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Stride for Pride 5k

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Events

Stride for Pride 5k

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain! Back after a one-year hiatus, 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, ability, gender identity or expression. Walkers, runners, joggers, or those on wheels are all welcome to join in on the fun. All proceeds benefit the work of Pride Center of Vermont.

Tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/stride?fbclid=IwAR2o2SRV9Ac_WN3yTyVTg04trccP8IN7RZDxD-8xWPhfAXueB7tZhaFJIWU


Check-in begins at 5:00PM at Pride Center of Vermont, 255 So Champlain, Burlington.

Day-of registration is $30.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Burlington Electric Department:

on Friday, 19 July 2019.

Burlington Electric Issues Weekend Defeat the Peak Alert for Saturday and Sunday; Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Burlington Electric Department:

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2019

Contact: Mike Kanarick

 802.735.7962

Burlington Electric Issues Weekend Defeat the Peak Alert for Saturday and Sunday

Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage from 4:00-7:00pm on Both Days

Burlington, VT – The Burlington Electric Department issued a weekend peak alert for Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched two summers ago (view news release here), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage from 4:00-7:00pm on both days.

Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what are projected to be unusually hot summer days:

  • ·Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners after returning home from work and wait until after 7:00pm to return air conditioners to previous settings;
  • ·Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;
  • ·Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm and later; and
  • ·Delay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.

The New England region reaches peak demand for electricity during the summer. A significant portion of Burlington Electric’s costs as a utility is determined by how much energy our community is using during the summer peak.

“We are excited to continue the Defeat the Peak effort in 2019,” stated Darren Springer, Burlington Electric Department General Manager. “When our community comes together to reduce electric use on peak days, we can save money, help protect the environment, and provide immediate support to nonprofits that are making a difference in Burlington. Defeat the Peak serves as another part of our plan to make Burlington a Net Zero Energy city.”  

Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced by Burlington Electric based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case thePride Center of Vermont – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from Burlington Electric if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.

“The Pride Center of Vermont and Burlington Electric have something in common – we’re both working to build a safe and healthy environment for our communities,” said Mike Bensel (he/him/his), Executive Director of Pride Center for Vermont. “Thank you Burlington Electric for recognizing Pride Center of Vermont as an organization worthy of this support.”

Burlington Electric also notifies customers by email blast about peak day alerts. Customers can sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak.  Burlington Electric also shares information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.  

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Manager of Customer Care, Communications, and Energy Servicesmkanarick@burlingtonelectric.com
802.735.7962 (cell)burlingtonelectric.com
Burlington, Vermont

Please note that this communication and any response to it will be maintained as a public record and may be subject to disclosure under the Vermont Public Records Act.

Sexual Health Series

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Events

Sexual Health Series
Thursdays, March 28th through April 18th at 6:30 PM
 
Presented by Kenzie of Wild Faith Herb Farm
 
MARCH 28 - APHRODISIACS: Aphrodisiacs: something that stimulates sexual desire. Can medicinal plants really alter libido? Yes, herbs are super sexy. Herbal aphrodisiacs not only act on sexual arousal, but also play a role in sensuality, nourishment, energy, relaxation and pleasure. Participants will come away with an idea of how herbs, diet, and lifestyle can support a healthy, balanced and enjoyable sexual wellness.
 
APRIL 4 - HERBAL LUBE: What is one of the most underrated secret ingredient to healthy and pleasurable sex? The Juice. Whether it is internal hormones or external application, lubrication is essential to short term satisfaction and long term sexual balance and integrity. Join us to talk about radical self care and improving sexual pleasure through lubrication. We will also make an oil-based lube to take home for personal use. This class is created for folks of all genders, sexual orientations and experience levels.
 
APRIL 11 - MXNSTRUAL EMPOWERMENT: The mxnstrual cycle happens to many and different for everyone. A sacred experience some, a traumatic experience for others. A gendered experience for some, a genderless experience for others. Bring your curiosity to share and listen to how our bleeding stories connect us. Come prepared to hear ways herbs, nutrition, lifestyle and ceremony can improve our collective cycles. 
 
APRIL 18 - KINK: Kink. “An unconventional (sexual) taste, fantasy, concept or behavior.” Kink is the power of embodying what you want and getting it. Kink allows us to transform the way shame, judgement and self-limiting feelings occupy and control our lives by inviting in liberating communication, self expression and magic. The practice of kink can be a gateway to herbs, self love and self pleasure. Whether you already practice sexual or existential kink, or you are just curious, all are welcome to join.
 
These classes are created for folks of all genders, sexual orientations and experience levels.
Cost: $18 - $22
Pre-register at: www.wildfaithwellness.com
Financial scholarship based on request.
% of total class sales will be donated to the Pride Center.

How HIV Affects Vermonters in 2019

on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted in Safespace

How HIV Affects Vermonters in 2019

In Vermont, almost 700 people have received care for HIV in the last few years. Vermont Edition spoke to Roy Belcher - an epidemiologist and HIV surveillance coordinator for the state - about what life looks like for Vermonters living with the virus, what has changed and what treatments are available.

Listen to the full interview here: https://www.vpr.org/post/how-hiv-affects-vermonters-2019#stream/0

Support an LGBTQ+ Migrant Leader

on Friday, 01 March 2019. Posted in Safespace

Send a message of support to detained LGBTQ+ migrant leader Beto

Sharing in support of Beto Sanchez and Migrant Justice. Please send a message if you can.

Earlier this month, detained farmworker and LGBTQ migrant leader Beto Sanchez was denied bond by an immigration judge. Despite over 1,000 letters of support and multiple news stories attesting to his courageous leadership for queer, immigrant, and farmworker rights, Beto continues to be held without bail in immigration detention.

But he is not giving up, and neither should we. Please send Beto a message of support and solidarity. 

Beto is applying for political asylum based on the persecution that he faced as a gay man in Mexico, and the likelihood that he would experience violence if he were to be deported. He will go back in front of the immigration judge on March 12th to present his asylum claim.

Beto has lived in Vermont for three years, working on dairy farms around the state and becoming involved in Migrant Justice, the Pride Center of Vermont, and other organizations. He has helped to lead a survey of fellow dairy workers on occupational health and safety risks, contributing valuable knowledge about a notoriously dangerous industry. Beto has also been involved in workshops on the needs of the community of LGBTQ immigrant farmworkers.

In December of 2018 Beto was arrested by local police and released with a summons to appear in court for driving under the influence. When he showed up at the courthouse, Immigration and Customs Enforcement were there waiting to arrest Beto, and he has been held without bail in federal immigration detention ever since. Beto should be afforded due process for his DUI charge, as any other Vermonter would. To deport him -- where he would likely face continued persecution and violence due to his sexual orientation -- would be inhumane and unjust.

Despite being behind bars for two months, Beto is staying strong -- but he needs all the support he can get. Please take a moment to send him a message of solidarity as he prepares for his March 12th court appearance. 

In Solidarity,

Migrant Justice

Pride Center of Vermont Responds to Targeted Vandalism

on Tuesday, 05 February 2019.

Pride Center of Vermont Responds to Targeted Vandalism

Between the evening hours of Monday, February 4, and the morning of Tuesday, February 5, a poster with the words “Better Dead Than Red” was plastered onto the main entrance door of Pride Center of Vermont. The flyer also displays a logo depicting an arrow shooting through a red hammer and sickle.

The poster advertises Patriot Front, an alt-right propaganda website and white supremacist, anti-Semitic group founded by an 18-year-old Texan, Thomas Rousseau, in the aftermath of the 2017 riots in Charlottesville. The group’s tagline is “Reclaim America.”

According to the Patriot Front website, this act was part of a coordinated effort across more than ten states including Vermont. The website states that their recent efforts are “a call to action for all those faithful to the nation and demonstrates the untapped potential of a national collective mobilized in defense of its liberty.”

The timing of the incident is especially stirring, following unrelated concerns made to the safety and well-being of Center staff and users last week which led the organization to closing Monday, February 4, to make improvements to its safety procedures and measures.

“As an anti-oppression organization, we care about the safety of our LGBTQ+ communities and take all actions that impact our safety very seriously,” said Mike Bensel, Executive Director of Pride Center of Vermont.

Burlington Police Department are aware of the incident and are instructing anyone who sees the posters or stickers to call their local law enforcement. The culprit or culprits are still unknown, and police are instructing those with a lead to report it. Pride Center of Vermont also reported the incident to Vermont Attorney General, T.J. Donovan’s recently-launched Bias Incident Reporting System.

This recent event comes nearly a year after Patriot Front organized a demonstration in front of Burlington's City Hall. In response to that action, Mayor Miro Weinberger wrote: “White supremacist groups like Patriot Front have no place in Burlington. [Inclusivity and equality for all] are the values that make Burlington and our country great, and the values we will continue to uphold to ensure that intolerance never takes root here.”

To download the full statement, click here.

Pride Center of Vermont Expresses Concern Over Detention of Latino LGBTQ+ Community Member

on Wednesday, 23 January 2019. Posted in Safespace

Pride Center of Vermont Expresses Concern Over Detention of Latino LGBTQ+ Community Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pride Center of Vermont Expresses Concern Over Detention of Latino LGBTQ+ Community Member

BURLINGTON, VT - January 23, 2019 - Pride Center of Vermont is concerned that the detention and potential deportation of Cruz Alberto “Beto” Sanchez-Perez will not only expose him to imminent danger, but will also highly impact the feeling of safety for LGBTQ+ immigrants across Vermont. His detention has already deprived Vermont of a valued and constructive community member.

In December of 2018, while appearing in court for a traffic stop unrelated to his immigration status, Beto was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In agreement with Migrant Justice, we at Pride Center of Vermont believe that, “Beto should be afforded due process for his traffic stop, as any other Vermonter would, instead of being locked up without bail and facing impending deportation.”

Pride Center of Vermont has come to know Beto through our work to improve services for LGBTQ+ migrant farmworkers. Beto has been actively involved with Pride Center of Vermont by helping to develop programs for LGBTQ+ migrants in Addison County. He has also participated in workshops with Pride Center of Vermont staff with the goal of improving the ability of local service agencies to serve Spanish-speaking LGBTQ+ clients.

Beto is a valued member of both migrant and LGBTQ+ communities. He has the initiative and leadership abilities that make him stand out as a leader in the groups in which he participates. As such, we have found him to be the kind of person who works effectively to make Vermont a better, more equitable, and more welcoming place for all of its residents. He is an asset to our community who deserves our love and support, especially during this trying time.

With support from a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence against Women (OVW), Pride Center of Vermont works in collaboration with Migrant Justice, H.O.P.E. Works, WomenSafe, and Voices Against Violence to reach LGBTQ+ migrant farmworkers in Addison, Chittenden, and Franklin counties who have limited access to services. We work to provide greater connection to all grant partners for LGBTQ+ migrant farm workers who may be experiencing sexual, domestic and/or intimate partner violence and need support. Under this grant, Pride Center of Vermont’s Coordinator for Migrant Anti-Violence Programs supports and advocates with and for, migrant farm workers, and provides assistance and technical trainings for all grant partners.

To download the full statement, click here.

Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Safespace

Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

BURLINGTON, VT – January 22, 2019 — On this day, the Supreme Court has chosen to uphold blatant discrimination against our transgender and gender non-conforming military personnel. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect. While the Justices have not ruled on the merits of the case, they have temporarily allowed the ban while the lower courts move forward with appeals processes. This is the same policy made known on August 25, 2017, via a memo from President Trump directing the Pentagon to bar transgender Americans from military service. The Trump-Pence administration continues to target and alienate our community members from their right to serve our country. Similar attacks from our country's leadership since Trump has taken office have been documented by The National Center for Transgender Equality.

We, at Pride Center of Vermont, wholeheartedly believe that this policy is targeted discrimination. The ban sends a clear message that our Supreme Court has decided to see people who are transgender as 'less than' their peers. We are here to remind you, our state, and our nation that our community will not be erased or invalidated by this administration or anyone else. #WontBeErased

This policy leaves us questioning, what’s next? This administration continues to demonstrate that it does not intend to uphold the rights of LGBTQ+ people. Many transgender people across the country fear the impacts of this policy on their livelihoods both directly and indirectly. This policy's impact extends beyond the military and erodes our feelings of safety in our daily lives and leaves many transgender people wondering whether their housing or employment is in jeopardy.

To those impacted, we hope this serves as a reminder that you are loved and that you matter. This is not the first time our communities have experienced injustice at a broad level, and we are here to help you persevere. You are not alone. Pride Center of Vermont is your Center and we are here for you.

If you are an LGBTQ+ and/or HIV-affected person experiencing discrimination or violence, advocates through our SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program are available to provide free and confidential support. Our advocates are available during office hours (Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) via phone at (802) 863-0003, in person, or via email at safespace@pridecentervt.org.

To download the full statement, click here.

Prideability Episodes 9 & 10

on Friday, 18 January 2019.

Prideability Episodes 9 & 10

Prideability is a series focused on disabilities in the LGBTQ community. The host, David Frye, is a founder of the Disability Network Group at the Pride Center of VT. He addresses issues, concerns, and provide information that will help educate others on this topic in Vermont and across the country. 

 

 

 

 

Episode 9:
Host David Frye interviews Susan Aranoff of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council.

https://www.retn.org/show/prideability-episode-9-featuring-susan-aranoff

Episode 10:
Host David Frye reflects on the first 10 episodes of the Prideability series.

https://www.retn.org/show/prideability-episode-10

Prideability Episode 7: featuring Anne Vernon

on Monday, 17 December 2018.

Prideability Episode 7: featuring Anne Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host David Frye speaks Anne Vernon who is currently a Senior Manager with Howard Center in Burlington, VT. She administers a staff team that supports 130 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, and co-occurring mental illness. Additionally, Anne leads several groups that she developed for individuals on the Spectrum, to include: a Women’s Group, a Group for Individuals who are Trans/Questioning & Allies, a Video and Gaming Group, and Chess, Checkers, and Cribbage groups. Anne’s philosophy is to support each person individually to reach their goals by helping them to develop strategies to be successful. She is involved in community building and seeks to provide education about barriers individuals on the Spectrum often face.

Prideability is a series focused on disabilities in the LGBTQ community. The host, David Frye, is a founder of the Disability Network at the Pride Center of VT. He addresses issues, concerns, and provide information that will help educate others on this topic in Vermont and across the country.

Watch the newest episode here: https://www.retn.org/show/prideability-episode-7-featuring-anne-vernon

Response: Breaking the Cycle

on Friday, 07 December 2018. Posted in Safespace

Response: Breaking the Cycle

On Tuesday, December 4th, WCAX posted the article, Breaking the Cycle: Is restorative justice the answer for domestic abuse? The article addresses a broader question of justice within our society and what healing may - or may not - look like for survivors.

Below are some quotes from the article (see full article here: https://bit.ly/2PpRnwq):

Last year, nearly half of all misdemeanor domestic violence cases (379 of 797) and more than half of all felonies (270 of 409) were dismissed by either prosecutors or the courts...

“The numbers of cases that get dismissed in the court system speak for themselves,” [says] T.J. Donovan, D-Vt. Attorney General… “What's happening in the traditional criminal justice system isn't working. So let's have the courage to say it's not working and let's start looking at different option.” Donovan said.

[Galaise, a survivor of violence shared,] "I feel like the system utterly failed him. And because it failed him, it failed our whole family," Galaise said.

Experiencing harm within the criminal legal system is unfortunately all too common for survivors.When a survivor works within the criminal legal system, the choice to prosecute - or not to prosecute - lies with the local state's attorney. The survivor’s experience and wishes for safety help to inform the process and what the attorney seeks in criminal charges, but the power to make that decision ultimately lies with the state.

For many of the survivors who PCVT’s SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program works with, there is the additional fear of experiencing identity related harm through the criminal legal system (e.g., homophobia, transphobia, ableism, racism, classism, etc.). The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2012, page 124) stated,

“Police services were the most highly problematic aspect of government services overall, with respondents reporting the highest rate of assault when attempting to access police services (6%), along with very high rates of harassment/ disrespect (29%) and denial of equal service (20%).”

Prior to working within the criminal legal system, transgender survivors may ask, “Will they be racially biased? Will they misgender me while they are talking about a really deeply harmful experience? Will they believe me? Will they remember to have an interpreter available for me? Will they ‘victim-blame’ me? Will the jury dismiss me due to [insert *ism here]?”.

At SafeSpace, we strive to support and empower survivors to make choices that feel best to them. We believe that survivors are the experts for their own lives and should lead their own decisions without pressure from others. This philosophy means that we respect a survivor’s choice to participate – or not to participate – in the criminal legal system.

SafeSpace is available to provide emotional support, advocacy, and resources to LGBTQ+ and HIV affected survivors of violence (domestic, sexual, emotional, and hate) and discrimination. We also are available to provide trainings and technical assistance to providers who are striving to provide more inclusive support.

Advocates can be reached during office hours (Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) through our warm-line 802-863-0003 and by email safespace@pridecentervt.org.

We believe you. We support you. And we believe that you are the expert of your own healing or movement forward.

Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Counseling?

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018.

Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Counseling?

Abstract

Context: Sexual minority women (SMW) are less likely to use sexual and reproductive health care services and receive contraceptive counseling than their heterosexual peers. The role of recent sexual partners and the type of information provided when SMW access health services are unclear.

Methods: The National Survey of Family Growth 2006–2015 was used to document sexual orientation disparities in the use of sexual and reproductive health services and counseling in clinical settings among 20,703 women. We incorporate data on sexual partners in the past 12 months to investigate whether recent sex with men was associated with health care seeking behavior and reproductive counseling.

Results: Eight-seven percent of the sample reported a male partner in the past 12 months, including 83% of bisexual women and 17% of lesbian women. In clinical settings, 48% of women reported birth control counseling at pregnancy or Pap tests, 49% reported a condom consult at an sexually transmitted diseases (STD) screening, and 9% reported emergency contraception counseling at a Pap test. Logistic regression models show that lesbian women were less likely than heterosexual women to have been given a contraceptive prescription or received contraceptive counseling, but were more likely to have received an STD test. In clinical settings, lesbian women were less likely to receive contraceptive counseling at pregnancy tests, and lesbian women without male partners were less likely to have a counseling about condom use at STD-related visits compared with heterosexual women.

Conclusions: At least some women and providers adjust health care seeking behaviors and information provided to women based upon recent sexual behavior histories. More work is needed to understand why disparities in reproductive health services and contraceptive use persist among SMW who engage in sex with men.

To read more about "Do Sexual Minorities Receive Appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Counseling?", click here.

Make a gift to PCVT this Giving Tuesday

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Safespace

Comcast has generously committed to matching all donations up to $5,000!

Make a gift to PCVT this Giving Tuesday

Join us for this global day of philanthropy and throughout the end of the year by giving back to the community during this holiday season. In honor of Giving Tuesday, will you support our mission of creating a more equitable society for LGBTQ people?

We make it our mission to engage, empower, and advocate for our community. We provide vital services to an ever-increasing number of people at our center in Burlington and in communities across the state. As we continue to trudge through this uncertain political climate, your support is more critical than ever. We are committed to providing life-changing services and advocacy for LGBTQ Vermonters, but we can’t do it without your partnership.

You can make a difference this Giving Tuesday. Your gift of any amount supports the health and wellness of the most vulnerable, advocates for equality and justice, and builds a culturally vibrant LGBTQ community.

And today, Comcast has generously committed to matching all donations to the Pride Center of Vermont up to $5,000!

Together we can continue to shape the future we want to see.

In Solidarity,

Mike Sig

 

 

 

Mike Bensel
Executive Director
Pride Center of Vermont

Q&A Forum: On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Posted in Safespace

Q&A Forum: On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

We are to launch a new feature focusing on Being LGBTQ+ and Aging with responses based on information from our partners at Champlain College. To submit a question for next month's newsletter, please email your question to whatsup@pridecentervt.org.  

Q&A Forum:

On Being LGBTQ+ and Aging

This month we are excited to launch a new What's Up Q&A column! We are featuring a section focusing on Being LGBTQ+ and Aging with responses based on information from our partners at Champlain College. To submit a question for next month's newsletter, please email your question to whatsup@pridecentervt.org.  

Q: I read on Healthy People 2020 that LGBTQ+people are (for the first time!) identified in the U.S. national health priorities. If this is good news, I am concerned by the fact that this might lead to considering all LGBTQ+ aging population as “at-risk,” opening the door to healthcare coverage discrimination. Is that even true? If it is, is there anything that can be done to minimize the risks?

A: Thank you for a very interesting question! There are risk factors that have been identified and that may be specific to the LGBTQ+ population. If we think about what “healthy aging” means, a few categories come to mind, like physical and mental health, social connections, and a positive sense of self/identity. Studies that explored these within the LGBTQ+ community found out that a positive sense of sexual identity can be a key factor to promote healthy aging, while past experiences of discrimination or victimization can be detrimental to healthy aging. The good news is that people are trying to address these risk factors, so that their impact will become (hopefully) less and less evident, and this should also prevent healthcare discrimination. Given all that, the most effective path towards healthy aging healthily would be to build connections within the community, find groups or even a few people who allow you to express your real self by supporting your sexual and individual identity, and – obviously – try to minimize unhealthy behaviors like smoking and engage in healthy ones like exercising.

Getting more information from the Pride Center about their current activity targeting LGBTQ+ adults over 45, like the group Momentum would be a good first step to improve the quality and size of your social network.

Additional Reading: Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Hyun-Jun Kim, Chengshi Shiu, Jayn Goldsen, Charles A. Emlet; Successful Aging Among LGBT Older Adults: Physical and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life by Age Group, The Gerontologist, Volume 55, Issue 1, 1 February 2015, Pages 154–168 [https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/55/1/154/2957461#58792619]

Q: Is gender transition in later life common? Are there any negative consequences?

A:  It appears that many older Baby Boomers are seriously contemplating gender transitions in their later years; within this population, it seems that transgender women may be disproportionately coming out later in life. A study collecting life-stories from a broad sample of transgender women - all of whom seriously considered or pursued a gender transition past the age of 50 - reported that their contemplation of gender transition came after years, often decades, of internal and interpersonal struggle.

This struggle goes against what’s believed to be important for healthy aging: a strong positive sense of self, and being able to work on the negative experience of discrimination and victimization. From this perspective, gender transition later in life could be seen as a positive step toward better aging. Heteronormativity still has a pervasive influence in our society which means that transgender older adults are often forced to reconstruct the meaning of their experiences at the periphery of these norms; this is hard.

Additional reading: Vanessa D. Fabbre; Gender Transitions in Later Life: A Queer Perspective on Successful Aging, The Gerontologist, Volume 55, Issue 1, 1 February 2015, Pages 144–153 [https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/55/1/144/2957454#58792509]

We want to extend a huge thank you for the support of AARP and Champlain College to helping to make this work possible! Thank you!

Momentum Gathering Tuesday Nov 13th

on Wednesday, 07 November 2018.

Momentum Gathering Tuesday Nov 13th

Momentum is a network of LGBTQ+ folks who want to ensure that Vermont is a vibrant, diverse, fun community for adults over 40.

This month we'll be sharing pizza and talk aout future programming for Momentum and PCVT!

FMI email greg@pridecentervt.org

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