Yesterday, thousands of LGBTQ+ Coloradans, allies, family members, and political leaders marched in the 2019 Denver Pride Parade. Denver has had one of the nation’s best Pride celebrations for many years, but in 2019 the party had added significance.
This year, we celebrated the historic achievements made in last year’s elections–and the progress our new majority made in the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly to protect and advance LGBTQ+ rights. Last November, you helped elect the nation’s first openly gay man to be Colorado’s next governor. And this year we put an end to harmful so-called “conversion therapy” on kids, and made it easier for transgender people to update their identification.
There was a time not long ago when they called Colorado the “hate state” because of an unconstitutional law that was on our books which discriminated against LGBTQ+ people. We’ve come full circle from our state’s ugly history and emerged as a model of equality for all. That’s why in Colorado, there’s never been a prouder moment to celebrate Pride.
And of course, the fight’s not over! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of June 17:
Elevate Conservation: Outdoors for All Summer Event 2019
Please join over 50 Colorado and national conservation organizations, outdoor industry companies, and diverse community leaders as we honor the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation, celebrate the ways we already work together, challenge ourselves to do more, and acknowledge how equitable policies are good for us all. Let’s come together to foster and maintain the integral roles that conservation, climate change mitigation, sound public lands policies, and equity play in supporting a successful outdoor industry.
Where: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, 200 S Kalamath St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30pm
ACLU of Colorado and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Repro Roadshow – Denver
JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. Participants will get a primer on abortion stigma and how it intersects with advocacy work, learn about abortion services at Planned Parenthood, and hear tips on how to be a good ally to abortion providers. We’ll give you 2019 legislative update and how you can help bring comprehensive sexual education into your schools.
Where: Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: The Dream and Promise Act Needs a Champion!
As of June 4th, 2019 The Dream and Promise Act has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the U.S. Senate. Join us in asking Senator Cory Gardner to be a champion for Dreamers in sponsoring The Dream and Promise Act of 2019.
Where: 1961 Stout Street, Suite #12-300, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 3:00pm
Where: 503 N. Main Street, Suite 426, Pueblo
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Where: 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 930, Colorado Springs
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Where: 2001 S Shields Street, Fort Collins
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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Consumer Assistance Program Anniversary Party
Join us to celebrate our Consumer Assistance Program’s successful first year empowering Coloradans to navigate health insurance and achieve financial security by providing direct education, navigation, and post-enrollment assistance with billing and claims issues. Come and learn about all that we’ve accomplished through the program in its first year, how the CAP influences our policy work, and what our plans are for the future!
Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 4:30pm
World Refugee Day Colorado 2019 – Celebration Rally
Join us on the Colorado State Capitol’s West Steps to honor the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. During the rally, we will recognize the contributions refugees make to Colorado, the talents they bring, and celebrate the many partnerships that make our state a welcoming place for newcomers. Celebrate with us with world music, dancing, refugee speakers and much more!
Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Thursday, June 20 at 10:00am
Solar CitiSuns: Summer Solstice Party
Join us on the longest day of the year to celebrate Colorado’s solar energy workers and our state’s potential for more solar!
Where: Colorado Governor’s Mansion, 400 E 8th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 20 at 5:30pm
LAD Impact 2019
It’s been nearly three months since Latino/a Advocacy Day 2019. If you’re wondering what happened to the bills we discussed, and what else we can do in between now and LAD 2020 on March 9, we have the perfect event for you! On Saturday, June 22, 2019 join COLOR and our fellow co-conveners for LAD Impact 2019: an opportunity to come together, debrief, and discuss how we continue to move policy forward together as a community. The work continues! Lunch and translation will be provided. Bring your friends, your familia, and your fire! We’ll see you there.
Where: St. Cajetan’s, 101 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 10:00am
Chinook Fund: Cultivating Community
At Chinook Fund’s Cultivating Community event, we will share and shape our collective vision and celebrate the achievements and the successes of our grassroots community organizers. Together with the philanthropists who support us, we will explore the bold possibilities emerging from our community.
Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd Street Suite 237, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 11:30am
2019 Emerge Graduation!
Please join Emerge Colorado’s staff and board as well celebrate our newest alumnae! The 2019 cohort class is graduating – join us to meet them, honor them, and introduce them to the alumnae community!
Where: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 10:00am
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The People Vs: Media
This month we’re partnering with the Denver Zine Fest to explore “How to Own: The Media” and we’re doing so by putting the media on trial. Our “People Vs ____” program has put many things we take for granted on trial including: God, retirement, having children, capitalism, masculinity, education, and more and this month we’ll transform the McNichols building into a courtroom with prosecution and defense experts putting all aspects of “media” on trial.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm
2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Durango
We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?” We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.
Where: Durango Parks and Recreation, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave, Durango
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm
Thanks for your participation in all of these great events! We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.