Friday, June 28, 2019

50 Years After Stonewall: The Work Ahead

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, MAP, in partnership with the Center for American Progress, GLAAD, and the Human Rights Campaign, is releasing an updated edition of Understanding Issues Facing LGBT People in the U.S. Led by transgender women, drag queens, homeless LGBT teens, lesbians, gay men, and allies, many of whom were people of color, the Stonewall Riots, which came in response to an early morning police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City targeting LGBT people, were a key turning point in the fight for LGBT equality in the United States.

Fifty years later, much has been accomplished, yet much still remains to be done. The landmark marriage equality ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 2015 allowed same-sex couples to marry nationwide, yet the federal government is arguing that employers should be allowed to legally fire LGBT people, and that adoption agencies should be able to keep kids in foster care rather than allow them to be adopted by qualified, loving, same-sex parents.

This primer highlights the major areas in which equality as advanced for LGBT people, as well as the continued legal barriers to fully participating in American life. It is no longer a crime to be gay, yet many LGBT people still experience discrimination when simply going about their daily lives—whether eating at a diner with their families or friends, trying to obtain safe and inclusive healthcare, or interacting with the criminal justice system. Just last month, MAP released a new map showing which states ban the use of so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in court. These defenses are legal strategies in which a person who has committed a violent crime against an LGBT person will claim that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity caused the attacker to commit the crime.

One Colorado: Remembering Stonewall

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.

In solidarity,

Team One Colorado
Daniel, Sheena, Cara, Garrett, Sarah, Jordan, Heidi

NBJC on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Resistance

Today, June 28, is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Resistance. On June 28th, 1969, as the Stonewall Inn was being raided by New York police, it is said by many that Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender freedom fighter threw a shot glass against a mirror which instigated moments of resistance that lasted for days, igniting the Gay Liberation Movement. This is still known as ‘the shot glass heard around the world.’

In recognition of the anniversary, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the following statement:

“As we celebrate both the victories that have been gained in the fight for intersectional social justice as well as the battles that remain, it is important to celebrate Marsha P. Johnson’s legacy and to honor the contributions that she made by ensuring that spaces created by and established for Black people reflect the fullness of our diversity. Annually, journalists, pundits, and trolls alike question the value and necessity of historically Black institutions like HBCUs, Jack and Jill of America, and Black Greek letter organizations. Now, more than ever, in the face of increasing hate crimes and hate speech, it is important for all Black leaders and the institutions they lead to acknowledge and support all Black people, which, so we’re clear, includes Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving people.

“In the spirit of celebrating Black Pride during Pride Month, let us remember the sacrifices made to ensure that all Black people get free—that is, to ensure that all Black people are safe, healthy, and able to exist without explanation or apology.

“Let’s ensure that pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts include an appropriate recognition of the contributions that Black leaders like Marsha P. Johnson and NBJC Black Transgender Advisory Council leaders like Nala Toussaint, Senior Minister Carmarian D. Anderson, and Londyn Richelou made and are making to the movement.”

DNC on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, DNC Treasurer William Derrough, and DNC Secretary Jason Rae released the following statement:

“Today, we celebrate the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We honor the courage and diversity of the activists at Stonewall. We remember heroes like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – two trans women of color – whose bravery changed our country for the better. And we recognize all who have followed in their footsteps to fight for the dignity and equality every human being deserves.

“50 years after Stonewall, that fight continues. There is no doubt that we’ve made progress. From Lawrence, Windsor, and Obergefell, to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act, to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, our nation has taken great strides forward in our march toward a more perfect union.

“But we still have so much work left to do. The legal protections that so many LGBTQ Americans and their allies have fought for are under threat. For two and a half years, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have tried to drag our nation backwards, emboldening bigots and breaking Trump’s empty promise to support the LGBTQ community. From banning transgender troops from serving in our nation’s armed forces, to undermining workplace discrimination protections, to opening the door for the denial of health care services to trans Americans, his administration has rolled back our progress time and time again.

“No one should face violence, bullying, or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. But in the face of Trump’s bigotry, the Democratic Party has a message for LGBTQ people everywhere: We see you. We hear you. We have your back, and we will never stop fighting for your rights.

“In the last election cycle, LGBTQ Democrats ran for office and won in record numbers, tearing down old barriers and transforming our democracy. As we head toward Election Day in 2019 and 2020, we’re going to continue to stand with the LGBTQ community. We’re going to carry the standard of every American who said enough is enough and love is love. And we’re going to keep fighting with the courage and pride of the countless activists and organizers who came before us.”

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The seventh and final season of Orange is the New Black premieres on Netflix on July 26

Orange Is The New Black ushered in a monumental era of television, and for six unforgettable seasons has fearlessly tackled some of the most difficult, relevant, and human stories of our time. In its final season, the ladies of Litchfield come to terms with the fact that prison has changed them forever. Piper struggles with life on the outside, while life in Max, as corrupt and unjust as ever, goes on without her. Taystee’s friendship with Cindy still hangs in the balance as her life sentence looms, Gloria and her kitchen staff are confronted by the harsh realities of Polycon’s newest profit stream, while others chase drugs or dreams and grapple with the reality of their place in this world.

This season, the cast and creators of Orange Is The New Black are honoring the passionate fans that have evangelized this beloved show over the years, by having the Orange Army themselves create the key art for the series finale. 

Ten dedicated, talented, and diverse artists from across the globe—the UK, Armenia, Brazil, Italy, and the US – were hand selected via social media to have their showpiece displayed across busses, buildings, and billboards all over the world, in celebration of the seventh and final season premiere.

San Francisco to create Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

As the City prepares to celebrate San Francisco Pride this weekend, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday authored by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to create the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, bringing additional funding and resources to one of the country's most important LGBTQ neighborhoods.

“The Castro has been recognized worldwide for half a century as a symbol of LGBTQ liberation and as an enclave for LGBTQ people to find safety, acceptance, and chosen family,” said Mandelman, who represents the Castro on the Board of Supervisors. “The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will be an important tool to ensure that the Castro remains a vibrant LGBTQ neighborhood well into the future.”

The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will join the list of other recognized Cultural Districts including the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in the Tenderloin and Leather LGBTQ Cultural District in SoMa. In November of 2018, San Francisco voters approved Proposition E, reallocating a portion of hotel tax revenues for arts and cultural purposes including Cultural Districts.

“The Castro has renowned anchor businesses that are synonymous with San Francisco like the Castro Theater, Cliff’s Variety and Twin Peaks Tavern. It is host to many community organizations including the Castro Country Club, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Strut and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. History has been made in the neighborhood at sites like Harvey Milk’s Camera Shop and the storefront where the AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived,” Mandelman said. “I am proud that this ordinance will allow the Castro to access critical resources to support the small businesses, non-profits, cultural institutions and people that make the neighborhood the heart of our city’s LGBTQ community.”

The boundaries of the cultural district include the Castro and nearby LGBTQ community-serving institutions including the San Francisco LGBT Center, Openhouse’s recently opened LGBTQ-welcoming senior housing and the new home of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ National LGBTQ Center for the Arts.

The law requires the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to work with community members and nonprofits to create written reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor describing the cultural attributes of the District and proposing strategies to acknowledge and preserve the cultural legacy of the neighborhood. It also allows the Castro to access a portion of the $3 million in dedicated funding for Cultural Districts created by Proposition E.

National LGBTQ Task Force: Join Madonna

By Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Gun violence is a deadly epidemic in our communities and our country. LGBTQ people no longer feel safe entering our schools, attending Pride parades, or even hitting the dance floor on a summer night. Gun violence is robbing us of the health and safety we all deserve.

Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced a new partnership with Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation to grow our violence prevention work, especially as it affects transgender women of color.

Join Madonna and donate to support our gun violence prevention work today!

We see Madonna’s dedication to a Revolution of Love as synchronistic with our #BeYou campaign. The Task Force works to create the spaces and conditions for LGBTQ people to live free, to be you! In order for us to move towards a day when we can be all of ourselves, all of the time, we must eradicate violence, including gun violence.

LGBTQ people, particularly Black transgender women, have a higher risk of violent death, which is related to anti-LGBTQ stigma and discrimination. The Pulse shooting in 2016 focused attention on violent bigotry against LGBTQ people. At the same time, there is so much more to the epidemic than mass murders. There are murders by the police, there are murders related to domestic violence, and the murders of sex workers. Violence against trans women of color is devastating our community.

Join Madonna and donate to support our gun violence prevention work today! All donations will be matched dollar for dollar through the end of the month.

We will continue to organize on the ground, convene our greater community, and push for policies that end gun violence.

Thank you for your support!

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GoNaked Mag Offers Free Cannabis-Related Downloads

Nick from GoNaked Magazine is offering six free cannabis related books for you to download on their site (NSFW) until Sunday night. From grow guides to cookbooks - there's a little something to pique your curiosity.

Why cannabis? Nick offers three reasons:

1) I've been studying the effects of weed to help chronnic pain and anxxiety. While I make and partake in edibles occasionally, I'm enjoying learning about the endocannaboid system and the medical benefits of weed.

2) In the next month's issue, I review The Magical Butter Machine - a device to help novice/expert cannabis users make tasty infused treats. (You can also use the machine for non-weed related food, crafts, and body care products)

3) I am hoping to bring you an article in August by Alec White, photographer of "Naked Boys Smoking Weed" (photo credit above!)

Savor the Flavors of Fall in Colorado

Come autumn, Colorado’s farm stands and orchards are every bit as colorful as the fall leaves, from crisp Cedaredge Apples, Rocky Ford Melons and Palisade Peaches to shiny green Pueblo Chiles and Olathe Sweet Corn. Travelers to the state can enjoy Colorado’s bounty all season long through countless food-themed festivals, U-pick ‘em stands, farmer’s markets, farm tours and more. Plus, as one of the craft beverage capitals of the U.S., Colorado offers seemingly endless opportunities to sample local wine, cider, beer and spirits. After the jump are a few ways to savor the flavors of Colorado in the fall. For more information, visit

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Help pets beat the heat during the dog days of summer!

For months, we’ve been dreaming about warmer temperatures and sunny days, and
they’re finally here! There’s not much better than enjoying long, lazy summer days outside with our pets. But, do you know that warm weather poses health and safety risks to our furry companions? Let’s see how we can protect our pets during the dog days of summer.

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot
When it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your animal. Humans are covered in sweat glands, but pets don’t sweat the way we do. In fact, dogs only have sweat glands on the pads of their feet and their noses, and cats just sweat through their paws. When you think about an animal’s feet, you realize that’s not a very large surface area to accomplish a sufficient amount of cooling. So, what can we do to avoid the dangers of too much heat—and, on some days, that may simply mean leaving pets at home?

Keep cool and stay hydrated

We all know pets who like to soak up the sun, but direct sunlight can overheat them. Be sure there are options for shade when your animals (and you!) are lounging out in the yard or supporting their human siblings at soccer games. Just like their owners, animals need to stay hydrated, so use your thirst as a guide. When you want a drink, you can count on your companion wanting one, too. Be sure to bring a collapsible bowl to make water breaks easy when you’re out and about.

Know the signs
Dehydration can cause serious problems for pets. Cats and dogs drink water and pant to bring their body temperature down when it gets higher than normal. Some symptoms of overheating include drooling, heavy panting, vomiting and diarrhea. If your pets show signs of heat exhaustion, bring them to a cool place, get them to drink water and call their veterinarian.

No, no, never, never, ah, ah, ah

It’s never OK to leave your dog in a parked car—even for a few minutes—during the summer. When it’s 70 degrees out, after 10 minutes inside a car, the temperature rises to 89 degrees, and after 30 minutes, it’s a whopping 104 degrees! Not only is it dangerous to leave your pet in a car, but it’s also illegal in Colorado. If you see a pet left alone in a car and you think he’s in danger, legally you can enter a locked vehicle to help an at-risk animal. Learn more about the hot car immunity law at here.

Don’t get burned
Did you know that pets can get sunburns too, especially ones who have short hair or light-haired coats? Well, they can, and it hurts just like it does when it happens to us. Apply sunscreen to your four-legged companions regularly per the instructions on the package. Remember, human sunscreen isn’t safe for animals, so be sure to buy one that’s made specifically for pets.

Skip the summer shave

A pet’s coat naturally keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so while you may think shaving your dog will help keep them from overheating, that’s not the case. If you do get your pup a summer cut, be sure to leave an inch of hair to help protect their skin from sunburns.

Leash this
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your pup isn’t going to want their routine walk—and there’s no reason to stop. Try and adjust your strolls so that you go earlier or later in day and never in the middle when it’s the hottest. It’s always a good idea to bring water, too. Along the walking line, be sure to pay attention and keep your pup off hot surfaces. Their paws can get burned, and since they can absorb heat through their pads, their body temperature can climb. If your enthusiastic walking companion is open to wearing socks/booties, they do serve a great purpose when the terrain is hot.

Don’t chew on that
Not much screams summer more than a BBQ but remember that our four-legged friends can’t enjoy the experience as we can. Pets should never drink alcohol. Never. It’s also best to stay away from sharing snacks and meals with your friend, so their diet isn’t disrupted. Plus, things like onions, raisins and some ingredients, such as chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol—commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods—can be deadly.

Be water safe

Some dogs can swim, others can learn and then there are those who will never pick up the activity. I know. I know. Based on the doggy paddle swimming style, we assume all dogs inherently know how to do this aquatic activity, but that’s not always the case. No matter your pup’s skill level, if you’re near water, they need a brightly-colored canine life jacket to stay afloat in case of an emergency.

Tame the spark
Many of us enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks, but these displays—no matter how large or small—may frighten cats and dogs. When pets panic, they can run away, and, in fact, more dogs are lost on July 4 than any other day of the year. Learn how to keep your pets calm and safe at

Mika - Ice Cream


Today, platinum-selling artist MIKA shares visuals to his latest summer anthem ‘Ice Cream’ out now via Republic Records / Casablanca Records.

Directed by Francesco Calabrese and filmed in Barcelona, the ‘Ice Cream’ visuals see a carefree MIKA as vibrant as ever navigating his way through summer with dance routines, beach lounging and his trusty Ice Cream van. The summer bop was written by MIKA and co-written/produced by Daniel Black, along with Mark Crew and Dan Priddy. ‘Ice Cream’ is taken from MIKA’s forthcoming album, My Name Is Michael Holbrook, to be released October 4.

“Ice Cream was written on a day of extreme heat.” MIKA comments, “It was the last few weeks of writing for the album; a writing period that lasted two years. Through the writing I had confronted personal, serious and at times painful issues, now I felt lighter and freer.”

He continues, “It was August in Italy. I wanted to run away to the sea, or just about anywhere. I dreamt about summer flings with someone totally stunning and out of my reach, I dreamt about the other person I always wish I was during the summer. Instead, I was left with all the discomforts of summer heat. Sweat, work deadlines, bee stings, and all this with no AC.”

“The song is a daydream fantasy.” MIKA adds, “It shimmers like a mirage, and makes me feel like anything is possible. Inspired by the irreverent attitude of the music of the 90s; George Michael among others. Dare to be the more proud version of yourself. Dare to be a sensual man, dare to express out loud the desires you always keep inside your head. That’s why and how I wrote it.”

Enjoy a glass of rosé w/ Trixie Mattel (+ laugh your face off)

If you're having a long week and need a pick-me-up, we recommend giving folk music chart-topper, TV star, cosmetics entrepreneur and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Trixie Mattel's brand new NPR essay a read.

Along with a curated PRIDE playlist perfect for getting ready for a night out while enjoying a (large) glass of rosé, Trixie details with her nuanced and brilliant sense of humor what it takes to turn into the celebrated drag icon she is today.