Denver PrideFest a Politico-Studded Affair

MONDAY UPDATE: CBS4 reports on some trouble at PrideFest yesterday despite all the security:

Vanessa Martinez was waiting for the parade to start at Colfax Avenue and Grant Street when she says a man, yelling profanities, threatened her daughters with gun violence.

“Of course I’m going to protect them,” Vanessa Martinez said. “I jumped in front of her, and that’s when he said that he was going to shoot us, and started acting like he was going to pull out a gun on all of us.”

No shots were fired…

Another show of hate broke out down the block at Colfax and Sherman when someone lit wood chips on fire in the shape of a swastika.


Though certainly not the only studs in attendance (bahdumtish)! The Denver PrideFest Parade this morning was well-attended by both the general public and by Colorado politicians, undeterred by the additional security measures necessitated by the domestic terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida a week ago. If anything, support for the LGBT community by folks who wouldn’t have normally attended a gay pride parade made today’s parade an even bigger event.

As the Denver Post’s Tom McGhee reports:

“Despite all the progress we made, Orlando reminded us that being gay can cost you your life,” Gov. John Hickenlooper, who appeared with a number of other state and city officials, told the crowd.

Gun violence has reached a point where “almost everybody” knows a victim, Hickenlooper said. “If your elected official isn’t doing enough to keep you safe, then fire them.”

To Erica Gould, 25, who has attended PrideFest in the past, the crowd seemed less bent on partying and instead were more emotionally invested in a cause.

Here are photos culled from social media today, in which many of your favorite local political leaders get face time:





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14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Chickenheed says:

    I left the safety of my middle class suburbia in southwest Littleton to be at Denver Comic Con all weekend with my wife and daughter. I'm pretty sure there was also a LGBTQ thing going on at the Colorado Convention Center. I saw shirts and stickers with rainbows on them. I saw men holding hands with men, women affectionately touching each other lovingly in publicly acceptable ways, Not one of them threatened the foundation of my straight marriage. I know no one who regularly reads this site is surprised by this.

    Love is love.

  2. mamajama55 says:

    One of my old roommates got married to his boyfriend there. Congratulations!

  3. Les Ismore says:

    Pridefest was a wonderful (but very hot) day and as a supporter for gun violence prevention it was great to see Senator Bennet and others join us.

  4. Arvadonian1 says:

    Hey!  Once and future State Senator Rachel Zenzinger was there too!

  5. itlduso says:

    My wife and I did voter registration at Pridefest on Saturday and it was a blast!  There were tons of volunteers doing the same thing.  No matter how many times attendees had been asked if they were registered to vote, they always responded with a positive attitude and a heartfelt "Thank you for asking!"

    I love voter registration!!!

  6. ElliotFladen says:

    We got invited to go.  My daughters got seats in some covered wagons that my wife and I pulled.  It was kind of cool: my eldest had a ton of fun waiving at people along the route.

    I did get into a brief shouting match with some preacher who told us all to repent/stop supporting sin/accept Jesus.

    All in all, I think conservatives have it wrong on the event; instead of it being a traumatic experience for kids it is a very family friendly affair where kids can have a ton of fun if they get to be in the giant parade.  My wife and I want to do it next year.

  7. Duke Cox says:

    I'm proud of you Elliot. An example of a conservative who understands that sexuality and gender ID aren't political issues, is a thing to be appreciated and celebrated. There is hope for you…smiley

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