Call to Action!

Call to Action!

SUPPORT LGBTQ STUDENTS

Hello Boulder Valley School District Friends and Partners,

The Boulder Valley Safe Schools Coalition has recently been informed that the Boulder Valley School District is receiving complaints about their support of LGBTQ+ students, staff and families. The Board of Education and the Superintendent in particular are receiving these complaints and requests that the District discontinue supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

We need your help in thanking the District for their long standing support of LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families! If you could take a moment to contact Board of Education members and the Superintendent with a personal note to let them know how important the District’s support of the LGBTQ+ community is to you, and specifically the importance of the District’s policies on supporting transgender students that would be wonderful.

Here is the contact information:

Superintendent:
Dr. Rob Anderson superintendent@bvsd.org, 720.561.5114

Board of Education Members:
Shelly Benford (District A) shelly.benford@bvsd.org
Tina Marquis (District B) tina.marquis@bvsd.org
Kathy Gebhardt (District C) kathy.gebhardt@bvsd.org
Sam Fuqua (District D) sam.fuqua@bvsd.org
Donna Miers (District E) donna.miers@bvsd.org
Kitty Sargent (District F) kitty.sargent@bvsd.org
Richard Garcia (District G) richard.garcia@bvsd.org

If you would like to direct your letter to the Board of Education Member that represents your district you can visit the District Map Here.

We appreciate your support in showing the District how much members of the BVSD community truly value and support our LGBTQ+ community!

Thank you so much,
The Boulder Valley Safe Schools Coalition

Congressman Joe Neguse Supports Equality Act of 2019

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse joins a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress to introduce the Equality Act of 2019. The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to ensure that LGBTQ individuals are afforded the same protections against discrimination as every other American.

“I am proud to support the Equality Act to extend protections for all LGBTQ Americans,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The need for these protections is clear; all Americans deserve the right to provide for their families, buy a home, and live their life without fear of harassment or discrimination. LGBTQ Americans deserve to have the same protections as others covered under federal law and it is urgent that we pass the protections in this bill right away.”

“As citizens doing the right thing day after day, our LGBTQ+ communities exist with the reality that at any time and at almost any place we will face discrimination. Our identities and our sexual orientation continue to be lightning rods for those who want to keep us from health care, housing, employment and public accommodations,” said Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County. “At Out Boulder County we remain hopeful that eventually and maybe even this year we will have full protection from discrimination at the federal level.  We are grateful for the number of Congresspeople who have stepped forward to join the Equality Caucus and this very fact gives us hope that equality is on the horizon.”

"More than ten years ago, Colorado passed protections to ensure that LGBTQ Coloradans are treated with dignity and respect, and it’s time for our federal government to do the same,” said Daniel Ramos, Executive Director of One Colorado. “Half of LGBTQ Americans in 30 states remain unprotected from discrimination when trying to access public services, get a job or secure housing. Our community deserves more than patchwork policies to protect ourselves and our families.”

Support for the Equality Act is widespread among businesses with more than 160 corporations endorsing the legislation. The bill is also supported by 70% of Americans and over 20 national and statewide organizations.

Congressman Neguse is one of 157 members of the House LGBTQ Equality Caucus in the 116th Congress, the largest Congressional Equality Caucus in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee of jurisdiction on this bill.

 

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Sustainability Starts With You!

Support Out Boulder County with a recurring gift and join our Circle of Giving!

People who make recurring gifts are the foundation of Out Boulder County’s work. Giving regularly is truly the most efficient, cost-effective and powerful way to support Out Boulder County right now - and the over 15,000 LGBTQ members of our community who rely on us each year. Your regular donation ensures we have a reliable stream of income to provide the services, programming, advocacy and information to Boulder County’s LGBTQ communities.

How Your Recurring Gift Will Make An Impact:

  • $10 a month can provide educational materials for many community members

  • $15 a month can provide bus tickets for youth to transport to and from groups for an entire year!

  • $25 a month can provide supplies for the over 15 groups that we host each week

  • $50 a month can provide lights, heat and water for the space that so many call home

Join our Circle of Giving today and enjoy:

  • Automatic donation from your credit card or checking account

  • The ability to suspend or change your donation at any time

  • The knowledge that your donation is put to work immediately

  • Complete statements for tax purposes

Click here to make your recurring gift and support Out Boulder County!

Things are changing and we want your help!

In the fall, we brought together LGBTQ folks over age 50 for focus groups to discuss how Out Boulder County can be more inclusive and supportive of all ages.  We got some great ideas, and our next step in the process is to bring people together of all ages to build on these ideas and create an even more vibrant LGBTQ community in Boulder County.  

These workshops are scheduled for 3/23/19 at a great location in Boulder; food and drink will be provided.  If you would be available to participate, please fill out the below survey ASAP!  The survey is intended to ensure that our groups are well-balanced.  

To take the survey, click here.

Welcome 2019 Youth Interns!

Every year Out Boulder County hires youth in the community to plan, organize and run our two biggest youth events: The Night of Noise Youth Summit and the LGBTQ and Ally Dance. This year we expanded our youth intern program and have hired 6 youth to put on these events (twice as many interns as last year)!

The Night of Noise Youth Summit is held the evening of the Day of Silence each year. The Day of Silence is the GLSEN's annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students. The Night of Noise event will be held on April 12th this year. Stay tuned for more details!

Our LGBTQ and Ally dance is a great opportunity for the LGBTQ youth in our community come to dance, have fun, access resources, and build community! Many traditional school dances are not welcoming or affirming of LGBTQ individuals or couples, therefore the LGBTQ and Ally Dance serves as a safer space for these youth to be visible and celebrated while having fun and building community! Our LGBTQ and Ally dance will be held on Friday, May 3rd this year at the Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette. Stay tuned for more details to come!

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2019 LGBTQ and Ally Dance Event Planning
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My name is O Stecina, I'm non-binary (they/them), 18 years old, and a Senior at Erie High School. I'm Erie's Senior Class President and President of the GSA club. I enjoy swimming, singing, playing violin, and watching movies and YouTube. I wanted to join the crew because I want to give back to the queer community!

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2018 LGBTQ and Ally Dance Artistic Development
Franky (They/them/theirs)

Franky Branch, they/them, 18 years old. I'm the former president for my high school GSA. I continue to work with OASOS, who informed me of the Out Boulder Community internship opportunity! The chance to give back to my community is wonderful and exciting.

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2019 LGBTQ and Ally Dance Fellowship Intern
Bella (She/her/hers)

Hi there! My name is Bella Russell and I use She/her/hers pronouns. I’m the youngest of three siblings, and am currently 13 years old. I’m an 8th grade student at Westview Middle School in Longmont, Colorado. My main passion is music, and I’ve been playing some kind of instrument since I was 5 years old, including: voice, piano, flute, and ukulele. My mother is native Argentinian so I speak and understand Spanish almost as well as English. I have volunteered my time at my current and prior schools to support various PTA and student activities and look forward to more service in my community regarding volunteer programs supporting equality. My inspiration for joining Out Boulder County comes partly from my eldest brother Cortland, who currently leads the successful national non-profit oSTEM, and who’s encouragement and support has not only helped me in my journey but also many LGBTQ+ professionals.

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2019 Night of Noise Youth Intern
Ashley (She/her/hers)

My name is Ashley Bilbrey (She/Her/hers), I am a 18 year old high school senior, and I've lived in Colorado my entire life. My interests are art and technology. I wanted to join the Out Boulder Youth Intern team because I wanted to contribute to my wonderful community.

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2019 Night of Noise Intern
Luka (He/him/his)

My name is Luka Hooks, my pronouns are he/him/his, I’m 18, and I am a student at Centennial BOCES High School. Outside of school and home life, I work with an organization called Youth Advocating for Change (YAC). In the YAC, our mission is to benefit the underserved youth in our community. I joined the OBC Youth Intern team to give back to a community that is always helping others.

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2019 Night of Noise Fellowship Intern
Laurel (She/her/hers)

Hello! My name is Laurel Galvin, I use she/her pronouns and I'm a freshman and Fairview High School. I'm part of the GSA at my school along with the mountain bike team and the choir and in my free time I love to bike, play soccer, read, write, make music, and hang out with my friends. I joined the OutBoulder intern team because I love the community that OutBoulder offers and I wanted to be a part of it. It's an honor to help improve this community to make life better for myself and people like me everywhere

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2019 Night of Noise Intern Volunteer
Lauren (She/her/hers)

Hey! My name is Lauren van de Poll, I use she/her/hers pronouns, I am 16 years old, and I am a Junior at New Vista High School. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, singing, photography, being outside, writing, and spending time with my loved ones. I wanted to join the Out Boulder 2019 Youth Intern team because I aspire to make a change in my community and I am very interested in non-profit organizations.

Out Boulder County Announces New Brand

This is not a logo. This is a celebration.

After years with our current brand, we've noticed that we've fallen slightly behind the times. This affects not only our presence to donors and partners, but our morale internally.

We are thrilled to announce a new logo (and corresponding brand) for Out Boulder County.

After countless design sessions, substantial vetting with the leadership of the community, and many casual feedback sessions of the entire rainbow, we present to you our newest evolution in brand identity.

We hope you find it as effective, inclusive, and compelling as we do.

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We begin as a rough idea of who we are and gradually add facets to ourselves until we become whole.

This 25th anniversary rebrand represents the evolution of Out Boulder County, the people and community that we represent, the tremendous progress that has been made for our rights, and the battle that we continue to fight every day.

The palette honors the traditional pride flag and all it represents, with the critical inclusion of grey and black to represent the transgender and non-binary community.

For specific context and communities, alternative logos were created.

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Because, frankly, you deserve this.

After 25 years of hard work by thousands of dedicated volunteers, board members, staff, donors, and vendors... OBC deserves a massage and a day at the spa.

But this is more than cosmetic.

The purpose of a brand is not just to provide a common visual language for promotion and communication, but rather to provide a standard, a flag, that everyone can rally behind with confidence, because the battle isn't over.

We hope that this new visual identity gives you, your partners and ours that little extra spark to know that as dark as things seem, we are always evolving and moving forward. Facets and all.

Celebrating our Corporate Changemaker Award Recipient, Seagate Technology

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Seagate is one of the top 5 employers in Boulder County and is the largest business employer in the City of Longmont. When employees gathered on 4/27/18 for their first Pride group, nearly 20 people attended including parents of trans and queer youth. Since then Seagate has been an incredible local partner and was the leading sponsor of the 2018 Longmont and Boulder Pride celebrations. We believe they deserve this year's award because they have touched the lives of so many in our community in such a short time.

Celebrating our Changemaker Award Recipient, Marlon Reis

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Marlon Reis is an accomplished writer and animal welfare advocate. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Reis served on the Board of Directors of Out Boulder and worked with the Community Foundation Boulder County to support local LGBTQ+ organizations.

As the First Gentleman of Colorado, Mr. Reis seeks to advance animal welfare, environmental, and civil rights causes.

PAULA POUNDSTONE

 
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With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.

Poundstone’s razor sharp wit and impeccable timing makes for the perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! When asked about Paula, Wait, Wait host Peter Sagal replied, "Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious.  If you cut her into bits, each piece would be funny. (But don’t!). Air becomes funny having been breathed by her.”

Paula is also an Author.  She just released her second book, the critically acclaimed, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin Books).The book landed at #1 on Amazon Best Sellers lists in humor in Hardcover, Audible and CD. The audio book, read by Poundstone, is one of five finalists for Audio Book of the Year.  Paula voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in Inside Out, winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Her commentaries appear on CBS Sunday Morning and guest appearances include Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Last Call with Carson Daly, Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, Weekend Edition and ‘Puzzle Master’ with Will Shortz!  Oh, and did anyone notice that this past year she was an answer in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle?

Paula was the first woman, in its then 73rd year, to perform standup comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A star of several HBO specials – her 2nd special, Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard marked the first time that elite university allowed its name to be used in the title of a television show.  Paula also starred in her own series on HBO and ABC, The Paula Poundstone Show.  Her memorable coverage of the 1992 Presidential election as a special correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, followed by behind-the-scenes coverage at the 45th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards in 1993 set the standard for those who followed.

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Paula is recognized on Comedy Central’s list of The 100 Best Standup Comics of All Time. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and she is included in innumerable lists, documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.

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Next Steps: 50+ Focus Groups--We need workshop participants!


Last fall, Out Boulder County began a process to better serve members of our community in the second 50 years of life and identify new programming that's necessary and insightful.

In March, we will build on the needs identified in that process by conducting a series of community workshops to explore, discuss, and build on programming ideas and identify how we can better foster community and intergenerational connection. 

We need to hear from you in this process.

Volunteer to join this process by completing a short online application survey: Click here to take the survey.

This opportunity is open to all identities, expressions, and ages. Individuals who are selected to join the workshops will be notified in the next couple of weeks to confirm your participation and your workshop time and location. 

Your views are essential to this process, so please take 10 minutes to complete the survey and apply.