Today marks 50 years since a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City ignited a violent, multi-day rebellion after patrons of the bar resisted the discriminatory conditions they long endured from the New York City Police Department. Black and brown transgender women, queer women, and drag queens led this resistance and gave birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
With the Supreme Court’s historic legalization of same sex marriage in 2015, Congress’s recent approval of the Equality Act, and the increased acceptance and representation of LGBTQ people in popular culture, we have undeniably come a long way from the time when cops routinely raided gay bars and being outed nearly guaranteed a person would be blacklisted or ostracized by friends and family and legally barred from employment in most occupations.
We are eternally grateful to those brave women - including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie. These women’s legacies did not begin or end with Stonewall. But today we take a moment to remember them and their contributions to the movement. Can you honor the legacies of these women with a gift of $50, $25, or 5?
They paved the way for Colorado to have elected the country's first openly gay governor, Jared Polis, and our state's first transgender lawmaker, Brianna Titone. This tuning point in our collective history was the keystone for all the rights and protections the LGBTQ community has today, including our state's nondiscrimination protections, our conversion therapy ban, and making it easier for transgender and nonbinary Coloradans having identity documents that reflect their authentic selves.
And, we still have work to do. Transgender Americans are denied the honor of serving their country in the armed forces. HIV prevention medication is neither affordable nor accessible to high-risk populations. Transgender women of color are being murdered in alarming numbers across the country.
Can you give $50, $25, or $5 today to continue to support our work for transgender equality in Colorado? Our work and success at One Colorado is a result of the generosity from supporters like you.
Team One Colorado
Daniel, Sheena, Cara, Garrett, Sarah, Jordan, Heidi