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 students. They originally named used RU12? Community Center for the name and it remained so for the next fifteen years. From their kitchen table, they answered phone calls and planned events. The Pride Center was all volunteer run 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 region.
PCVT also has well-established partnerships with other organizations and groups from across Vermont and the nation to provide additional programming for the community and are always looking for new opportunities.
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 are all helping to build community and create increased access to information and resources for all our members. PCVT also houses the Vermont Queer Archives to preserve LGBTQ VT’s unique history.
The Center’s Board and staff have worked closely with the community to bring the Center through many changes in just over a year. 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 we took and developed on new programs such as Pride and showing LGBTQA artists at Art Hop.
For more information, please check out our programs and events pages. And check out our get involved page to find out how you can help us to build and advance the LGBTQ community. Or, stop by an introduce yourself. Let us give you a tour and tell you more about what we do and help you to find ways to connect.