Border Stories


Here at Vermont CARES we’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming performances of “Border Stories.” The play is inspired by interviews with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living on the U.S.-Mexico border. Writer and performer Gregory Ramos portrays 20 different characters in a series of humorous, intimate and emotion-stirring monologues. The journey traces issues of identity, dealing with HIV/AIDS, family, religion, and our human capacity to love.

Border Stories will be performed on February 15th at 6pm and 9pm at FlynnSpace in Burlington.
Tickets are $25 and all proceeds benefit Vermont CARES. Click here for the Flynn website to buy tickets.

For more info please visit www.vtcares.org!

2 Responses to “Border Stories”

  1. 1 peteratvtcares
    February 12, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Friday evening’s performance of Border Stories is a brilliant example of community members coming together to support Vermont CARES, the state’s largest and longest-serving AIDS Service Organization. For more than 20 years, Vermont CARES has relied on strong volunteerism, grassroots action, and generosity in our efforts to reduce the statewide impact of HIV and AIDS.

    Each year, we serve more and more people affected by HIV— people living with the virus in our smallest and largest towns, individuals at risk of infections in 10 of the state’s 14 counties, and the community at large which turns to CARES for information and referrals. With more than 8,000 individuals using CARES’ services each year, we use our limited budget and staff time to focus on those most in need. Your volunteerism, contributions, and enthusiasm continues to make a huge difference in the lives of those we serve.

    To learn more about volunteering with Vermont CARES, please call our office at 800/649-2437. Visit our website to learn more about upcoming events, advocacy opportunities, HIV testing clinics, and direct care programs. Our newly remodeled website is at http://www.vtcares.org.

    To live out Vermont CARES’ mission, and to truly create compassionate communities which care for all our neighbors living with, or at risk of, HIV/AIDS, we need leaders such as yourself to learn to prevent the spread of HIV, challenge the stigma around HIV, and reach out to those who most need our support.

    One of the reasons Border Stories is so germane to our work in 2008 is its revelation of the stigma people living with HIV/AIDS still experience, every day, in Vermont, in El Paso, in Mexico—in fact globally. Thirty years into this pandemic, misunderstandings and myths still exist around HIV, human sexuality, substance abuse, poverty, racism, and illness It is rare and beautiful that a community event allows us to focus so clearly on the reasons we gather together to support the reduction of HIV’s impact; we are enormously grateful to Greg, Craig, and the whole staff and crew of Border Stories, for allowing this window to open up.

    Again, we extend our thanks to you for your support. Please learn, challenge, grow with us as an organization, and visit http://www.vtcares.org for more information.

    Thank you sincerely, Peter Jacobsen, Vermont CARES

  2. 2 vermontcares
    March 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    A big thank you to all who attended Border Stories! It was a great awareness/fundraiser for CARES and we all had a great time!

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