For Immediate Release
May 17, 2016
Media Contact: Rex Fuller,, 303-951-5215

The Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a special Lunch & Learn Event

“How The Center Began: Meet The Founders”

Monday, June 13, 11am to 1pm

First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado celebrates the 40th anniversary of its creation by hosting How The Center Began: Meet The Founders, a panel discussion featuring seven founding members of the organization. The panel will share recollections of the early days of the gay liberation movement in Colorado and trace the steps of how diverse groups came together to create one of Colorado’s leading LGBT organizations. Seven of the eight known living founding members will take part in this special event: Gerald Gerash, Donaciano Martinez, Chris Sloan, Bill Olson, Richard Reed, Bob Janowski and Phil Nash. These pioneers will share their stories of how challenges to repressive laws, and a growing awareness of unmet service needs, set the stage to build a new organization of, by and for the LGBT community.

Founded in 1976, the mission of The GLBT Community Center of Colorado is to engage, empower, enrich and advance the LGBT community of Colorado. Over the past forty years The Center has grown to become the largest center in the Rocky Mountain region giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community, providing services to enhance the health and well-being of the community, and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination.

Today the Center is focused on fulfilling its mission by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. The Center currently operates on an annual budget of $2.25 million, employs 18 staff members and utilizes more than 500 community volunteers to serve more than 45,000 people each year.

In addition to services for youth and elders, The Center produces Denver PrideFest, the city’s annual celebration of LGBT pride, generating a $25 million annual economic impact for the region. This Lunch & Learn event is one of several Pride Week activities leading up to PrideFest on June 18 & 19. For a complete schedule of events, visit

The event is sponsored by the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and First Unitarian Society of Denver. The event will include a light lunch. Guests are asked to RSVP for the free event by June 10 to Reynaldo Mireles, 303-951-5222 or

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