Somewhere between the first time a cave man chiseled an idea into stone and an early adopter tweeted a phrase in 140 characters, the zine was born. Zines are self-published magazines, often hand-drawn, collaged, typed on old-fashioned typewriters or scrawled in Sharpie, pen and pencil. The contents ... 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 >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>
Every comedian has to deal with being vulnerable in front of a crowd of strangers. But few of them have as tough a job as transgender comedian Jordan Wieleba. While her comedy colleagues and large swaths of the Denver scene are endlessly supportive of, and charmed by, Wieleba, the club circuit still ... More >>
Yesterday, we wrote about the victory scored by Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis when the State of Colorado determined that their daughter, transgender six-year-old Coy Mathis, had been discriminated against when her school prevented her from using the girls' restroom. Our readers responded to this decisi ... More >>
We've been following the story of Coy Mathis, a transgender six year old from Fountain who prompted a complaint over access to the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. Now, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has announced that the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in Coy's favor ... More >>
Wearing a sparkly white tank top and pink sneakers, Coy Mathis held the hand of her lawyer this afternoon as he announced to the press that the six-year-old won her civil rights case. The Colorado Civil Rights Division found that Coy's school was wrong to bar the transgender first-grader from using ... More >>
When Chuck Roy first began working on his new comedy night, Altered Schtick, he had inclusion in mind. Seeing several up-and-coming comics -- Mona Lott, Jordan Wieleba and Penny from Heaven -- around town, working on their material while also trying to find a place in the Denver scene, Roy saw a nee ... More >>
Our posts about Coy Mathis, a six year old born a male who identifies as female, and the civil-rights complaint her parents have filed against the school over bathroom access, have drawn fascinating comments for weeks. The latest comes from a reader who has very personal experience with gender-ident ... More >>
Our latest update on Coy Mathis, a six year old who was born male but identifies as female, and the civil rights complaint filed by a national transgender advocacy organization over restroom access, drew strong reactions. Here's an example from a highly critical reader.
Update: In recent weeks, we've told you about Coy Mathis, a Fountain six year old who was born male but identifies as female. She's at the center of a dispute with the local district over access to the girl's restroom at her school; look below to see our previous coverage, complete with photos and v ... More >>
Twenty years ago, a new member of the Arvada City Council was making waves in the normally sleepy suburb. Joanne Conte, who'd been elected in 1991, was shaking things up so much that then-Westword staff writer Karen Bowers started working on a political story about the situation. But she got a big ... More >>
When it comes to state anti-bullying laws, Colorado's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids are among the most protected in the country. But individual school district policies are a different story. A policy scan by LGBT advocacy organization One Colorado found that, more than a year after Go ... 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 >>
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Photos of Angie, a documentary about the murder of transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata, can now be viewed for free on the website Hulu. Made by local filmmaker Alan Dominguez of Loco Lane Films, the film features interviews with Angie's family and friends, gay-rights activists involved in the case ... More >>
OMFG, it's almost New Year's Eve!Long, long ago, in the fashion lexicon of yesteryear, satin meant "fancy." But today, in the modern world of casual-everything, sequins mean "fancy." How fancy? Fancy, as in what you can wear with jeans to a holiday party. This is where sparkly tank tops com ... More >>
Avoid the noise this weekend.There are a ton of music happenings going down this weekend, but for anyone not interested in loud noises streaming out of amplifiers for 48 hours straight, we have a slew of quiet-time activities to keep your ears from ringing. These include a bunch of movies, a ... More >>
There really is no comparison between Martin Lawrence and Candy Darling, né James Slattery, an actress and fixture of the Warhol Factory/late '60s downtown New York scene who happened to be technically male. One was beautiful as a woman, talented and funny; the other is hideous as a woman, 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 >>
Angie Zapata. In July 2008, eighteen-year-old Angie Zapata of Greeley was beaten to death by a 32-year-old man she met online. In April 2009, a jury found that man guilty of murder. What's more, they convicted him of a hate crime, finding that he had killed Angie because she was transgender. ... More >>
Ken Buck.Ken Buck ran afoul of the GLBT community when he likened being gay to alcoholism on Meet the Press, prompting activists to demand a retraction. So is Buck prejudiced? He didn't appear to be in April 2009 when, as Weld County DA, his office successfully prosecuted a case that advocate ... More >>
Angie Zapata. Saturday will mark two years since transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata was beaten to death by a man she met on the Internet. Zapata's killer, Allen Andrade, was found guilty of murder; the jury also convicted him of a hate crime. Zapata isn't alone. In 2009, twenty-two LGBTQ ... More >>
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Jury selection in the trial of the man accused of killing Angie Zapata, a transgender teenager beaten to death last summer in Greeley, starts Tuesday in Weld County. State anti-violence and gay-rights groups are using the occasion to raise awareness about hate crimes and spread the word about Zapata ... More >>
For details on this week's Boulder International Film Festival, go to bouldertheater.com, and check westword.com/slideshow next week for photos from the event. Our Boulder International Film Festival top five: 1. Be less poor. If you're like everyone else in America -- broke -- Recession Proof Fri ... More >>
A Harlequin Reassignment Romance: Transgender to the Touch. -- Kenny Be
Typically, the GLAAD Media Awards nominees that receive the most attention come from the worlds of film and television -- and with the spotlight shining on flicks like Milk and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as well as the TV shows Brothers & Sisters and The L Word, this year is no exception. But the Gay ... More >>
An image from Sex Change Hospital. Sex Change Hospital, debuting tonight on the Women's Entertainment network (click here for details), cuts mighty close to home for Colorado, and for Westword. The six-episode series follows Trinidad doctor Dr. Marci Bowers and assorted patients who've chosen to u ... More >>
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Have any of you Mesa County residents out there been molested by a homosexual or transgendered person during a visit to a public restroom over the past month? If so, you're apparently the first to suffer a fate our protectors at Focus on the Family warned about in relation to a bill Colorado Governo ... More >>
Is it wrong to write such catchy songs from a killer's perspective? Am I a sick man for finding this so cool? Does this mean I have deeply buried issues? Probably. What can I say, I always wanted to see a band that sounds like a David Byrne-fronted Devo tribute band write a song paying homage to ... More >>
You won't be able to quit this Oscar party.