Coming Out As An LGBTQ Ally

LGBTQ Ally Flag When I woke on Monday morning the first thing I saw was news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  My stomach dropped and it reminded me of the horror of waking to the news of a similar event, the Orlando Pulse shooting, in June 2016.  I am deeply saddened for the victims and their loved ones, the city of Las Vegas, and America as a whole as it mourns yet another tragic loss of life and perception of safety. This year I have seen continuing statistics and stories that events like the Orlando Pulse shooting and changing federal policies are resulting in many in the LGBTQ community going back into the closet.  With hate crimes against LGBTQ people and other minorities on the rise it is easy to understand their fear and reluctance to present themselves as easy targets.   Each LGBTQ person must [...]

By | 2017-10-04T13:56:07+00:00 October 4th, 2017|RANGE|Comments Off on Coming Out As An LGBTQ Ally

Statement from The Center: DOJ position on Workplace Discrimination

Today the United States Department of Justice argued in court that federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Coming just a day after the President of the United States declared that transgender individuals were not suited to serve in the United States military, this is a clear slap in the face to every member of the LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with the director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT and HIV Project, who called this step by the DOJ a “gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people’s civil rights,” and with the Human Rights Campaign, which said “today's filing is a shameful retrenchment of an outmoded interpretation that forfeits faithful interpretation of current law to achieve a politically-driven and legally specious result.” We cannot remain silent while the Trump Administration attempts to legalize discrimination and reverse decades of progress toward a [...]

By | 2017-07-28T13:35:35+00:00 July 28th, 2017|General, Legal|Comments Off on Statement from The Center: DOJ position on Workplace Discrimination

Statement from The Center re Transgender Service Members

We are proud of all transgender patriots who have served and who are currently serving our country. They deserve our respect and gratitude. This is simply a blatant and disgraceful display of bigotry. Just over a year ago, the Pentagon lifted the ban preventing transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. Today there are 15,000 transgender service members in the US Military. In spite of their honorable service to their country, they are potentially at risk. We believe society should be moving forward, not backward, and we demand that the administration reverse this misguided decision. How can you support the transgender community? Contact the chair and ranking members of the Senate and House Committee on Armed Services and demand that they take action to stop Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Service. Suggested language: I strongly oppose any ban on transgender individuals from serving in our military. Our transgender service [...]

By | 2017-07-28T13:32:55+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Transgender Program, General|Comments Off on Statement from The Center re Transgender Service Members

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, 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