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Translating Identity Conference 2014

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

This Saturday 9am - 6pm

Translating Identity Conference 2014

Opening its doors to the public for the 12th time in eleven years, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!

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Trans* Community Wellness Program Newsletter

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

Bringing the Newsletter Back

Trans* Community Wellness Program Newsletter

So this newsletter thing has been on hiatus for far too long. The Pride Center of Vermont (formerly the RU12? Community Center) has had a monthly Trans* Community Newsletter in the past but its been on a break for a while. My name is Jak and I'm bringing it back like a zombie from the grave. BUT it needs community support and submissions! If you have a trans* event, or writing, or art, or something you wanna share then send it here. This will be a monthly e-newsletter focused on all things gender, trans*, nonbinary, and non conforming. Any submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Coming Out in Later Life

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Events

6pm Saturday, November 15th, Burlington, VT

Coming Out in Later Life

Coming Out in Later Life

6pm Saturday, November 15th, Burlington, VT
Contact Kim Fountain to RSVP: (802)860-7812 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Not everyone comes out before they hit their 20s or even their 30s. Each of us has our own timeline.

For those of us who came out later in life, and that definition is all yours, Pride Center of Vermont is hosting a get together to connect with others who have had similar experiences. We will offer an opportunity to talk about a range of topics such as:

Being really excited to come out and really confused or terrified by what that means

  • Feeling super lost and at home all at the same time
  • Negotiating current relationships with ex-spouses
  • Feeling like our youth was lost by not coming out sooner
  • Facing confusion of friends and family who ‘thought we knew you’
  • Not knowing how to ‘date’ later in life or in LGBTQ culture


Please join us on Saturday, November 15th from 6PM-8PM in Burlington.

Agenda

6:15PM: Welcome by the Committee
6:30PM: Stories from Coming Out in Later Life
6:40PM-8:00PM: Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and mingling

RSVP to receive a formal invitation-Kim Fountain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802-860-7812

New Group Alert: Gender Surfing!

on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

New Group Alert: Gender Surfing!

Gender Surfing!

Gender Surfing is a 5-week group for anyone wanting to explore issues related to gender, gender identity, and gender questions in a supportive, affirming space.

Topics include gender fluidity, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, gender roles, gender performance, and gender expression. Gender surfing is about exploring and navigating gender and building community.

About the facilitators: 

Christopher Janeway (he/him) has a masters in mental health counseling and has presented and facilitated groups at several Vermont colleges. He especially enjoys engaging in conversations about identity and gender and creating a space that is genuine and welcoming. As a leader, his goal is to empower the group, support personal growth, and strengthen connections. Christopher co-leads a trans* support group at the Pride Center and has a counseling and psychotherapy practice in Burlington.

Willow Stein (she/her) is a second year social work graduate student and has co-facilitated groups as part of her social work studies. She is particularly interested in identity and gender, and has been seeking a community to discuss how these interact in life. Willow hopes to help build and maintain a space that encourages open dialogue and collaborative discussion ranging from personal experiences to ongoing questions and topics around gender and identities. Willow also co-facilitates a relationship skills group at the Pride Center, and enjoys animals and the outdoors.

To learn more, please contact Christopher or Willow at the Pride Center at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-7812, or come to our first meeting, Mon., Nov. 3rd, 3:30-5pm at The Pride Center of Vermont. The group will meet for 5 weeks on Mondays from 3:30-5:00pm, with an option to continue meeting.

Mondays! 3:30-°©‐5:00pm, starting November 3rd!

OCTOBER 22ND-31ST LGBT HISTORY ICONS

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

OCTOBER 22ND-31ST LGBT HISTORY ICONS

 

 

 

 

 

October 22nd:

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June Jordan

1936-2002

Jordan was an activist, journalist, essayest, educator, and celebrated African-American poet.She received many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the National Black Writers’ Conference. She was well respected and taught at prominent universities including Yale and University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

October 23rd:

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Kathy Kozachenko

1954-Present

Three years before Harvey Milk’s well-known political victory, Kozachenko was elected to public office on a platform aimed at enforcing homosexual rights.

 

 

October 24th:

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Armistead Maupin

1944-Present

Maupin was among the first to feature open LGBT literary characters in affirming roles. “Tales of the City” revolves around a group of tenants of 28 Barbary Lane. The tenants strive to forge a family in spite of rejection, loneliness and confusion. As the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s, Maupin introduced one of the first HIV-positive characters who had an otherwise full life.

 

 

October 25th:

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CeCe McDonald

1989-Present

While incarcerated for killing an assailant in self-defense, McDonald suffered inhumane treatment that impelled her to become a prison-reform activist. 

 

 

October 26th:

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Fredde Mercury

1946-1991

Freddie Mercury ranks among the most sensational rock ’n’ roll vocalists in history. He
was one of the leading musicians, record producers and songwriters of the 1980s

 

 

October 27th:

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John Cameron Mitchell

1963-Present

John Cameron Mitchell is best known for writing, directing and starring in the cult
classic film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

 

 

October 28th:

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Frank Ocean

1987-Presemt

In 2012 critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Frank Ocean changed the face
of hip-hop when he came out two days prior to the release of his second album,
“Channel Orange.” The album shot to number two on the Billboard charts.

 

 

October 29th:

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Megan Rapinoe

1985-Present

In 2012 professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe came out publicly two weeks before
she was to play for the women’s soccer team in the London Olympics. 

 

October 30th:

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Lou Sullivan

1951-1991

When Sullivan was initially denied transition surgery due to his homosexual orientation, he publicly advocated for homosexuality to be removed from the list of contraindications. The successful campaign
provided a breakthrough in widespread acknowledgment of the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

 

October 31st:

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Sylvester

1947-1988

Crowned the “Queen of Disco,” Sylvester was renowned for his exquisite falsetto and
soulful showmanship.

Family Program Newsletter

on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Check out the Latest Issue!

Family Program Newsletter

Hi! My name is Phoebe and I started this fall as the new Family Program coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. I am excited to share with you what we have planned for the fall and winter at the Family Program, and to hear your suggestions and concerns. As a quick introduction, I live in Burlington and am a queer mom with a 2 year old son. I have a background in science, education, and farming. My goals for the program are to build on our community spaces to give families a chance to connect, and to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community beyond socializing.

In addition to these bi-monthly newsletters, we have an activeFacebook page and a Tumblr account where I have been posting announcements of events as well as relevant articles.

See FULL NEWSLETTER

Translating Identity Conference (TIC) is looking for volunteers!

on Thursday, 02 October 2014. Posted in Events

Translating Identity Conference (TIC) is looking for volunteers!
The 2014 Translating Identity Conference is looking for volunteers!
Opening its doors to the public for the 12th time in ten years, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!
They are looking for volunteers to help set up, take down, work at the registration table, sell t-shirts, and be at each session throughout the day to make sure things are running smoothly.
They ask that you attend one of two trainings that will be offered on Monday, October 27th at 7:30 or Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 by the fireplace on the 4th floor of the Davis Center (UVM).
If you have any questions do not hesitate to email the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a8ac23a4f58-volunteer --
Learn more about the Translating Identity Conference here: http://www.uvm.edu/~tic 

PEEP Show presents: OPEN SEASON, Again!

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

OPEN SEASON // NO LIMIT

PEEP Show presents: OPEN SEASON, Again!

All Amateur Show Supporting and Showcasing New Talent!!!

An all amateur night--by the community, of the community and for the community. Come on out and catch tomorrow's hottest queer burlesque and drag performers in their debut to the Peep Show Vermont stage. Theme is: open season.

BRING YOUR MUSIC THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW AND WE'LL PUT YOU ON STAGE! NEED HELP WITH MAKE UP? OUR TRANSFORMATION STATION IS OPEN FROM 8-9PM! 

We welcome and want to support new, up and coming, amateur and young (18+ though, sorry, babies) divas, kings and pin ups to our ever-changing celebration of irreverent drag and burlesque. 

In preparation of our 3rd year of throwing the funnest queer burlesque and drag party in Winooski, we are actively recruiting unseen talent. We encourage performers of color, trans performers, performers with disabilities, and lesbian/bi/queer women performers to join us on stage. 

If you're never performed before, but always thought about it: now is your chance!

If you've performed 5 times or less: now is your chance! 

If you're a drag performer, and you want to try to change genre and do burlesque or performance art: now is your chance!

It's OPEN SEASON at Peep Show and we want YOU to bring it!

dance party to follow with DJ Maple Creemee and DJ Papi Javi!!!
18+
$10 cover
all proceeds benefit The Pride Center of Vermont
Door at 9pm
Show at 10pm

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Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Join us for this awesome event plus pizza and baked goods!

Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness

Want to join voices with other queer people against intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual violence? Want to learn more about how your campus and others in Vermont handle intimate partner violence? Want free pizza? Come join us Monday October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm for Campus Connections: Queer Intimate Partner Violence Awareness, an event at Pride Center of Vermont’s SafeSpace! Eat pizza, make buttons, and help us create a banner to carry in the vigil and speakout against domestic violence. Let’s talk about what is considered IPV, how queer IPV is dealt with in YOUR college settings, and how you can help others! We will play games and talk about how we can work together to stop violence in intimate relationships!

 

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Annual LGBTQ Intimate Violence Report released by National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

Annual LGBTQ Intimate Violence Report released by National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

SafeSpace, a Pride Center program, is a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) member and contributor to this annual report that documents intimate partner violence in LGBTQ communities nationwide.

For more information, please contact Kim Fountain, Pride Center of Vermont Executive Director, at 802.860.7812 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
To download the full report please visit NCAVP online at www.ncavp.org.
 
 
Executive Summary

Although reports of violence remained consistent with those in 2012, NCAVP’s 2013 report documents 21 homicides, the highest number of LGBTQ intimate partner violence (IPV) homicides recorded and on par with the 21 homicides in 2012. These intimate partner violence homicides illustrate the severe and deadly impact of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.

Within the 2013 intimate partner violence report, person level data indicates that gay men, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, LGBTQ youth and young adults, bisexual survivors, and transgender communities experienced the most severe forms of IPV. These findings continue to highlight the importance of IPV prevention, strategic and community-specific responses to IPV, and the need for research and accurate documentation of intimate partner violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. 

  • Reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected intimate partner violence (IPV) increased slightly in 2013
  • For a second year in a row there were 21 IPV homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people documented; the highest total recorded
  • In 2013, 76% of IPV homicide victims were gay men
  • Gay men, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities of color, LGBTQ and HIV-affected youth and young adults, bisexual survivors, and transgender communities most impacted by IPV 
  • LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of violence rarely go to the police, the courts or domestic violence shelters for support

National Coming Out Day

on Saturday, 11 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

National Coming Out Day

 

 

 

 

National Coming Out Day

by Kim Fountain

 

Today is National Coming Out Day. It’s an important day, for certain, but I remember this date because it’s my only sibling’s birthday and I missed the Second Annual March on Washington in 1987 so that I could be with her to celebrate her Sweet 16. I had been out for a whole year and so you might imagine how happy I would have been to be in a big city with all those LGBTQ marchers! Ah family.

By today’s standards, I was relatively old when I came out at 18. By 1995, I had been out almost a decade and was working at the NYC Gay and Lesbian Center, stunned by the twelve year olds walking through the doors with parents or guardians, ready to get involved with the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services. It was mind-boggling to me that not only did they make the decision to come out, but they had supportive parents bring them on over to the Center.

As many of us marvel at young people coming out and at times mumble at how we didn’t come out until our late teens or early twenties, we often do not think about the folks who come out much later in life. Recently, I’ve had about five conversations with people who came out after being in a straight marriage for decades, raising children, and then coming out, sometime after age 50. A couple were in their late 60s when they came out.

What does it mean to come out in later life or to come out, go back in, and come back out decades later? People who went through this keep telling me, ‘I feel like I am just catching up and learning all this new stuff. It’s great, but I have no idea what I’m doing.’ What does it feel like to be in a familiar day to day, to have so much of who you are be so similar and yet radically different? How do you ‘convince’ people you’ve known for years that yes, you really are ‘gay’. How do you reconcile your own emotions? What if there was infidelity with a spouse? How do you find other LGBTQ folks? Why did I wait so long?

And what about our partners who fell in love with people who came out later in life? What is it like potentially rather suddenly meeting our new love’s ex spouse and grown children? What is it like meeting those friends who think you’ve ‘turned’ their buddy or best girlfriend into a homosexual?

There is such tremendous excitement, anxiety, guilt, joy in coming out in later life and we want to talk about it. Lucky for us, we are a Community Center and so hosting an event called Coming Out in Later Life makes complete sense. If you are interested in joining us on November 15th for some hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and some great stories, let me know. Email me, Kim Fountain, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give me a call at 802-860-7812 and I’ll send you over an invitation.  

Happy Coming Out Day!!!

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within

on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in Events

Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm, Phoenix Books Burlington

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within

Jon Derek Croteau: My Thinning Years - Starving the Gay Within (Burlington)

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm

Join Jon Derek Croteau for a discussion of his new book, My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jon Derek Croteau (jonderekcroteau.com) is a consultant, educator, speaker, and writer. A Huffington Post contributor, he is the author of three books on leadership and numerous journal and periodical articles, as well as poetry, essays, and short stories. He is also executive producer of singer-songwriter Will Dailey’s fourth studio album, National Throat. Jon is a sought-after speaker on resilience, eating disorders and recovery, leadership and talent management, and LGBTQ issues. He has served on boards, committees, and councils for Emerson College, Point Foundation, his own COURAGE Foundation, The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston University, and The Trevor Project. In 2007, Jon married his husband, Justin, and they enjoy the arts, traveling, home design, gardening, skiing, and the outdoors. They reside in Vermont.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  As a child, Jon tried desperately to be his father's version of the all-American boy, denying his gayness in a futile attempt to earn the love and respect of an abusive man. With this he built a deep, internalized homophobia that made him want to disappear rather than live with the truth about himself. That denial played out in the forms of anorexia, bulimia, and obsessive running, which consumed him as an adolescent and young adult.

It wasn't until a grueling yet transformative Outward Bound experience that Jon began to face his sexual identity. This exploration continued as he entered college and started the serious work of sorting through years of repressed anger to separate from his father's control and condemnation.

My Thinning Years is an inspiring story of courage, creativity, and the will to live--and of recreating the definition of family to include friends, relatives, and teachers who support you in realizing your true self.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm

LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.

Relationship Skills Class

on Friday, 03 October 2014. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace will be offering a new Relationship Skill Building Class starting Thursday Oct. 9th.  This will be a class to learn and practice new skills.  This is not a support group to process specific relationship issues or experiences.  The consistent theme of the class is to become aware of personal values, goals, and dreams and to practice living in alignment with that awareness.  This self-awareness is the foundation of solid relationships.
 
Thursdays at 6 pm beginning October 9th.
Class schedule is as follows:
 
Week 1   Oct. 9th Values & Anti-Oppression
Week 2   Oct. 16th Expectations & Negotiation
Week 3   Oct. 23rd Accountability
Week 4   Nov. 6th Boundaries
Week 5   Nov. 13th  Conflict & Community Connections
 
To register please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call PCVT at 860-7812

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Events, Safespace

Join us on Weds October 8th!!

My2024: Have Your Voice Heard, Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

 

 

 

 

 

October 8th: Have Your Voice Heard, 
Shape the Next 10 Years of the LGBTQ Movement!

Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement? No, there are thousands. One of them is yours. Help build the future of the movement. We need your voice.

Join us this Wednesday from 5PM-8PM at the Pride Center of Vermont and participate in a national conversation on the future of the LGBTQ movement.

We will provide delicious food, stimulating conversations, and a space where we can all have our voices heard. You provide your vision for our LGBTQ future by finishing one or both of these thoughts:

- What will you be free to do in 2024 that you’re NOT free to do today?

- In 2024, what struggles will the LGBTQ movement face?

 

What: A national social media event that you can be a part of!

When: Wednesday, October 8th from 5PM-8PM

Where: Pride Center of Vermont, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12

 

Delicious food, prizes, and fun and a way to make certain Vermont LGBTQ voices are part of the conversation in shaping the next ten years of the LGBTQ movement.

FOLLOW My2024 ONLINE:
Facebook:facebook.com/My2024 
Twitter: @My2024LGBTQ @My2024LGBTQ
Tumbler: @My2024 
Don’t forget to include @PrideCenterVT

This event is sponsored by Pride Center of Vermont with funding from My2024 and CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Major Face Makes the News

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014.

Ello make a big splash in Vermont!

Major Face Makes the News

Check out Major Face in the news talking about the new social media website, Ello 

CLICK HERE for NECN story.

CLICK HERE for Fox44/ABC22 story.

Are you on Ello yet?

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