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RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal

 

RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal

 

Excitement has been building steadily around this event over the last six months. With our roots planted firmly in our past, RU12? is extending our community-centered work across Vermont and scaling up the Center happenings.  From our move back to Burlington last summer and showing the works of local LGBTQ artists at the Art Hop to co-hosting the Pride Dance, we are presenting more and more opportunities for our community and allies to get out into the world and celebrate. The momentum continues building and in the coming months, we will produce Pride Vermont, feature such notable artists as John Killaky in the Center space, present one of our popular Town Hall Series on growing our LGBTQ families, and offer a host of new and exciting social and educational opportunities.

 

All of these amazing new events and programs will happen under a new Center name!! Join us and be the first to hear it as we do our tantalizing Big Reveal.

 

Of course, what would all the newness be without a shift in our biggest event of the year? Join us at Echo for an evening featuring tasting stations with the most amazing dishes designed to impress, by three of Vermont’s leading caterers.

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May 2, 2014

Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont

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Cocktail reception at 6:00PM

Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Catering by

Sugarsnap

Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge

Catering by Dale

 

The Vermont Pride Awards

Each year, RU12? honors Vermont community members and businesses who go above and beyond to ensure that our LGBTQ community thrives in a dynamic, safe, and exciting environment.

 

The Vermont Pride Award for Activism

Peep Show

The Vermont Pride Activism Award is being presented to the Peep Show. Peep Show is a sassy, irreverent drag and burlesque show, celebrating camp in all things. Producers Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George create a queer-friendly, sex-positive, and above all, inclusive performance space/environment. Their community driven philanthropic effort showcases new and seasoned talent from Burlington to Boston to NYC. Throughout the show, Jonathan and Quechee let the audience know about everything from where to find support for survivors or violence to where to find an HIV test. At the end of the evening, they pay their performers and the rest is donated to support RU12?.  http://peepshowvermont.tumblr.com

 

The Vermont Pride Community Award for Community Service

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee provides cultural education and awareness on behalf of LGBTQ-identified individuals, with special emphasis on aging adults, living in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Committee hosts social and educational events and provides education and technical assistance that is LGBTQ affirming, to staff of programs, agencies and organizations that provide services to aging adults.

 

The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year

National Life Group

National Life Group, a company with strong Vermont roots. They are very much a part of our communities, supporting such organizations as Pride VT, VT CARES, Outright VT, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund of VT. Their Human Resources Center has the very Vermont title, “The People Center” and their benefits are fully supportive of LGBTQ individuals and families. With “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good.” as a set of corporate values, it is no wonder that they are such a strong supporter of Vermont’s LGBTQ communities.

 

National Life Group is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator offering personalized service. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.

https://www.nationallifegroup.com/PublicSite/Views/AboutUs.aspx?id=105

 

The Live and Silent Auctions

This year, our auctions are bigger than ever, with items for every budget and interest. Businesses and individuals from across Vermont and all the way to Beijing have donated to the auctions. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff; summer passes to St. Michael’s Playhouse; and hand blown glass vases to tattoo time and yoga passes. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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April 17, 2014

Flynn Center Executive Director to Speak on 'Queer Crips' at RU12? Friday 4/18

Seven Days

by Xian Chiang-Waren

John Killacky, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts' executive director, used to be a marathon runner and a professional dancer. But in 1996, at the age of 44, a mishap during spinal surgery left him paralyzed from the neck down. 

"I still remember the night before surgery, I ran five miles," said Killacky during an interview in his office at the Flynn. "I just wanted to think, OK, well, I’m going to be out for a month. And so, 24 hours later, to be completely paralyzed, it was… an imploded body. And spirit, for sure."

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This Friday, April 18, Killacky will speak with the Safe Space disability support groups organized by RU12?, a Burlington-based LGBTQ community center and advocacy nonprofit. He will share his personal story, which inspired him to create and coedit a Lambda-winning anthology of short stories called Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories, which was published in 2004. The event will also feature screenings of films that Killacky created over the years.
"I've found that the only thing I can do is tell my own stories in as minutia a way as possible," Killacky said. 

Killacky has made three films on "queer crips." In the first, Crip Shots, he collaborates with talented, established artists (who also identified as queer and disabled) including Judith Smith of the AXIS Dance Company and the late poet Christopher Hewitt, among others. In the second, Dreaming Awake, he reflects on his body and the bodies of other disabled persons, grappling personally with his body and his wheelchair, and films disabled persons without their "equipment" — wheelchairs, canes and the like. 

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April 16, 2014

Upcoming Queer Crips Mentioned in Seven Days

Check out Seven Days post about the RU12? LGBTQ Disability Network event Queer Crips featuring John Kallacky- http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/queer-crips/Event?oid=2348081

April 15, 2014

Queer Crips: Films and Conversation with John Killacky this Friday!

John Killacky

April 11, 2014

I am......... A new Monday morning support and discussion group at RU12?

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 "i am..." is a peer led support & discussion group for people wanting to start the week off in a supportive space.  Everyone is welcome.  Melanie Jannery will facilitate this group at RU12? Community Center's Conference room located at 255 South Champlain Street in Burlington every Monday at 10:00 AM.  Questions?  [email protected]

April 10, 2014

National Youth HIV Awareness Day

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

The day is an annual observance that takes place on April 10. The first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day took place on April 10, 2013. 

In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation’s youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging.

April 07, 2014

VT Law School: Life after US v. Windsor

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Thursday April 10 at 5:30pm, A Post-Argument Discussion: Life after US v. Windsor
Almost a year after Justice Kennedy declared the federal definition of marriage under DOMA unconstitutional, the panel will discuss some of the immediate and long-term impacts of the decision on federal law and the 1,138 federal benefits available to citizens. The panel will discuss the second prong of DOMA, which provides that the individual states do not have to recognize and give full faith and credit to marriages of other states, thus allowing states that have statutory or constitutional bans on same-sex marriage to refuse to recognize such marriages from other states. 

Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson will be the keynote speaker, and the panelists include VLS Professor Cheryl Hanna, State Representative Bill Lippert, and ADF Spokeswoman Kellie Fiedorek. Vermont CLE credit is available for this session.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SafeSpace, a member program of The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), stands in solidarity with survivors and victims of sexual assault in commemorating the 14th annual National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  During this month, NCAVP raises awareness about this form of violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQ and HIV-affected) communities and calls for an end to sexual assault.

Sexual assault is an act of violence in which someone conducts sexual activity without another person’s consent.  Sexual assault offenders exert power and control over survivors through coercion, manipulation, shame, pressure, violating boundaries, and other tactics.  Sexual assault can overlap with other forms of violence and can be committed by strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members, and intimate partners.  In NCAVP’s 2013 report Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV Communities, NCAVP members reported that almost 10% of LGBTQ and HIV-affected  survivors of intimate partner violence experienced form of sexual abuse or harassment from a partner in 2012.  Additionally, NCAVP members reported that 3.1% of hate violence reports were sexual violence in the report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012.  The Centers for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found lifetime prevalence rates of sexual violence for LGB individuals were similar or higher than non-LGB people, while other research has found very high prevalence rates of sexual violence against transgender people.

Discrimination against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people contributes to LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors feeling pressure to not out other LGBTQ and HIV-affected people as having committed sexual violence.  LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault may experience increased barriers to reporting sexual violence such as fear due to threats from an abusive partner to out the survivor’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV-status.  Additionally, LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors may experience disbelief, indifferent, biased attitudes from law enforcement and service providers, and a lack of culturally appropriate and sensitive resources.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NCAVP commits to continue to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of sexual assault by advocating for political strategies to address and end this violence, documenting its impact, and assisting NCAVP member programs to support LGBTQ and HIV-affected sexual violence survivors.  NCAVP calls on community members, anti-violence organizations, and public officials to take action in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month to end sexual assault in our communities.

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April 03, 2014

Les Misérables at the Flynn April 4-13th

 

The Flynn Center of the performing arts is hosting the Lyric production of Les Misérables, a sprawling epic based on the novel of by Victor Hugo.  First presented in 1985 this music has circled the world, made history by becoming the second longest running music ever and developed into a successful Hollywood film making over 400 Million.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child … In other words, heavy on the drama.  But then what would a night of theater be without a little delusion of eloquence, clingy jealous girls, being buried alive, bitter sweet endings, big fancy houses, evil gloating, an artful dodger, rogue angles of Satan, girls with mustaches, a triangle love story, spoiled brats, troubling childlike behavior and a Deus ex Machina or two.

In all seriousness, there is a reason this music has maintained its popularity.  Because underneath all the beautiful costumes and sweeping melodies that you will be humming over in your head after leaving the theatre.  This is a passionate story about redemption in a world where happy endings can and do happen.  Filled with characters so rich you finding yourself wishing there was a third act!

Lyric Theatre Company presents Les Misérables from April 4-13th 2014 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont

Cast List and FMI 

April 01, 2014

Drive a brand-new Audi for a good cause!

You are invited to attend a special event on April 3rd, 5-8 pm at Audi South Burlington as part of a national launch of the new 2015 A3 model. It will be a great time to support one of Vermont Gay Tourism Associaiton’s most active members and will give you a chance to socialize. 

They will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Pride Vermont. The prize is the use of an A3, dinner at Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and one night lodging at Moose Meadow Lodge. It should be a great evening. Hope to see you there. RSVP on their website: 

http://www.audisouthburlington.com/a3-uncompromised-event.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENT: RU12? Community Center is Changing Their Name!

**APRIL FOOLS!!!**

 

Press Release

Burlington, VT: 

Set to be released at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14, the new name of the RU12? Community Center, as chosen from public feedback and board member vote, has been officially announced over a month earlier than planned. 

At a public forum held yesterday at Main Street Landing, Kim Fountain announced the decision of changing RU12's name as of 5/2/2014 to:

RMUFC of VT -  Resource Management for Unified Family Connection 

To add a fun element, and to help the center be more marketable to the community, we also created a logo that uses our offical acronym of RMUFC. This will be our brand's public face: 

Rainbow Mountains Uni-pug & Fairies Center of VT

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With Georgia, our lovable pug-mascot, as the offical mascot. 

Celebrate our new name with us at the "16th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration: The Big Reveal" on 5/2/14. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

March 31, 2014

Delightful Donation!

This afternoon, I checked our mail and was surprised to find a very kind donation. In the memo line it read, "Because Fred Phelps wouldn't want me to..." Fabulous. Happy Monday!!! 

March 27, 2014

TDBank: Fundraising for RU12!

Looking to open an account at a good bank? Or are you a current account holder at TD Bank?

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TD Bank is continuing their support of the local LGBTQ community by raising money for RU12? Community Center. When you open a new, non-interest bearing checking account and use the code "A2226" you could earn $25 from TD Bank for yourself, and they will donate $50 to RU12? Community Center! 

What can a $50 donation do for RU12? Community Center? 

  • provide HIV testing
  • provide an hour of SafeSpace services
  • train a social services agency on working with the LGBTQ community
  • reach thousands of LGBTQ Vermonters with targeted information on social media
  • keep the library open for a day

If you get a couple friends to join you, you will all

  • Keep the Center's doors open for a full day
  • Help RU12? to do elders work in the Northeast Kingdom
  • Produce one Family Program event
  • Support two months of the What's Up e-newsletter
  • Sustain the Disabilities Support Network for one month

Current account holders can add the code of "A2226" to their checking account to earn a $10 donation toward RU12? Community Center. Every dollar counts!

Visit William Cross at the Winooski TD Bank branch, or give him a call at (802) 655-3110 for more details on this fundraiser, and to get started today.

Thanks for your support! 

March 26, 2014

PRIDE Vermont Announces 2014 September Festival Events

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PRIDE Vermont Announces 2014 September Festival Events

Vermont to Celebrate LGBT Community in Northern New England’s Premier PRIDE Festival

BURLINGTON, Vt – The PRIDE Vermont Committee announced its plans today for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 7-14, 2014 at in Burlington, Vt.  This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.

The week-long celebration, Northern New England’s premier PRIDE, kicks off with a high heel race and will culminate with a parade on Church Street followed by the festival at Battery Park.

On Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 pm, the Annual High Heel Race on Church Street will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivities.  The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels.  Dressing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required.  Extra shoes will be available to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site. 

Beginning on Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th, diners and shoppers will enjoy discounted prices during Out On Church Street.  Special medallions on bead necklaces will be available for $10 each, and will provide special discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores at the popular Church Street Marketplace.

Festivities on Saturday, September 13th continue with the annual Women’s Tea Dance in downtown Burlington in the afternoon, followed by the biggest annual dance party of Pride at 8:30 pm at the Higher Ground in South Burlington.  This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermont’s best DJs playing the hottest club music.

The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at 12:45 pm on Sunday, September 14th, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way to the Festival site at Battery Park. With students, families, and early foliage tourists in town, another record-breaking turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers, and marchers of all kinds. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.

Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA), the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the PRIDE Vermont festival at Battery Park on Sunday, September 14th, 12:00-5:00 pm. “This is a festival within a festival,” said Willie Docto, President of the VGTA.  Northern Decadence will showcase LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont and include food and wine samples, a silent auction, and the popular Decadent Cupcake Competition. “Vermont’s is the tastiest PRIDE festival in the country,” Docto added. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.northerndecadence.com.

Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:

Gender Fun Lawn Games and Activity Tent:  Play lawn “gaymes,” make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.

Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.

Dancing on the Lawn with music by local DJs.

Randy Violette, Chair of the PRIDE Vermont Committee said, “With our Generations of PRIDE theme, we celebrate the coming of age of the LGBT community in Vermont and the equality we’ve achieved in the most beautiful state in the country.  I invite everyone to celebrate with us.”

Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to participate in any of the PRIDE Vermont events.  For more information on being a vendor, sponsor, or parade participant email [email protected] or go to www.pridevermont.com.

PRIDE Vermont is the statewide PRIDE festival for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally community. Equality-minded Vermonters gather to celebrate our state for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces all of life’s colors. We take Pride in Vermont’s progress towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating.

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Willie Docto

Marketing Committee Chair, PRIDE Vermont

President, Vermont Gay Tourism Association

PO Box 164, Waterbury, VT  05676

802-244-6828

[email protected]

www.vermontgaytourism.com

www.northerndecadence.com

 

March 24, 2014

Living With HIV in Vermont

In the rural state of Vermont, many of us face the challenge of social isolation, and may find it difficult to meet others with similar backgrounds and interests. Adding in a factor such as being an HIV+ Vermonter can add an unbearable element to the isolation we already experience. 

The “Living With HIV” social support group provides a safe, confidential space for HIV+ individuals to gather and share their experiences and advice on living with the virus. Group participants come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including coping with stigma, disclosure, and dealing with health care providers.

A goal of this group is to enable participants to become more empowered to take on the many challenges of living with HIV such as dating, safer sex, and managing stress and finances.  It meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, at Burlington-area locations.  Please message [email protected] or call John at (802) 860-7812 for more information and meeting locations. 

LWH

March 21, 2014

The Big Reveal: Save the Date!

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The RU12? Annual Community Celebration
Friday, May 2nd
6-10:00PM
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
Burlington, Vermont

Catering provided by Sugarsnap, 
Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge, 
and Catering by Dale

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