Grindr Glitch- Many who were blocked are now unblocked

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Grindr Glitch- Many who were blocked are now unblocked

We want to get the message out that Grindr was hacked and people who were blocked may no longer be blocked.

If you need any resources or want to get connected to SafeSpace please contact us at 802.863.0003. If you want to anonymously report any type of violence or bias incidents you can do so at bit.ly/reportvt.

Applications Now Accepted for RRASC Internships Summer 2016

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Are you an undergrad looking for a summer internship?

Applications Now Accepted for RRASC Internships Summer 2016

Pride Center of Vermont is ecstatic to be a host site for a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Intern Each Summer. This year the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program is accepting applications from undergraduate students across the US to participate in exciting PAID internships from exciting host sites around the country.


The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students at reproductive rights and social justice organizations.

Students selected for the program receive: 

  • A full-time 10-week substantive internship at a reproductive rights and/or social justice organization
  • A intensive 3 day training at the annual CLPP Conference.  Training will include workshops on non-profit organizations, grassroots organizing, effective communication, self-care, and reproductive and social justice.
  • Continued support and training throughout the summer
  • An online community where the Summer 2016 cohort will post reflective weekly reports
  • An opportunity to present their work after their internship is complete

I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity. There is no way I would have been able to work at the Pride Center for a summer as an unpaid intern, so I am grateful to CLPP/RRASC for the support and training. And I am beyond grateful for the Pride Center for an amazing summer working with activists in Vermont’s rural queer community. I am leaving with a portfolio of work, an array of work experience and many connections that I will never forget.
—Ellen Bryer '14 RRASC

For more information, contact CLPP Assistant Director, at 413.559.5859 or RRASC@hampshire.edu.

Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Application:

Apply Here

Burly Bear Presents: Red Light District 4am.

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016.

Burly Bear Presents: Red Light District 4am.

It's 4am, and you're walking the street corner. You know the one. In that section of the neighborhood where there's as much for sale on the street as there is at the adult entertainment store. There's even some "trade" for free. If you know where to look and the right codes. 

Tonight, come join the "children of the night" who wake up at 10pm and who experience the town from dusk til dawn!

We'll have our hot go-go cubs, amazing drink specials and phenomenal music from DJs Craig Mitchell and Chia!!

PrideVT Fundraiser

Free Resource Guide- Nondiscrimination and Inclusion

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Posted in Safespace

Free Resource Guide- Nondiscrimination and Inclusion

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) just released a helpful resource- From Policy to Practice: Nondiscrimination and Inclusion of LGBTQ Individuals in Victim Services Programs. This booklet is designed to help sexual violence and domestic violence victim services organizations to learn more about the unique needs of the LGBTQ community and take action steps towards becoming more inclusive. Check it out!

The booklet is available for free (click here) and there’s also a free webinar (click here) on 1/27 to learn about recommended uses for the booklet and hear panelists share their experiences about becoming more LGBTQ inclusive.

The Pride Center is one of the contributors to this resource and we’re happy to partner with organizations who are looking to become more inclusive of the LGBTQ community. Contact us at 802.860.7812 or safespace@pridecentervt.org

Pride Celebration Volunteer Meeting

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016.

Pride Celebration Volunteer Meeting
Pride Celebration Volunteer Meeting on February 3rd at 6pm. There may be snow in the mountains, but we’re already thinking about this September’s Pride Celebration. This entirely community and volunteer run event consists of the Pride Parade, the Celebration in Battery Park, securing advertisers for the Pride Guide and organizing the entertainment. Everyone is welcome at Pride as we take the weekend to celebrate all the richness that is our community. We need volunteers in every capacity to help ensure that Pride 2016 is a huge success. If you are interested in helping plan this fabulous celebration of our community, please join us. This is a wonderful way to connect with the community joyously. We are having the initial planning meeting at the Pride Center on February 3rd at 6pm. There will be snacks!

Martin Luther King Jr Day

on Monday, 18 January 2016. Posted in Events

Martin Luther King Jr Day

We are open today. If you would like to come in to volunteer please email info@pridecentervt.org!

Date Change- Friends, Family and Allies of Transgender Adults Group

on Friday, 08 January 2016. Posted in Events

Date Change- Friends, Family and Allies of Transgender Adults Group

Please note date change for the Friends, Family and Allies of Trans Adults Group. The group will now be meeting the 4th Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Pride Center. Please see note from the facilitators below.

We are the parents of an adult transgender woman. While we celebrate the emergence of her true self, we find ourselves learning a new vocabulary and doors opening to new ways of viewing the world. We would like to share this journey and the many questions that we have with others on this path with their loved ones. Meet 4th Thursday of each month at the Pride Center, for information call 802.860.7812.

802Quits: Mike's Story

on Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted in Events

802Quits: Mike's Story

Mike's Story

As the Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at Pride Center of Vermont, Mike understands firsthand the quitting challenges that face the LGBTQ community. After a number of attempts at quitting, Mike quit smoking and shares his story about the challenges he faced–and overcame.

- See more at: http://802quits.org/real-stories/#sthash.Nhm24T5z.dpuf

LGBTQ Chittenden Older Adults: Call To Action!

on Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted in Events

LGBTQ Chittenden Older Adults: Call To Action!

Hello amazing Chittenden Older Adults Network! 

You know what they say: “If at first you don't succeed...” Well, we all took our first steps in making a social/political/advocacy group for older LGBTQ people in Chittenden but didn't quite get it up off the ground like we've done in the Northeast Kingdom and Washington County. Still, we believe together we can create a group that is agile enough to do a range of activities and events that speak to your broad range of interests. We hope you are still in it to win it and will join us on Monday, February 1 to continue growing this group!!! (See event details below!).

If you are as excited as we are to get moving, but can't make it, please contact Josh Cohen at josh@pridecentervt.org.  

We also know that some of you cannot make it out at certain times or when the weather gets a little icy, but if you are interested in hosting future gatherings for 5-8 of us in your home for a meeting, please send along your name and we'll reach out. And…if there is anyone else you think should be a part of this group or someplace we should advertise, let us know. 

Many thanks!


Event Details:
Who: LGBTQ adults ages 30-130!
What: LGBTQ event planning and community building
Where: Pride Center of Vermont | 255 S. Champlain St., Ste. 12, Burlington, VT 05401
When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wheelchair access at end of front entrance ramp
Street parking is available
Snacks will be provided! 

Rally on Thursday

on Tuesday, 05 January 2016. Posted in Safespace

Rally on Thursday
The Pride Center of Vermont works in solidarity against all forms of hate, violence and discrimination. As a community center we do not publicly support or oppose political candidates but we will not condone hate speech and we believe in the importance of educating people and working for justice.
A number of us will be attending the community rally on Thursday in conjunction with Trump's visit to Vermont. We invite you to join us in showing support for immigrants, Muslims, working Americans, people of color, the poor, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women and others who are being marginalized and scapegoated.
If you'd like to meet up with us once we get to the park- we'll be at the back steps of City Hall (facing the park) around 5. We also have posters and markers if you'd like to come by during our open hours these next couple days to make a sign.
There are a number of different events happening on Thursday, and plans are subject to change depending on what's happening. Check the events out:
Solidarity Against Bigotry: https://www.facebook.com/events/619151821557033/  

Vermont Burlesque Festival Opening Night at ArtsRiot 1/21

on Tuesday, 05 January 2016. Posted in Events

Vermont Burlesque Festival Opening Night at ArtsRiot 1/21

The Vermont Burrrlesque Festival kicks off it's third year opening night and celebrations in Burlington's South End Arts District at ARTSRIOT.   Enjoy happy hour, comedy and burlesque! Expect a line up of about 3 comedians and about 10 burlesque and boylesque acts before the night ends.  Partial proceeds to benefit Vermont Pride Center's Health and Wellness Program.

Get Tickets

**Use coupon code “vtpride” to reveal the $5 ticket option.  This price point is only available with advanced purchase. (The full $5 will be donate to Pride Center of Vermont) It is not available at the door day of.  The price day of is $20


Opening Ceremonies & Thursday Night Showcase
Benefitting Pride Center of Vermont

Time: Starts at HAPPY HOUR (5:30p) Goes until about 8pm
Location: ArtsRiot, Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401
Doors @ 5:30pm Show @ 6:15pm
featuring Ceremonial Toast followed by a Burlesque & Comedy Showcase.

 More Info

You may also use the "vtpride"coupon code for the early show.  VT Pride will get $5 of ever ticket sold for that show when the discount code is used.
You may also use the coupon code for the late show. VT Pride will get $5 of every ticket sold for that show when the discount code is used.


Vermont Stage Produces Mothers And Sons By Terrence Mcnally

on Monday, 04 January 2016. Posted in Events

Vermont Stage Produces Mothers And Sons By Terrence Mcnally

Vermont Stage Produces Mothers And Sons By Terrence Mcnally

(BURLINGTON, VT) Vermont Stage is pleased to announce that its production of MOTHERS AND SONS, written by Terrence McNally, will be playing at FlynnSpace from January 27 through February 14, 2016.

MOTHERS AND SONS is a gripping new drama about change, reconciliation, and what it means to be a family. Cal and his husband Will have built a happy life together with their 7-year-old son. When the mother of Andre, Cal’s former lover, makes a surprise visit 20 years after her son’s untimely death, the past casts a shadow on their idyllic life.

The Chicago Tribune has called McNally’s play “eloquent, exceptionally timely and intensely resonant. A moving reflection on a changed America.” It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2014 and has been produced both on- and off-Broadway. Under the direction of Gregory Ramos, this stunning drama is brought to life by its wonderful cast. John Jensen* will appear as Cal; Justin D. Quackenbush as

Will, Cal’s husband; Asa Baker-Rouse as Bud, Will and Cal’s young son; and Peggy Lewis* as Katharine. The production team consists of Scenic Design by Jeff Modereger, Lighting Design by John B. Forbes, Costume Design by Cora Fauser, Sound Design by Martha Goode, and Production Stage Management by Nicole Kutcher.

Vermont Stage, started in 1994, is Burlington’s home for contemporary theatre. Now in its 22nd season, Vermont Stage has four remaining shows this season: MOTHERS AND SONS, DANCING LESSONS, I AND YOU, and THE BAKE OFF.

Following the Thursday performances of MOTHERS AND SONS, Vermont Stage will be hosting Talkback Thursdays, a discussion panel for audience members. These panels feature an array of activists, advocates, experts, and scholars from our community who will speak about the themes of each production and how they are relevant to Vermonters today.

Vermont Stage presents MOTHERS AND SONS, by Terrence McNally, from January 27 thru February 14, 2016 at FlynnSpace, 153 Main St. in Burlington. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays, with an additional matinee on Saturday, January 30. Tickets are $37.50 for adults and $33.75 for students on Friday and Saturday evenings, and $32 and $28.80, respectively, for all other performances. Call 802-863-5966 or go online to www.flynntix.org to purchase tickets. For more information about the play or Vermont Stage, visit www.vermontstage.org.

For all press inquiries, please contact Emily Ferro, Marketing and Sales Manager.

Salon Q: DJ Hellerman, Burlington City Arts

on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Events

Salon Q: DJ Hellerman, Burlington City Arts

Join an intimate group monthly for an inspiring and fascinating conversation about topics ranging from Tolkien to circuits. Pride Center of Vermont is stepping into a long tradition of the Salon culture of early twentieth century Paris and New York City where small gatherings of people engaged in spirited conversations across a range of topics. With its incredible range of innovative thinkers, inventors, clever humorists, phenomenal artists, outspoken activists, and acclaimed authors, Burlington is the perfect place for such gatherings.

This Month: DJ Hellerman, Burlington City Arts

Meet and chat with DJ Hellerman. DJ is Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions for the BCA Center, the flagship gallery for Burlington City Arts. He works with contemporary artists from near and far and has developed many cutting-edge exhibitions here in Burlington. He also teaches at the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College. DJ moved to Vermont from Ohio, where he helped build the contemporary art collection for the Progressive Insurance Company. He has also done art bike tours!

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Holiday Closings

on Thursday, 17 December 2015. Posted in Events, Safespace

Holiday Closings
Wishing you a happy holiday season from all of us at the Pride Center of Vermont. Our offices and programs will be closed on Wednesday 12/23, Thursday 12/24, Friday 12/25, Thursday 12/31 and Friday 1/1. 
We hope that the holidays will be merry and gay but we know it can be a difficult time for many people. We encourage you to call us or come in during our open hours if we can be of assistance.

The Pride Center of Vermont

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