Transgender Community Program Planning Meeting Tonight

on Thursday, 01 October 2015. Posted in Events

Transgender Community Program Planning Meeting Tonight

Transgender Community Program planning meeting will be Thursday, October 1st, 6pm, at the Pride Center.  

All are welcome to contribute ideas and get involved with making the Transgender Community Program happen; feel free to invite anyone who may be interested in participating. (And there will be snacks!)


On the agenda:

October Trans Town Hall planning: “Family, Partners, and Allies”

Pride TCP events were a success! Brainstorming starts for next year's Gender Pride Speaker Event and Gender Fun Pride festival tent

Transgender Day of Remembrance planning: volunteer sign up and coordination with the Safe Space program

TCP tabeling presence at Translating Identity Conference

Medical advocacy group to start in October

Apple picking and pie baking

on Thursday, 24 September 2015.

Apple picking and pie baking

Hello! How many of you love apples? Well, we are going to the Allenholm Farm in South Hero to pick up some apples with friends. We'll meet at ht e Pride Center at 1pm before heading out. Love apple pie? Join us after the apple picking for an evening of baking and make some apple pies or apple crust with us at Carlos' house in Colchester. It will be fun and yummy!! BYOB. See you there :D 

For more information or directions to the baking spot contact Carlos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at his phone: (939)630-4696

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Gayme Night with GLAM

on Thursday, 24 September 2015.

Gayme Night with GLAM
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!!!

Mixology is hosting a Singles Night!

on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Events

We're back! Calling LGBTQ + Friends

Mixology is hosting a Singles Night!

Calling all LGBTQ and the people who love them. Mixology is hosting a Singles Night! 

Hosted once again by the Juniper Bar in the amazing Hotel Vermont, Friday, October 2, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, or however long we'd like to stay. 

Bring yourself, bring your friends and spread the word: It's time to get our LGBTQ and friends out and outrageous.

Singles. Couples who have a certain understanding worked out. Curious. Looking to make new friends or reconnect, come out this Friday and let's make some Mixology magic again. 

See you there!

-Kim and Mattison

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Enter to Win! Meet Melissa Etheridge at the Flynn

on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Posted in Events

Enter to Win! Meet Melissa Etheridge at the Flynn

This may be your chance to meet Melissa Etheridge!

Buy one raffle ticket, or whatever number equals your excitement to see her, and you will be entered to win (2) tickets and the chance to meet her back stage before the concert.

Do you remember the first time you heard Melissa Etheridge? For many of us, her songs became a soundtrack to our memories. From her 1988 release of her debut album (yes, album), "Melissa Etheridge" with the hit single "Bring Me Some Water" to her 1993 release of "Yes I Am," many of us can remember pining after someone while listening to each track. How about that mixed tape you made for your road trip, “I’m the Only One” blaring out your open window? Or perhaps the moment you watched her on Ellen’s sitcom when you couldn’t believe you were watching two out lesbians on the television, filling your heart with happiness? Or maybe it was her 2005 Grammy performance, bald from chemotherapy, that made your love her that much more.

Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington onMonday, September 28, 2015, 8:00 PM. The lucky winner will be drawn at random from among all the entries on Saturday, September 26th.

All proceeds will go toward the Vermont Diversity Health Project's work on Women's Health and Wellness.

$5 (plus fee) for one ticket, $10 (plus fee) for three tickets! The more tickets you buy, the more likely you'll win and the more support you will give toward the Pride Center's work.

Enter to Win!

Show info:
Monday, September 28th, 2015
$78.75/$63.00/$52.50 plus $3 day of show
Higher Ground Presents
at Flynn Theatre
Doors 7:15pm, Show 8pm, All Ages.

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New Writing Group Forming

on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Events

New Writing Group Forming





























Group Name: The Sky Writing Group

About the Group:  Storytelling in all forms supports health and community cohesion. Join creative writers at the Pride Center in a supportive environment. *This is not a critique group. Links and resources will be made available for both novice and experienced writers. 
​Time and Frequency:  1st Sunday of the Month, 1-4 PM (3 hrs) starting Oct 4
Oct 4
Nov 1
Dec 6
Jan 3
Feb 7
March 6
Wifi Available
​Led by Liz Mariani: Poet and Educator​
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Burlington Premiere Screening of Award-Winning Documentary ‘States of Grace’

on Monday, 21 September 2015. Posted in Events

Wednesday, Sep 30, 7PM | Merrill's Roxy Cinema

Burlington Premiere Screening of Award-Winning Documentary ‘States of Grace’

Join us for an upcoming screening of the new feature-length documentary States of Grace. The film chronicles the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Director Helen S. Cohen will be on hand for Q&A at this special one-time-only event.

For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the Dalai Lama, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities. As the only able-bodied person in their household, Fu becomes the primary caregiver to Grace while also taking on a more active role as parent. Grace, meanwhile, must reconcile her joy at still being alive with the frustration of being so dependent on others. With dry humor and brave candor, the three of them slowly recalibrate their lives together and apart.

Watch the Trailer

Honored with audience awards at multiple film festivals, States of Grace has played to sold-out crowds at screenings around the country. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “brave and refreshingly unsentimental. …A journey that directors Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman chart in an unflinching yet sensitive way.”




Matt Chandler, Outreach Producer


States of Grace


Mill Valley Film Festival | 2014 Audience Favorite | Valley of the Docs Silver

Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival | 2014 Audience Award | Documentary, First Runner Up

Napa Valley Film Festival | 2014 Audience Award | Feature Documentary

Follow the film on Facebook for the latest on screenings and events


Sex Objects: Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

on Monday, 21 September 2015. Posted in Events

at the Fleming Museum

Sex Objects:  Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Sex Objects: 
Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

September 8, 2015 – May 22, 2016
Wilbur Room

Societies communicate their ideals about appropriate gender traits, relationships, and even daily choices regarding physical appearance through many means, including their art and material culture. These images and objects create an expectation that people will conform to society’s socially constructed gender roles even if it is not their natural inclination; however, marginalized groups may form and uphold other ideals of sexual and gendered expression.

This exhibition was curated by 40 students in two university classes—anthropology and art history—each group exploring through their respective disciplines how visual and material culture illuminate theoretical models for socially constructed identities of “sex.”

Sex Objects examines how everyday and ceremonial art and artifacts cultivate or critique these social constructs, in turn shaping individuals to either conform to, or rebel against, dominant societal standards. It draws from a wide variety of cultures and time periods represented in the Fleming Museum’s collection to highlight various human understandings of sex and gender.

As visitors tour the exhibition, they are challenged to make comparisons and draw their own conclusions about contemporary society from the historical examples on view:

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Outright's 12th Annual Fire Truck Pull

on Thursday, 17 September 2015.

Outright's 12th Annual Fire Truck Pull
The burliest fundraiser in Burlington is almost here! The 12th Annual Fire Truck Pull is Saturday, September 26th, and we want you to join the fun!In 2014, the pull raised $25,000 for Vermont’s queer youth and we hope to smash that like the Hulk's birthday piñata this year.Each team gets 12 spots for pullers – and trust us, you need every single one to get this honest-to-goodness fully loaded City o’ Burlington fire truck moving. Teams aim to raise $1,500 as the minimum to compete – $125 for each team member. Teams compete for the coveted Golden Fire Truck Trophies:Best Dressed [costumes and themes SO encouraged!]
Most Funds Raised – Both team and individual
Fastest Pull Time
Audience Choice [pro tip: bring a cheering section!]We have a DJ, celebrity Vermont judges, and a few hundred people stopping to watch you and your team haul truck! So grab eleven of your burliest buddies and click here to register: http://bit.ly/1QcBNmP We can’t wait to see you there!

Janice Perry: Naked at the Met

on Wednesday, 16 September 2015. Posted in Events

Janice Perry: Naked at the Met

Janice Perry: Naked at the Met
Flynn Space 
Friday Sept 25 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 / student ID $21
802 86 FLYNN (802- 863-5966)  

Legendary performance artist Janice Perry in Naked at the Met, an epic tale of a literal and figurative fall from grace via gender, sexuality, an aging body, uncivil behavior and a 30-foot cliff. Perry’s sharp wit and mastery of stage performance is proof positive that creativity is the best revenge. 
One of the world's most respected performance artists - BBC Radio
An artist at the height of her powers- Cologne Anzeiger
Vulnerability, fierceness and wild humour- Opening Doors, London
The Other America- Hamburg Morgenpost
When I performed at the University of Southern Utah, someone called me the Devil and ran screaming from the room  -Janice Perry

An ecstatic cross between Doris Day and a high velocity rifle...Miss her at your Peril! - The Independent
Bizarre and Brainy - Village Voice, NYC


Trans Town Hall: Medical Transition

on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. Posted in Events

Trans Town Hall: Medical Transition

Join us on Friday, September 18th, 6:30-8:30pm for a panel discussion with professionals and people with lived experience about navigating medical care for gender confirmation and transgender healthcare.

Trans Town Halls are community discussions that will happen every third Friday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30pm held at the Pride Center of Vermont (255 S. Champlain St. Burlington) starting June 19th 2015.

Trans Town Halls bring together Vermont transgender community members and presenter/panelists to address specific topics. Creating the opportunity for community members to learn from providers and individuals with lived experience, and providers to hear questions and feedback from community members. With good dialogue, the hope is to create mutual learning and momentum that will carry forward into positive change in the individuals lives, transgender communities, and institutions that impact transgender lives.

The Town Hall panels are made up of two to four professionals, and/or people with lived experience with the topic. The town halls will be moderated to help keep the sessions organized. 

Each panelist will speak a bit about themselves and how they are connected to the theme of the Trans Town Hall. Then the moderator will help facilitate the group discussion and questions. The goal behind the Trans Town Halls is to bring transgender Vermonters together to learn more on a topic and local resources, as well as to create a platform for people to connect with each other and create more organizing around the issues addressed.

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Pride Festival Volunteers Needed!

on Wednesday, 02 September 2015. Posted in Events

Pride Festival Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help set up, clean up, and help out throughout the day at the Pride Vermont Festival and Northern Decadence. 

We need 8 people to help set up at 9:45 am - Noon
We need 10 people at the Parade Launch from 11:15 -1:15p
We need 3 floaters throughout the day to help with logistics
We need 8 people to help close it down from 4pm - 6pm

If you are interested please sign up for a shift below. 


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!

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