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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

Dear Friends,

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-

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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


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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

Good question.

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. 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, 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


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 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.

of DazzleJazz.

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

Production Crew

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

in future.”

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-

Floyd’s Barbershop).

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-

Raytheon Corporation.

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

a must.

for putting together a tremendous event

career search.

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. For a schedule of other addiction support meetings at The Center visit 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

Team volunteers!

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.”


By joining The Center’s Legacy Circle, you become a part of The Center’s proud tradition of advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans. The Legacy Circle honors The Center’s friends and supporters who have remem-

You don’t need to be wealthy to leave a legacy. Gifts of all

bered The Center in their wills and financial plans, ensuring

sizes are welcome, and there are many options for planned

that their impact will be felt by future generations. Planned

giving to The Center. All gifts, large and small, will help

giving can allow you to preserve and pass on your values to

strengthen the future of our LGBT community.

the next generation, so you can be remembered for what you gave, rather than you what you had.

For many of us, establishing a planned gift can be confusing. We offer free information to help you explore these options

Planned giving can benefit you, your loved ones, and future

further so that you always feel secure. To learn more about

LGBT Coloradans. That’s because a planned gift can allow for

planned giving, or to talk about your legacy gift, contact Debra

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Pollock, Vice President of Development at 303-951-5204 or at

was possible, while potentially maximizing tax benefits for you

and your loved ones.

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