For Immediate Release
January 11, 2017
Media Contact: Rex Fuller, 303.951.5215, rfuller@glbtcolorado.org

The Center hosts Jokers Jewels & Justice to benefit Training and Legal Programs.
Features Live Entertainment, Special Guest Speaker and awards honoring community leaders

DENVER, CO—Jokers Jewels & Justice, the GLBT Community Center of Colorado’s signature fundraising event, will take place Thursday, February 23 at the Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street. The event benefits The Center’s Training and Legal Programs. The evening starts off with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, entertainment, a live auction and awards at 7:00 pm. The theme for the evening is “Liberty and Justice for all is NO JOKE.” In addition to live entertainment provided by Queerbots, Denver’s gay comedy improv troupe, Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will be our featured speaker following dinner. Tickets are $125 each and are available at www.glbtcolorado.org/events or by calling 303.951.5220.

Jokers Jewels & Justice supports the Training and Legal Programs of The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado. Through RANGE Consulting, The Center provides specialized training to encourage safe and welcoming workplaces. RANGE Consulting opens the door for LGBT employees to feel free to be themselves at work and to find greater enjoyment in their jobs. Through The Center’s community Legal Program, The Center provides referrals to LGBT-friendly attorneys as well as free monthly legal clinics. The Center also regularly offers specialized workshops such as name change workshops for the transgender community and seminars on overcoming health insurance obstacles for the LGBT community.

The Center annually honors leaders who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community and have helped advance LGBT civil rights. The 2017 honorees include Sarah Parady, Emma Shinn and The Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center.

 Sarah Parady, Esq. will be honored as The Center’s Barrister of the Year. A partner at Lowrey Parady, LLC, Sarah has been a leader in civil rights law in the Denver community. Sarah is a member of The Center’s Legal Referral Program and fields many calls from the Legal Help Line. Her practice helps clients who experience police misconduct, false arrest or imprisonment, anti-discrimination law violations, harassment and wage disputes. Sarah also works with Colorado’s transgender community, helping clients resolve health insurance disputes as well as discrimination cases. http://lowrey-parady.com

 Emma Shinn, Esq. receives The Center’s Visionary in Action Award for her work with the Colorado Transgender Name Change Project. As one of the co-founders of the Project, Emma has in many ways served as the “face of the Name Change Project.” In cooperation with The Center, Gender Identity Center and LGBT Bar Association, Emma has led name change workshops for the transgender community and presented on the topic around the state. Emma also works with clients to seek out sponsorship and pro bono assistance with legal name changes. Emma’s primary practice specializes in criminal defense work. http://www.namechangeproject.org/

The Center also honors The Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center (CREEC) with a Visionaries in Action Award. CREEC is a nonprofit membership organization whose goal is to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. CREEC reaches out to the community to provide educational resources such as instructional materials and presentations. CREEC also investigates civil rights violations and files impact and class action lawsuits on a broad array of civil rights issues. https://creeclaw.org/

Live Entertainment from QUEERBOTS! Denver’s Gay Improv Troupe

Unscripted comedy from Denver’s only GLBT Improv Troupe! Using your suggestions, QUEERBOTS explores everything from gay marriage to parenthood, lesbian sports to queer movies and more. www.queerbots.com

The Mile High Freedom Band, Denver’s preeminent LGBT instrumental music organization, will make a special appearance. www.mhfb.org

Special Guest Speaker: Sarah McBride

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. She made national headlines in 2012 when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. As a board member of Equality Delaware, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In addition to being the first transgender woman to serve as a White House intern, Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. www.hrc.org

The Center thanks the following sponsors for helping to make this event possible:

Major Sponsors

Coors Light     The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Ward     Ketel One Vodka

Supporting Sponsors

Buddy Boy Brands     Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck     Contract Furnishings

Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce     Peyton Family Foundation     U.S. Bank

Participating Sponsors

Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships     Feldmann Nagel, LLC

Native Roots Colorado   Precision Policy Group    The Sawaya Law Firm     Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC

Host Committee

Jokers Jewels & Justice 2017 is co-chaired by J. Ryann Peyton and Michael Song.

The event’s host committee includes Danielle Badler, Emily Renwick Garnett, Elizabeth Harris & Deborah Jensen, Nikki Kubly, Christopher K. M. Leach, Wendy Pobirk & Linda Warren, Morris Price, Chris Ross and The Center’s Women’s Giving Circle.

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