Friday, October 20, 2017

Cherry Creek North: Have You Ever Been Someplace That Just Feels Right?

One hundred and forty years ago, Cherry Creek North was part of a small town called Harman. Since then, Cherry Creek North has emerged as a staple in the fabric of Denver and Colorado, blossoming into a very special mixed-use district.

What sets it apart? Perhaps it’s the walkability of the area, or lodging that provides all the comforts of home. Maybe it’s the laughter spilling out of a gallery during a nightly wine tasting, or alfresco dining on a patio laced with flowers. When you’re in Cherry Creek North, you can sit back and exhale. Life feels good here. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Debt Free Guys: 10 Answers to Help You Conquer Your Debt


On September 20th, Denver's Debt Free Guys hosted Experian #CreditChat where they shared their story of getting out of $51k in credit card debt and use 10 questions provided by Experian to help find the tools, tips, and tricks that will allow you to conquer debt.

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Attorney General Sessions’ Oversight Hearing Testimony

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing:

“President Trump has emboldened and enabled hate and division in our country – and Attorney General Sessions is a powerful leader of his divisive agenda. From restricting voting rights, to putting immigrant youth at risk, to issuing a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, Sessions is at the forefront of this administration’s actions to roll back important civil and human rights protections.

Despite probing questioning by Democratic senators, led by Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Sessions failed to justify the Trump administration’s systematic effort to undermine civil rights laws and protections. Sessions also ducked important questions about his office’s collusion with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to remove key DACA protections, and with Justice Department involvement with Trump’s sham voter suppression commission.

The significant powers of the Justice Department should not be wielded to serve President Trump’s divisive political agenda. America needs an Attorney General who will enforce our civil rights laws and protect all people. Until that is the case, Congress must continue to use its significant oversight powers to hold Sessions and the rest of the Trump administration accountable for their harmful and dangerous attacks on civil and human rights.”

Fits - Hot Topic

Today, Fits have shared "Hot Topic," the latest from their upcoming debut album, All Belief is Paradise. AdHocwho premiered the track today are saying it's "anthemic and cathartic," while the band's Nicholas Cummins says "This song is about losing your voice, getting caught in the throat, and missing an opportunity to stand up for yourself and who you are." All Belief Is Paradise is available for pre-order now and due out 11/17 via Father/Daughter Records.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

George Michael - Fantasy

A remastered version of George’s stunning 1996 MTV Unplugged performance will also be available as an album for the very first time as part of the Deluxe box set, 2CD and digital editions. The concert took place at the Three Mills Island Studios in East London on Friday 11 October, 1996 and featured George playing ten of his finest songs from the Wham!, Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 (Freedom ’90) and Older eras in an intimate setting.  Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 will also be reissued on vinyl.

Fantasy, a reworked single by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers is currently available to stream and is on A-list rotation on BBC Radio 2.

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was Georges second solo album. Arranged, produced and almost completely written by George himself, it eloquently confirmed him as a pioneering, agenda-setting artist. 

The staggering success of George’s first solo album Faith resulted in him becoming one of the few artists who could shift millions of albums worldwide.  This, of course, was a dream scenario for the label but George had different plans.  Unable and unwilling to be a 24-hour pop star, constantly in the media spotlight, George felt he needed to follow his artistic instincts regarding how his work should be presented. He decided he would not appear on Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1s album cover or be available to physically promote the album beyond select interviews, but instead gave the label the David Fincher-directed Freedom! ‘90, which featured five of the most recognizable beauties on the planet, lip-syncing in place of George. This resulted in a difference in opinion between George and the label over how the album was promoted.

A multi-platinum-selling worldwide chart-topper which reached Number 1 in the UK (where it outsold Faith and went 4X platinum), Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was the sound of a precedent-setting, boundary-pushing global superstar going his own way.

Shortly after the album’s release, George met his great love Anselmo Feleppa. His anger at Anselmos tragic early death, together with his frustration over how the US label had marketed his album contributed to his decision to embark on the traumatic court case with Sony. This left him blocked creatively for almost two years, during which time he made a conscious decision to channel all his energy into challenging the standard recording contract and fighting a corner for all artists. George lost the case but gained the personal and artistic freedom he craved.

Nearly twenty-seven years on, George and Sony have long reconciled. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 remains a remarkable, timeless work, from the beautifully judged protest songs Praying For Time and Mothers Pride, to the intimate Cowboys & Angels, via the autobiographical Freedom! ‘90. This was music George Michael felt truly committed to.

‘George Michael: Freedom’ tells the gripping, dramatic story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, the court case which followed and George’s personal struggle and pain as he loses Anselmo. Many have tried and failed, but George succeeded in reuniting the Freedom! '90 videos five supermodels. Other contributors include world famous artists such as Stevie Wonder whose They Won’t Go When I Go was Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’s only cover; Elton John who describes the album as George’s “masterpiece”; Liam Gallagher who says George has “Lennon in him”; Mary J Blige who reminds us that George “broke all the rules for everybody”; Tony Bennett, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Kate Moss, Tracey Emin, Ricky Gervais, French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt, Jean-Paul Gaultier and James Corden. There are contributions from some of the record company executives who were so uncomfortable facing one of their major artists in court and from the case lawyers.

‘George Michael: Freedom’ will air this Saturday/October 21st at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Raises Serious Concerns About Attorney General Sessions’ Job Performance

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of the oversight hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising serious concerns about the Justice Department’s record on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community. The hearing marks the first appearance by Attorney General Sessions before that committee.

“Senators must take seriously their oversight responsibility and publicly explore his troubling record of rolling back the civil and human rights of our nation’s most vulnerable communities,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, in her letter. “Based on his anti-civil rights record, our coalition opposed Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General. Unfortunately, our concerns have been realized. Since his confirmation in February, Sessions has advanced an anti-civil rights agenda and has failed to be an Attorney General for all people and communities.”

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member,

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I am writing in advance of tomorrow’s U.S. Department of Justice oversight hearing to raise serious concerns about the department’s record under President Trump on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community.

More than seven months ago, members of this committee narrowly voted to advance the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the nation’s 84th Attorney General. Tomorrow marks the first time this Attorney General will testify before this committee, and he must be held accountable for the actions he has taken since his confirmation in February. Senators must take seriously their oversight responsibility and publicly explore his troubling record of rolling back the civil and human rights of our nation’s most vulnerable communities.

Sessions’ hostility to civil rights is longstanding. Over three decades ago, when he was nominated for a federal judgeship in Alabama, Coretta Scott King sent a letter to this committee about the damage Sessions would do if confirmed to the federal bench. “I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made everywhere toward fulfilling my husband’s dream that he envisioned over twenty years ago.” As a senator for two decades, Sessions had a record of consistently opposing civil and human rights legislation, bearing out the concerns expressed by Mrs. King.

Based on his anti-civil rights record, our coalition opposed Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General. Unfortunately, our concerns have been realized. Since his confirmation in February, Sessions has advanced an anti-civil rights agenda and has failed to be an Attorney General for all people and communities.

Despite testifying during his confirmation hearing that “We must continue to move forward and never back,” Sessions has stood on the wrong side of history and has moved our nation backward on a number of core civil and human rights issues. In particular, we are concerned about his actions to undermine voting rights, sentencing reform, policing, and LGBTQ rights. On these issues, some of the department’s most egregious actions have included:

Voting rights:
• On February 27, the Department of Justice dropped the federal government’s claim that a Texas voter ID law under legal challenge was intentionally racially discriminatory, despite having successfully advanced that argument in multiple federal courts. The district court subsequently rejected the position of the Sessions Justice Department and concluded the law was passed with discriminatory intent.
• On June 28, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division sent a letter to 44 states demanding extensive information on how they maintain their voter rolls. This request was made on the same day that President Trump’s so-called Commission on Election Integrity sent letters to all 50 states demanding intrusive and highly sensitive personal data about all registered voters.
• On August 7, the Justice Department filed a brief in the Supreme Court in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute arguing that it should be easier for states to purge registered voters from their rolls – reversing not only its longstanding legal interpretation, but also the position it had taken in the lower courts in that case.

Criminal justice:
• On February 23, Sessions withdrew an earlier Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the department’s use of private prisons.
• In a March 31 memo, Sessions ordered a sweeping review of consent decrees with law enforcement agencies relating to police conduct – a crucial tool in the Justice Department’s efforts to ensure constitutional and accountable policing. The department also tried – unsuccessfully – to block a federal court in Baltimore from approving the department’s own proposed consent decree with the city on police practices, arguing that there were “grave concerns” with an agreement that the department itself had negotiated over a multi-year period.
• On May 12, Sessions announced in a two-page memo that the Department of Justice was abandoning its Smart on Crime initiative by overturning the criminal charging policy put in place by the previous administration.
• On August 28, Sessions lifted the Obama administration’s ban on the transfer of some military surplus items to domestic law enforcement. The guidelines rescinded by Sessions were created in the wake of Ferguson.
• On September 15, the department ended the Community Oriented Policing Services’ Collaborative Reform Initiative, a Justice Department program that aimed to help build trust between police officers and the communities they serve.

LGBTQ rights:
• On February 22, the Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights jointly rescinded Title IX guidance clarifying protections under the law for transgender students.
• On July 26, the Department of Justice filed a legal brief arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation – a decision that contravened recent court decisions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance.
• On September 7, the Department of Justice filed a brief with the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission arguing that businesses have a right to discriminate against LGBTQ customers.
• On October 4, the Department of Justice filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president’s transgender military ban.
• On October 5, Sessions reversed a Justice Department policy which clarified that transgender workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
• On October 6, the Department of Justice issued sweeping religious liberty guidance to federal agencies, which will create a license to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and others.

In addition to these concrete actions, the department in May published a revised list of priorities for the Civil Rights Division that excluded all mention of the need for constitutional policing, combatting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, or protecting people with disabilities. The same budget document called for cutting 121 positions from the Civil Rights Division. This is especially troubling as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Division, which was created by passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

In August, The New York Times reported that the “Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.” This investigation and enforcement effort was planned to be run out of the Civil Rights Division’s front office by political appointees, instead of by experienced career staff in the division’s educational opportunities section.

Sessions testified at his confirmation hearing that “The Department of Justice must never falter in its obligation to protect the civil rights of every American, particularly those who are most vulnerable.” The Leadership Conference agrees with that statement but – time and again – Sessions’ actions as Attorney General, as outlined above, have failed to live up to that rhetoric.

Today, two months after horrifying acts of white supremacy, violent extremism, and domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Va. – at a time when the United States has a leader whose presidency has emboldened and enabled forces of hate and division in this country – our nation deserves an Attorney General who will vigorously enforce federal civil rights laws and stand with our most vulnerable communities. Sessions is failing in that regard, and I urge you to hold him accountable during tomorrow’s Department of Justice oversight hearing.

Thank you for your consideration of our views. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Mike Zubrensky, Chief Counsel and Legal Director, or Sakira Cook, Senior Counsel, at (202) 466-3311.


Vanita Gupta
President & CEO

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Travel: Loving Philly's LGBT Nightlife

LGBT revelers of every stripe meet their nightlife matches among the buzz-worthy bars, restaurants and nightclubs in and beyond Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. After dark, partying patrons enjoy laid-back vibes and delicious cocktails at recent additions Toasted Walnut and Writers’ Block Rehab, atthewell-rounded club scenes of Woody’s and Voyeur and at bar-nightclub hybrids—venues with bars on the first floors and dancing on the second—Franky Bradley’s and Tavern on Camac. Then, there’s the late-night food scene, featuring stylish go-tos like Bud & Marilyn’s and Zavino along the restaurant row that is 13th Street, plus quick noshes in the wee hours.

Meet the Chefs of Season 15 of Top Chef - Competing Right Here In Colorado!

For season 15 of Top Chef, the competition reaches new heights as the chefs battle it out on an epicurean road trip through Colorado, traveling to Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen. 

From deconstructing the Denver Omelet and preparing Rocky Mountain Oysters to tailgating with the Broncos, the level of competition for these 15 talented chefs is going to be a mile high. With the judges looking for the chefs’ peak performances, the challenges will test the competitors’ culinary abilities in picturesque locales including a food festival in Larimer Square, a blizzard infused campfire cook-off, and cauldron cooking at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. 

Meet the New Chefs:  
Fatima Ali - New York, NY
Tyler Anderson - Simsbury, CT
Carrie Baird -Denver, CO
Adrienne Cheatham - New York, NY
Laura Cole - Denali National Park, AK
Joseph Flamm - Chicago, IL
Rogelio Garcia - San Francisco, CA
Tanya Holland - Oakland, CA
Bruce Kalman- Los Angeles, CA
Brother Luck - Colorado Springs, CO
Melissa Perfit - San Francisco, CA
Tu David Phu - Oakland, CA
Joe Sasto – Los Angeles, CA
Christopher Scott - Brooklyn, NY 

Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins - San Diego, CA

In addition, social media star Logan Paul heads to Boulder and Olympians Gus Kenworthy, Meryl Davis and John Daly will challenge the chefs in an all-around culinary competition focusing on speed, precision and freestyle.

Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist Andrea Gibson Brings Tour to Boulder


Award-winning spoken word poet Andrea Gibson (they/them/their) will embark on a 40-date headlining North American "HEY GALAXY Tour" in 2018. The tour comes to Boulder on February 10th at the Boulder Theater, with Gibson bringing their compelling brand of spoken word to some of the biggest stages of their career.

Gibson has been known to make audiences laugh out loud at the hilarious mundanities of life while leading them to tears minutes later recounting stories of vulnerability and heartbreak. Andrea's poems are a cathartic and insightful look into how we handle the world around us. Of Gibson's writing and live performance, The Rumpus said, "Gibson had charged the air around me with electricity" while Curve stated, "Gibson's way with words will make the tough weak in the knees."

Gibson hopes the upcoming live shows will unite and inspire audiences to remain truthful, loving and celebratory even in the midst of the chaos of current day.

"The poems on this album were written to live out loud, to be rally cries for action, hope, and beauty during a time when justice is begging us to lace our boots," Andrea said. "I want the shows to ring with possibility, for people to leave newly inspired to step into their enormous hearts, to be lit up with a desire to speak truth to power, while celebrating our recognition that we are not alone, that we are in this together." Gibson recently released two pieces off of 'HEY GALAXY,' including a rallying reflection on the Pulse Nightclub shooting entitled, "Orlando." The second track released, "Your Life" is a nostalgic look at coming to terms with one's own queerness.

MGMT: Little Dark Age


MGMT have released the title track for their long-awaited new album with the single "Little Dark Age." The song "Little Dark Age" was born out of a spring 2017 studio session, following a year spent writing and recording material in New York and Los Angeles. The track is accompanied by a shadowy, cinematic music video featuring sinister and surreal vignettes of members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser dressed in flamboyant gothic attire, stalked by the figure of Death.

New trans military ban brief from NCLR, GLAD calls out Trump administration

Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) hit back at the Trump administration's defense of its transgender service ban in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. NCLR and GLAD filed a brief refuting last week’s Trump Administration claims that no harms have resulted from the ban. In their brief, NCLR and GLAD demonstrate to the court why Interim Guidance issued by the military does not protect transgender troops from the irreparable harms the ban has been inflicting on them since it was announced in July.  NCLR and GLAD urge the court to stop the ban now, before it takes full effect in March 2018.

Transgender service members with decades of exemplary service face military discharges that will end their careers. They are forced to choose between leaving the military now to find another means of financial support for themselves and their families, or living without income while this legal challenge works its way through the courts. 

This dilemma creates an urgent need to resolve this case now, both to protect service members and to prevent the Armed Forces from losing trained, highly skilled troops. 

The filing calls out the Government’s “fanciful” notion that the Interim Guidance shields the President’s order from judicial review. The Interim Guidance merely attempts to “paper over the wreckage caused by the ban” and fails to address the significant harms already put in motion:
  • Nothing in the Interim Guidance prevents the reversal of the current policy permitting open service from taking effect on March 23, 2018.
  • Nothing in the Interim Guidance allows qualified transgender Americans to join the  military or enroll in service academies or ROTC programs.
  • Nothing in the Interim Guidance changes the fact that this Administration has issued a flurry of conflicting instructions about healthcare for transgender troops that are causing ongoing confusion and delayed care.
  • Nothing shields transgender service members from adverse treatment as a new sub-class of individuals, deemed unfit for reasons completely unrelated to their qualifications, capabilities, or past performance.

“The Administration can’t hide from the consequences of its actions,” said Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and one of two lead attorneys on Doe v. Trump. “They brand transgender people unfit for service but want the Court to believe that nothing has changed for transgender service members on the front lines. There is no question that banning transgender people from military service harms them. President Trump’s ban must be stopped before it does any more damage to our troops and our military.”

“Thousands of transgender service members and their families cannot afford to wait,” said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, the other lead attorney on Doe v. Trump. “This administration demeans and degrades those who have given decades of exemplary service to our country or who have dreamed for years of enlisting but are banned from doing so for reasons that have nothing to do with ability or qualifications. We need our courts to provide these Americans and their families with swift justice.”  

Today’s filing is supported by powerful new declarations from former military leaders denouncing and disproving claims made in last week’s Trump administration filing.

According to Naval Postgraduate School Professor Mark J. Eitelberg, the ban: “prevents transgender service members from serving equally with their peers; it imposes substantial limitations on their opportunities within the military; and it negatively impacts their day-to-day relationships with co-workers and other service members.”

Former United States Secretary of the Navy Raymond Edwin Mabus, Jr. said the ban will limit Naval deployment opportunities. “If a sailor may not be available for the full length of a deployment, command knows that they will have to expend significant resources to backfill staffing needs in order to address the diminishment of resources. Rather than face those challenges, command will predictably make assignments based on certainty about sailors’ ability to serve the full length of deployment.”

Former Secretary of the United States Air Force Deborah Lee James explained, “Transgender Airmen with deployment terms that extend beyond March 2018 will [] lose opportunities for assignments because command will not be able to determine with certainty that transgender Airmen will be present for the entire duration of the deployment.”

“The harm extends beyond the individuals involved to the whole ethos of the military as a meritocracy where all Americans who want to serve and can meet its standards should be afforded the opportunity to do so. Unjustified, categorical bans on Americans qualified and ready to serve diminishes that organizing principle,”  said Former United States Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

Also today, 15 attorneys general from across the country stood with NCLR and GLAD in calling for an immediate halt to President Trump’s transgender military ban by filing an amicus brief in Doe v. Trump. The states joining the brief include Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont,  as well as the District of Columbia.
The Attorneys General “friend-of-the-court” brief supports plaintiffs’ argument that the ban is unconstitutional, undermines national security and military readiness, and violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who led the effort on the states’ amicus brief, said: “Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve. Together with my colleagues, I am filing this brief today to ensure inclusion and opportunity for everyone who puts on a uniform.”

Friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the plaintiffs in Doe v. Trump are being or have been filed by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) along with several state-based transgender advocacy organizations, the Trevor Project, and 11 leading medical, nursing, mental health and other health care organizations.

To access NCLR and GLAD’s brief as well as the amicus briefs submitted today, click here.