The Rights 5
Protecting LGBT Coloradans Since the founding of The Center, numerous laws effecting the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans have been passed by the state legislature. The Center’s Legal Director, Mindy Barton, has provided testimony and support for many laws over the years which were created to be beneficial to LGBT Coloradans and their families. “We could never expect just who was going to be able to utilize these changes in the law,” said Barton. “We could also never be sure just how widespread knowledge in the community was about these changes.” In 2009, The Center started The Rights 5 educational campaign to make sure our community was updated on the laws that protect and enrich the lives of LGBT
people, including Employment, Housing and Public Accommodations Nondiscrimination, Hate Crime Protections, Second-Parent Adoptions and Designated Beneficiary Agreements. Recently we’ve seen two of the state’s out elected LGBT officials
For over three decades, our mission has been to engage,
have reason to use these laws.
empower, enrich and advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans. These values have been integral to
Representative Mark Ferrandino and his husband, Greg Wertsch, started the process of
everything we do.
fostering to adopt several years ago. In September, they announced that a wonderful Greg Wertsch and Mark Ferrandino Marching in the Denver PrideFest Parade
This year we engaged our youth in programs that put them
eight month old little girl joined their household as a foster child. Representative Ferrandino proudly announced “We hope to be able to adopt her in the coming months.”
in the spotlight, and empowered them to set and achieve goals in post-secondary education and beyond. We enriched the lives of our elders, giving them the tools and know-how to chronicle their life stories for a broader audience on the world wide web. And we fought to advance the lives of LGBT Coloradans during the civil unions legislative committee hearings, and through new policies that will make transgender and gender-variant inmates safer in jail.
With the 2007 addition of second parent adoptions under Colorado law, it is possible to have both of their names listed as par-
Table of Contents
ents of their precious addition. Clarification that two moms or two dads can be listed as parents of a child in Colorado has been vital to strengthening the legal ties of both parents to a child, providing for enhanced emotional and economical protections.
1. The Rights 5 – Protecting LGBT Coloradans Another out elected official, Senator Pat Steadman, utilized a recent LGBT protec-
2. I Came Out to Molly Ringwald – Jules Tybor’s story
tion under Colorado law. In 2009, he and his partner, Dave Misner, completed their paperwork for a Designated Beneficiary Agreement on the first day it was available.
4. SAGE Telling Your Story Project Finds an Audience on the Web And we couldn’t have done this without your generous support. We invite you to read these pages to learn more about our courageous and generous community members on
This low cost estate planning tool was created to provide a basic mechanism to give
6. OUT on the Town at Dazzle Jazz Lounge
Coloradans access to a convenient method for making plans for end-of-life decisions,
8. Rainbow Alley Youth Theater
inheritance, and other protections related to health care and medical emergencies.
from Spanish-language LGBT groups that have helped a father
10. Denver Sheriff’s Policies Make an Impact
As they bravely fought Dave’s pancreatic cancer together for three months in early
support his son, to our addiction recovery groups, called a
11. LGBT Friendly Employers Find Talent at The Center
coming out and giving back; and about the support we offer,
“lifesaver” by one of the attendees. We hope their stories engage your mind, enrich your life, and empower you to make a difference in your community. Thank you, as ever, for all you do to advance LGBT Coloradans.
12. Support at The Center: Nine to Five and SOMOS 13. Spend a Day in the Fort 14. Leaving a Legacy
2012, they faced agonizing decisions relating to medical decision-making and Dave Misner and Pat Steadman Signing Their Designated Beneficiary Agreement
solidifying final arrangements. Most of the legal system is set up around married couples facing these trying times, but Pat and Dave had a Designated Beneficiary Agreement and additional legal paperwork to rely on.
Senator Steadman, a proud sponsor of civil union legislation in both 2011 and 2012, has vowed to again move forward on relationship recognition in Colorado. “But instead of Dave at my side when we won legal rights and protections, I was by his side
Carlos Martinez, Chief Executive Officer
when he lost his battle with cancer,” said Steadman. “It wasn’t supposed to work this way.”
I came out to Molly Ringwald I’ve come out before. Lots of times to lots people. I’ve come out as lesbian. I’ve
Molly read part of a story from her book about a single mother’s flamboyant six-year-
come out as trans. I’ve come out to friends and family and strangers. I’ve come out
old son who wishes only to wear dresses and be addressed as Olivia.
with a bang. I’ve come out with a whimper. I’ve come out in passing. I’ve come out to make a point. I’ve even come out to be visible to a bully or to protect someone
I was floored. I didn’t know what I was expecting her story to be about, but this was
who was being bullied.
definitely not what I expected. She had the attention of all the people packed into the room and had a tenderness and sweetness in her voice. My heart was overcome
I’ve been scared. I’ve been anxious. I’ve practiced in front of a mirror. Every
with lightness. The Molly Ringwald just made it okay for a six year old to tell his mom
time I come out I don’t know what the response will be. Will the person
he’s not a boy, she’s a girl.
love me or hate me? Will the change in the relationship be positive or negative? Will we be closer or will the relationship break?
Molly didn’t have to wave a flag, march down the street or scream to be heard. She just wrote a story and read it to her fans. I don’t know how the rest of the story goes,
Coming out always has an energy behind it. I’ve been proud,
I didn’t have money to buy the book. But in that moment she showed us so much.
excited and sometimes even righteous. I came out with the
attitude “screw em if they can’t handle the truth.” I came out
I believe that allies can do more to make us okay then we can do ourselves. By
because I didn’t want to hide. I came out because I wanted
showing the world that it’s okay to be friends with, write stories about or share office
to share my journey. I came out because I wanted people
space with someone who is trans, they make enormous strides for our equality.
to see I was okay so when they heard about other people
Their normal normalizes us.
like me it might make them okay too. I came out because
Jules Tybor is a moderator for the
not too long ago people like me were not okay. If their
I also believe that when our allies put themselves out there for us, we need to thank
FTM Transgender group that meets
secret was discovered they could be beaten or killed. I
them. It can’t always be easy for them to go against the grain of normal. If we don’t
at The Center. Transgender Programs
come out because I learned at a very young queer age
support them they may not be motivated to stay steady as a voice for us.
that silence = death. I got in the line for the book signing. I didn’t have a book for her to sign. When I got
Coordinator Courtney Gray said of Jules, “Jules Tybor is not a newcomer to our community, but after moving back to Denver this past May, Jules is
Coming out honors those that have blazed the trail.
to the front of the line I said something like “Molly, I just want to thank you. I love the
re-engaged in the Denver transgen-
Coming out is trail maintenance for those coming next.
story that you read. I’m transgendered” She looked up from the book she was sign-
der community in a big way. Jules
ing and looked me the eyes. My voice wavered a little, this is Molly Ringwald looking
is one of our rock star transgender
So, why the hell did I come out to Molly Ringwald?
right into my eyes after all. I swallowed and continued. “I’m like Olivia, except I was born female and had to tell them I was a boy. Thank you for being a voice for us. I
support group moderators and has been involved in community events such as the Trans Resource Area at
really appreciate it.” I joined my palms and gave a slight bow. “Thank you.”
She was at our local independent bookstore, the Tattered Cover,
I didn’t give her a chance to respond. I wanted to respect the folks that were trying
rado on trans issues. We’re so glad to
promoting her book “When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories.”
to keep the line moving. My friend and I walked out of the room and into the hall.
have Jules back in town, spreading
I thought it would be cool to see the one and only Molly Ringwald
I paused halfway down the stairs and turned to my friend. “Did I just come out to
live and in person. I mean The Breakfast Club was life changing. All my
Molly Ringwald?” “Yes, you did.”
PrideFest and participating in panels for employees of the state of Colo-
friends told me it was. I didn’t get to watch it. My next door neighbor had a
his positive attitude and his story.” Jules blogs at http://jujunamarupa. blogspot.com and is a huge Molly
slumber party and just as the movie started my mom marched into the room
So maybe The Breakfast Club didn’t change my life in the 80s. I didn’t get to watch the
Ringwald fan. This article is an
grabbed me by my ear and took me home. It was rated R and I was not old enough.
story of the kids from different groups finding common ground. I didn’t get the 97 min-
excerpt from his post, “I Came Out
My generation was getting shaped and I was at home, alone in my room. I finally
ute lesson that we are not really all that different and that we are all in this together.
to Molly Ringwald,” published on
watched it when I was in my early 20s. It was all I imagined just a little late. But here
Yet Molly Ringwald is out there changing my life with the same message. She’s letting
was my chance to make up for it. I had no idea what her book was about but I love listening to people reading what they’ve written. The time spent crafting the words come to life. It’s powerful. They get to read their words as they intended them to be heard. It’s not a script or lines from the writers. It’s so pure and so true.
them know that we are not really all that different and we are all in this together. Molly Ringwald © Greer Photography
Thank you Molly Ringwald, thank you. Oh, and by the way, you look fabulous.
September 20, 2012.
SAGE Telling Your Story Project Finds an Audience on the Web The SAGE Telling Your Story Project is a group of elders who meet weekly to share life stories, both written and spoken word, inspired by a common theme. The group has tackled topics ranging from gender norms to short fiction. This year, they began a blog at http://sageoftherockies.blogspot.com, in order to maintain an online archive of their work and to publish their stories for a larger audience. Phillip Hoyle is the moderator of the blog.
From the Blog “Elder Words” by Betsy was published on the Telling Your Story blog on October 17th, 2012.
The following is an imaginary letter. My mother died when I was barely an adult. My father died in 1979. I came out in 1982. I imagine my parents would have been disappointed that their oldest daughter was homosexual, but I am quite sure that eventually they would have been accepting. They were very loving parents. Here is an imagined reply to my news from my father. Dear Bets,
Why did the group decide to chronicle their stories in a blog?
I have to say I was stunned by your recent pronouncement. I don’t
As in every group that writes, someone wants to get published. A member of the
know much about this subject. I have been thinking about it night
“Telling Your Story” group brought it up in one of our sessions. His reasoning was
and day. I am struggling. Maybe you can help me to understand.
to preserve our stories for our families and friends. The group briefly discussed
You and your family--your life was so perfect. Perhaps Bill has not
the topic and some of the issues related. I suggested he look into it. Eventually he
been the good husband that he appeared to be. When you told
brought information about self-publishing. Being a group mostly of retirees with
me you were getting a divorce, I didn’t understand that either.
quite varying motivations, we talked through the problem of expense. One result
Now at least that piece of the puzzle fits.
was a turn towards seeking some kind of on-line publishing as a starting point. We talked with Shari Wilkins, SAGE of the Rockies program director. From an expanding
I say I have been struggling. I have to tell you I do not like this
conversation, someone suggested a blog could provide a convenient and manage-
choice that you have made. However, deep down inside I realize
able tool. Now SAGE’s Telling Your Story group has a place to publish stories.
this must be your true nature and you choose to live honestly and freely. And I know that is how you need to live and that
Why should folks read the Telling Your Story Project blog?
is who you are. I know for sure that your life will not be easy.
It provides a program idea for other SAGE groups around the country. It gives voice
Surely you are aware of that. I can only conclude that you were
to a population of elder LGBT people. And it provides a resource of creative and true
compelled to make this change in your life style.
expressions of our lives, our long and sometimes colorful lives. In my struggle to understand and accept your situation one
About Phillip Phillip Hoyle lives in Denver and spends his time writing, painting, giving massages, and socializing. His massage practice funds his other activities that keep him busy with groups of writers and artists, and folks with pain. Following thirty-two years in church work, he now focuses on creating beauty and ministering to the clients in his practice. He volunteers at The Center leading “Telling Your Story.”
Greatest achievement so far?
thing keeps coming back to me. And that is that I love you. I
I was surprised and thrilled when my daughter-in-law emailed me to say she was
wish you strength and happiness in your new life. If nothing
reading the blog. She commented on a couple of blog posts, not just my own, but
else, remember that I love you very much no matter what.
on other writer’s posts. I now have a new way to communicate with my family. From Love, Dad
a very personal point of view, that seems a great achievement. Surely something similar will happen with other “Telling Your Story” group members. What blogs do you read? I am not right now much of a blog reader, but when I do research, Google often takes me to blogs that comment on my research topics, providing me with personal perspectives bloggers have of places I am writing about, for example, the Mother
About the Author Betsy has been active in the LGBT community including PFLAG, the Denver Women’s Chorus, and OLOC (Old Lesbians
Cabrini Shrine and petroglyph sites in various places across America. One writer in
Organizing for Change). She has been retired from the Human Services field for about 15 years. Since her retirement her
another writer’s group I attend always reads his blog entries related to rock music. I
major activities include tennis, camping, traveling, teaching skiing as a volunteer instructor with National Sports Center
do follow a couple of blogs on art topics to provide myself ideas and inspiration for my own artwork. I’m catching onto how blogs work--both technically and in terms of readers, commenters, and authors and have started planning a blog of my own. Who knew? And who knows what will come of it all?
for the Disabled, and learning. Betsy came out as a lesbian after 25 years of marriage. She has a close relationship with her three children and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. Betsy says her greatest and most meaningful enjoyment comes from sharing her life with her partner of 25 years, Gillian Edwards. Read more at www.sageoftherockies.blogspot.com
OUT on the Town at Dazzle Jazz Lounge
Favorite cocktail on your menu?
Thanks so much for being part of our OUT on the
A classic Whiskey Old Fashion with Fireside Whiskey from
Town series, which raises money for The Center.
Mile High Spirits.
What role does philanthropy play in your business? DazzleJazz focuses on being a great place to gather for food,
What’s the best review DazzleJazz has ever received?
drink, and jazz. Along with some other jazz enthusiasts, we
I was totally humbled being named “Top 100 Jazz Club in the
established TheGiftofJazz.org. Our mission is jazz education,
Donald Rossa has been General Manager of Dazzle since 2002. Since Donald’s arrival, the
World” by Downbeat magazine. But I am thankful for every review
jazz preservation and providing more venues to play jazz
restaurant has grown to be Denver’s premier live jazz venue with solid food, great service, and an
we have received since DazzleJazz’s inception in January 1998.
to benefit the jazz musician. Jazz music is every part of the
eclectic atmosphere. Dazzle continues to get rave reviews for its food and is known as one of the
Most recently- A review of DazzleJazz Chef Duncan Smith in “Café
American fabric, inclusive of all, a place for expression, and
top martini bars in Denver.
Society” of Westword.
for an audience to appreciate.
On December 9, join us OUT on the Town at Dazzle Jazz.
What do you like about Denver’s restaurant
Along the way, my personal goals are to advance Mental
community and their patrons?
Health education, working along with NAMI and Mental Health
How did you get your start in the restaurant business?
After working in several cities in the United States over the years,
Center of Denver, and contributing to LGBT causes- such as
38 years ago I got started in the business when I was 12 years old in Milwaukee.
I did decide to make Denver the place to open a restaurant.
The Center, as well as Project Angel Heart, The Alexander
The second oldest of six kids and two full time working parents, I took on the responsibility of the
Based upon a community that really felt inclusive, and it was also
Foundation, and so many more over the years.
family kitchen, making the family meals. Along the way I had great teachers such as my grand-
a community maturing nicely in the dining scene. I felt I could con-
mother, then went to work in the high school cafeteria, a family friend’s resort during the summers
tribute a concept that people would really embrace. That being, a
The success of DazzleJazz is through the people that work
and eventually took my first “real” job as a cook at 18 with a restaurant concept called JoJo’s/
space where people (musicians) could express themselves in their
here every day. A very special nod goes out to General Man-
CoCo’s. Spent 10 years with them, finishing as General Manager then made a move to Italian res-
music, in front of an audience, and servicing those people of
ager Matt Ruff, who has been with me for the past nine years.
taurants here in Denver- Grisanti’s, Sfuzzi and Piatti’s. I made a break from the corporate world and
good food and drink.
He is not only a member of our community; he deserves so
spent a couple of years running the Fourth Story Restaurant atop the Tattered Cover Book Store.
much recognition in the development and on-going success
Then an opportunity came about to purchase Dazzle Jazz in 2002 which I have been doing since.
Describe the food at Dazzle Jazz. I give all credit for the food at Dazzle Jazz to Chef Duncan Smith who describes his food as “Comforting, urban, simple, affordable, unique and tasty.” Chef Duncan, a graduate of The Art Institute of Colorado, has been with DazzleJazz for the past 7 years, growing developing and maturing his menu for us. We collaborate often on the direction of the food. What are your favorite ingredients? As a kitchen enthusiast my personal favorite ingredients are tomatoes (all shapes and colors), parsley, butter, and there is something
Dazzle your guests with this entrée:
really special about truffles.
Molasses Brined Chicken
What is your favorite kitchen tool? I have a favorite chef’s knife for chopping, spatula for scraping and a wooden spoon for stirring. What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever had? Recently at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas. A wonderful 10 course meal prepared with such thought and visual stimulation. The use of ingredients turned out some incredible flavors. What’s your favorite dish on your menu? My personal comfort dish on the DazzleJazz menu is the parmesan crusted chicken breast with linguini and roasted tomato-basil cream sauce. I have presented this dish on every menu since 1990.
Ingredients: 2 gallons water 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup molasses 1 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup kosher salt 3 sprigs thyme 6 gloves garlic 3 chickens halved
OUT on the Town
OUT on the Town is a way for you to enjoy Denver’s hippest restaurants while supporting The Center at the same time. Each restaurant has agreed to donate at least 10% of the
For the Brine 1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl 2. Place chickens in bowl, wrap tightly in plastic wrap 3. Refrigerate 24 hours
profits from their designated day directly to Center programs
To Prepare: 1. Preheat oven to 450° 2. Pan sear chicken halves in a hot skillet until skin begins to crisp and brown 3. Flip chicken and place in an oven until the internal temperature reaches 160°, or until the juices run clear.
Get OUT on the Town at Restaurants That Give Back
- which means with every bite you take you’ll be helping Denver’s LGBT community thrive. Dine to donate? How delicious…
November 13 – Cuba Cuba, 1173 Delaware Street November 19 – Vita, 1575 Boulder Street, Suite A December 9 – Dazzle Jazz Lounge, 930 Lincoln
Meet the Cast Jennifer Medrano is a 2011
graduate of Thornton High School and currently attends Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she is majoring in Business Management. Jennifer aspires to one day own either a 5 star restaurant or vintage 50’s diner. Jennifer’s philosophy on life is, “What you give is never what you get: but that should not stop you from giving anyway.”
Jason “Jaylo” Wilson has been acting with the Rainbow Alley Youth Theater
Rainbow Alley Youth Theater This year, the Rainbow Alley Youth Theater program produced John Cariani’s “Almost Maine,” a comedy composed of nine short plays about the joys and pitfalls of love. The play was chosen because it introduces nineteen characters who are at crucial points in their relationships and lives. “Particularly for a youth production on Coming Out week, the play had a lot of resonance,” said Rainbow Alley Director Cory Barrett.
Program since its inception over 2 years ago. He attended Denver School of Science and Technology and is a 2012 graduate of GOAL Academy. Jason has been involved with Rainbow Alley as a Youth Leadership Council member and Youth Program Assistant for 6 years. He aspires to use stage acting and drag to increase awareness of the queer youth community.
Maria Rodriguez is a 2011 graduate of Thornton High School and
Director: Terry Dodd has been a major force in Front Range Theatre for over 30
The cast and crew were celebrated on National Coming Out
This year, the program became a member of the Pride Youth
currently attends Metropolitan State
years with his shows garnering over 100 Denver Drama Critics Nominations and over
Day by donors and supporters at the Come Out for Youth VIP
Theater Alliance, a collective of theater organizations dedi-
University of Denver. She enjoys per-
50 Denver Drama Critics Awards. A nationally produced playwright his works include:
Reception, hosted by Center board member Chris Genry and
cated to the advancement and empowerment of lesbian, gay,
forming choral music and stage acting
Goodnight, Texas (Colorado on the Arts Fellowship winner): House Warming (with
Colin Griffith. Elise Wiggins, Executive Chef at Panzano served
bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied
as a compliment to her studies. Maria
Annette Bening at Denver Center); O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie; Flight; Dusk to
up small bites, and longtime Rainbow Alley supporter the
youth through the power of the theater arts. Members of the
aspires to one day travel the world
Dawn at the Sunset; and Amateur Night at the Big Heart. Terry was a member of the
Gamma Mu Foundation generously donated $3500 to support
alliance cover both the United States and Canada.
exploring different cultures to better
original Playwrights’ Unit at the Denver Center Theatre Company. His new play, Home
understand how they influence the field
by Dark had a staged-reading at the National PFLAG Conference in Washington D.C.
of fashion design.
and had its World Premiere at Curious Theatre in Spring 2010 where it set box-office
for LGBT youth programs. Says Cory Barrett, “The program continues to connect a wide The production of “Almost Maine” was the culmination of
variety of youth to Rainbow Alley where they find a loving com-
nearly three years of preparation, beginning in late 2009,
munity that accepts them for the precious gems that they are.
Cody Behrens is a 2011 graduate
by Dark. He is currently at work on a new play about the films of Alfred Hitchcock. He
when Rainbow Alley youth and staff members first presented
It is important that youth have a variety of outlets available to
of Horizon High School, where he per-
has taught screenwriting and playwriting at both University of Denver and University
the idea of starting a theater troupe to share the stories of
them to identify not only who they are and what is important
formed a number of stage productions
of Colorado at Denver and Lighthouse Writers where he currently teaches.
queer youth with the greater community. The theater program
to them, but also to be able to share with the greater world.
under the direction of Center Board
was initially called “Out of the Closet and Into the Alley.” On
Theater is an amazing mechanism for which to do that. It’s
of Director’s Co-Chair, Dr. Jay Seller.
Set Design and Costuming: Eric Davidson is a local painter and sculp-
April 17, 2010, the first production, “Its Personal,” was per-
not only about how skilled you are but about the passions that
Cody aspires to be a professional actor,
tor and native of Denver. After becoming a volunteer with Rainbow Alley, he quickly
formed at the King Center on the Auraria campus under the
you put into it. An actor without passion is the same as a fish
capturing audiences with both comedic
discovered the joy of working with youth and sought additional opportunities to
direction of Laurie Lynch. The play was a theatrical
without water. It lacks life and breath.”
and dramatic roles.
become more involved. This is the first production that Eric has been involved in and
records. Terry was one of the Denver PrideFest Grand Marshals in 2010 due to Home
collage of self-scripted work by Rainbow Alley youth. The
he has vowed that it will not be his last. Naturally he is a big supporter of the arts
small black box theater was packed full and accolades
and the Rainbow Alley Youth Theater Program has provided an ideal niche for him.
followed for weeks after.
In addition to this, Eric is a new member of the Community Advisory Committee for Rainbow Alley.
New Transgender and Gender-Variant Inmate Policies Going Strong at Denver Sheriff’s Office
LGBT-Friendly Employers Find Talent at The Center This year was fantastic for connecting employers to talent at The Center, with two transgender job fairs, and a new career exploration program for youth.
This year, the Denver Sheriff’s Department honored The Center’s Legal Director Mindy Barton and Transgender Programs Coordinator Courtney Gray with the Exemplary Service Award for their work with the Denver Sheriff’s Department in creating policies for transgender and gender-variant inmates. “Since the creation of this policy, it has already been implemented in over 20 cases,” said Mindy Barton, Legal
laws affecting LGBT equality and the key
The new policy aims to create a safe
has been providing explicit protections
space for all inmates, and encourages
to safeguard LGBT people from harass-
facilities to treat inmates by their gender
ment and discrimination.
identity. Individuals who identify as transgender or gender-variant can fill
Director. “As we continue to work with
the Denver Sherriff’s Department on
With that in mind, Director of Corrections
out a form with their preferred name
improving the conditions for transgender
Gary Wilson first approached The May-
and pronoun, as well as a preference
inmates, we are grateful to their strong
or’s GLBT Commission about creating a
for the gender of the person who will
leadership and commitment to the
proactive policy, recognizing the realities
search them. The policy also creates a
safety of all those in their custody includ-
of unemployment and underemployment
Transgender Review Board that includes
ing transgender community members.”
11 The first ever Rainbow Alley Vocational
Rainbow Alley Director Cory Barrett said
all the moving parts with ease and skill.
Exploration week was held on August
that the week-long series was so suc-
We look forward to participating again
A recent survey of transgender indi
6th-10th, as part of the Stepping Out
cessful, that “we are definitely planning
viduals nationwide found that 22% of
Program, the new academic and career
to continue this program next summer.”
those who have interacted with law
focused program at The Center for youth
enforcement reported harassment and
ages 12-21. During the week, Rainbow
This was also the first year that The
United Way on October 15th, attracted
of those who spent time in jail, trans-
Alley youth visited job sites at Lockheed
Center produced two transgender job
new employers, including Target and
gender and gender-variant individuals
Martin and Miller Coors. At The Center,
fairs – one in the spring and one in the
FedEx, in addition to many of the same
reported harassment 37% more often
Phil Danielson of ForSci Associates
fall. The spring fair attracted 11 employers
employers from the spring. Transgender
than their peers.
taught youth how to extract DNA from
and nearly 50 job-seekers, packing the
Programs Coordinator Courtney Gray
organic material, including strawberries,
garden level of The Center with people.
said, “The program keeps growing,
Unfortunately, prior to this new policy,
bananas, and even human hair (gener-
Employers included; Shalom Cares, HP,
and the support we’ve received from
the most likely place for housing trans-
ously provided from the cutting floor at
CH2MHill, Kaiser Permanente, Miller
employers has been tremendous.”
gender inmates was to be in adminis-
Coors, The City and County of Denver,
trative segregation for 23 hours a day.
The fall career fair, held at Mile High
The U.S. Office of Personnel Manage-
In recognition of the growing need for
Courtney Gray said, “This is a necessary
CH2M Hill, CU - Denver, and Emily
ment, Jefferson Center for Mental Health,
career support, The Center’s SAGE of
policy for the safety of transgender and
Griffith also participated in the program,
Lockheed Martin, J.P. Morgan Chase, and
the Rockies program teamed up with
providing youth with a look at engineer-
Transgender Programs to form a Career
gender-variant inmates, and I’m proud that Denver now has one of the most
facing transgender people. The Commis-
community advocates who can work
ing careers and college education. A
progressive policies in the nation.”
sion then reached out to The Center, as
with staff to assist in determining issues.
participating youth said that CH2M Hill’s
Katherine Holmes of the Strategic
towards elders and transgender indi-
well as the ACLU of Colorado, and other
The Center has continued to work with
presentation on engineering made her
Sourcing, Corporate Talent Acquisition
viduals. The arts-based group focuses
Colorado has been a national leader in
LGBT-serving agencies to form a com-
DSD on refining the policy and best
realize the possibility of an engineering
Department of Lockheed Martin, said of
on how participants can apply their
the amendment of state and municipal
mittee who drafted the policy.
career and that college attendance is
the spring career fair: “Thank you again
unique skills, beliefs, and values to their
for putting together a tremendous event
Transitions Group, specifically geared
with a direct impact for the transgender All of the participating employers are
community. You somehow managed to
Look out for more job preparation offer-
inclusive, LGBT-friendly companies.
top last year’s event and orchestrated
ings from The Center in the future!
Spend a Day in the Fort
Nine to Five
A “Lifesaver” For The Community
Since The Center Northern Colorado moved to its new home at 100 N. Mason Street, in downtown
Nine to Five is an Alcoholics Anonymous group that
Fort Collins, we’ve been enjoying everything the town has to offer. From gelatinis (delicious gelato blended with liquors) at Gelazzi, to comfort food at Gravity 1020, we love spending a day in the Fort.
meets at The Center three times a week. Nine to Five is open to anyone who wishes
For the past 3 years, CNN’s Money Magazine has named Fort Collins as one of the top small cities
to attend, whether or not they are
in which to live in the nation. Money Magazine says this of the city: “Bikers and beers. In most parts
alcoholic. For more information about Alcoholics Anonymous visit www. aa.org. For a schedule of other addiction support meetings at The Center visit http://glbtcolorado.org/ Recovery.aspx.
of the country, those two elements may be reasons to move elsewhere. But in the foothills of Colorado’s
Front Range, bikers mean cyclists: Fort Collins has 29 miles of well-used trails.”
Movimiento Latino LGBTQ
Where else could you bike among the beautiful foothills in the morning, go whitewater rafting, and hit the town at night for a brewery tour or two or five? Fort Collins is the second largest producer of beer in Colorado - no small feat,
The Center’s fastest growing group is SOMOS, a Spanish-
considering the state is ranked first in the nation for volume produced by breweries. Fort Collins produces 70% of Colorado’s
Kelly1 has been attending Nine to Five
language social and support group for LGBT individuals. What
craft beers, and the annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival, held in Old Town Fort Collins, showcases the best of the bunch.
meetings at The Center since 1998, when The
started as a small group of 7 has grown to a gathering of over
Center was located on Broadway. The group had been
30 individuals. The group includes monthly meetings as well
Did you know that Old Town Fort Collins was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street USA? If you’re looking to have fun in
forced to relocate when the church meeting room they had
as special events. They recently put on Fiestarita, a home-
the Fort, The Center Northern Colorado has got some great group outings going on. Women in Touch did group ghost tours in
been using became unavailable.
made salsa and guacamole tasting, on The Center’s rooftop.
the fall and Rainbow Alley youth spend the first Friday of the month socializing in Old Town Fort Collins. Look for more events in
“We decided to move to The Center,” Kelly says, “because it is
Hector A., a group member says he attends “because I have
a safe place for LGBT folks. We didn’t want people to feel like
the desire to continue learning more about the LGBTQ com-
Are you looking to plan a visit to Fort Collins soon? Visit Fort Collins has information on day trips, brewery tours, accommoda-
they couldn’t be themselves or that they would have to hide
munity and meet new friends. I am a parent of a gay son and
tions, and more.
when they were looking for sobriety.”
the topics discussed in this group apply to both the LGBTQ
2013, including our OUT on the Town dining series, which we’re bringing to Fort Collins for the first time!
community and its allies.”2
The Center’s Street Team
Out and About in Fort Collins
Nine to Five has been Kelly’s home group since she moved to Denver 15 years ago. She says, “I had just come out in my hometown of Crested Butte, and I came out kind of late - I was
Our volunteer Street Team’s red shirts will be a familiar sight to folks from Denver,
33. Nine to Five has been a lifesaver. Being in a sober and gay
but they’re brand new in Fort Collins. The Center Northern Colorado’s Street Team
community is so important in the [recovery] process.”
volunteers have hit the streets, spreading news about The Center’s programming and events. Center volunteer Henry Quintero is a familiar face at The Center Northern
Sharing her journey in recovery comes naturally to Kelly. She
Colorado, and he’s jumped into action as one of our first Northern Colorado Street
has sponsored 5 sponsees during her time attending Nine to
Five. A sponsor is a more experienced person in recovery who guides the less-experienced sponsee through the program.
“As a recent transplant from the south, I was quickly embraced by my local LGBT
Being a sponsor has “had a great impact” on Kelly’s life, and
community. The Center of Northern Colorado and all of its employees and volunteers
she has enjoyed seeing the meetings evolve from a small
allowed me to personally grow and develop an enriched sense of pride in my commu-
circle to a larger and expanding family.
nity,” says Henry.
SOMOS Members with The Center’s CEO Carlos Martinez
“Henry landed in Colorado a little over a year ago and immediately jumped into
“The thing that hits me the most at these meetings, is the amount of newcomers because they feel safe coming into
For more information on SOMOS, contact Diego Carrillo at
The Center. Without beginners, we can’t thrive as a group.
The Center is easy to find, and people know they’re safe here,” says Kelly. “With community, there is strength and hope.”
Look for more Spanish-language events in 2013!
1. Name changed to protect anonymity of the AA program participant
2. translated from Spanish
Leo Alvarez, Juli German, and Henry Quintero at Fort Collins PrideFest
volunteering for his community. He has brought his southern charm, humor, and free-spirited nature to The Center Northern Colorado’s dedicated team,” said Northern Colorado Site Coordinator Heather Camerer. With the motto of, “Sacrifice what you are for what you can become,” he has been an inspirational leader in Northern Colorado. Henry’s commitment to being an outspoken advocate in the LGBT community has propelled him to new opportunities with The Center and he continues looking forward to a future of equality.
The Roy G. Wood Legacy Circle Securing a Future for LGBT Coloradans Former Executive Director of The Center Phil Nash said, “The Center represents the gift of one generation to the next. Its history is a measure of our progression from indignant obscurity to full-fledged maturity as an anchor institution in the community. Where do we go from here? A few of us can write our history. But it takes all of us to write our future.”
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