Pride & Prejudice

Happy Pride Month!  While Pride celebrations are held all over the country and world at different times of year, June is the traditional and most commonly recognized month in the United States for LGBT Pride Celebrations.  Pride is celebrated in June in memory of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in June 1969, the beginning of the LGBT equality movement.  Pride in Denver is a major event and we are expecting more than 380,000 guests to join us at the festival this weekend.  Pride also has a major impact locally contributing around $25 million to the Denver metro economy each year. Before I worked for RANGE Consulting and The GLBT Community Center of Colorado I cannot say that I fully understood the meaning or history of Pride.  Pride is an antonym of shame.  My favorite shame researcher, Dr. Brene Brown, defines shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience [...]

By | 2017-06-14T11:45:21+00:00 June 14th, 2017|RANGE|Comments Off on Pride & Prejudice

GLBT Community Center of Colorado Embraces Viva La Vida (Live Your Life) Theme for 42nd Annual Denver PrideFest

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Jon Pushkin, 303-733-3441, jon@pushkinpr.com www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest GLBT Community Center of Colorado Embraces Viva La Vida (Live Your Life) Theme for 42nd Annual Denver PrideFest, June 17-18 -Festival expected to draw more than 350,000 to Civic Center Park - Denver, CO—A message of love and acceptance will take the spotlight at the 42nd annual Denver PrideFest, slated for June 17-18 in Denver’s Civic Center Park. Embracing the 2017 World Pride theme, Viva La Vida (Live Your Life), the festival will celebrate the LGBT community and promote the idea that all communities should live under fair and equal protection of the law. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that we support all communities that are under attack and feeling disenfranchised. Pride is an opportunity to show our solidarity and use our voices to remind people that they have a right to live their lives as they see [...]

By | 2017-05-25T10:11:59+00:00 May 25th, 2017|PrideFest|Comments Off on GLBT Community Center of Colorado Embraces Viva La Vida (Live Your Life) Theme for 42nd Annual Denver PrideFest

Denver PrideFest Returns to Civic Center Park June 17-18

For Immediate Release April 13, 2017 Media Contact: Rex Fuller, 303-951-5215, rfuller@glbtcolorado.org www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest Denver PrideFest Returns to Civic Center Park June 17-18  Featuring Live Entertainment Including: Tony & Grammy-Award Winning Star Jennifer Holliday Stars from hit TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Grammy Award-Winner Dave Audé   Latin Sensation A.B. Soto DENVER, CO – Denver PrideFest, Colorado’s largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride, will be held June 17 and 18 in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The free festival features live entertainment on three stages, as well as more than 200 vendors, food and drink. As one of Denver’s largest festivals, Denver PrideFest is expected to host more than 350,000 guests over the third weekend in June. Denver PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado (“The Center”), a non-profit organization that serves more than 47,000 people annually at its facility in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with programs [...]

By | 2017-04-13T10:56:53+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized, PrideFest|Comments Off on Denver PrideFest Returns to Civic Center Park June 17-18

Have You Heard about Denver’s New Restroom Ordinance?

When I first started working at The GLBT Community Center of Colorado I was surprised by the restroom signs.  Here at The Center we have single use restrooms on each floor, or what I grew up calling “unisex” restrooms.  However, as you can see in the photo above, our restroom signs have been covered over with other signs listing each restroom as gender neutral, or for any person.  Underneath these colorful signs are the original signs that say “men” and “women.” It wasn’t until I was researching my TEDx Talk topic last summer that I understood why the men’s and women’s signs were required to be installed.  Denver building code rules previously required multiple one stall restrooms to be marked men’s and women’s.  In other words, if a location had one single use restroom it could be marked gender neutral or unisex – but if it had two or more [...]

By | 2017-04-24T11:41:05+00:00 April 11th, 2017|RANGE|Comments Off on Have You Heard about Denver’s New Restroom Ordinance?

The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

Last spring I attended a presentation where the presenter said something that has stuck in my mind since then. The presenter said that fear may be the most powerful and motivating emotion that humans experience. I have seen fear of the unknown, fear of change, and fear of those different than ourselves motivate us as humans to behave in ways we would not normally. This year, more than any other I have lived, there seems to be an atmosphere of fear of the “other” throughout our nation and communities. People have been pushed by circumstance and propaganda to opposing sides, with both sides misunderstanding the other.

By | 2017-04-24T11:41:39+00:00 March 17th, 2017|RANGE|Comments Off on The Only Thing We Have to Fear…