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Our Vision: 

A Rutland Region where all LGBTQ+ people feel truly welcome & supported.

 

Our Mission: 

To coordinate all community resources for greater effectiveness, visibility, and support for LGBTQ+ people.

Meetings:

Meetings are held virtually on weeknights every month.

         ~Email us at socialtinkeringvt@gmail.com to learn how to join our work!

Current Projects Include: 

Pride Month Planning

Monthly Socials

Crystal Queer Video Podcast

Building Support for Youth

All Are Welcome Here - a Visibility Initiative Campaign  (Find free yard signs and stickers at Phoenix Books, Awesome Graphics, and Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region. We also have stickers on counters in businesses throughout the region.)

To learn about Social Tinkering's Monthly Socials for Rutland+ CLICK HERE

To learn about PRIDE Month and our upcoming events CLICK HERE

Crystal Queer Podcast!

Social Tinkering hosts a video podcast mini-series every Pride Month. CLICK HERE to listen and watch!

How You Can Help

1. Join the our cooperative work!

Are you an individual, business, or organization that wishes to help further LGBTQ+ support and visibility in the Rutland Region? Join us at our next meeting to help us coordinate all the great work being done throughout Rutland County. Contact us via email at socialtinkeringvt@gmail.com to learn more.

2. Donate!

Donate to Social Tinkering and specify Rutland+ in your donation. We will set aside your money specifically to support our organization's work in facilitating this collaborative, printing our All Are Welcome Campaign products, as well as any LGBTQ+ specific programs and events that we run.

Go to our "Donate" page for more information (click here).

Learn More: 
Local VT Resources:
Outright Vermont: https://www.outrightvt.org/

Queer Connect (Bennington): https://queerconnectbennington.com/
Pride Center of Vermont: https://www.pridecentervt.org/


National Resources:
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ org for Youth under 25): https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2020/
The Human Rights Campaign: https://www.hrc.org

WHY PRIDE STILL MATTERS
https://youtu.be/5vGEkrqJTQc
About National Pride Month: https://nationaltoday.com/pride-month/

Human Rights Campaign:  https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020

Our Rutland+ Story: 

In fall of 2020 we started gathering LGBTQ+ leaders in Rutland County together to meet, share information, and build community. Our goal was to support all LGBTQ+ folks in our area and elevate visibility. In 2021 a young resident brought his idea for a visibility project to the collaborative and in June 2021, we announce the All Are Welcome Here visibility initiative, installed banners in downtown city of Rutland and gave out yard signs and stickers - all funded with a GoFundMe fundraiser that raised nearly $5,000 in just over 2 weeks time from local residents. For the first time in Rutland City history, we celebrated Pride Month as a community, loud and proud, letting all our LGBTQ+ fellow residents that we see them, we value them, and most importantly - we welcome them.
 

In 2022, Social Tinkering picked up the leadership reigns of our young group and together, we have created "Rutland+, an LGBTQ+ cooperative building support & visibility in Rutland County." 

Moving forward, this cooperative is a way for LGBTQ+ folks and allies to come together to create a set of short and long-term goals for building healthy community support for identifying LGBTQ+ folks. We meet once a month and businesses and organizations are also welcome to join us in this good work in any way they can.
 

 Rutland

 ~ an LGBTQ+ cooperative building support & visibility in Rutland County