I watched a video on YouTube this morning entitled “I Was Fired for Being Transgender”; where a transgender man told his story of being discriminated against, and fired by his employer, for his transgender status. I was fascinated as he openly shared with the Internet and the world his positive experience with employment in different states and employers before encountering an employer who was not so accepting. His masculine outward appearance did not give any indication that he had been born female. It was after his new employer shared their personal story, that he shared his website (including bio) and they became aware that he was transgender. The next day at work was quiet and awkward and little was said. Shortly thereafter, he arrived at work and was met with a locked door. The employer stuck their head out to reference an email terminating his employment for non-compliance of an [...]
I recently received a comment on a social media post about equality for LGBTQ workers that surprised me. It probably shouldn’t have – much confusion still exists in our culture about the realities facing LGBTQ populations. The commenter stated that they were confused as to the relevance of the post since, if the workers are American citizens, they already have all the same rights afforded to them as anyone else. Unfortunately, that’s simply not true, as it is still legal in 28 states to fire an employee for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. You can also lose your housing or be refused service at a public place of business in most of those states due to your actual or perceived LGBTQ status.
The Center and Denver Film Society host special screening of the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story on August 17. Meet the filmmakers at a special Q& A at The Center on August 16.
Her Story is a scripted new-media series about two women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview, while career-driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk opening up and allow themselves to be loved for who they are? Trans women in the media have long been punchlines, killers, indications of urban grit, pathetic tragedies, and dangerous sirens. Rarelyhave they been complex characters who laugh, struggle, and grow, who share strength in sisterhood, who seek and find love. Her Storydepicts the unique, complicated, and very human women we see in queer communities, and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love. Co-written by Jen Richards (I AM CAIT) and Laura Zak (#Hashtag), directed by Sydney Freeland [...]
Think for a moment about your average Monday morning water cooler or coffee conversations when you arrive at work. Do you chat with your coworkers about what you did over the weekend? Share that you went to the movies with your wife or to a museum exhibit with your boyfriend? What about your desk? Are there framed photos of you and your spouse or significant other like there are on mine? Now imagine if you had to constantly be careful to never mention your spouse’s gender or even name because it might out you to your coworkers as gay. Imagine if you didn’t feel comfortable displaying pictures of them on your desk because it would invite questions or comments or even discrimination. Imagine if you overheard jokes or offensive comments about people like yourself by coworkers or your boss who don’t know you are transgender. Would you feel comfortable?
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Rex Fuller, 303-951-5215, email@example.com June 20, 2016 DENVER, CO—Organizers announced today that attendance at Denver PrideFest, the mile High City’s annual celebration of LGBT pride, was up this year in light of the tragic shootings at an Orlando gay nightclub. The annual two-day festival took place June 18 & 19 at Civic Center Park and included the Coors Light PrideFest Parade on Sunday morning. Debra Pollock, CEO of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, the non-profit organization that organizes the event, announced that approximate 380,000 people attended the festival. The Coors Light PrideFest Parade included 147 entries. The Center estimates that there were approximately 120,000 spectators watching the parade along Colfax Avenue. Despite some early worries following the shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, there were no serious public safety concerns at the festival or the parade. “Our community came out in droves to [...]