On June 25, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah's gay-marriage ban, setting a precedent for states in its jurisdiction, including Colorado, where voters had adopted a ban on same-sex marriages in 2006. Hours later, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing same-sex marriage lice ... More >>
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema is becoming the new norm, according to Denver Film Society programmer Matthew Campbell: Festivals such as Sundance now feature films about LGBT characters who are fully fleshed out and whose stories have less to do with their sexual identity, he points o ... More >>
Kelly Shortandqueer has been a staple in Denver's creative community for over a decade. As a co-founder of the Denver Zine Library, a square dancer with the Rocky Mountain Rainbeaus, a victims' advocate for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program and, most recently, an award-winning drag queen, he has no ... More >>
Update below: Since the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling on June 25 invalidating Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- seventy at last count. But Colorado Attorney General Joh ... More >>
PrideFest is back, and the LGBTQ community is prepping to hit the streets where booze flows, bodies grind, rainbow flags wave and skin burns under the sun. While there are the usual liquor drenched festivities, thumping dance parties and ample opportunities to cruise, there are less debaucherous opt ... More >>
Supporters of two lawsuits attacking Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage are optimistic that a change is coming after a hearing this week in Adams County court. During the proceedings, Judge C. Scott Crabtree clearly seemed to be more persuaded by their arguments than those of Colorado Attorney Gene ... More >>
California's first openly gay elected politician, Harvey Milk, was a feisty camera-shop owner turned political activist. He fought homophobia, commanded LGBTQ people to "come out," and struggled to build coalitions between oppressed communities. When fellow San Francisco city supervisor Dan White gu ... More >>
Comedy writing pioneer Bruce Vilanch is bursting with gayness. One of the first openly gay comedians, he's known for his continuing role on Hollywood Squares and as a head writer for the Academy Awards show, as well as writing jokes for Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, The Brady Bunch, Donnie and Mar ... More >>
It's only fitting that the acme of Governor John Hickenlooper's recent political responsibilities came in a building called History Colorado. On Thursday, before a crowd of hundreds lining railings three stories up and jostling for a view, Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Civil Unions Act into law. ... More >>
Waking up on November 7, I felt like a million bucks. A million bucks that could breathe again, knowing that my president was still mine, my uterus was in the clear, and so many people had exercised the right to vote. That part, the voting part, was the most exciting, because after months of the imp ... More >>
In 1987, ACT UP -- the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power -- was born in New York City, an activist-centered response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic that was largely going ignored by the American government. Through How To Survive A Plague, a documentary opening Friday, October 12 at the Denver ... More >>
It took a lot of planning and hard work by the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League to land this year's Gay Bowl XII, which officially kicks off tomorrow at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Bidding for the games began back in 2010, when the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League was just two ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, 28-year-old Dave Mullins and 31-year-old Charlie Craig stopped by Lakewood's Masterpiece Cakeshop to order their wedding reception cake -- what they hoped would be a rainbow-layered masterpiece decked out in teal and red frosting (their ceremony colors). Although they'll be reci ... More >>
Now in its fourth year, the Cinema Q Festival at the Denver FilmCenter showcases the many sides of GLBTQ film, with movies that capture everything from social-justice issues to stunningly accurate portrayals of everyday queer life. More than a dozen films, handpicked by programming director Keith Ga ... More >>
Like the PrideFest parades and celebrations of yore, Denver's 2012 edition left me sunburned, emotionally confused, laughing and borderline crying. I was laughing because, in my hour or so of parade watching, I saw at least ten rainbow streamer-covered flatbed trucks jammed with tiny under ... More >>
When I was younger, I thought bisexuality was a party trick. I thought it was something that teenage girls used to get attention. Since I've stopped being a teenage girl, I've learned that there are more than just the three oversimplified dimensions -- gay, straight and bi -- of sexuality. But that' ... More >>
"This is certainly not the first issue we've ever disagreed on," says Montrose businessman Dee Coram about the stance staked out by his father, Representative Don Coram, in regard to the now-defeated civil unions bill. "But this is certainly the most public issue we've disagreed on." No kidding: The ... More >>
At this writing, the second-most-viewed item on the Boulder Daily Camera website is a letter to the editor -- but not just any letter. The missive, published under the heading "Gays are a Threat to Public Health," has had an explosive impact on readers, coming at the outset of a special session insp ... More >>
My nephew in Chicago has a sudden interest in Colorado politics, and he's been closely following the progress of the civil union bill at the legislature -- a proposal resurrected yesterday when Governor John Hickenlooper said he would call a special session to debate the issue.
Later today, the Colorado Senate is expected to formally approve a bill that would legalize civil unions. Of course, the Senate also approved a civil unions measure last year, only to see the proposal die in a House committee, with all six Republican members voting against it. Can it avoid a similar ... More >>
Catholics are pushing back against a decision by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to cut off funding to an immigrant advocacy group in Durango because it has ties to an LGBT advocacy group that supports the legalization of civil unions. The progressive national nonprofit Catholics United ... More >>
According to Charles Irwin, executive director of Colorado Springs Pride Center, two of the five gay people recently attacked at a fast-food restaurant in the city were soldiers. Nonetheless, neither the mayor nor the city council will sign a hate-crime-denouncing resolution prompted by the a ... More >>
"Coming Out To America," this week's cover story, follows two GLBT immigrants as they apply for asylum in the United States. One immigrant, a transgender woman named Kassandra, is afraid to return to her native El Salvador for fear of persecution. And for good reason. A 2010 report by severa ... More >>
Pat Steadman.Colorado state Senator Pat Steadman on Wednesday, commenting on the decision by a federal judge to overturn California's Proposition 8, said it's a lot like fourteen years ago. Fourteen years ago being May 20, 1996, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling came down against Colorado's A ... More >>
Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps and his gang are coming to spread the message that God hates school?The infamous anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church -- which is currently making headlines for its claim that God was responsible for a mine explosion this week in West Virginia that kille ... More >>
An image from One-Colorado.org The results of a recent statewide poll of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Coloradans by the new gay-rights organization One Colorado are in -- and they make for some interesting reading. For example, only 50 percent of LGBT Coloradans are out about their ... More >>
This past weekend the largest gay-rights demonstration in close to a decade descended on Washington, D.C., where lawmakers may finally approve the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the categories c ... More >>
Maurice Schwenkler, aka Ariel Attack.When news first broke yesterday that eleven windows had been smashed at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver, initial speculation pinned the blame on conservative anger over Democratic heathcare reform efforts. When it emerged that one of the ... More >>
Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery and Stuart Shepard. James Dobson's February decision to step down as chairman of Focus on the Family doesn't mean the organization is abandoning its ideological agenda. Indeed, his minions are as busy as ever attacking governmental actions that don't represent Focu ... More >>
The December 1 blog "Boulder's Milk Boycott Missing One Thing: Milk" tells of a protest against the Cinemark movie-theater chain, whose head man, Alan Stock, donated $9,999 to the California campaign to outlaw gay marriage. Locals activists inspired by a campaign headquartered on the web at NoMILKfo ... More >>
Key lyric from the Prince song "Controversy": "Am I straight or gay?" In the latest issue of the New Yorker, writer Claire Hoffman checks up on the Artist-Currently-Known-As-Prince in his new Los Angeles mansion and finds that the flamboyantly androgynous musician (who was one pelted with garbage ... More >>
Jared Polis. In following up on Democratic congressional candidate Jared Polis' primary victory, the August 14 Denver Post put the focus on his homosexuality. "Polis' Win a Big Gain for Gay Movement" appeared on page one of the Denver & the West section, while the editoral page featured a full-col ... More >>
By all accounts, PrideFest, a tribute to all things GLBT whose 2008 edition took place on June 21 and 22, was a well-attended success. But the Rocky Mountain News' June 23 coverage of the event spotlighted an embarrassing misstep by one of the bash's sponsors, AM 760. As shown in the attached Rocky ... More >>
Colorado's first-ever GLBT book hits the shelves.
From the week of April 28, 2005
Trinidad's transgendered sex-change surgeon knows what her patients are going through.
Rocky Mountain Progressive Network
No Secret Anymore -- The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
Better Than Chocolate overdoses on the sweetness factor.
As part of his never-ending fight against gays, car dealer Will Perkins gets himself "arrested" in Vail.
THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME...IN KEVIN TEBEDO'S PRESENCE.