Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Palizo Italiano: Authentic Northern Italian on Denver's South Pearl Street

Looking for delicious and classic regional Northern Italian food in Denver? 

Look no further than Palizo Italiano for farm-to-fork from local produce, the freshest fish, antipasti, risotto, Colorado striped bass, 48oz ribeye, and much more. And all pasta is hand-rolled in-house from scratch.

Denver Limo, Inc.: The Hottest Limos at the Lowest Prices!

Denver Limo, Inc. is the leader in ground transportation in Denver, Colorado. Providing limousine service in Colorado for over 17 years, Denver Limo, Inc. has the hottest limousines, SUV limos, and Party Buses in the state - and they're currently available at the lowest prices of the year! 

Are You Gay With Something To Say? Bloggers Wanted For Denver's Best Gay Blog!

Are you a new or experienced writer or blogger? Do you want to be? Or maybe you're just some gay guy with something to say? Well, what better forum for you than MileHighGayGuy?

MileHighGayGuy is looking for regular and guest bloggers to write about local news and events, do music and movie reviews, or write opinion or feature pieces from a gay perspective.

These are unpaid positions but offer the opportunity to be published in Colorado's Best Gay Blog (2010, 2011, 2012 OUTstanding Awards, Denver 2012 #WebAwards), expand your audience and gain valuable experience. There's also swag available in the form of free movie and concert tickets, music, books and other cool stuff.

If interested, shoot an email over to Drew Wilson at drew@milehighgayguy.com. And if you've got column or story ideas to pitch, this is the place to do it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Koelbel Urban Homes: The New Modern in Denver

Koelbel Urban Homes (KUH) has quickly emerged as a leader in creating urban neighborhoods that promote community and synergy by integrating life, work and play.

As the newest division of legendary developer Koelbel and Company, KUH is focused on in-fill properties, designing and building innovative homes tailored to each unique site.

Offered homes run the gamut of detached single-family homes to svelte modern attached designs featuring today's popular spaces, such as rooftop decks and open-plan concepts. All KUH homes, of course, are designed for optimum living and with respect for the surroundings.

Uno Mas Taqueria: Farm-to-table, absolutely fresh

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina is one of those cool little hole-in-the-wall gems that once discovered, you don’t want to tell your friends about in case it gets too busy.

They opened in 2013, bringing elevated street tacos to South Pearl, along with specialty tequillas and drinks, traditional tortas, appetizers, and classic Mexican desserts.

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Do you want to advertise to Denver’s gay community? Of course you do, it’s the 7th largest in the United States! And the best way to reach them is with MileHighGayGuy – Colorado’s Best Gay Blog.

Just click the Advertising page or email sales@milehighgayguy.com to get started today.

Mutual of Omaha will no longer deny insurance to applicants who use PrEP

Last week, one of the country’s largest insurance providers has agreed to stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents using the HIV prevention medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Following an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and a separate lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Mutual of Omaha has formally agreed to change its underwriting practices. Fenway Health was proud to assist both efforts with expert testimony and research by Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D., Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute.

“Multiple studies have long shown that Truvada is an incredibly effective way to prevent the transmission of HIV and it is standard to offer it to gay men and others at high risk of infection,” Mayer said. “Mutual of Omaha’s categorical exclusion of Truvada users from life and long-term care insurance was irrational and based on a gross misunderstanding of how HIV gets transmitted.”

Truvada is a tablet containing two types of antiretroviral medication that block HIV from replicating in the body. Taken once a day, Truvada is highly effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. The medication has been approved as a way to prevent HIV transmission by the Food and Drug Administration since 2012 and has been recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2014 as a treatment for people at high risk of HIV infection, such as gay men.

“Throughout the 35 years we’ve been fighting AIDS, we’ve learned that access to medicine and health care isn’t enough. Even when science unambiguously shows the way, we have needed legal advocacy to protect the health of our community,” Mayer added. “We’re incredibly grateful to GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office for taking this on.”

“Ken has been working in this field since day one of the epidemic. His detailed and comprehensive knowledge of PrEP and HIV prevention, coupled with his ability to clearly and directly explain the science were instrumental in this process,” said GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein.

In announcing its agreement with Mutual of Omaha, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office explained that the company “has revised its underwriting practices to ensure that it does not deny, rate, or otherwise take any adverse action against any Massachusetts resident who applies for any type of accident, life, sickness, or health insurance with Mutual of Omaha, including long-term care insurance, based on the applicant’s use of Truvada for PrEP.”

CU Boulder Makes List of the Most LGBTQ Friendly Colleges

College Consensus, a college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published their ranking of 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges for 2019.

Colleges and universities have long been the place where young people find themselves and their people, developing into the people they will be through the rest of their life. That has, historically, been particularly true of LGBTQ youth, who could go from unsupportive homes and communities to find a place where they are accepted for who they are. Today, while society in general is more tolerant than in the past, college can still be a crucial place of safety and growth for LGBTQ young people, which is why College Consensus has published its ranking of 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges. By highlighting institutions that make inclusiveness an intentional aspect of their education and community, College Consensus encourages students to find the place they will feel welcome, and urges schools to consider their own policies and culture.

Institutions in the Best LGBTQ Schools ranking are chosen based on the strength of their student organizations, institutional inclusiveness policies, and recognition by the Campus Pride Index. Schools have been ranked by their College Consensus score (which combines published academic rankings and real student reviews). The full top 25 (in alphabetical order) are:

Augsburg University

Elon University

Harvey Mudd College

Indiana University Bloomington

Ithaca College

Kansas State University

Lehigh University

Macalester College

Montclair State University

Pennsylvania State University

Portland State University (tied)

Princeton University

Rutgers University

San Diego State University

Southern Oregon University (tied)

The Ohio State University

Tufts University

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Louisville

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Washington State University

As College Consensus editors note, "For decades, colleges and universities have been at the vanguard of culture, whether that meant protecting artistic expression or giving young people a forum to voice their political views." However, for LGBTQ students, inclusive policies "can truly be a matter of life or death," particularly as discrimination and hate crimes are still prevalent in many communities. "LGBTQ friendly colleges are critical for the safety and well-being of gay, lesbian, trans, and nonconforming young people all over the nation," the editors explain, providing "a safe space for queer young people, while helping prepare them for a workforce that is still frequently hostile."

While ranking the most LGBTQ Friendly Colleges is somewhat subjective, College Consensus chose their criteria carefully: "a vocal and well-promoted campus pride organization is a clear sign" of acceptance, at least in the campus community, since many are student-led groups. The other level of impact is in official institutional policy: "inclusive language in their student handbook; gender inclusive housing (or gender neutral housing); explicit non-discrimination policies (for instance, women's colleges that are openly welcoming to trans women)." By looking for schools that foreground their inclusiveness with explicit policies, College Consensus could determine what colleges and universities are truly LGBTQ-friendly, rather than just schools that give lip service to inclusiveness.

The Killers: Land of the Free


The Killers have unveiled a new stand alone song “Land Of The Free” with a video by Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee. Recorded at their own Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada and produced by Jacknife Lee, with additional gospel vocals by (vocal co-arranger) Lynn Mabry, Dorian Holley, Will Wheaton, Sherree Patrice Brown, Akasha Mabry and Killers’ touring vocalists Amanda Brown, Danielle RenĂ© Withers and Erica Canales.The Killers invited Spike Lee to make the video for the song, a heartfelt lament inspired by current events and recent national tragedies.

OUT in Theaters: Giant Little Ones

Coming to theaters in March, Giant Little Ones is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery and the power of love without labels.

Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life – until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.

One Colorado: Legislative Session Kickoff & LGBTQ Lobby Day

By Sarah Clark, Denver Metro Organizer, One Colorado

Then, join us at the State Capital as we connect with legislators to ensure that they are passing legislation that ensures a more fair and just Colorado for all.

The only way we can shape the future of equality in Colorado is by making sure our elected representatives hear from us, so make sure you mark your calendar and sign up to join us!

And, don't worry if it's your first time at lobby day, we'll train you AND feed you.

We worked hard last year to ensure a pro-equality majority in both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly. Join us at our Legislative Kickoff Happy Hour to learn about our priorities for the 2019 session, meet some of our pro-equality legislators, and network with other One Colorado supporters.

Grab a drink, meet pro-equality legislators, AND learn about what we're expecting at the state capitol in 2019.

PS: If you're traveling from the Western Slope to Lobby Day, contact Heidi with questions, since she will be coordinating travel. Her email is heidih@one-colorado.org.
PPS: If you are traveling from somewhere else outside the Denver Metro area, limited scholarships are available for anyone who needs assistance making it to LGBTQ Lobby Day. Email me for more details at sarahc@one-colorado.org.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

One Colorado: Only 5 more days to get your health insurance for this year!

By Cara Cheevers, Policy Director, One Colorado Education Fund

Open enrollment ends in five days on January 15, 2019. This is your only time to purchase health insurance for the year, barring specific unforeseen life events. Do you still need to get enrolled? You can talk to a navigator and purchase health insurance online from Connect for Health Colorado.

Are you seeking insurance coverage for transition-related care or a person living with HIV that needs specific prescription drug coverage? We've got some resources that will help find the insurance carrier that's right for you:

2019 Transgender Health Insurance Buyer's Guide

2019 Hormone Therapy Prescription Coverage Guide

2019 PrEP and HIV Prescription Coverage Guide

These guides not only look at whether the seven plans on the marketplace cover behavioral health services, hormone therapy, and gender-affirming surgery, but also review the availability of an LGBTQ health navigator, coverage of puberty blockers for minors, quality of hormone therapy coverage, and HIV prescription coverage.

Don't wait to get covered! You have Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to get health care. Shop online now or call 855-PLANS-4-YOU.

LGBTQ & Allied Organizations Urge Investigation, Critical Reforms Following Second Suspicious Death of a Black Man in West Hollywood Home of Ed Buck

Today, 41 LGBTQ and allied organizations (listed below) released the following statement to demand a thorough investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office of the second death of a Black man at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a prominent political donor, within two years.

According to the LA Times, authorities found 24 syringes, five glass pipes, plastic bags with white powdery residue and a crystal-like substance at the scene when Moore’s body was found. The identity of the latest man found dead at Buck’s apartment has not been released publicly, but the facts are clear — Buck and access to drugs at his apartment are the common denominators in the deaths of Black men, and these continued injustices have yet to be addressed by local law enforcement: 

“We, the undersigned organizations working to advance and empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, act in solidarity with the victims and those impacted by both tragic deaths of Black men at Ed Buck’s home in less than two years.

“We will work in earnest to understand what happened to these men who lost their lives — Mr. Timothy Dean who died on Monday, and Mr. Gemmel Moore, who died under seemingly similar circumstances in July 2017 — and why Buck continues to maintain unsafe spaces for Black gay men.

“Nearly a dozen young men have confirmed Moore’s account and shard personal stories about Buck’s alleged, nefarious practice of injecting Black men with various lethal substances. In light of Monday’s tragedy and the apparent pattern of abuse and death of Black gay men in Buck’s home, we insist that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into both deaths.  

“Given serious and legitimate concerns about how the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office have handled both investigations — including a failure to share critical and timely information about both cases with the greater Los Angeles LGBTQ community and the media — we also believe that an independent, thorough review of their actions is warranted and urge both to make all appropriate, procedural reforms to address the systemic inequities that lead predators to target Black LGBTQ people. We demand this with a historical understanding that if Buck were a Black man living in Watts, Inglewood, Compton, or South Los Angeles or his victims were white men, the investigation and outcome would be different.

“We, the undersigned organizations, join together to acknowledge the systemic and structural forces that make Black gay, bisexual, trans, and queer men vulnerable to predators, including white supremacy, anti-Blackness, heterosexism, wealth gaps, criminalization, and income inequality. We also acknowledge the growing epidemic of crystal meth use and abuse among Black queer men and the lack of attention and resources given to this phenomenon by local, state, and federal governments and organizations who serve Black and/or LGBTQ communities. We affirm the fact that all Black lives matter and call upon elected officials and community leaders to work on solutions that address the root causes of these vulnerabilities.

“The tragic deaths of these two Black men are of great concern during a time when white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and racial violence are pervasive. Although some may blame the victims for their own deaths or shame sex workers, we affirm that the intersection of racism, poverty, homophobia, and biphobia restrict opportunities for Black LGBTQ people in America, sometimes forcing them to turn to commercial sex work for survival, in ways that make them vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation. This is the agonizing reality for too many LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ people of color, and it must be addressed with urgency.

“We also respectfully urge elected officials who have previously accepted contributions from Buck to donate that money to charitable organizations that work to protect and empower Black LGBTQ  people and their communities.

“As we make this demand for justice, we do so understanding that we do not live in silos. The injustices toward people of color, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and other marginalized groups, which continue to increase, impact us all.  Audre Lorde reminds us, ‘difference is a dynamic human condition,’ and that we are all deeply connected. It is in the spirit of protecting those persecuted because of race, gender, ability, sexuality, religion and background that we call for unity against hate and solidarity in love.”


National Black Justice Coalition

National LGBTQ Task Force

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU of Southern California

Advocates for Youth


AIDS Action Baltimore

Arkansas Black Gay Men's Forum


Black AIDS Institute

Bailey House, Inc.

Center for Black Equity

Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality

Center for Disability Rights

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Concerned Citizen

David Cunningham Foundation

Equality California

Equality Florida

Equality North Carolina

Global Justice Institute

Human Rights Campaign

Iconic House of Unforgettable Revlon

Justice4GemmelMooreAndEdBucksOtherVictims Campaign

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice

National Black Women's HIV/AIDS Network

National Organization of Black County Officials

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Nerve Mag


NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

PFLAG National

Prevention Access Campaign

Reframe Health and Justice

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

St.Louis Black Pride

Treatment Action Group (TAG)

Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity


Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Books: Dungeons and Drag Queens

Greg Scarnici's latest book, Dungeons and Drag Queens, is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. 

In it, he recounts some of his shocking and scandalous experiences over twenty-five seasons on New York’s Fire Island. From tea dances in Fire Island Pines to drag competitions in Cherry Grove, Greg paints a picture of what a typical summer on the island of misfit boys is like.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

One Colorado: Last chance to get your tickets for The Purple Ball

By Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, One Colorado

I just finished a walkthrough of the event space for The Purple Ball: from the Hate State to the Great State, and I've got to say - I'm so excited for Wednesday night.

In addition to celebrating our LGBTQ history, we have several musical and special guest appearances that you won't want to miss.

Musical Guest Performances:
♦ Melissa Etheridge, an Academy Award and Oscar Award winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist
♦ Jake Shears, frontman for the band Scissor Sisters
♦ Norbeto "Beto" Mojardin
♦ Denver Gay Men's Chorus

Special Appearances:
♦ Governor Jared Polis and the First Gentleman Marlon Reis
♦ The Honorable Barney Frank, the first gay member of Congress to come out voluntarily
♦ David Mullins and Charlie Craig, the plaintiffs from the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case

Tickets start at $50 for general admission, which will get you access to all the musical guest performances. Looking for something more? Join the Honorable Barney Frank for the Champagne Celebration or Melissa Etheridge for the Rainbow Reception.