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.
We are gearing up to start our Boulder Pride Planning Committee’s and we are looking for volunteers from June-September. These volunteers will make up the LEAD group of people that will head up different aspects of pride, some examples are…
Procuring Auction Items
Helping to plan and organize the Pridefest March
Helping to organize the Saturday night Dance
These are just some things we will need in the coming months!
We offer several groups that meet regularly, and still have needs to meet. If you are interested in facilitating, or co-facilitating, a social and/or support group, please let us know by filling out our Group Facilitator Application. Groups we would like to see form include a sexual orientation group and a veterans group, and we welcome your fabulous ideas as well!
The next MGM is Saturday, June 27th at a private home in Boulder. RSVP to receive location. It starts at 6 p.m.and is FREE for people who come for their first time. After that it is $7 per event. Email Mick Watkins <email@example.com> or Andrew Brown
<firstname.lastname@example.org> who are presently co-presidents to get on the mailing list.
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.