Monday, November 14, 2022

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Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2023 launches two exhibitions at Hong Kong Arts Centre in celebration of one-year countdown

In celebration of its one-year countdown to November 2023, Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2023 (GGHK) is opening two art exhibitions at the Hong Kong Arts Centre: Gay Games 40th Anniversary Historical Exhibition “Beyond Strength”, and LOVE+: Awakening, both starting at 6 pm on November 16th, 2022.

The exhibition takes place at the Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio of Goethe-Institut Hong Hong, both located on the 14/F of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. “Beyond Strength” conceptualizes the past four decades of the Gay Games as a procession towards a more inclusive world that, as founder Tom Waddell envisioned, would transcend historical divisions based on age, sexuality, race, and nationality.

This photographic exhibition creates a comprehensive view of the Games' history and its impact on the global LGBTQ+ community and introduces The Gay Games to their 2023 host city, Hong Kong. The opening will also include a live artist’s performance and speeches from the curators of the Historical Exhibition and Love+: Awakenings.

“Gay Games has an amazing and powerful history of celebrating the human body and spirit. The Goethe-Institut is proud to present this story in our gallery, in wonderful synergy with the Love+:Awakening exhibition that is taking place at the same time, showcasing queer perspectives from Hong Kong's art scene,” said Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch, Director of the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. “We are happy to support this bold statement in the run-up to Gay Games 2023 and look forward together to an exciting festival of arts, sports and culture!”

The LOVE+ Awakening exhibition, hosted at the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Pao Galleries, showcases twenty-three Hong Kong-born or based artists and includes their works, many unseen by the public, based on the curatorial keyword ‘awakenings’ to celebrate Gay Games Hong Kong 2023. LOVE+ is a moment to define their identities, their artistic careers, of love and desire, or an expression to activate, incite and revive.

This exhibition will delineate a timeline of Queer Art in Hong Kong as a subtext from the 1990s to date with collaborators such as the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, and Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ultimately, these exhibitions are about connection. Connecting the co-host locations, peoples, communities, and cultures: Hong Kong with Guadalajara Mexico; Asia to the Americas, and also the world. It is about connecting past, present, and future histories; and it is about connecting all of our hopes and dreams. Together, GGHK believes we can work toward an even better world in which to find courage and bravery; a better world for the LGBTQ+ community; and a better world for everyone.

The Gay Games will take place from 3-11 November 2023, for the first time in Asia. With events expected to welcome 2,000 participants per month on average in the months leading up to Nov 2023 as well as 7,000 participants and 25,000 visitors during November 2023, the Hong Kong-hosted Games are expected to bring 70,000 individuals together to celebrate this global experience.

Friday, November 11, 2022

NIERI - FACE ​(Protopapa + Hey Cabrera! Remix)

Following the release of his debut EP “Starshine”, rising dance pop artist Nieri is teaming up with DJs Protopapa and Hey Cabrera! for the remix of his song “Face”. The two DJs are staples in Italy’s electronic music and nightlife scene, and are transforming the single into an hypnotizing house track. Pulsating synths, and bouncy drums are paired with Nieri’s vocals, immediately transporting the listener to the best clubs of Europe, and beyond.

“I’ve been a fan of Protopapa’s music for a while, and of everything he’s doing with his label Fluido Studio, putting LGBTQIA+ artists on the map in Italy'', Nieri says. “When I reached out to collaborate, he involved Hey Cabrera! and I couldn’t be more thrilled. They’re both amazing artists, and I feel like we share similar musical influences - the remix is definitely a track I would enjoy dancing to at the club!”

Thursday, November 10, 2022

U.S. Ski & Snowboard to Launch Women’s Initiative Heroic at 2022 Heroic Killington Cup presented by Stifel

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announces the launch of the Heroic Initiative—a movement celebrating and empowering women in skiing and snowboarding. The multi-faceted program will be brought to life at the newly renamed 2022 Heroic Killington Cup presented by Stifel, the world’s most attended women’s FIS World Cup, as a space to discuss, honor and lead innovation in women in skiing and snowboarding. Stifel is the first partner of an activation as part of the Heroic program.


The initiative is designed to celebrate the power of women while also investing in their future success. In the 2022-23 debut season of Heroic, the first focus will be coaching, launching at Killington. While the participation of women in skiing and snowboarding continues to grow, only 25% of skiing and snowboarding coaches are women with even less representation at the elite level. Heroic Coaching aims to increase the number of women coaches at all levels of our sports.


“The Heroic Initiative was created because U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to providing more leadership, opportunities and mentorship for women to achieve further greatness in our sports,” says Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “This multi-faceted and purpose-driven initiative aims to empower, inspire and lead women in their fields on and off the snow and we could not be more excited to kick it off at the 2022 Heroic Killington Cup presented by Stifel.”


The Heroic initiative is building on a program spearheaded by leading women at the organization, including U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Director of High Performance Gillian Bower, DPT, Director of Sport Science Tschana Schiller, Director of Sports Medicine Jaron Santelli, MD and Clinical Specialist Torey Anderson, DPT. The system includes health and wellness programs to help female athletes track their hormone levels and menstrual cycles to gain knowledge about their personal physiology, know how to better fuel their bodies and make better-informed decisions on their training schedules and intensity levels. The team has also engaged two additional female sports psychologists in 2022 to provide more opportunities for women athletes to connect and develop a relationship with a woman provider.


Additionally, U.S. Ski & Snowboard plans to work with women leaders in other industries to provide fellowships for athletes and women in the industry, as well as long-term goals to develop grants to address core challenges. These objectives include programs like flex funds to allow a woman coach to step in for another woman coach when one has responsibilities outside of her sport, a childcare fund to support coaches of all genders bringing their children on the road or need childcare while working, studies to learn about the barriers preventing women from rising as coaches, and mentorship programs to allow female coaches to learn elite coaching strategies on the national team.


“Hosting the best female alpine skiers in the world each year is just one thing that’s made Killington the premier destination for women’s alpine skiing and its fans,” says Killington Director of Brand Marketing and Events Amy Laramie. “Our commitment to empowering women lasts long after the Killington Cup is over. The Beast has produced Olympians such as Donna Weinbrecht and Hannah Soar and we’ve consistently hosted women’s camps and clinics for years, just a few of the reasons we’re proud to be an epicenter of women’s skiing.”


The first-ever Heroic Summit will take place at the annual Heroic Killington Cup presented by Stifel and will feature speaker panels and meet and greets, all centered around the common goal of advancing women in winter sports.

David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar’s Theater of the Mind Extends Due to Popular Demand

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Off-Center is excited to announce that due to popular demand, Theater of the Mind co-created by Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar will extend through January 22 in Denver.

Critics are raving about Theater of the Mind with WNYC’s Radiolab calling Theater of the Mind “a brainy funhouse,” City Cast Denver declared it the “cultural event of the year” and Thrillist saying “the show will leave you exhilarated and existential.” Audiences cannot stop talking about the experience saying it is “revolutionary” and “easily one of the most amazing art experiences of my life.”

Theater of the Mind takes place in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of York Street Yards in Denver’s Clayton neighborhood. The production takes audience members through an immersive journey of self-reflection, discovery, and imagination, inspired by, and grounded in neuroscience. Audiences explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain.

"Extending this show is a dream come true, part two,” said Co-creator David Byrne. “Not only am I happy with the show, but it seems that audiences like it too! I couldn't ask for a better holiday present."

Co-creator David Byrne recently released a short piece of new music to coincide with the production. Attendees and fans of the artist can stream the newly released song on the website. For more information and tickets for the extended run of Theater of the Mind, visit

Human Rights Campaign Congratulates HRC-Endorsed Candidates on Their Election Victories in State Attorney General Races

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — congratulated HRC-endorsed candidates Keith Ellison, Aaron Ford, Josh Kaul, Dana Nessel, Kwame Raoul and Phil Weiser in their respective races for state attorney general. Additionally, votes are still being counted in Arizona where Kris Mayes, HRC-endorsed candidate for attorney general, is in a close race.

Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky released the following statement:

“These pro-democracy, pro-choice, pro-equality candidates won in their respective states in no small part because the voters know that they need an attorney general who will perform their duties responsibly, respect LGBTQ+ rights, protect democracy, and defend abortion access. As the top legal officials in their states, they play an essential role in ensuring that citizens’ rights are not trampled and that civil rights protections are enforced on an equitable basis.”

HRC-Endorsed Candidates Winning Attorney General Elections

Keith Ellison, Minnesota (incumbent)

Aaron Ford, Nevada (incumbent)

Josh Kaul, Wisconsin (incumbent)

Dana Nessel, Michigan (incumbent)

Kwame Raoul, Illinois (incumbent)

Phil Weiser, Colorado (incumbent)

Additionally, votes are still being counted in Arizona where Kris Mayes, HRC-endorsed candidate for attorney general, is in a close race.

HRC’s Commitment to Mobilizing Equality Voters

Equality Voters are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.

Sin City Classic Sports Festival Returns With Two New Sports

The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) is pleased to  

welcome two new sports to the 16th annual Sin City Classic Sports Festival Presented by Lexus. The 2023 Festival, which is the largest annual LGBTQ+ sporting event in the world, will return to Las Vegas from January 12 – 15, 2023, including new competitions pickleball and sand volleyball. Hosted at the Flamingo Las Vegas, the Sin City Classic now features a total of 24 sports consisting of approximately 10,000 LGBTQ+ athletes and allies from around the world. 


“Now in our 16th year, the Sin City Classic continues to grow and evolve. This year we see the addition of pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and sand volleyball, adding to the diverse lineup of competitions and events that the festival offers. We’re excited that the festival continues to expand and offers ways for all members of our diverse community to participate,” said GLASA Commissioner and Sin City Classic Co-Executive Director Dr. Jason Peplinski. 


The festival also announced that nominations are now open for the second annual Ken Scearce Leadership Award. The award was created in 2022 to honor the memory and legacy of Ken Scearce, the Executive Director of the festival who passed away in 2021. The award recognizes athletes, leaders, coaches, referees, and other volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to promoting the value and importance of LGBTQ+ sports. Their participation, both on and off the playing field, inspires others within their organization and builds community. Their hard work and selfless commitment directly and positively impacts the lives of others. Nominations for the Ken Scearce Leadership Award can be submitted online by completing this form


Each January the festival kicks off with the Opening Night Registration Party held at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Competitions and nightly social events then take place around the city, with the weekend culminating in the Closing Night celebration, which will be held at the LINQ Promenade’s Brooklyn Bowl as a way to celebrate the weekend’s activities.  


GLASA created the Sin City Classic in 2008 as an LGBTQ+ softball tournament meant to provide a safe and competitive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ athletes. Over the past 16 years, the tournament has grown to include 24 sports and approximately 10,000 athletes and fans. GLASA remains committed to creating the best experience possible for a diverse roster of dedicated athletes who participate and the fans and allies to come to enjoy the festival. 


The Sin City Classic is proudly hosted at The Flamingo Hotel. Additional sponsors include presenting sponsor Lexus, as well as Caesar’s Entertainment, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Piranha Nightclub, the Los Angeles Dodgers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. 


For more information about the Sin City Classic or to register your team, please visit

Rutgers University Press Launches Q+Public Series - Books Focused on LGBTQ Rights and Issues

Q+Public is a limited series of curated volumes that follow in the tradition of the seminal journal OUT/LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly.  

OUT/LOOK was a political and cultural quarterly published out of San Francisco from 1988 to 1992. It was the first publication to bring together lesbians and gay men after a decade or more of political and cultural separatism. It was consciously multi-gender and racially inclusive, addressed politics and culture, wrested with controversial topics, and emphasized visual material along with scholarly and creative writing. OUT/LOOK built a bridge between academic inquiry and the broader community. 

Q+Public promises to bring OUT/LOOK’s political and cultural agenda into the 21st century, to revitalize a queer public sphere, and to bring together intellectuals, activists, and artists to explore questions that urgently concern all LGBTQ communities.  

The series editors are E.G. Crichton, professor Emerita at the University of California Santa Cruz and artist-in-residence at the GLBT Historical Society from 2008-2014, and the late Jeffrey Escoffier (1942-2022), who was one of the founding members and the publisher of the pioneering LGBTQ journal OUT/LOOK. 

Q+Public launches in February 2023 with the first three publications in the series:  

Unsafe Words: Queering Consent in the #MeToo Era edited by Shantel Gabrieal Buggs and Trevor Hoppe is a provocative book that brings together academics, activists, artists, and sex workers to tackle challenging questions about sex, power, and harm.  

Working with the archives of the GLBT Historical Society, artist E.G. Crichton decided to do something to bridge the gap between today’s LGBTQ people and the generations who came before them in Matchmaking in the Archive: 19 Conversations with the Dead and 3 Encounters with Ghosts. Crichton has selected 19 innovative LGBTQ artists, writers, and musicians then paired each of them with a deceased person whose personal artifacts are a part of the archive.  

A Pill for Promiscuity: Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals edited by Andrew R. Spieldenner and the late Jeffrey Escoffier brings together academics, artists, and activists—from different generations, countries, ethnic backgrounds, and HIV statuses—to reflect on how gay sex has changed in a post PrEP era. With a diverse group of contributors that includes novelist Andrew Holleran, trans scholar Loretta LeMaster, cartoonist Steve MacIsaac, and pornographic film director Mister Pam, this book asks provocative questions about how we might reimagine queer sex and sexuality in the 21st century. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

One Colorado: 2022 Colorado LGBTQ+ Election Recap

By Garrett Royer, Deputy Director, One Colorado

The results aren't fully calculated across the state yet, but we know the 2023 legislative session has the potential to be very impactful, with pro-equality candidates at all levels of our state government.
Thank you!!

Thank you for taking your pride to the polls and voting all the way down your ballots!

Thank you to all our incredible One Colorado volunteers and financial supporters across the state! Your active participation in GOTV efforts - text and phone banking, postcard writing, door knocking - helped us reach hundreds of thousands of pro-equality voters to ensure all LGBTQ+ Coloradans and our families have a strong voice in the legislature.

Want more insight into the election? Catch the OneCO Team on Insta Live this Friday, November 11th at 3:30pm MT for a full election recap! We'll be discussing all things 2022 midterms - and what comes next.
We are proud to congratulate Governor Jared Polis on his re-election! Governor Polis made history as an LGBTQ+ candidate in 2018, and will continue to serve Coloradans as the only out gay man to be elected governor in the U.S.

Additionally, we are seeing more pro-equality candidates win in every corner of the state and look forward to working alongside them in 2023.
There's more to do:
You can continue to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and make your voice heard by urging the State Board of Education to restore the revisions to Colorado's academic standards so all students have access to an honest, inclusive, and comprehensive education. Tomorrow, Nov. 10th in Denver, the board will vote on the social studies standards to implement across the state.

Consider a contribution today to ensure we have the resources to fuel our efforts to protect and advance equality for LGBTQ+ Coloradans during the next legislative session.

History Made: More LGBTQ+ People Elected to Congress Than Ever Before

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — hailed the victory of at least 10  pro-equality, openly LGBTQ+ members of the House of Representatives Equality Caucus, a record.  Those members are Becca Balint (VT-1), David Cicilline (RI-1),  Angie Craig (MN-2), Sharice Davids (KS-3), Robert Garcia (CA-42), Chris Pappas (NH-1), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Eric Sorensen (IL-17), Mark Takano (CA-39), and Ritchie Torres (NY-15). When the new congressional term begins in January, these House members will join openly LGBTQ+ Senators Tammy Baldwin and Kyrsten Sinema in Congress. Votes are still being counted in CA-41 and OR-5, where openly LGBTQ+ Will Rollins and Jamie McLeod-Skinner are in close races.

Openly LGBTQ+ members play key roles in promoting, advancing, and eventually passing critical legislation, like the Equality Act and the Respect for Marriage Act during the 117th Congress. Their fight to expand civil rights at the federal level and prevent our progress from being rolled back comes at a time when state legislators across the country have introduced more than 350 anti-LGBTQ+ bills.

Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison released the following statement:

“The election of a record number of openly LGBTQ+ pro-equality members of the U.S. House Equality Caucus is historic and meaningful because these members represent the diversity of America and are role models to LGBTQ+ people of all ages who aspire to positions of leadership. They are not only advocates advancing the rights of the LGBTQ+ community they are also serving their constituents with honesty, integrity, hard work and courage. Each will make our country better and advance equality for women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.  The Human Rights Campaign  salutes voters for their wise choice electing these public servants and is proud to stand with such strong leaders in our work to advance LGBTQ+ equality over the next two years.”

HRC-Endorsed Openly LGBTQ+ Candidates Winning Seats in the House

Becca Balint, VT - 1

David Cicilline, RI -1

Angie Craig, MN - 2

Sharice Davids, KS - 3

Robert Garcia, CA - 42

Chris Pappas, NH -1

Mark Pocan, WI - 2

Eric Sorensen, IL - 17

Mark Takano, CA-39

Ritchie Torres, NY - 15

HRC-Endorsed Openly LGTBQ+ Candidates in the House Where Vote Counting is Underway

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, OR - 5

Will Rollins, CA - 41

Italics denotes incumbent

Leading Up to Election Night, Agenda PAC Claims Victory

Today, just over two months after Agenda PAC launched with a mission of aggressively and strategically attacking anti-LGBTQ+ politicians, the organization proudly announced it had delivered on its promises for 2022. In the 2022 election cycle, the organization spent nearly $150,000 on paid communications in the Pennsylvania Governor and Senate races as well as the competitive US House District CA-41. This included reaching voters via connected TV, YouTube, social media including Facebook and Snapchat, billboards, and even the gay dating app Grindr.

“Agenda PAC started because our basic freedoms are under attack and knew we needed to fight back. That’s exactly what we did,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Chair of Agenda PAC. “The stakes were too high to sit this election out. Agenda PAC was a force to be reckoned with leading up to the Midterms and made a difference in key races. From reproductive freedoms to LGBTQ+ rights to extremism — so much is on the ballot this year, and will be into the future. We’ve just started beating the beatable bigots and we aren’t slowing down."

“We’re proud of what we accomplished in just over two months,” said Ted Bordelon, Agenda PAC Executive Director. “With so much on the line including the future of LGBTQ+ rights, delivering in this election is a beacon of hope for our ability to build a sustainable movement in future election cycles.”

Another Historic Victory: Gov. Jared Polis is First Gay Man to be Reelected as Governor

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — hailed the victory of HRC-endorsed Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in his bid for reelection.

Gov. Polis, who in 2018 became the first gay man to be elected governor of a U.S. state, now also holds the honor of being the first gay man reelected as governor.

Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison released the following statement:

“In his first term in office, Governor Polis demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a leader for all Coloradans, treating everyone with dignity and respect, and he continues to be a champion for the LGBTQ+ community. In winning a gubernatorial reelection as a gay man – the first to do so – his victory is a testament to the fact that support for the LGBTQ+ community is on the rise in this country, despite efforts by extremist anti-LGBTQ+ politicians and activists trying to roll back our progress. LGBTQ+ voters are among the fastest growing voting blocs in the country, and Governor Polis’ reelection is a surefire indicator that the members of this community, and our allies, will continue to come together and make our voices heard. We salute the voters of Colorado for their wise choice in granting Governor Polis another term.”

Governor Polis’ time serving as a congressman bolstered his reputation as a leader in the fight for equality. During his time representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district, Gov. Polis was a lead co-sponsor of the Equality Act – legislation that would protect all Americans from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. He earned top scores on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard during his time in the U.S. House and helped launch the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and its Transgender Equality Task Force to advance the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Following an endorsement from the HRC and a successful election campaign in 2018, Jared Polis made history as the first openly LGBTQ+ person to be elected as a governor in the U.S. As Governor of Colorado, Polis has worked to fulfill his campaign promise to support the LGBTQ+ community through targeted legislation including enacting Jude’s law – a bill making it easier for transgender residents to change their gender markers on birth certificates and drivers licenses – and a statewide conversion therapy ban for minors.

Human Rights Campaign Congratulates Senator Michael Bennet on Reelection to U.S. Senate

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — congratulated HRC-endorsed Senator Michael Bennet on his reelection.

Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky released the following statement:

“Senator Michael Bennet has shown time and again that he is a defender of our democracy and an ally to our community. Colorado re-elected Senator Bennet in large part because of his unwavering support for protecting the rights and freedoms of all Coloradans, including LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights. The Human Rights Campaign celebrates Senator Bennet’s victory and looks forward to continuing our work with him in the years to come.”  

Sen. Bennet received a score of 94 out of 100 on HRC’s recently released Congressional Scorecard for the 117th Congress, which scored members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support — including votes in the Senate to confirm historic, pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and judicial nominees, as well as co-sponsorships on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ+ people and their families. He is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, and more. He is also a co-sponsor of several HRC-supported bills, including the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2021, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. 

HRC’s Commitment to Colorado 

HRC worked this year to engage volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the nearly 1.6 million Equality Voters in Colorado in support of Senator Bennet and other pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. Equality Voters are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties. 

Statement from Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison on 2022 Midterm Elections

Below is a statement from Joni Madison, the Interim President of the Human Rights Campaign, on the 2022 midterm elections:

“While we likely won’t know the full outcome of the election for several days — we do know a few things right now. We know that extremist candidates didn’t generate the tsunami they were betting on, thanks to the historic turnout of pro-equality, pro-democracy, and pro-choice voters, who showed up to the polls in record numbers to make their voices heard. In some of the most consequential and bellwether races in key battleground states, voters sent a strong message: Extremists, conspiracy theorists, and far-right radicals won’t be readily handed the keys to our democracy — and certainly won’t prevent the gears of progress from turning. 

“Those gears of progress continued turning tonight, as LGBTQ+ voters turned out in larger numbers than ever before for a nonpresidential election — and as LGBTQ+ candidates for the first time appeared on ballots in every state across the country. Those historic candidates included people like Maura Healey in Massachusetts, who tonight became the first openly lesbian woman ever elected as governor, and candidates like Robert Garcia in California, who tonight became the first openly gay immigrant elected to the U.S. Congress, and Becca Balint, the first woman and first lesbian in Vermont to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Garcia and Balint will serve alongside a number of openly LGBTQ+ Members of Congress who were reelected tonight in states like Kansas, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. 

“Those historic candidates also included people like Jared Polis in Colorado, who became the first openly gay man tonight to be elected and reelected as governor, and people like James Roesener of New Hampshire, who tonight became the first openly transgender man elected to any state legislature. Roesener’s historic win is further bolstered by the record number of transgender and non-binary people elected and re-elected tonight, including people like Sarah McBride — who secured a second term as state senator in Delaware. 

“Those gears of progress also continued turning tonight as LGBTQ+ ally Wes Moore secured a historic victory as the first Black governor of Maryland, and as voters in states across the country weighed in on a number of reproductive rights ballot measures, making it clear that pro-choice policies are supported by the majority of Americans. 

“The reality is that extremists worked overtime this election cycle, pushing discriminatory and inflammatory narratives about LGBTQ+ people, women, and people of color, because they know we are the only thing standing between them and their extremist vision of America. But as voters made clear tonight — this outdated playbook remained as ineffective as it has in the past.

“In the coming days we’ll have a clearer picture of the full outcome of this election. But tonight, we know that pro-equality, pro-democracy, pro-choice voters came out in full force — and denied extremists and conspiracy theorists the landslide they assumed was theirs for the taking.

“For democracy to work for all of us, it must include all of us. That means every voter must have their voice heard and vote counted. Despite deliberate efforts to suppress turnout, including last minute anti-LGBTQ+ attacks and disinformation, voters have done their job and turned out in record numbers — now election officials are doing theirs by ensuring every vote is counted.” 

WalletHub Study - Denver Is 2022’s 8th Best Sports City

Source: WalletHub
With the North American sports industry expected to reach a value of $83.1 billion in 2023, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best Sports Cities, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

Denver ranks 8th overall and 8th among large sports cities.To determine the cities where the game is always on regardless of season, WalletHub compared 392 small to large cities across the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

Sports Fandom in Denver (1=Best; 196=Avg.):
  • 15th – Football Rank
  • 24th – Basketball Rank
  • 24th – Baseball Rank
  • 6th – Hockey Rank
  • 18th – Soccer Rank