Happenings in Colorado – family album project

Daniel Gonzales

December 7th, 2010

One Colorado is our newly formed state equality group, with startup money from the Gill Foundation and headed by Brad Clark fresh from his success at One Iowa.  As a politically active Coloradan (some people prefer Coloradoan) and BTB contributor, in the coming months I’m going to be covering the Colorado beat in an attempt to bring national attention to work being done here.

A week ago One Colorado and a coalition of other orgs called on governor elect Hickenlooper to form a safe schools task force.

This week One Colorado announced their Family Album Project to collect images and stories from LGBT Coloradans.  Of course this album will be used as an important tool when meeting with legislators, especially to show that LGBT people don’t just live in Denver but are all across the state in every electoral district.

One Colorado hasn’t yet formally announced their legislative and policy agenda for 2011 but plan on the album project being a key part in working towards those goals as well.

If you’re interested in helping out, start by emailing your photo to One Colorado’s communications manager Jess Woodrum at jessicaw@one-colorado.org.  She’ll probably be in touch with some follow up questions to gather your story and help tell it.

Photo by Mark Manger as published in One Colorado's 2010 statewide LGBT survey results book.


December 7th, 2010

Hey, Daniel.

Start a marriage initiative in the State’s legislature, if that’s doable.

If New Jersey is any example, GOP legislators will be falling over themselves to vote funding in almost any amount for ‘safe schools’, so they can mitigate the harms claimed as part of the marriage initiative.

Hate to be so cynical, but life’s lessons are often of the, er, disappointing kind…

Of course, I’ll just pretend aloud that consequence was the silver lining to the cloud.


December 9th, 2010

Our state House just went Republican.

I don’t think this has much to do with LGBT rights or the economy or anything as much as the failure to pass the Colorado version of the DREAM Act.

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