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

Join us on Friday, August 21st from 6:30-8:30pm for a panel discussion with professionals and people with lived experience about navigating trans medical insurance.

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.

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.

Women's Tea Dance

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in Events

Women's Tea Dance

Join us on Saturday September 12, 2015 at Red Square for an afternoon ull of dancing and socializing.

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler

on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in Events

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler

This year's Summer Pride Theater Festival, July 17-19 and 24-26, will be another diverse and multi-generational experience: Vermont premieres of two exciting plays, with actors from throughout the region, along with the Vermont debuts of renowned guest artists from both coasts. All performances will take place in historic Chandler Music Hall, Randolph. 

July 17 - "Beautiful Thing"
July 18 - "John Epperson"
July 19 - "The Kid Thing"
July 24 - "The Kid Thing"
July 25 - "HICK - A Love Story"
July 26 - "Beautiful Thing"

As many of you will remember, Central Vermont was a hotbed of anti-civil union sentiment during Vermont's difficult 2000 debate about civil unions, and attitudes here had not changed much by the time same-sex marriage was approved in 2009. To build understanding among
community members, Vermont Pride Theater was created in summer 2011 and since then has been presenting on stage the concerns and issues of gay and lesbian Vermonters within a context encouraging dialogue between audiences and performers.

Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, Vermont 05060


As many of you will remember, Central Vermont was a hotbed of anti-civil union sentiment during Vermont's difficult 2000 debate about civil unions, and attitudes here had not changed much by the time same-sex marriage was approved in 2009.  To build understanding among community members, Vermont Pride Theater was created in summer 2011 and since then has been presenting on stage the concerns and issues of gay and lesbian Vermonters within a context encouraging dialogue between audiences and performers.

This year's Summer Pride Theater Festival, July 17-19 and 24-26, will be another diverse and multi-generational experience:  Vermont premieres of two exciting plays, with actors from throughout the region, along with the Vermont debuts of renowned guest artists from both coasts. All performances will take place in historic Chandler Music Hall, Randolph.  

Jonathan Harvey's classic play “Beautiful Thing”, Friday July 17 and Sunday July 26, 7:30 PM:  Set in a working-class neighborhood of southeast London, “Beautiful Thing” tells of high-school student Jamie and his attraction to his neighbor Ste (Steve). “This is more than a simple boy-meets-boy-and-falls-in-love story,” suggests director Cher Laston. “It is the tale of two young men and their shared sexual awakening – a beautiful thing – juxtaposed against a backdrop of poverty, ignorance, and violence and underscored by the soulful tunes of Cass Eliot, embodied by their gal pal Leah.”  The cast of local youth and adults, from Strafford to East Montpelier and towns between, is excited to present this tough yet tender and funny work. 

Sarah Gubbins' prize-winning new play “The Kid Thing”,  Sunday July 19 and Friday July 24, 7:30 PM:  Of the award-winning production of “The Kid Thing” in Chicago, Variety said, “Two lesbian couples contemplate parenthood in this play, which smartly mixes debate and drama, argument and psychological revelation.” Veteran director Margo Whitcomb was drawn to work with the Pride Festival for the first time because of this cutting-edge new play: “The dialogue and story are fresh and real, offering an uncompromising look at changing values in today's LGBT world.” Ms. Whitcomb and her cast of actors, from Lebanon to Burlington and towns between, will present the East Coast premier of Ms. Gubbins' play.    

John Epperson:  Show Trash”,  Saturday July 18, 7:30 PM:  Performed by Mr. Epperson with the help of projections, anecdotes, and songs, it traces how a shy, misfit kid from Mississippi came to re-incarnate the glamor goddesses of yesterday in his big-city showbiz persona “Lypsinka”. This one-night-only show, directed by Barry Kleinbort, makes its New England debut at Chandler by special arrangement.

Terry Baum's “HICK – A Love Story”, Saturday July 25, 7:30 PM:  A moving portrayal of the little-known love affair between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and hard-living, butch reporter Lorena “Hick” Hickok. Opening in San Francisco to rave reviews, the play was called, “A real love story like no other. A compelling one-woman event,” by the San Francisco Examiner.  A one-time-only performance, not to be missed.

As mentioned above, interaction between performance and discussion is a key part of Vermont Pride Theater's mission. All six performances will be followed by talkbacks between the performers and their audiences. A complimentary reception, to meet and greet the performers, will be offered after each talkback.

Tickets for adults are $17 in advance, $20 day of show; for students, $12 in advance, $15 day of show.  Or buy a four-admission pass for just $60. Advance-priced individual tickets and the pass are now available online at www.chandler-arts.org, or by calling (802) 728-6464 beginning July 6.

Rounding out the entire festival, landscapes and collages by visual artist Marie LaPre-Grabon will be on exhibit in the Chandler Downstairs Gallery.

Sponsorship support for the Summer Pride Festival is provided by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont and the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Media support is provided by Vermont Public Radio.


LGBTQ Families: Stay Open Minded While Traveling With Children

on Wednesday, 24 June 2015.

by Amber Leventry

LGBTQ Families: Stay Open Minded While Traveling With Children

After a ridiculously long Vermont winter and slow start to spring, the warm days give me hope that my family will soon be at the pool, the local parks, and the creemee stand for dinner—some days are just too hot for anything else. While I miss road trips and time away from the everyday routine of being home, I don’t miss any of it enough to pack up the minivan and strap my three young kids into their car seats for a long drive. The idea of our four year old and two year old twins in the car for more than 45 minutes gives me tremendous anxiety. Nor can my partner, Amy, and I afford plane tickets for five. This summer will be spent at home, in our sandbox, and running through the sprinkler.

But when it was just our daughter, we traveled a lot with her. We drove to a family wedding in Philadelphia, took road trips to Niagara Falls and Boston to meet up with family and friends, and we took our first flight with her to North Carolina to visit Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop. The keys to our success were food—seriously, have snacks at the ready—an attempt to keep her schedule consistent with what she was used to at home, and a cautiously open mind about the unexpected reactions we may receive while traveling as two lesbian moms with our child. 

Because we traveled to states that didn’t recognize same-sex marriage or had even banned it, Amy and I packed our folder of legal documents. Before our children were born, my partner and I met with a lawyer to create living wills and medical directives. We also chose to have second-parent adoptions performed for each child, so those documents travel too. As the non-biological mother, we need to be sure I will have full parental rights and privileges in all situations and within borders where my status as Mama becomes null and void.

With this preparation to defend and explain my family, I tended to anticipate negativity and religious judgment. As my daughter strutted her way through rest stops and airport terminals, I kept one eye on her and the other on people who may be throwing disapproving stares onto my family.

At the airport, I was instantly wary of a young woman listening to Christian rock on her phone. No ear buds were involved, just loud Christian music being pumped through tiny iPhone speakers. I was convinced it was her way of showing protest to the two mama family sitting next to her. Just as I was building walls and preparing to get onto my soap box if necessary, she expressed her affection for my daughter’s sweetness and commented on how much Eva looked like me.

Our blue eyes and blond hair can certainly lead to conclusions. I confessed that my partner—the one with the dark hair and dark eyes—was the biological mother. I took the time to explain that our donor was also blond and blue-eyed. The woman thought the way genetics played out was pretty cool. I thought she was pretty cool for taking it all in without missing a beat.

Rest stops were my 18 month old daughter’s favorite places. She would wave, smile, and say hello to everyone she saw as if she were a one person parade. In return people waved back, held the door for us, and stopped to chat. Our little grand marshal seemed to open minds. The reactions she received from strangers showed me that many people are accepting of gay parents. Perhaps not everyone, but enough to make a long road trip less stressful.

Even our time in North Carolina was without prejudice, to the best of our knowledge at least.  While we were there, our family, Amy’s brother and his family, and Amy’s parents ventured to the extravagant studios of Walmart to have family photos taken.

I have certain issues with Walmart in general, but this Walmart was in the same strip mall as Chik-Fil-A. Remember a few summers ago when they were very clear about their stance on not liking the gays? This Chik-Fil-A happened to be one of many that had anti-gay supporters jamming traffic to get to their fast food smothered in narrow-mindedness. 

I wasn’t looking for a fight, but I was ready for one. With my feathers ruffled, I went into Walmart. The photographer who met us thought Eva was a boy—the kid had very little hair for a very long time—but knew I was not. This was a vast improvement from previous Walmart experiences. And when they wanted to do couple poses with Amy and me, they did their best to put us in the same awkward hand-on-the-shoulder or angle-toward-one-another-with-hands-on-the-other’s-waist poses they force heterosexual couples into. 

When I had enough nonsense and put my hands on Amy’s breast to mock the process, the photographer told me it was not that kind of shoot. But she said it in a way that had nothing to do with me being gay. I believe she would have said the same thing to my mother-in-law had she tried to cup my father-in-law’s crotch.

One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain. He wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” 

Before all of our summer travel, I applied this to people who have never left what they know to be comfortable. I also started to apply it to myself. It is easy to stay in Vermont or travel to gay-friendly vacation spots. It can be scary, frustrating, or comical to go anywhere else. But as much as people need to see me and my family and our shared similarities in order to change their opinions, I need to see that not all people outside of my comfort-zone think I am going to hell. I needed—and still do—the affirmation that, while it is a struggle, traveling with children is worth it.







Summer Semester: Dance Around the World

on Monday, 22 June 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Summer Semester: Dance Around the World

Join us for the first Summer Semester event of the year: Dance Around the World. Dance Around the World is a dance fusion class that combines Irish dance, Bollywood, and American Ballet all into one dance class. The class will be taught by two of the Pride Center's summer interns--Emily and Vincent--as well as another trained instructor.

All levels of dance are welcomed; no prior dance experience needed. Please wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. Ballet shoes, tap shoes, and other professional dance apparel are not necessary to wear to the event.

Body Positivity & Self-Care, A Trans Town Hall

on Saturday, 13 June 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Sponsored by the Transgender Community Program

Body Positivity & Self-Care, A Trans Town Hall

Don’t know about you, but the social media whirlwind the last two weeks over Caitlyn has blown me away, literally.Pro & Con, it doesn’t matter, the incessant focus on and objectification of her beauty has been triggering, confusing and annoying.

How do you deal with this chatter?  Does it also evoke for you, feelings of doubt, negative self-talk and inadequacy?  How do you cope with the careless and invasive comments from others?

Come join us Friday evening, June 19th6:30 to 8:30 pm for the first Transgender Community Program Trans Town Hall of the year at the Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT).  The topic is timely, “Body Positivity & Self-Care”.  Moderated by the executive director of PCVT, Kim Fountain, three expert and lived experience panelists will share their views on “getting past” conventional body and beauty standards, the double binds of expressing authentic femininity and masculinity, dealing with “passing” and how that feeds into shame and body image pressures, especially for “plus size” individuals.Hopefully, there will be some discussion about classism, ableism and racism, how they intersect with the sexism behind so much of what we face out in the world, and the constant push for all of us, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals especially, to live up to and achieve body ideals and beauty standards that most of us can’t afford, monetarily.  And, of course, plenty of time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

I, for one, can attest to the powerful positive impact of building supportive community networks, such as PCVT, as part of my own personal self-care, but I constantly need to remind myself to practice basic self-care habits, such as a healthy sleeping schedule, eating right and honoring my body like the temple it is, including my mind.  The “Body Positivity & Self-Care” Trans Town Hall will be a good opportunity to renew and refresh.

I guess that’s why, after drowning in the media flood for a few days, I swam to shore and tuned it out until the waves subside and the conversation settles.  This Trans Town Hall will be good timing to get back out on the water and sail.  I hope you can join us, ‘cause we’re tackin’ into the wind and gaining.     

See ya on the water,




2015 US Trans Survey

on Thursday, 18 June 2015. Posted in Events

2015 US Trans Survey

Formerly the Nat'l Transgender Discrimination Survey / Injustice at Every Turn
Sign up and spread the word: ustranssurvey.org

"The U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. It is the follow up to the groundbreaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), which was developed by the National LGBTQ Task Force and NCTE and released in the 2011 report called Injustice at Every Turn.

The NTDS has been the source for data on trans people and has provided critical information for advocates, policymakers, media, and academics with over 15,000 media hits. The USTS will be conducted every 5 years to learn about trans people’s experiences over time, how things are changing, and what needs to be done to improve the lives of trans people.

The USTS is a survey for all trans identities, including trans, genderqueer, and non-binary people, and will be the largest and most diverse trans sample to date. The USTS is our community’s survey: the USTS data set and results will be available to community advocates, organizations, and researchers for years to come."

The Barbs’ Big 4th of July Beach Bash!

on Monday, 15 June 2015. Posted in Events

The Barbs’ Big 4th of July Beach Bash!

Come to the Barbs' Big 4th of July Beach Bash, Sat 7/5/15, Noon - fireworks over Lake Champlain, 330 Risher Point rd. West Addison, VT - Please RSVP - cheers! The Barbs :) :) !!!! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Join us for boat rides, barbeque, kayaking, canoe, paddle boat, swimming, water tubing/skiing. 

Bring your favorite dish/dessert and beverage to share. Burgers, hotdogs, chicken, and soft drinks provided. Please no perfume, nuts, and seafood. Don't forget to bring a bathing suit and a towel!

Join GLAM in the VT CARES Champ Ride!

on Wednesday, 10 June 2015. Posted in Events

Join GLAM in the VT CARES Champ Ride!

A few of our GLAM guys will be participating in the Champ Ride this weekend! 



It’s that time of year again: time for the Vermont CARES Champ Ride for HIV Prevention. The Champ Ride is now entering its 17th year as a way of gathering cyclists of all abilities to ride and raise money for Vermont CARES and fight HIV/AIDS.

On June 13, 2015 we’ll ride through the byways of Vermont, beginning in Burlington’s beautiful Oakledge Park and traveling a route graced by Lake Champlain and many of our gorgeous mountains. The ride will go through 16 cities and towns that are home to some 86,000 people.

The Champ Ride is a shared effort that raises much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS programming in our state. Every dollar raised stays local, and helps our neighbors affected by HIV/AIDS.
Come join us! You can pick a riding distance that works for you: any distance from 17 to 100 miles through our routes, or choose your own distance on Burlington’s renowned Bike Path.

The 2014 Champ Ride was a great success! The weather was beautiful, the food and drinks were plentiful, and over 90 riders raised a collective $22,000 for HIV/AIDS services in Vermont. This year, we hope to do even better!

The Champ Ride is Vermont CARES biggest fundraiser of the year and we could not provide the help our neighbors with HIV and AIDS deserve if we did not have support from all the riders, volunteers and sponsors who make it possible. We’re grateful to all of them. Happy riding, everyone!

Start building your teams today here: http://www.firstgiving.com/vermontcares or contact Christian Pinillos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

and visit our awesome new website: http://champride.org/

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