Community response to recent attack

on Thursday, 26 May 2016. Posted in Safespace

Community response to recent attack

A transgender man was attacked in Burlington this week and faces uncertain prospects for recovery. Police are trying to determine whether it was hate violence. We’re holding a meeting at the Pride Center at 5:30 this evening to mobilize around this- to figure out how we can best support him and strategize a community response. Please join us. 255 South Champlain St., Suite #12 in Burlington. We’ll be working on this throughout the day and will keep you updated.

If you need support around this and/or around violence, bias or discrimination you’ve experienced or are experiencing- know that SafeSpace is here for you. The SafeSpace support line is: 802.863.0003 or you can come talk with us at the Center.


Job Announcement: SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator

on Wednesday, 25 May 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. 

LGBTQLOL! A Comedy Showcase

on Wednesday, 25 May 2016. Posted in Events

LGBTQLOL! A Comedy Showcase

A fun night of laughs produced by Kendall Farrell (VT’s Funniest Comedian 2015) this showcase features some of New England’s funniest gay comedians. Great comedy from a queer perspective!

FEATURING: Reggie Condra, Laura Fattaruso, Marc Bouchard, Erin Spencer, and Chris Parker!

SHOW: 7:30pm // Sun, June 5
ADMISSION: FREE! (Donations Accepted)


Erin Spencer, is one of the only trans comics in the entire northeast will be coming up from Boston. Watch a clip from a recent show https://youtu.be/NdESP_QRpts

Facebook Event



Out in the community

on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Posted in Safespace

Out in the community

The Pride Center of Vermont is proud to be out in the community educating and advocating. We talked to the fabulous staff of City Market and they let us table in the store for a few hours. We had some great questions from folks walking in, and we also had great support from our community! Here at PCVT we are happy to answer any questions that you might have. So, if you see us in your local store or on the street, don't be afraid to say "Hello" and ask away, or visit us at our center down in South Champlain st. We are here for you!

Vermont LGBTQ Needs Assessment

on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

Vermont LGBTQ Needs Assessment

Your health matters. And so does your opinion! We’re expanding our health and wellness programs and need your help. Please complete the HealthLink survey at the link below to let us know how we can better serve you. Your participation is anonymous and appreciated.

The goal of this project is to collect information about the health status and health care experience of you and your community. This information will be used to determine how to better serve members of the LGBTQ communities. Your assistance is truly valued, and we thank you in advance for your participation.

The information you share is completely anonymous and will only be reported in the aggregate. The whole survey should take about 10-15 minutes.

Take the survey here

Trans Town Hall Planning Meeting

on Monday, 23 May 2016. Posted in Events

Trans Town Hall Planning Meeting

We have scheduled the  planning meeting for this summer’s first Trans Town Hall. Trans Town Halls bring together Vermont transgender community members and presenters/panelists to address specific topics. Hosting this event provides the opportunity for community members to learn from providers and individuals with lived experiences, and for 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 individuals’ lives, transgender communities, and institutions that impact transgender lives.

Our goal in holding a planning meeting is to open up a space for community members to build their ideal Trans Town Hall. We welcome ideas for topics, panelists, and discussion questions as well as volunteers who would like to be involved with making the next Trans Town Hall happen.

The planning meeting for the next Trans Town Hall is on Monday, June 6th at 5:30pm at the Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington.

Our agenda for the meeting:

  • Brainstorming and picking a topic

  • Brainstorming possible panelists

  • Brainstorming questions related to the topic

  • Coordinating with community volunteers

If you aren't able to make it to the planning meeting, please feel free to reach out to Julia or Mac from PCVT to share your ideas. julia@pridecentervt.org; mac@pridecentervt.org We look forward to hearing from folks at the planning meeting and we're excited to host our first Trans Town Hall! 

Trans Men's Group Meets Monday 5/23

on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted in Events

Trans Men's Group Meets Monday 5/23

This group will meet once a month, the 4th Monday at 6pm. This is a social group for trans people looking to connect with others who are on the masculine spectrum, including (but not limited to!) trans men, men of trans experience, genderqueer people, and bi-gendered people. This informal, peer-facilitated group welcomes people of any transition point, including those not wishing to transition. For More info, email info@pridecentervt.org" info@pridecentervt.orgor call 802-860-7812


What classes and events would you like to see this summer?

on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

What classes and events would you like to see this summer?

It's that time of year again! This summer Mac Chambers is here to help bring us additional programming for the summer semester. We'll be putting together a few fun events and offering a few classes that highlight the many talents of Vermont's LGBTQA communities. Please tell us what you would like to see included in our summer programming by taking this survey. We will run the survey until Friday, May 27th. 

Click here to access the survey. 

Burly Bear Presents: Stud Lounge

on Tuesday, 10 May 2016.

Burly Bear Presents: Stud Lounge
It's time for the STUD LOUNGE!!
Just come ready to dance, drink, meet old friends, and make new ones!! 
We have DJs Craig Mitchell and Rob Douglas spinning their incredible sets!We'll have sexy go-go cubs and drink specials all night long.
$5 cover -Proceeds go to PrideVT committee

GLAM Hikes Sterling Pond

on Friday, 06 May 2016. Posted in Events

GLAM Hikes Sterling Pond











Hey! We had a lot of fun in our last hike, so come and enjoy another one! We'll be hiking Sterling Pond this May 22nd. We'll meet at the center at NOON and we'll leave for the hike at 12:15, so be there on time! Come on and lets get moving!

Here is the link to the Facebook Event.

LGBTQuits: Free Tobacco Cessation Group

on Thursday, 17 March 2016. Posted in Events, Safespace

LGBTQuits: Free Tobacco Cessation Group

Do you use tobacco?

Is 2016 the year you finally quit tobacco?

Would you like some tips, tools and community to support you in quitting?

The Pride Center of Vermont is offering a free 5-week smoking cessation program, starting Tuesday, May 24th. 

We'll talk about addiction, health impacts of using tobacco and the benefits of quitting, and engage in activities and conversations to set goals, create action plans and build community. We're here to support you through quitting. Even if you don't feel ready to quit, you're still invited to participate in the program. 

If you're interested in participating or have questions- contact Mike or Julia at LGBTQuits@pridecentervt.org.

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.

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

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