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Our lineup of winners for this year’s — as every year — Power Gala made of truly extraordinary people. Without giving too much away before the party, we decided to sit down and get to know the nominees on a more whimsical level. Enjoy! 

Dr. Davies spearheaded the addition of a mental-health clinic at CU that caters specifically to the community, and it’s known as the CU Health LGBTQ Mental Health Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. The clinic is staffed by second- and third-year psych residents who deeply understand the upset of being cared for by often clueless providers who have the potential to ruin even the most mundane of experiences and, in the process, deter future visits to healthcare facilities — in some cases, permanently. Dr. Davies aims to join other clinics in alleviating that. 

What were you like in high school?

I was into theatre. I was a theatre and choir geek. I loved performing — it was fun. I like some of the newer stuff; I live for Spring Awakening. I have to say, though, that I’m one of two people in the world who walked out of Hamilton before intermission. I was with a friend who just wasn’t having it. It was opening week and we had amazing seats, but he just wasn’t into it. I tease him about it and he feels horrible. I have to go back and see it.

What’s the best part about your day?

The best part about my day is when I get up, go sit out back, and watch my koi pond with my dog while drinking coffee.

If you could choose to live in any era, which would it be?

I would love to live in Edwardian England. Just the formality and style … I mean, it wasn’t a great time for gay men, but … you know, there are ways around that. I love [Showtime’s] Penny Dreadful … Dorian Gray, yum.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I just love something about a boy who didn’t have a lot but was just a good person, and everything opened up to him. I love that book.

What’re some of your guilty pleasures?

Taco Bell. For some reason, everytime I go to yoga in the evening, I’ll do this really healthy thing, then on my way home, get this insatiable craving for a Double Decker Taco Supreme. I’m also totally addicted to reality competition shows like Project Runway, Survivor, Drag Race, shows like that.

What’s something you’re actively trying to become better at?

I’m trying to be less reactive and just take things as they come. For the last two years, I’ve been working really hard at it. I used to be so serious, but now, I try to let things come my way and I let them sit, like “Does this really matter? Does this really affect me? Can I let it go and stay focused on my own motivations?”

If you were forced to wear a warning label, what would it say?

Warning: I mate for life. I’m a Cancer so I’m about home and family. Domestic life is what matters most to me.

If you could give one piece of advice to the world, what would it be?

Be true to your heart. Approach everything with love and honesty. And don’t vote for Trump.

For 2016, OUT FRONT joined forces with the Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for our annual Power Awards ceremony. Traditionally, we’ve called it our Power Party, but this year’s one-two combo makes it more of a gala, so we’re excited to announce a slight break in tradition to bring our community the Power Gala Awards! We’ll be holding the party at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in the grand ballroom. (We’re so stoked.) Our musical interludes are provided by none other than Ty Herndon, Alpha the Musical, and Spinphony.

Be sure to reserve your spot today, before all the seats are accounted for!