I am somewhat competitive in nature so I want to challenge you- call it a dare. But let me tell you why before I tell you what the challenge is. A few months ago, I was talking with some friends of mine who are trans like me, and asked them if they planned on going to one of OBC’s upcoming events.
I joined Out Boulder County as a board member committed to naming and dismantling the whiteness that governs queer spaces in our community. I came to lead a transformation -- not to help Out Boulder County be more inclusive of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) -- but to center the lived experiences of QTPOC in our work. So far, I have been surprised and inspired by how the [predominantly white] leadership of our organization is committed to fostering difficult conversations about racism and whiteness.
We are so delighted to share with you our winners for this year's Garden Party Awards! We had dozens of entries and this year was a highly competitive selection process. If you nominated someone who didn't win, we also recognize their accomplishments and are grateful for the huge number of life changing activists dedicated to making Boulder County a safe, supportive, and empowering place to live.
Would You Harbor Me? Thoughts On Sanctuary and Immigration
by Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Out Boulder County Board Member
“Would you harbor me? Would I harbor you?” So asks Sweet Honey In The Rock in their song of the same title. It is a genuine question of the individual, yes, but also of a nation. Would you, the United States, harbor, provide safe haven, refuge, sanctuary for those “yearning to breathe free?”
Recently, our nation has seen its people rise up in unparalleled large-scale movements like the Women's March, protests in airports opposing Islamaphobic travel bans, and the "Day Without a Woman" strike set for today, March 8th, to coincide with International Women's Day.
We learned yesterday that the Department of Education will no longer enforce Title IX to defend transgender students, with agreement from the new Secretary, Betsy DeVos. This decision comes under heavy pressure from Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice. The broad reaching effect of this choice goes much further than just bathrooms; this change ends all rights and protections afforded to transgender youth under Title IX.