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Speak Out: Are we all a part of the same dream?

Over the years, I have fondly, yet with a straight face, shared with my friends that I am writing a book called I have a Dream…and you’re not in it. No one really believes I will do it, but the impetus for me even saying it is something that I struggle with each day – when will we have a community with a coordinated dream where everyone is included?...

Speak Out: Why I volunteer

Growing up in a large Catholic family, my mother was very in tune with keeping the household in some sort of organized chaos, assuring that everyone had her or his chores in mind. One of her more common phrases was, '“everyone is doing something.'...

Speak Out: CouncilMom Kniech on a life that’s fabulously ordinary

Long, long ago, in a land far away called Iowa, I went to college. The Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Drake University, aka BGLAD, was the first community where I felt I really belonged. Rarely one to take the easy path when a much more difficult one can be found, I worked with BGLAD to design a Homophobia/Heterosexism workshop for the Greek system, which they actually agreed to let us present to fraternities and sororities....

Speak Out: ‘Putting on the Ritz’

Carl Shepherd, my partner, now lives in a nursing home. I try to take him out to prevent bouts of cabin fever, but because I no longer drive, we have to use RTD, which is not bad considering the alternatives....

Speak Out: The Center makes colorado a home to all

For many in our LGBT community, The Center is home.This year, 38,206 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied visitors came to our space and found hope, encouragement, love and support. All of our programs are made possible through generous support from our Colorado community; individual donors, volunteers, grantors, sponsors, and community partners like Out Front....

Speak Out: I’ll do it my way

Growing up, I was not spared from being bombarded with advertising directed at young women. Products such as cosmetics – eyeliner, mascara and foundation – garments designed to enhance your breasts and diminish your waistline, crippling high heels, cancer causing hair removal products, are everywhere. ...

Speak Out: The gap between ‘LGB’ and ‘T’

Many years ago, as a young adult, I thought I was alone with my experience of being a transsexual. I called the Salt Lake City gay crisis line when I thought there was no other place to go: It was within the gay community that I found support – an experience that has been true for many other transgender people of my generation. I welcomed our inclusion in the LGBTQ movement. Even though our issues come from different orientations, we’ve had enough in common to be in solidarity with one another. ...