OBC Annual Awards

Every year, Out Boulder County honours three outstanding members of our community with the Allies in Action Award, Big Hearts Award, and the Ignite and Inspire Youth Leadership Award.

To nominate a Boulder County resident for one of these three awards, by clicking here


Clela Rorex Allies in Action Award

Jack and Jean Hodges Big Hearts Award

Ignite and Inspire Youth Leadership Award


This prestigious award is named for the woman who set the bar for equal rights in Colorado.  In 1975, Clela Rorex who at the time was the Boulder County Clerk issued the country's first legally administered marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As you can image, this courageous act created widespread publicity and criticism for Ms. Rorex but she never once wavered from her stance even with the risk of losing her job. Since that time Ms. Rorex has continued to be an important ally for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities.

Previous Clela Rorex Allies in Action Award Recipients:

2018 Mandy Blumreich
2017 Dorothy Rupert
2016 Jean Dubofsky
2015 Hillary Hall
2014 Anne Guilfole
2013 Barb Miller
2012 Clela Rorex

Each year Out Boulder recognizes one person who has made outstanding contributions to Boulder County's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Nominations are now open for the 2015 award.  

The Big Hearts Award celebrates a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community who has contributed to the community in a significant fashion. Inspired by Jean and Jack Hodges whose big hearts compelled them to found PFLAG Boulder, the award was first given to them in 2005 and has been given in their honor each year since.

Previous Big Hearts Award Recipients:

2018 Keith Brown
2017 Ann Noonan
2016 John Hoffman
2015 Bethy Leonardi and Sara Staley
2014 Gus Spheeris
2013 Nancy Grimes
2012 Frank O'Cana
2011 Bob Morehouse
2010 Glenda Russell
2009 Casey Gallagher
2007 Dave Ensign
2006 Randy Porter
2005 Jean and Jack Hodges 

This award is given to a youth leader in our community who fires up their community to make change! The winner of Out Boulder County's Ignite and Inspire Youth Leadership Award must be under the age of 25 and made a substantive and inspiring change in Boulder County for the Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) community. Allies are eligible for this award, but LGBTQ-identified leaders will be given priority.

2018 Posthumously honored Wylder Anderson
2017 Fae Willmann
2016 Gav Bell