 was started in 1999 by a group of Vermont undergraduate students. Originally named RU12? Community Center, the group worked from their kitchen table, where they answered phone calls and planned events for the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Center was a completely volunteer run organization until 2002, when the first Executive Director was hired. Today, we have seven core programs, a broad range of social groups, remarkably successful events, a proud history of fighting for some of the strongest and earliest LGBTQ rights in the country, and a Center space that draws LGBTQ Vermonters from across the state.
The Pride Center’s programs and services strive to meet the distinct socio-economic, health, and safety 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 to build community and create increased access to information and resources for all our members. Community members are also able to access the Vermont Queer Archives, which preserve VT’s unique LGBTQ+ history, at our South End location.
The Center’s Board and staff have worked closely with the community to bring the Center through many changes over the years. We moved to our new, bright and colorful space in Burlington. We changed our name and mission to better reflect our current relationship with the community. We expanded our social and cultural events to reach farther across the state and more deeply into our community, and developed on new programs such as Pride and showing LGBTQA artists at Art Hop.
For more information about what’s going on at the Center, please check out our Programs and Events pages. If you’re interested in helping us to build and advance the LGBTQ community, then head over to our Get Involved page to find volunteer and internship opportunities. Our Center space is open Monday-Thursday from 10a-6p and Friday from 10a-2p, and we encourage folks to stop by an introduce yourself. We would love to give you a tour and tell you more about what we do, as well as help you to find ways to connect to your community.