I had only read about AIDS in Time magazine, though one of my high school friends had died of the disease a year earlier. During that summer of love, as I attended chef’s school across the bay by day and caroused my new hometown by night, it never occurred to me that I was at risk.
So, my challenge is this: I dare you to do better. I dare you to ask someone what pronouns they use. I dare you to speak up when you hear transphobic language. I dare you to learn about some of the challenges our community faces. I dare you to get to know us. Attend an event during Trans Awareness Week and learn more about the trans members of our community (and just how fabulous we are). Just as we came together during the AIDS crisis and in the marriage equality movement, trans folk need your support when we are being denied our basic humanity and bearing the brunt of the most hideous murders, assaults and abuses.
On Tuesday night, over 300 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and our allies packed into the Stewart Auditorium of the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center for a night of spoken word, music, and mobilization. This special gathering was made possible because of the active collaboration we enjoy with A Queer Endeavor and generous funding from the Twisted Foundation.
Our powerhouse line up of performers and speakers who joined us kept the space full of radical hope and honesty. You can click on each name for more information about their life-changing work.
Many people in the LGBTQ and allied communities were surprised and disturbed by the outcome of the recent presidential election. The election results represent different things to different people, and some in our communities feel shattered and overwhelmed.
Fortunately, we have several decades of research (which started right here in Boulder) that helps us to understand the psychological impact of political events like this on our community. Moreover, this research offers us some important clues about how we can best manage the impact of these events and use them to take care of ourselves and our communities.
I will describe what we know by referring to three different sets of experiences. (The Immediate Aftermath, As Time Goes On, And On To The Future)