The Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and OUT FRONT are officially inviting you to the 21st Annual Power Gala!
For the last 21 years, we have been honoring those in our community who tirelessly advocate for the LGBTQ community. This year, we are excited to be honoring some of 2019’s most impactful queers and LGBTQ allies in Colorado.
Join us on October 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. as we dine, drink, and celebrate!
Grab your tickets before they sell out!
2019 Power Winners
Brianna’s story is like that of many Colorado public servants. As a local resident who loves her state, she decided to take the plunge into politics despite having a background suited for the FBI, and now she’s one of our elected representatives. One thing makes Titone’s rise to power even more remarkable: she’s a trans woman who was able to overcome the often-insurmountable stigmas against trans people to get elected. We’re honoring her numerous contributions to the queer community and all of Colorado.
We may be closer than ever to curing AIDS, but we still aren’t quite there when it comes to curing stigma. That’s where Michael Dorosh comes in. After a positive HIV diagnosis changed his life, he dedicated his whole self to the cause, working around the clock for HIV and AIDS awareness. We’re so honored to be recognizing him for his work over the years as he works to smash the stigma. Here’s to you, Michael!
Being a teen is tough, especially when it’s 2019 and you’re a 14-year-old drag queen. But Ophelia Peaches never misses a beat in her jaw-dropping numbers or when it comes to supporting the community through activism and outreach. Dragutanute, the youth organization she pioneered with her mother, Robin Johnson, is providing a safe space for youth to be in drag, and Ophelia is at the forefront of that fight. It’s a treat to get to honor her this year.
A man who needs no introduction, Wade Frisbie lead the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce for years, helping the group to bring in revenue, make impactful connections with other minority organizations, and push the LGBTQ agenda in the most healthy and helpful way possible. Now, he’s moved on to head up his own company, Frisbie Financial, a business that primarily serves queer people and their unique financial needs. He left the Chamber in good hands and continues to use his power to make people happy. It’s great to see him on the other side of this award in 2019.
Nothing heals a community in duress like the love of a parent, and that’s where PFLAG comes in. The Denver chapter of this awesome organization is dedicated to supporting youth, whether that means stepping in to show support during a time of need or offering up scholarship money to help brighten futures. They’re the defenders of our queer future, and they wholeheartedly deserve our support.
Realtors are a dime a dozen, but good realtors who understand how tough the buying and selling market can be are incredibly rare. Queer people often have a hard time opening up about their home-buying needs, and that’s where Peak Properties comes in. As a queer-run business started by two husbands who wanted the experience for LGBTQ folks to be better, they treat every family unit like a vibrant and beautiful contribution to our community. Companies like Peak are needed in 2019, and we’re honored to call them Business of the Year.
Corporate Ally of the Year
In the world of cutthroat corporate competition, it’s easy to pass up compassion. That’s where Hilton stands out from the rest. They prioritize diversity and inclusion and train their managers to treat everyone the same. In addition, they’ve used their power for good and have partnered with nonprofits and human rights groups to help further LGBTQ and human rights. They completely deserve the title of Corporate Ally of the Year.
This year’s Power Gala will be hosted by Denver’s own queen, Evelyn Evermoore!
With special performances by Phantom Circus who will be serving up the circus realness all night!