Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Denver Gay Revolt
October 23, 2023 marked the 50th anniversary of the Gay Revolt at Denver City Council, which was a monumental moment in Denver's LGBTQ+ history. In honor of this anniversary, The Center and Denver Film hosted a special film screening and discussion panel at Sie FilmCenter.
Over 100 community members came out to watch a documentary that chronicles the build up and aftermath of the demonstration and testimonials at Denver City Council from over 300 queer community members who took part in the revolt.
After the film, Councilmember Robin Kneich and DPS teacher Phil Wade discussed their experiences as being the first out people in their respective professional environments. Phil Wade was present at the revolt at city council, and explored how things have changed in the 50 years since. Robin Kneich talked about how the increased visibility and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people has allowed younger generations to come out and begin living as their truest selves sooner in their lives than we've seen in previous decades.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended this special event! See more photos from the event on our Flickr page.