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Gay and lesbian ski events give back

The organizers of Killington Winter Pride announced that RU12? Community Center has been selected as their principle nonprofit beneficiary.

Killington Winter Pride is a fun-filled weekend aimed at celebrating the LGBTQ movement. The three-day event will feature an exciting lineup of on-snow activities, Pride parties and live entertainment. Winter Pride festivities will take place in Killington on Feb. 1-3. Killington Resort is the largest ski resort in Eastern North America, boasting 71 miles of skiable terrain or 140 trails, spread across six peaks. For those who might not ski or ride, there is a Tubing Park, snowcat-drawn sleigh rides and spa services. Conveniently located in the heart of Vermont, just hours from Massachusetts and New York, Killington Winter Pride hopes to draw locals and guests throughout the East Coast.

The Gay Network Alliance of Riders (G.N.A.R.) and RU12? Community Center are partnering to produce Winter Pride in an effort to promote wellness, diversity, social engagement, winter sports and pride.

 "Working with Killington Winter Pride has been amazing. Their vision for Winter Pride is just so inclusive and celebratory of the LGBTQ community," said Kim Fountain, Executive Director of RU12?. "The Center works with communities throughout Vermont and we continually hear from them that they want more LGBTQ-focused events and spaces. This event is providing exactly that on a really big scale."

RU12? Community Center celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. They offer a wide range of programs from social and educational events to health and wellness programs to direct services and advocacy.

"We are thrilled to team up with an organization that has demonstrated such a strong and long-standing commitment to the LGBTQ community here in Vermont," said Megan Skiles, founder and Event Director of Killington Winter Pride.

Killington Winter Pride is among the growing number of Gay & Lesbian Ski Weeks held around the world. Similarly, many of these events have stepped up to support local LGBT based non-profits.

For more information on Killington Winter Pride or to register, visit www.gnarwinterpride.com.

To learn more about RU12? Community Center, visit www.ru12.org.