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Fear, Phobia or Sexism?

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

Guest Post: Rene Dubois

Fear, Phobia or Sexism?

 

Like most gender non-conformists, I occasionally encounter inquiries from cis and trans* folks alike that trespass

on my personal space, most notably; Why do you dress in women’s clothes? Are you gay? When are you going to

transition? Do you suffer from a fetish based in Blanchard’s theory of autogynephilia? Do you realize that you

really don’t “pass” as a woman? 

 

Good questions, all of them, but no one’s business, unless I choose to share. Perhaps it is more appropriate to

inquire, “Why do you ask?” Fear, homophobia, transphobia, third-gender aversion? 

 

Julia Serano, noted author and activist (her book, Whipping Girl is required reading for the cast of Amazon Prime’s

“Transparent” series), suggests that these intrusive insults are the result of sexism on many levels. Oppositional

sexism is the belief that all humans can be neatly divided into two distinct groups, male and female. Traditional

sexism supports the hierarchy of male privilege; men viewed as strong and rational, women meek and emotional.

And finally, cis-sexism promotes the misconception that individuals whose gender identity aligns with their

biological sex are more “normal” and “natural”. 

 

I happen to agree with her. The incessant inquiry and “policing” by others as to my identity and motivation may

not be based in fear as much as buried underneath accepted and unconscious assumptions by the general public,

both cis and trans* alike. 

 

It seems to me that confronting sexism is a cause worth renewing for the Trans* and supporting queer

communities. Simply promoting an identity in opposition to cis-gendered individuals or attempting to secure the

queer middle ground in between, still doesn’t address this system of assumptions that are ingrained in our

thinking. 

 

Sexism hurts all of us, regardless of identity, orientation or expression. We need to admit that all of us are

perpetrators as well as recipients and, often times, the issue is confounded with the other “isms” of race, age and

ability. A “real time” awareness as it happens and acknowledgement that we all could do better is the place to

start. 

 

If there is interest, I would like to organize an online book study group that would delve deeper into sexism and

other important issues that preclude community development. I propose that we start with one or both of Julia’s

books, Whipping Girl or Excluded. To accommodate personal schedules, actual group meetings would be limited

to once per month at the Pride Center of Vermont, with weekly posted “assignments” in between. Comments,

thoughts and questions would be posted in a Facebook group, giving everyone the opportunity to review

responses at their leisure. Rather than a real-time Google Chat, this format would allow participants to reflect and

compose their responses. 

 

No prerequisite courses required, nor any exams to pass. Rather, the yearlong seminar would culminate in a small

group discussion with Julia, herself, during her visit to Vermont in September to deliver the keynote address at the

second annual Gender Pride event at Contois Auditorium in Burlington during Pride Week 2015. 

 

Let me know if you are interested in joining the group, which will start in January, by sending me an email at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sending a friend request via Facebook to Gender Pride Book Study Group. In the

meantime, check out Julia’s website, juliaserano.com, to find out where to purchase her books, either hardcover

or digital. And hang in there, we are all gonna make it through the holidays and our spirits will be renewed by the

lengthening days and increasing sunshine as spring approaches. Maybe a good book is what we need to help. 

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2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival

on Monday, 15 December 2014. Posted in Events

2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival

The 2nd Annual Vermont Burlesque Festival is back and BIGGER than before... January 22-25, 2015! 

Last year, more than 55 burlesque performers, comedians, and variety acts graced the two festival stages over a two night period, each night offered a different experience than the other.  The time that remained between each night’s showcase was filled with scintillating burlesque activities, including a burlesque bowling event, burlesque classes and a film festival.   

This year, they are bringing back more performers and more nights of fun. A portion of proceeds benefit the Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Cancer Center. Check out a full schedule of events on their website, or follow Vermont Burlesque Festival on Facebook.

Pride Center of Vermont is Hiring!

on Monday, 15 December 2014. Posted in Safespace

Job Announcement: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator

Pride Center of Vermont is Hiring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Announcement

Position: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: full time

Benefits: Health and Dental coverage

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION

Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Vermonters.

 

PROGRAM SUMMARY

SafeSpace is a core program of PCVT and the only program in Vermont mission driven to focus on statewide anti-violence direct services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning survivors of violence. Through free and confidential services, SafeSpace offers short-term counseling, safety planning, police, court, and social services advocacy and accompaniment, particularly in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, hate/bias incidents, and other forms of discrimination and/or harassment.

 

JOB SUMMARY

Pride Center of Vermont seeks a full time co-coordinator for the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program. This position is responsible for the operation of SafeSpace, coordinating volunteer applications and some volunteer assignments, and providing guidance to the Disabilities Support Network.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

SafeSpace

  • Coordinate clinical and administrative aspects of SafeSpace.
  • Manage or provide crisis intervention services and intake interviews, including “walk-in” clients.
  • Manage or provide on-going services to clients as indicated including, but not limited to, individual and/or group counseling, advocacy, information, and referrals.
  • Document and report on all program and client related activity in a timely and

appropriate manner, including state and national statistics and monthly reports for Executive Director.

  • Manage related Program contracts, including statistical and other reports as needed.
  • Attend in-service trainings and external trainings as appropriate or indicated.
  • Attend case conference meetings, supervision, and full-staff meetings.
  • Manage SafeSpace legal clinic.
  • Represent SafeSpace issues on national and local coalitions and task forces.
  • Develop and distribute community outreach materials to bring clients into the program.
  • Assist with and attend PCVT signature events.
  • Work collaboratively with other Program Coordinators to ensure inter-departmental communication and cooperation.
  • Work with the Executive Director to help create funding opportunities (e.g. grants development) for SafeSpace initiatives.
  • Provide field supervision to BSW/MSW social work students in accordance with academic institution regulations.
  • Undertake related duties as assigned.

Volunteer Coordination

  • With other staff, manage volunteer recruitment and development.  Provide supervision for volunteer support group facilitators.

Disability Support Network

  • Work with volunteer peer network coordinator to identify program needs and facilitate program development. Provide support and supervision to volunteer peer support group facilitators statewide.  Grant management.  Develop outreach materials. 

Vermont Diversity Health Project

  • With other staff, manage online database of healthcare providers.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Master’s degree and certification in Social Work or a minimum of three years of related work experience required. Training or experience in work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault required. Supervisory experience and clinical experience with crisis intervention, violence and victimization with LGTBQ clients preferred. Certification in social work field instruction preferred. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.  Ability to facilitate working alliances between diverse groups within and beyond the LGTBQ communities. Knowledge of available social service resources in Vermont helpful.  Must be available to work flexible schedule as needed.

Mail or email resume and cover letter to:
SafeSpace Program Coordinator
Pride Center of Vermont 
255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Note: “SafeSpace Search” in the subject line)

Pride Center of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, Veteran Status, or age.

 

 

Center will Open at 10:30 on Thurs 12/11

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

Center will Open at 10:30 on Thurs 12/11

The Pride Center of Vermont will have a 30 minute delay in opening today. The center will open at 10:30am due to weather conditions. Thank you!

RESCHEDULED: LGBTQ Disability Group Holiday Party

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Due to winter storm: Holiday Party is canceled for tonight

RESCHEDULED: LGBTQ Disability Group Holiday Party

Because of the Winter Storm Warning in effect for our area, we will be rescheduling this afternoon's Disability Group Holiday Party. Do not fret! We are quickly working on the new day and time for Holiday Party so you will have a chance to get your Karaoke on!

 

Stay tuned!

GLAM Gift Swap!

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Events

2nd Annual Yankee/White Elephant Gift Swap!

GLAM Gift Swap!


Join us for a Yankee/White Elephant Gift Swap at Oak45! $5 GIFT LIMIT. 

**********************The rules of the game*******************
Each participant supplies one wrapped gift ($5 max). The gifts are placed in a central location, and number drawing determines in what order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to "steal" another person's unwrapped gift. When a person's gift is stolen, that person chooses another wrapped gift to open. The game is over when the last person has taken their turn.*******************

You must bring a gift to join the game, but you can show up to observe the fun and hang with us too. 

We'll be in the private event room at Oak45. It's also $5 Tuesdays at the bar, and nonalcoholic beverages are also available. Ages 21+
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

Internships Available

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Fun and Flexible Internship at the Pride Center of Vermont

Internships Available

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

The Pride Center of VT has two internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:

  • The GLAM Interns will assist in the coordination of PCVT's fun, social HIV prevention program, GLAM. Two openings exist for this internship.
  • The Marketing and Outreach Intern will participate in various stages of print and online marketing and outreach projects.

All internships will be able to provide opportunities for skill development, gaining experience in their respective fields, and fulfilling internship or college credit requirements. Interns receive training, tailored assignments based on interests and skills, and supportive supervision from our staff. See below for details!

GLAM Intern:

Description

PCVT is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, PCVT's Mpowerment program. GLAM is a group of young gay, bi, queer and/or trans guys who are coming together, getting out, and enjoying the connections we make. Through building a stronger queer community in Chittenden County, we empower one another, support each other, and fight the HIV epidemic.

This fun and meaningful project is run by and for GBQT guys. Interns of all identities are encouraged to apply.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of event planning, marketing and community organizing.

Responsibilities

  • Attend weekly core group meetings every Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of weekly social events for GBQ folks on the masculine spectrum.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies and members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Help recruit core volunteers and program participants at LGBTQ events in the area.

Requirements

PCVT is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with web and social media. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hour per week.

If you are interested in this position please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Marketing and Outreach Intern:

Description

PCVT is looking for a tech savvy intern with an eye for design to join our fabulous team. Our organization provides services that celebrate and support LGBTQ Vermonters, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns.

This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing and community organizing.

Experience in HTML or design is helpful but not necessary. We’re willing to train the right candidate.

Responsibilities 

  • Assist in the creation of e-mail & print campaigns, weekly e-newsletters and blog postings
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials via social media networks, through the organizations website and through direct contact with collaborating agencies.
  • Perform analysis of communications and outreach data.

Requirements

PCVT is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field.  This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with web and social media. Experience with design programs, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If you are interested in this position please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (802) 860-7812

PEEP SHOW presents: RIOT GRRRL

on Monday, 08 December 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

PEEP SHOW presents: RIOT GRRRL

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 12th
DOORS: 9pm
SHOW: 10pm

 The producers of PEEP SHOW bring you their feminist queer burlesque tribute to the grrls of punk rock! Binkini Kill, Bratmobile, L7, Huggy Bear, Heavens to Betsy, Team Dresch, Sleater Kinney, Tribe 8, The Need, Erase Errata, Gravy Train, and so much more!!!


With opening LIVE music performance by Mal Devisa (North Hampton). Lo-Fi indie punk folk funk. 

You don't want to miss this night of sexy feminism punk! 

18+ -- $10

DOORS: 9pm
SHOW: 10pm

Dance party with DJ Papi Javi after the show! 

[Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk rock movement that originally started in the early 1990s, in Washington, D.C., and the greater Pacific Northwest, especially Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. It is often associated with third-wave feminism, which is sometimes seen as its starting point. It has also been described as musical genre that came out of indie rock, with the punk scene serving as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.] Thank you Wikipedia.

#GivingTuesday

on Tuesday, 02 December 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Celebrate Generosity

#GivingTuesday

Today is ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬! Be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity by supporting Pride Center of Vermont! Donate online by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1CBVrBR or join us 6pm tonight at the Bring a Bottle Wine Auction!https://www.facebook.com/events/723891337692434/

First Friday: RED

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Events

Proceeds Benefit Vermont Cares

First Friday: RED

Are you naughty, or nice? 
Naughty devils and sexy santas will take on the dance floor at Higher Ground Friday, 12/5. Wear "RED" and pick your side. The REAL Santa will be in house... get a picture on his lap in the photo booth! 
Raffle and proceeds from tonight will benefit Vermont Cares. Wearing "RED" can also show your support in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

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9pm - Luci Furr-Matrix showcases new drag talent in the audition show for "Illusions" 
10pm- DJ Papi Javi
Burlington's long-lost hometown celebrity, here all the way from Tampa, Nae Nae Dominatrix LeRue will hit the stage at midnight! 
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Doors open at 8:30pm 
Ages 18+ 
$5 early bird tickets on sale NOW at the Higher Ground Box Office. www.highergroundmusic.com 
$10 at the door Rocket Erotic will be in house with a showcase of their erotic products alongside Vermont Cares' information table.

JD Fox Fills his Pill Case

on Tuesday, 02 December 2014.

World AIDS Day (Video)

Our friend JD Fox talks about his experiences on World AIDS Day!

 

Bring-a-Bottle Wine Auction

on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Uncorked for a Cause!!

The Third Annual Pride Center of Vermont's Wine Auction, Tuesday, December 2nd starting at 6:00PM at Burlington City Arts. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine as your entry fee to an evening of delicious food from Velvet Catering, music, excellent company, and the opportunity to bid on some amazing wine! 

This year's wine auction supports the Center's work across the state with LGBT Elders!

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10-Week Paid Summer Internship Program

on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Safespace

Great Summer Opportunities!

10-Week Paid Summer Internship Program

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, economic justice, immigrant rights, rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ rights, human rights, intimate partner abuse, and mass incarceration.

Participating organizations include: A Better Balance, Advocates for Youth, Aid to Inmate Mothers, American Friends Service Committee, Birthmark Doula Collective, Boston Doula Project, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Class Action, COLAGE, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, Grow Food Northampton, HealthRight International, Ibis Reproductive Health, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Justice Now, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, MotherWoman, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Network of Abortion Funds, Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center, ParkMed, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Political Research Associates, Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12?), Prison Birth Project, Project South, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Safe Passage , SisterSong, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Stonewall Youth, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Tewa Women United, The Audre Lorde Project, The Care Center, The Doula Project, Women With a Vision, and Young People For

Locations include: New York, NY, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, Espanola, NM, Lake Andes, SD, Olympia, WA, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT

Internship stipend is $3300.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
  • Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2015
  • Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 10-12, 2015 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: January 15, 2015.

A flier to print out is available here: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/sites/default/files/content_files/flyerRRASC.pdf

Luci-Furr is looking for Drag Talent!

on Monday, 24 November 2014. Posted in Events

Luci-Furr is looking for Drag Talent!

Luci-Furr is looking for Drag Talent! 

Wanted: Cast members for an exciting new show to kick off FirstFriday each month. Do you have what it takes to be part of the "Illusions" cast? 

Contact  Luci-Furr Matrix no later than November 28th to be considered for the cast. The First Friday show in December will be the "audition show". There are a limited number of spots to perform and audition on that night, so contact Luci as soon as possible if you would like to be considered. Looking for all levels & types of drag/performance art. 

Message First Friday at Higher Ground or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.  

 

photo credit: Darwin Bell via photopin cc

Familiar Voices on Vermont Edition

on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Safespace

Familiar Voices on Vermont Edition

Check out PCVT's former Board Co-Chair Margaret Tamulonis, HB Lozito, Executive Director of Green Mountain Crossroads and Robert Toms on a replay of Tuesday's Vermont Edition.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/lgbtq-vt

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