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Disco Brunch: Sat, Sept 5th

on Monday, 31 August 2015. Posted in Events

Disco Brunch: Sat, Sept 5th

WATERWORKS presents: Disco Brunch!
Music selected by CRAIG MITCHELL.

Saturday September 5th 10am - 2pm

Kick off Pride Week with a delicious brunch at the beautiful Waterworks located in the historic Champlain Mill. 

A portion of proceeds Pride Center of Vermont.

Burly Bear presents: Aloha!

on Thursday, 20 August 2015.

Burly Bear presents: Aloha!

Friday August 21st 8pm at Red Square, Church Street Burlington

Now boarding Burly Bear Flight 802 to Honolulu. All of our Burly-class members please come to the gate! We've got a party going on and it's time to get lei'd!! 

We'll have volcanic remixes from DJ Rob Douglas all night long 8-12! Come get your lava flowing with hot boys, hot drinks, and the great music!!!

This Pride VT fundraiser has a $5 cover.

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Second Annual Stride To Pride!

on Monday, 17 August 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Register early for the best price!

Second Annual Stride To Pride!

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain! In its second year, 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, gender identity or expression. All proceeds benefit the work of the PrideCenter of Vermont.

Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end. Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end. This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course). We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!

All participants will receive a custom finishers medal and be entered into our bib raffle for a variety of great prizes! Adults who register before September 1st will be guaranteed a custom "Stride To Pride" t-shirt. Please note that youth registrations do not include a shirt.

Sign up now for the best registration price!

Early Bird = $30
August 15th = $35
Day of Registration = $40
Youth (12 and under) $10

All participants will receive a custom finishers medal and be entered into our bib raffle for a variety of great prizes! Adults who register before September 1st will be guaranteed a custom "Stride To Pride" t-shirt. Please note that youth registrations do not include a shirt.

This fun event will include music, prizes, a Zumba warm-up and of course a spectacular sunset!

On-site registration is available, but early registration is encouraged. Bib pick-up will start at 5 pm the day of the race at Battery Park, or you can pick-up your bib onThursday, September 10 from 4 pm until 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

We look forward to kicking off the weekend of Vermont Pride with you as we StrideTo Pride!

Event Details and Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 10 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

Friday, September 11- Battery Park, Burlington:
5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up
5:45 pm - Announcements and Zumba warm up!
6:00 pm - 5K begins
7:00 pm - Awards ceremony, refreshments and raffle prizes!

Register TODAY!

Leunig's Community Day for Pride Center of Vermont

on Sunday, 16 August 2015. Posted in Events

SUNDAY, September 16th, 11am -10pm

Leunig's Community Day for Pride Center of Vermont

A delicious way to support LGBTQ Vermonters!


Please join the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of Pride Center of Vermont during our Leunig's Community Day. 

Stop by for a delicious meal at the finest restaurant in Vermont while enjoying the best spot in town to people watch. 

Feel great knowing that 10% of the day's proceeds will go directly to providing much needed support and services to LGBTQ communities across Vermont. 

From Transgender support, HIV prevention, and elders work to disabilities advocacy, support for survivors of violence and discrimination, family events, and so much more, Leunig's makes certain that the LGBTQ community continues to thrive. 

And don't forget the best deal-the COMMUNITY PARTNER CARD. You can buy this amazing card anytime during August and the proceeds will benefit the Pride Center. 

This card sells for $50, with half the purchase price donated to the current month’s charity. The Partner Card entitles the purchaser to 20% off food purchases for one year. When you renew the card the second year, the entire $50 is donated to the Pride Center.

SHINE: Pride Vermont 2015

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Posted in Events

SHINE: Pride Vermont 2015
Shine, this year's Pride Vermont theme offers a multitude of metaphorical meanings.  Rays of hope, sunshine's embracing warmth of inclusion and acceptance, the brightness and intensity of a shining star's accomplishment all come to mind.  Given its setting, at the premier LGBTQA occasion, I'd like to play with "shine" in the context of illumination, scientifically speaking, creating that rare but beautiful sight, the rainbow.  
 
Have you ever noticed that three things have to happen to produce the elusive rainbow.  The sun must shine from a clear sky behind you into a cloudy, raindrop laden vista in front.  You, as the lucky observer must be positioned in between.  In addition, to create the brilliant bands of color, from passionate purple to flaming red, the sun must be at a critical angle in the sky, 42 degrees or less.  It all has to do with physical properties of refraction and reflection and any higher in the sky and the rainbow would disappear below the horizon. That's why as the sun approaches the horizon just before sunset, rainbows are most magnificent, especially if dark storm clouds frame the background.
 
So SHINE illuminates, on special occasions, the brilliant colors of Pride.  As we celebrate Pride  Vermont 2015, let's keep in mind what brings those colors alive.  We need the sun at our backs facing a dark and gloomy horizon.  Arched before us in vivid splendor emerges that elusive symbol of hope, acceptance and inclusion if the angle is just right.
 
Hey, I have a thought.  Let's launch an awareness campaign called, "42 Degrees".  Let's figure out a way to position everyone, community and others, in that sweet spot.  We may never actually find the pot of gold at either end, but we can take PRIDE in knowing that the concentric bands of harmonious hues represent something much more valuable, a peaceful co-existence of humanity that acknowledges diversity and accepts each and everyone of us as we are instead of that which we are assumed to be.
 
Pride Week Events:
Sun 9/6: Annual High Heel Race On Church Street
Weds 9/9: Gender PRIDE Speaker Event: Julia Serano
Thurs 9/10: PRIDE Vermont Interfaith Service
Sat 9/12: Roaring 20's Gala
 
Pride Day Events: Sunday September 13th Noon-5pm
Pride Vermont Parade, Festival & Northern Decadence
 

Remember: It’s a Good Busy

on Thursday, 13 August 2015.

by Amber Leventry

Remember: It’s a Good Busy

When someone asks me how I am doing, my first instinct is to say, “Busy”. But a better, more accurate response may be one of these: I am exhausted; I am on the verge of every emotion; I am on extremely high alert. I am a parent to three young kids—a four year old daughter and two year old twin sons.

The constant noise of my daughter having conversations with herself as if she is the star of a play in which she plays all of the roles, and the rotation of my boys jumping, running, throwing or kicking for the sake of doing anything than sitting still keep my nerves raw and my senses overloaded.

If I am not busy removing items not meant for curious hands, wondering if one of my three adventurous children will finally break a bone, or listening to the noisy sounds of their moods I am anticipating the need to do so. Even when I am alone, I am as aware of my surroundings as an undercover spy. Because being alone doesn’t last long, and if I let my guard down, someone will pee on the floor or eat a pair of scissors. Some rest comes at bedtime, when I finally close my eyes and hope I don’t hear the sounds of crying, though I fully expect to have at least one child in my bed by morning.

Life with kids is chaotic, exhausting, and maddening. But my life is also pretty great, even if it does not always feel that way. Would I trade the craziness for more free time and more relaxed evenings? No way.  Besides, what the hell did I do with my free time before I had a kid? I know I didn’t appreciate it the way I do now. And I am sure I was not as efficient as I am now. Give me 45 minutes, and I will do a load of laundry, clean the bathroom, prep dinner, and wash a sink full of dishes.

I would love a chunk of time each day to really allow myself to recharge, whether it’s through exercise, reading, or sitting by myself in a quiet room and staring at a wall. I would love to have guaranteed time to talk to my partner each day without interruptions. I would also love to have the time and money to take advantage of more date nights. But instead of being stuck wishing for these things or resenting the fact that these things do not happen with consistency, I do my best to take what I can get when I can. Some days, the best I can do is brush my teeth with no one else in the bathroom.

We still have a few more weeks of summer, but as summer activities slow down and are replaced by a new school year with fall activities, we will continue to be busy. But in between the rushing around, prepping meals, and tantrums, remember to steal the moments that make it worth it. Laugh with your children, read an extra bedtime story, and sneak a kiss from your partner when the kids decide that playing nicely together is an option.

I have heard myself say “busy” too many times when asked how I am. While it is absolutely true, it’s also a bit of false advertising. I will continue to be on high alert for the foreseeable future—which is an odd sensation when my eyes are burning from exhaustion—but I will try to point out another obvious fact. I am good. 

GLAM's Gayme Night

on Tuesday, 11 August 2015.

GLAM's Gayme Night

It's here again!! Let's have a party with video games, board games, food, and great company!!! We have a Wii, Cards Against Humanity, Twister, UNO, and many more. Have a game that you love and would like to play with us? Bring it with you! We'll be more than happy to try it out! So don't stay bored home, come to The Pride Center and let the games begin!!!

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THE STATE OF MARRIAGE Vermont Premiere

on Wednesday, 05 August 2015. Posted in Events

THE STATE OF MARRIAGE Vermont Premiere

Join Us for the Vermont Premiere of THE STATE OF MARRIAGE

5:30pm, Saturday, September 12th 2015
Pre-screening cocktail reception and panel discussion

Main Street Landing
and Performing Arts Center

60 Lake St, Burlington

All Proceeds Benefit Pride Center of Vermont

General admission is $25.
Check out Brown Paper Tickets for additional sponsorship opportunities and fabulous messaging options! Deadlines are approaching

 

THE STATE OF MARRIAGE

The inspirational story of how Vermont attorneys Beth Robinson and Susan Murray formed Vermont Freedom to Marry, partnered with legal pioneer Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates, and Defenders (GLAD), and led a determined group of activists in a two-decade long struggle for marriage equality in Vermont that built the foundation for the entire national movement. Despite fierce opposition, Vermont became the first state to grant same sex couples legal recognition through a groundbreaking 1999 State Supreme Court decision, Civil Unions in 2000, and in 2009 became the first state to legalize marriage equality by legislative vote.

In June, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark ruling granting same-sex couples across the country the right to marry.

On September 12th please join us for the screening of the State of Marriage and meet the brave and brilliant architects of Vermont Marriage Equality.

 

The Evening’s Schedule

5:30-6:30: Cocktail Reception: Light hors d’oeuvres by Velvet Catering and Events, cash bar
6:30-6:45: Welcome
6:45-8:15: THE STATE OF MARRIAGE 
8:15-9:00: Panel discussion

Your evening’s host: Kim Fountain, Pride Center of Vermont

Panel discussion: 
Bennett Law: Moderator
Susan Murray 
Bill Lippert
Shap Smith
Sherry Corbin

Jeff Kaufman: Producer/Director
Marcia Ross: Producer

Reserve your Tickets: bit.ly/StateOfMarriageVT

 

Salon Q

on Monday, 03 August 2015. Posted in Events

Salon Q

Join us on August 11th at 6:00pm for another Salon Q! This month, Jenn Karson will be sharing some of her entrepreneurial and teaching ventures with us. 

Jenn Karson founded Vermont Makers in 2011, an interdisciplinary collective that brings art, programs and ideas to museums, galleries, colleges, universities, K-12 education and public spaces. Jenn and her partners initiated “Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark A Culture of Innovation” in 2014, producing 28 summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs for 15 Vermont Libraries. She is lecturer and the director of communications for the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, where she also supervises the FabLab, and a project collaborator for the exhibition “Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon”.

To learn about Jenn's accomplishments, visit http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/makers-talk-tech-ecology-and-art-at-generator/Content?oid=2389109.

To hear her story on VPR, visit http://digital.vpr.net/post/making-it.

Has Parenting Made You More Judgmental Or Less?

on Thursday, 30 July 2015. Posted in Events

Has Parenting Made You More Judgmental Or Less?

I wish I could, with 100% honesty, say that since becoming a parenting I have become less judgmental. I am not a snob or one to throw labels on people, and it’s not like I was super judgey before I had kids, but even with my open-mindedness, I am pretty opinionated. I’m also a bit of a curmudgeon.

The word judgmental can carry a negative vibe. But in a sense it’s just a matter of forming an opinion. When it comes to parenting, we all have opinions. And if all of our opinions were the same, all of us parents would be members of the same parenting cult, reading the same parenting manuals, and what-to-feed-our-kid cookbooks. We would all subscribe to the same parenting philosophy.

The thousands and thousands of book titles that popped up on the Amazon website when I searched for parenting books say otherwise. From attachment parenting to food choices to the amount of television a child should watch, there are many different and sometimes controversial ways to raise a kid.

Before I had children, I was certainly less understanding of the parent with the screaming child at a restaurant. Or of the friends who were late because of a child-related excuse. I now empathize with parents in child-centered complications, and thank my good luck that on any particular day it’s not one of my children screaming their displeasure.

But what hasn’t changed for me since becoming a parent is my sometimes snap judgment of another parent. I had a pretty clear vision of what type of parent I wanted to be, of how I wanted to do things that would give my child an advantage in life or how I would do things differently than my parents.

There are a handful of parenting rules my partner and I try to live by. And there are moments when I find myself rolling my eyes when I see other parents doing the exact opposite of what we try to do. But I remind myself that different is not always wrong. It might not be wrong, but my way is better, right? Probably not.

My judgments or opinions are never formed with malice. I recognize there are many ways to be a parent and many of those ways will produce successful citizens, in spite of what we do or don’t do as parents. I admit it: I am a little judgmental sometimes. But I would be a hypocrite if I said I never break my own rules. Some days are better than others, and I do the best I can on each day.

As parents, we should support one another because parenting is too hard to do it alone. And we should encourage new and different opinions. We just might learn something, whether we agree with it or not.

This from The Mother ‘Hood illustrates that when push comes to shove all judgements are

dropped when it comes to looking out for our children.

Stride to Pride 5k Run/Walk

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Stride to Pride 5k Run/Walk

What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain! In its second year, 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, gender identity or expression. All proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Center of Vermont.

Starting at 6 pm in Battery Park this course will be mostly flat or downhill, with one incline near the end. Water stations available during the course with water and snacks at the end. This race will not be officially timed, but there will be prizes for the top 3 runners and top 3 walkers (walkers defined as always having 2 feet on the ground throughout the course). We will also be offering a prize for “Most Prideful” costume!

All participants will receive a custom finishers medal and be entered into our bib raffle for a variety of great prizes! Adults who register before September 1st will be guaranteed a custom "Stride To Pride" t-shirt. Please note that youth registrations do not include a shirt.

This fun event will include music, prizes, azumba warm up and of course a spectacular sunset! 

On-site registration is available, but early registration is encouraged. Bib pick-up will start at 5 pm the day of the race at Battery Park, or you can pick-up your bib on Thursday, September 10 from 4 pm until 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

We look forward to kicking off the weekend of Vermont Pride with you as we Stride To Pride!

Event details and schedule

Thursday, Sept. 10 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 6 pm at Fleet Feet in Essex.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

5:00 pm - On site registration and packet pick-up

5:45 pm - Announcements and Zumba warm up!

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony, refreshments and raffle prizes!

Queer Potluck & Storytelling

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Queer Potluck & Storytelling

Join us at the Pride Center on Sunday, August 9th for an evening of food, friends, and storytelling! 

If you're able to, please prepare a dish and post what you're bringing on the event page so that we can aim for a variety. Also, we all know that good conversation goes great with good food so bring a story to share as well! As always, this is a free event, so bring any and all queers you know! We look forward to seeing you there!

Trans Town Hall: Medical Insurance Navigation

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Trans Town Hall: Medical Insurance Navigation
Medical Transition 101 and Navigating the Medical Insurance Maze to get help with the services needed, these are the topics of the Transgender Community Program's next two Trans Town Halls.  Join us  in the Barn at PCVT to participate in a panel-led discussion of the hurdles the transgender community faces in acquiring comprehensive health insurance coverage.  PCVT'S Safe Space coordinator, Jenna Lee, will be joined by Emily Bens, a insurance advocate from Vermont Legal Aid to talk about your legal rights for medical insurance coverage.  Our own community member, Pelham Bissel, will also be on hand to share her experiences as a court witness of the appeals process when insurance is denied.  
 
The September Trans Town Hall, entitled Medical Transition 101 will focus on the health and medical aspects of transition.  Join us ,  when Dr. Rachel Inker, CHCB's Transgender Health Clinic, Kara DeLeonardis Kraus, clinical social worker/therapist, and Jean-Denis Coulliard, former coordinator of PCVTS Transgender Community Wellness Program will lead the discussion on this important and popular topic.  More to come on this meeting in the next newsletter. 
 
Speaking of Health and Wellness in general and getting the insurance coverage to maintain it, please consider taking a brief, 10 minute, online survey.  Recently, the Pride Center of Vermont teamed with the Vermont Department of Health to create a health & wellness survey to gauge the LGBT-friendliness of medical providers (doctors, insurance providers, etc.) in Vermont. Here's the link to the survey. It is also available on the Home page of the Pride Center's website. 
 
 
Your input is valuable to help monitor how well the local LGBT community's health concerns are being addressed.  Your responses are strictly confidential and anonymous.
 
Spread the word!  Hope to see you Medical Transition 101 and Navigating the Medical Insurance Maze to get help with the services needed, these are the topics of the Transgender Community Program's next two Trans Town Halls.  Join us  in the Barn at PCVT to participate in a panel-led discussion of the hurdles the transgender community faces in acquiring comprehensive health insurance coverage.  PCVT'S Safe Space coordinator, Jenna Lee, will be joined by Emily Bens, a insurance advocate from Vermont Legal Aid to talk about your legal rights for medical insurance coverage.  Our own community member, Pelham Bissel, will also be on hand to share her experiences as a court witness of the appeals process when insurance is denied.  
 
The September Trans Town Hall, entitled Medical Transition 101 will focus on the health and medical aspects of transition.  Join us ,  when Dr. Rachel Inker, CHCB's Transgender Health Clinic, Kara DeLeonardis Kraus, clinical social worker/therapist, and Jean-Denis Coulliard, former coordinator of PCVTS Transgender Community Wellness Program will lead the discussion on this important and popular topic.  More to come on this meeting in the next newsletter. 
 
Speaking of Health and Wellness in general and getting the insurance coverage to maintain it, please consider taking a brief, 10 minute, online survey.  Recently, the Pride Center of Vermont teamed with the Vermont Department of Health to create a health & wellness survey to gauge the LGBT-friendliness of medical providers (doctors, insurance providers, etc.) in Vermont. Here's the link to the survey. It is also available on the Home page of the Pride Center's website. 
 
 
Your input is valuable to help monitor how well the local LGBT community's health concerns are being addressed.  Your responses are strictly confidential and anonymous.
 
Spread the word!  Hope to see you 

GLAM Beach Bash & BBQ

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

GLAM Beach Bash & BBQ

Join us at North Beach on August 9th for GLAM's annual Beach Bash and BBQ! We'll be spending the afternoon swimming, food, and games. This is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and connect with other guys in the community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Six Flags Great Escape with GLAM

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Six Flags Great Escape with GLAM

Join GLAM for a trip to Six Flags Great Escape on August 1! While most GLAM events are free, this event will cost $15 per person. Register with Mike Bensel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31st. 

Please meet at the Pride Center of Vermont at 9am to depart to Great Escape by 9:30am. Transportation will be provided, as we will all be traveling in buses.

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