On election night in1990, when Amendment 2 (the Colorado anti-gay ramendment), passed, I was with many of my friends in Denver hoping to celebrate its defeat. Pre-vote estimates were 53-47% against passage. As the evening progressed and passage became more certain, I found the fear in the pit of my stomach growing intense. I couldn’t believe this was happening! I couldn’t believe that Coloradoans could hate enough to strip civil protection in jobs and housing from the gay community. It seemed certain that LGBT’s were in physical danger.
The minute I read of the untimely death of Dr. Manning Marablein last weekend’s paper, tears sprang to my eyes. As a fierce ally to the LGBTQA community, Dr. Marable was as much a member of the movement for LGBTQ liberation as he was a straight, Black man who exhorted white people to be active members of the movement for justice for people of color. For Dr.
If you are not familiar with what happened last year, you can read the details here. Briefly, Sacred Hearth Catholic School in Boulder refused to re-enroll the children of a lesbian couple, simply because of the children have two moms. The story made international news...
To recognize the one year anniversary, the following blog is by Kathleen Sepeda, an Out Boulder board member, straight ally and Catholic.
As Black History Month wraps up, I think about Bayard Rustin.
If you don’t recognize his name, I encourage you to check out the excellent book, “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin” by John D'Emilio. If you’d prefer to watch his story, a beautiful documentary was made in 2002 called ”Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.” One of my favorite quotes is by Rustin, “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable.”
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Maya Angelou
For the past year, Out Boulder has been collaborating with VOICE (Voices of Immigrant Children for Education and Equality). VOICE and Out Boulder believe our movements not only intersect (as in there are undocumented LGBTQ people) but that our movements have a lot in common.
A few months ago, our five year old niece was trying to make sense of the
jobs the adults in her life do for a living.
For example, her uncle edits a trade journal. As my partner explained what he
does, her five year old mind turned that into, “My uncle writes stories.”
Our niece’s father helps companies maximize their online marketing
opportunities. She translated his work as, “My daddy makes money” (I think she
pictured him literally printing out the dollar bills right at work :) ).
VOICE, LYFE and Out Boulder – A Joint Statement about Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the DREAM Act – LGBT and Immigrant Communities Continue to Stand Together
Many people in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and Allied community have worked tirelessly to help repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” On Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved a stand-alone bill to repeal the military’s 17-year-old ban on lesbians, gays and bisexuals serving openly in the military. The vote was 65-31.
Hello! My name is Eva Woodward and I am a psychology doctoral student at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. I am conducting a queer-affirmative research study about society’s views about sexual orientation.