I write to you regarding the recent graduation ceremonies at Twin Peaks Charter Academy. It was reported in the Daily Camera and national news sources that a student at Twin Peaks, where you serve as Board Chair, was not allowed to give his valedictorian speech at graduation and denied public recognition of his academic honors solely on the basis of his sexual orientation, which was contextually indicated in his proposed speech.
Evan Young was unable to give his speech at graduation, despite graduating with a 4.48 GPA as his class' Valedictorian. There has been a lot of discussion about this "controversial" speech, however we're all glad that now everyone can hear Evan's truth and know he didn't want anything more than to share a special moment with his graduating class of 30.
Out Boulder's Coming Out Support Group has broadened to an LGBTQQ Support Group. The group provides a supportive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning folks ages 18 and up to share their experiences.
This support group provides an opportunity to give and receive peer support around issues like depression, anxiety, relationships, coming out, and substance use and is supported by two peer facilitators with background and training in group facilitation. Whether you are questioning, just coming out or have been out for decades, you are welcome!
Congratulations to Sara Staley, Bethy Leonardi, and Hillary Hall, winners of our 2015 Garden Party Awards! These awards will be presented at our Annual Garden Party on May 31st. More information here: www.outboulder.org/gardenparty2015
Bethy and Sara have spent the last 3 years producing, piloting, and launching their nonprofit training group for schools, called A Queer Endeavor. Their films and subsequent trainings are changing the lives of LGBTQ youth across Boulder County and beyond.
Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Adults and Tobacco's Burden in Colorado
In Colorado as a group, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual* adults smoke at about 2X THE RATE of heterosexual adults. The harassment, discrimination and social stress this group often faces contribute to its tobacco use.
Hello to my Boulder County LGBTQ extended family. My name is Brett Kennedy and I am a psychologist who moved to Boulder a few years ago from NYC. The mountains were calling and my husband and I were eager to leave the concrete jungle behind us. Most of our friends and colleagues thought we were crazy to be gay and to leave NYC for a “small town” that doesn’t even have a gay bar! It is easy to take a lot for granted in NYC and it was hard to argue that we would not feel the loss of a large, diverse LGBTQ community that is ripe with resources and services--- but to presume that a communit
Vote by March 31 to make Out Boulder and Boulder Pridefest the best of Boulder.
Take the survey and vote for Out Boulder as the best non-profit (#77). While you are at it, write us in for the best event (#67) for Boulder Pridefest! You don't have to fill out the entire survey. You can skip entries if you wish -- it is extensive! Vote for as many or as few as you want to for best restaurant, hair salon, food truck, music venue, etc, etc. Thank you for your support!