Rick Bechard: From Pain to Peace

on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Posted in Events

Rick Bechard: From Pain to Peace
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Rick Bechard will read from and discuss his spiritual memoir, From Pain to Peace: How Life's Difficulties Can Teach Us Peace.

About the Author: Filmmaker/author Rick Bechard was born in 1956 in Plattsburgh, NY. As a young gay person living on a farm, his interest in the human condition began early. His documentary, Love's Journey, discusses the nature of love and the inherent complications of human relationships.From Pain to Peace is his first book.

About the Book: In his spiritual memoir, From Pain to Peace, Rick Bechard shows us by way of his own "earthly" experiences that pain is a part of life and rather than trying to avoid it, we will be better served in making a "mindful" decision on how to be with it. Utilizing helpful metaphors and to the point writing, From Pain to Peace illustrates why peace is something we choose and not something we need fight for.

"This book shows that no matter how difficult life can be, the very difficulties can be the lessons that lead to inner peace. This story, told with honesty, humility and insightful comments on the nature of relationships, will be an inspiration to many who choose, as A Course In Miracles states, “The peace of God is my one goal, the aim of all my living here”."
—Author, Michael Dawson, Healing the Cause

DATE:  Wednesday, May 11th, at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.

Save the Date: Trans Testing Week Starts May 23rd

on Monday, 25 April 2016. Posted in Events

Save the Date: Trans Testing Week Starts May 23rd
HIV Transgender Testing Week is a collaboration effort between Vermont CARES, Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, Spectrum Drop-in Center, and AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. 
A week long of HIV Testing with the purpose of making HIV testing and prevention available and accessible ton trans and gender non-conforming Vermonters. If you want to find out more or get involved please email Laura@vtcares.org or Mike@pridecentervt.org
The week is scheduled for Monday May 23rd - Thursday May 26th. Stay tuned for full schedule.  

Burly Bear Presents: Green: A Celebration of Earth Day

on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.

Burly Bear Presents: Green: A Celebration of Earth Day
Spring is here! And so is the day to honor and celebrate the earth!! So come and get dirty with the Burly Bear boys and their sexy go-go cubs!!
DJs Chia and Rob Douglas will be alternating their incredible sets for us all night long!!
We'll have amazing drink specials and some muddy shots for you as well!!
Party Green!!

Drop-In HIV Testing at LGBTQA Center UVM 4/21

on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.

Drop-In HIV Testing at LGBTQA Center UVM 4/21

Drop-In Rapid HIV Testing & PrEP Info

Apr 21, 2016
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Allen House 101 & 102

The LGBTQA Center at UVM is partnering with UVM LivingWell and the Pride Center of Vermont to offer FREE and anonymous rapid HIV testing. Snacks and private space provided. Testing will be administered by trained and certified staff members of the Pride Center of Vermont and will be held in Allen House (461 Main St.). It's a great idea to get tested and know your status before leaving for summer break. Please stop by for drop-in testing at the LGBTQA Center. Please contact Mike Bensel at mike@pridecentervt.org or Evan Litwin at elitwin@uvm.edu for additional info or questions.


The Hotelier comes to Burlington!

on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. Posted in Events

The Hotelier comes to Burlington!

A piece of the LGBTQ+ independent music scene is coming to Burlington! Check out The Hotelier, with Told Slant, Loone, free cake for every creature, at Signal Kitchen on May 20th.

To see the show and benefit the Pride Center's Gender Pride Event, bid on tickets at the Annual LGBTQ Celebration on May 13th at Echo. Find show details online at Signal Kitchen Events.





The Hotelier

Told Slant, Loone, free cake for every creature



Signal Kitchen71 Main St Burlington VT 05401Doors 7:00 pmShow 7:30 pmAll Ages

$12.00 - Advance
$12.00 - Day of Show

Male Survivor Group

on Monday, 18 April 2016. Posted in Safespace

Male Survivor Group

SafeSpace will be hosting a monthly closed group for male idenitfied survivors of violence.  Group members and the facilitator will determine the format for the group based on ongoing needs.  This group is for any survivor who identifies as male, no matter their sexual orientation.  This includes men who identify as straight, cis (non-trans), trans, or gender expansive and on the masculine spectrum.  Survivors of all types of violence are welcome including intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and bias or discrimination.  If interested or to learn more, please contact SafeSpace at 863-0003.  Survivors interested in attending this group will be asked a few questions to ensure safety for the group as well as be provided with details such as location, date, and time.  

Access to Gender Confirmation Surgery in Vermont

on Friday, 15 April 2016.

Access to Gender Confirmation Surgery in Vermont

The Medical Advocacty Group, part of the Trans* Commuity Program at PCVT has a mission to make gender confirmation surgeries more available and accessible in Vermont. We need your help! If you are trans* identified, living in Vermont, and have accessed healthcare, please fill out this survey. The information will be used to identify barriers and develop health access resources for trans* Vermonters. Thank you!!!



For information about the survey please email info@pridecentervt.org (Use Subject Line:  MAG Feedback) 

Take the Survey 



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Over the Rainbow...Gathering #6!

on Friday, 08 April 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Over the Rainbow...Gathering #6!

Please join us for our 6th gathering of Over the Rainbow -- a group by and for the Northwest Vermont LGBTQ+ community -- as we continue planning events for the coming weeks and months. This group is made up of adults from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and although we are geared toward 'older adults,' we define that term very broadly and adults of all ages are free to join us! 

In the first five weeks, we have discussed everyone's visions for what this group can be, determined the next steps we would like to take in planning a social/fun/networking event in the coming weeks, and continued to get to know one another. In our upcoming meeting, we will continue organizing our upcoming event and shaping the identity of the group! Newcomers are always welcome and snacks are always free! 

Who: Over the Rainbow! The LGBTQ+ Community of Northwest VT
What: Gathering #6
Where: Pride Center of Vermont, Green Room 
When: Monday, April 11 from 6-7:30 pm
Why: Community building and event planning

Free Trans & Gender Non-conforming Yoga Series

on Friday, 08 April 2016. Posted in Events

Free Trans & Gender Non-conforming Yoga Series

The Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont has partnered with the Transgender Community Wellness Program at the Pride Center of Vermont to offer free yoga classes specifically for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals. Join Rebecca Weisman, a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, to co-create a safe and inviting space to learn about the rich practice of yoga. In this course we will work with basic yoga postures to learn a strong foundation, creating confidence and steadiness in the body. We will also look at ways that yoga can aid in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, balance fluctuations in hormones, and other special topics like body-positivity, identity, and group relationships. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe- appropriate for any body, regardless of age or ability. 

A testimonial from a Pride Center Community member:  "A friend pushed me to attend my first yoga class this past summer and I have never looked back.  We have a wonderful opportunity to get together in a safe and welcoming space where no one will judge you, hurt you, or make you feel bad.  Rebecca is one of best teachers I have met.  She understands how to work with folks who are not classically bendy (read that as out of shape, like me) and is going to put this class out there for us at no cost, and in a safe and comfortable environment." 


What: Trans and GNC yoga class with Rebecca Weisman, limited to 15 participants 
Where: Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont, 294 N Winooski Ave, second floor
When: Mondays 5-7 PMMay 16 - June 27 (*no class May 30)
Cost: Free 
Prior registration is required. Contact Rebecca directly to register: rebecca@iycvt.com or (802) 379-7389

More about Rebecca: I am a devoted student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga, and am eager to share this knowledge with you.  I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level, and the Director at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont.  I study regularly with senior Iyengar teacher Patricia Walden and have traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family.

I have been teaching in Vermont for many years and have a passion for all 8 limbs of the Yoga system which I try to share with my students.  I have a particular interest in therapeutic and medical applications of yogasana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) and have worked successfully with individuals on many issues including fatigue, depression, chronic illness, chronic pain, lower back pain and sciatica, recovery from injury, anxiety, blood pressure and immune system disorders.


GLAM Hikes Mount Philo

on Thursday, 07 April 2016. Posted in Events

GLAM Hikes Mount Philo


Join the Guys of GLAM as we Hike Mount Philo in Charlotte, VT. We'll start off this season with an easy hike followed by a post hike creemee.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721218124781228/ 

Workplace Wellness Round 2

on Tuesday, 05 April 2016. Posted in Events

Workplace Wellness Round 2

Pride Center staff is at it again with the help of our Worplace Wellness grant.  PCVT staff are taking part in a 30 day ab challenge!  Searching online, you will find numerous variations of a 30 day challenge work out and should join us in trying one out!  Stay posted to see how we do enduring the next 30 days and don't be surprised if you walk in on a line of us doing group ab exercises at the Center!

Accessibility During Pride Celebration for People with Disabilities

on Wednesday, 06 April 2016. Posted in Events

Accessibility During Pride Celebration for People with Disabilities

Hello, and greetings from the Pride committee!  We’re all so very much looking forward to the Burlington Pride celebration this coming September.  It may seem like a world away (we haven’t even hit summer yet!), but your faithful Pride committee is already hard at work. 

This year, we’ll be taking steps to increase accessibility during Pride celebration for people with disabilities.  To that end, we’ll start by asking you, your family, and your friends, a few survey questions.  These will help us discover what Pride celebration can do to energize equal and easeful access for all.  The survey is anonymous and is for informational purposes only.

Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/prideaccess

Thank you for taking the time to answer this 9-question survey!

Eliza Goodhue

Pride Committee Volunteer

Job Announcement: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator

on Thursday, 31 March 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Job Announcement: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator

Job Announcement
Position: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator 
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: full time
Benefits: Health and Dental coverage


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



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



This position is responsible for providing the majority of direct services and systems based advocacy. This position also assists with coordination of PCVT support groups and training opportunities in collaboration with the other SafeSpace co-coordinator.


SafeSpace Direct Services

  • Crisis intervention services and intake interviews, including “walk-in” clients
  • Answer hotline calls
  • Provide individual and group counseling
  • Advocacy, information, referrals, safety planning and accompaniment
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with community partners
  • Provide individual and systems based advocacy including but not limited to work with social service programs, law enforcement, court, employers, and medical systems
  • Coordinate the Legal Clinic including but not limited to communication with attorneys, publicizing and promoting Legal Clinic, and managing intakes

SafeSpace Administrative

  • Document and report on all program and client related activity
  • Contribute to state and national reports and monthly reports for the Executive Director
  • Attend in-service and external trainings
  • Participate in SafeSpace program development meetings and weekly supervision with Executive Director
  • Manage related program contracts, funding, and grants
  • Complete and submit paperwork in a timely fashion


Pride Center of Vermont

  • Attend and participate in PCVT staff meetings
  • Provide guidance to PCVT support groups facilitators including recruitment and training
  • With other staff, manage volunteer recruitment, placement and development
  • With other staff, manage PCVT and related calendar/blog/social media postings



A minimum of three years of related work experience required. Master’s degree and certification in Social Work preferred. Training or experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault required. Supervisory experience and clinical experience with crisis intervention, violence and victimization with LGTBQ clients preferred. Ability to facilitate working alliances between diverse groups within and beyond the LGTBQ communities. Knowledge of available social service resources in Vermont. Must be available to work flexible schedule as needed. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required for travel statewide.

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: kim@pridecentervt.org (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.

Vermont Pride Theater At Chandler Audition Announcement

on Tuesday, 29 March 2016. Posted in Events

Vermont Pride Theater At Chandler Audition Announcement


For Raggedy And, 
Prize-winning 2016 play by David Valdes Greenwood 
Directed by Joanne Greenberg 
Performances July 22 and July 30, Chandler Music Hall 
Rehearsals start mid-May


WHEN: Saturday, April 21:00-3:00 and Sunday, April 35:00-7:00

WHERE: Chandler Music Hall, Main Street, Randolph

WHAT: Raggedy And examines contemporary gender politics with insight and wit. 
An unknown poet’s selection to read at the first female U.S. president’s inauguration sparks both excitement and anxiety, as the poet is pressured to define herself with a label she has avoided for years. “In a fast-paced comedy of manners for our times, four LGBT characters with opposing agendas tango over minority labels, gender politics, and the limits of privacy. Finalist for ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award. Finalist for Giant Cherries International Playwriting Contest.” (New Play Network)

CHARACTERS: 2 women (1 preferably trans), ages 40-50 and 2 men, ages 20-30. Actors must be comfortable performing same-sex displays of affection onstage.

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Joanne Greenberg atjogreenvermont@gmail.com or (802) 734- 1014 and come either April 2 or April 3.

Vermont's puppy pride!

on Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

Vermont's puppy pride!

This past Friday, Red Square was Burlington's new dog park... for leather puppies, that is. Burly Bear and the Green Mountain Leather Club (GMLC) coollaborated in bringing us our very own leather puppy contest. Five brave puppies entered a contest, with Eric Alden (Mr. New England Leather 2016) as a judge, and displayed their tricks and attributes as well as their strong relationships with their handlers. The contestants were the following: Puppy Ian and Handler Dave, Pup Jamar and Handler Eric, Puppy James and Handler Marc, Pup Glitch and Handler Alpha, and finally Pup Cubby and Handler Pippin. All contestants did a great job, but two of the puppies (Cubby and Glitch) showed a stronger relationship with their handlers, which caught the attention of Mr. NEL. Finally a decision was made and we got our new Mr. VT Pup. Congratulations to Pup Glitch for being the best leather puppy in Vermont!

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