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July 30, 2014

A Call for Stories from LGBTQ families

Are you an LGBTQ person with children? Would you be interested in sharing stories about your family with other LGBTQ families and families-to-be in a small group setting? We’re putting together a series of family town halls in late August and September to share information with each other and to create community among queer families. If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested) in helping others start, grow and strengthen their families call Jean at (802) 860-7812 or email ellen@ru12.org.

July 28, 2014

Family Program's Picnic Potluck and Field Day is just three Sundays away!

For LGBTQ families with and without kids and their families of choice (allies included). Bring your little ones (or borrow some if you don't have them), a potluck item to share, any outdoor game supplies you see fit, and some sunscreen, and join us Sunday, August 17 from 10-2pm at Wrightsville Beach, Middlesex (address for your GPS is 369 Vermont 12, Middlesex, VT 05602). Event is free (with a suggested donation of $10/family).

Family picnic

Tentative schedule of events:
11am-1:30pm Face painting
11:30am 3-legged race
12:30pm Beach ball volleyball, bean bag toss
1:30pm Scavenger hunt

Coloring stations, bubbles, flying discs, barbecues, and snacks available at all times. Canoeing/kayaking (rentals) and swimming at Wrightsville Beach (just across the way). Bring your own kids or borrow your favorites for this event, which is always a good time!


If you are planning to join us, please RSVP at http://ru12fieldday.brownpapertickets.com to let us know you’re coming! Suggested donation: $10-$15/family but no one will be turned away for lack of funding.


Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with set-up/break-down. Can provide transportation to/from Burlington area for volunteers. Email jean@ru12.org if you are interested.

Pride Center of VT: Part Time Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program Coordinator

Position: Part Time Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $20.00/hour

Status: Part-time consultant

Probation: 30 days

Benefits: NA

Application deadline: August 8, 2014

JOB SUMMARY

Pride Center of Vermont seeks part time consultant to bring our family program to the next level. We have laid the base through surveys, focus groups, and events. We now hope to bring more families to the program and increase volunteer involvement so that the Pride Center LGBTQA Family Program becomes highly active and strongly networked, making it increasingly relevant and supportive for families as well as more financially sustainable.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

While the coordinator will bring a host a ideas, the following duties are expected:

·      Family focused event planning across definitions of family

·      Expansion into areas of the state outside of Burlington

·      Education focused workshop production

·      Integration of the Family Program into existing Pride Center work

·      Creation and coordination of an LGBTQA Family Committee

·      Maintenance of Family Program distribution list

·      Development and distribution of monthly newsletter

·      Fostering of collaborations with other family-oriented systems in Vermont

·      Data collection and presentation

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

·      Knowledge of issues related to LGBTQA families

·      Knowledge of family-focused social activities and venues

·      Excellent written and verbal skills

·      Basic understanding of data collection and presentation

·      Ability to search for and help provide information to sustain the program a plus

·      Available to work during days and times necessary to host family events

 

This is a temporary, part time consultant position.  The weekly hours are flexible but the total funds available are capped. 

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.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Kim Fountain, kim@ru12.org. Or mail to Pride Center of Vermont, Attn: Kim Fountain, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 12, Burlington, VT 05401.

 

July 25, 2014

Pride Center of Vermont Applauds Senator Leahy and Senator Collins for Their Introduction of the Runaway and Homeless Youth And Trafficking Prevention Act

Up to 40% of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender and are at heightened risk of victimization.  On Wednesday, Vermont’s Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired in September 2013. Of critical importance, their proposed legislation includes a non-discrimination clause to protect LGBT youth by prohibiting grantees from discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Homelessness affects youth across socioeconomic backgrounds and can profoundly disrupt their education, entry into the workforce, community involvement, and their ability to enter into adulthood successfully. RHYA provides a coordinated community response to youth in crisis by improving the quality and range of services provided by RHYA programs. 

July 24, 2014

Announcing: Family Town Halls

Join the Pride Center of Vermont for a series of Family Town Halls for LGBTQA families and families-to-be.

Come to share your experiences, gain insight from professionals and other queer families, and build community in a supportive space. The dates and topics are as follows:

Tuesday, 8/26: Starting (or Growing) Your Family
Tuesday, 9/9: LGBTQ Families Navigating Systems
Tuesday 9/23:Trans* or Gender Fluid Families: Negotiating Relationships. 

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UVM and In Our Own Words are hiring!

Click the position titles to view job descriptions, qualifications and application instructions.

UVM Administrative Position: Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

In Our Own Words (a comprehensive LGBT POC organization in upstate New York and one of a handful in the United States): LGBT Lead Advocate and Outreach Worker

 

Continue reading "UVM and In Our Own Words are hiring!" »

July 23, 2014

St. Albans Disability Group- New Location and Time!

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The St. Albans disability group will now meet at the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30.  The next meeting will be this Friday, July 25th.  Hope to see you there!

July 22, 2014

Registration is now open for Laura's March

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Margolis, former UVM Director of Campus Security and and a leading international consultant on public and campus security and safety needs.
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July 21, 2014

President Obama Signs Federal Contractors Executive Order

25 million workers now have explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Today, the president made it illegal for companies that contract with the federal government to fire, decline to promote, or refuse to hire someone simply because they are LGBT, by adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to two existing executive orders. Additionally, with the signing of today's executive order, the federal government affirmed Title VII sex discrimination protections for transgender federal employees. The executive order does not carry with it any religious exemptions. 

Read more and watch Obama sign the order here. 

Who knew finances could be so fun?

We had a great time last Thursday with Jan Knutsen at her Summer Semester workshop Put Your Money Where Your Dreams Are! Almost ten community members came to the Center to learn about saving money for emergencies, goals and eventually retirement. We had a diverse age range in attendence with many different savings goals. There was a lively discussion and everyone brought plenty of questions.

We hope to see you at Jan's next workshop on Tax-Free Retirement Strategies on Tuesday July 29!

Stride to Pride 5K Run/Walk Sept. 12th!

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What better way to kick off Pride weekend than with a beautiful sunset 5K along the waterfront of Lake Champlain!  This first annual event will celebrate 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 an awesome Stride to Pride t-shirt as well as custom finishers medal.  Additionally everyone will receive a token for the “OUT on Church Street” event, allowing you 10% off food, drinks and merchandise from participating retailers on Church Street Marketplace all weekend of Pride!  Additional tokens for supporters will be for sale at the event for $10 each.

While registration will be open until the event, only people registering by September 1st, 2014 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and finishers medal.  All participants will recieve an OUT on Church Street token and will be eligible for prizes regardless of registration date .  The cost is $35 per person, this includes the shirt, medal and OUT on Church Street token.

Register here:  

http://www.active.com/burlington-vt/running/stride-to-pride-5k-run-walk-2014

Event schedule and times

Thursday, Sept. 11 - early packet pick-up will be available from 4 pm - 8 pm, location TBD.

Friday, September 12- Battery Park, Burlington

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

6:00 pm - 5K begins

7:00 pm - Awards ceremony

7:15 pm – enjoy the benefits of your OUT on Church Street token by receiving 10% off food/drink/merchandise at participating Church Street Marketplace businesses.

 

July 16, 2014

Saturday July 26: Wayne's Wiffle Ball Game

This spring, we lost a dear queer community member – Wayne Beam. He was a long-time bartender and events producer in the community – starting at 135 Pearl and tending to all of us in more ways than one over the years at many venues and events. He is greatly missed by all.

Wayne really loved baseball and as our way to keep his spirit of love and joy alive in all our hearts, we are shifting the annual old north end Ramble pop-up! queer kick ball game into …the first WAYNE WIFFLE BALL GAME on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-12pm at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School on North Street in Burlington, VT. In the shady, grassy baseball field behind the school, we will gather to play one epic game of wiffleball. All Ages. All Abilities. Everyone gets to play (we will sub in if there are lots of folks).

Two teams will be picked that morning, bring a blank shirt that you can mark up with your pick of a jersey number & team name (which will be picked by the team that morning too). No skill required, just bring your love of Wayne and wiffleball.

Not much into playing? Then come be part of the pick up queerleading squad to cheer on each team! Pom Poms, outfits, and cheers DIY!

This game kicks off a community fundraising effort to raise $250 to create a granite brick with Wayne’s name on it to be placed on Church Street. It is a way to honor his memory and the impact he made on so many lives. Our goal is to raise the money by Pride weekend in September (9/13-9/14) so we can place the brick that weekend.

A donation (sliding scale) is asked per player. If everyone kicks in $5 per player (or more), we will be well on the way toward the brick. Every bit helps! [cash accepted at the game].

Can't make the game? We will be collecting donations through this GOFUNDME site up to and through the wiffle ball game until we reach the goal. Any extra money raised will be all given to Wayne's family to help cover memorial costs from back in May. Any amount helps - consider it your last bartender tip to Wayne!

Please pass the word on! Let’s queer up this wiffle ball game in Wayne’s honor!

July 08, 2014

Call to Artists: 22nd Annual Art Hop

Pride Center of Vermont is seeking LGBTQA artists to display their work at the Center during the South End Arts and Business Association’s 22nd Annual Art Hop.

More than 35,000 art lovers from across the state are expected to crowd into Burlington between September 5th and 7th to view art from across mediums and materials. Whether you are just starting out in your art or are an established artist, Pride Center of Vermont encourages your submission. We are particularly but not exclusively interested in LGBTQ activist art and art that explores gender and sexuality.

Last year was our first time participating in the Art Hop and it was amazingly successful.  LGBTQA artists got fantastic exposure, some sold pieces, and everyone had a great time.  Pride Center’s space is bright with large wall space and hanging rods. We also have community space in which to display 3D work.

Selected artists will be featured in our promotion for Art Hop, including announcements on social networking sites, Pride Center’s webpage, and in our e-newsletter distributed to over 1,500 subscribers.

Please enter your submission by August 11th. The committee will notify artists of our selection by August 20th.

Please submit 3 images with title, dimensions, medium, and price (if applicable), as well as a 200-word artist statement.

We ask that we receive your work by Tuesday the 2nd of September so that we can have it installed in time.

We will open the Pride Center’s space on Friday, September 5th at 5:00PM with a wine and cheese reception.  Pride Center will remain open all day Saturday. We will be closed on Sunday.

Please send submissions to art@ru12.org.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Kim Fountain at kim@ru12.org or call 802-860-7812.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Stops Its Support of ENDA

From the Advocate: 

"The morning the sun rose after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, we all woke up in a changed and intensified landscape of religious exemptions being used as an excuse to discriminate. The reality that while politics is about compromise, some compromises are too great.

After much soul searching, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has decided to withdraw its support for the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As one of the lead advocates on this bill for 20 years, we do not take this move lightly but we do take it unequivocally — we now oppose this version of ENDA because of its too-broad religious exemption."

Link to the full article.

Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie

Hey people who love Vermont!! Check out this amazing film about VT History [click here] being shown on Vermont Public Television. Of particular interest for LGBTQ folks will be Thursday July 17th: Doers and Shapers, which covers Vermont's struggles toward marriage equality. 

 

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