Pride 2021

The State of Colorado Celebrates PRIDE

The video above is the State of Colorado celebratory submission to the 2021 Denver Virtual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27. Find out more about how you can participate.

A Brief History of LGBTQ+ Pride

On June 28, 1969 transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including many people of color, rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City. Meeting several months later, in Philadelphia, members of the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) proposed an annual march in New York to commemorate what was then termed Christopher Street Liberation Day. The following year, on June 27 and 28 marches took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. By 1972 participating cities included Boston, Dallas, Milwaukee, London, Paris, West Berlin, Stockholm, Atlanta, Buffalo, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Philadelphia. Annual pride demonstrations and marches commemorating the Stonewall Riot continued in most major cities across the United States and around the world through the 1980s and most of the 1990s, culminating in the official proclamation of June as "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and 2000. Subsequent presidents including President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump officially recognized June as "LGBT Pride Month" while President Joseph Biden declared June to be LGBTQ+ Pride Month in 2021. 

Learn more about the history of LGBTQ+ Pride, it's relationship to discrimination in the workplace, the importance of intersectionality, and the need for continued advocacy in this video from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.

Special Events from the Colorado Equity Alliance

Coloring Outside the Lines Event Flyer

What: Black LGBTQ+ activists were instrumental in advancing both the Black and LGBTQ+ civil rights movements, but their contributions are often made invisible. In this panel, which honors Juneteenth and Pride Month, Colorado Black LGBTQ+ leaders will discuss Black LGBTQ+ historical figures, common misconceptions about their intersectional communities, their experiences, and what LGBTQ+ people of color and white/straight allies can do to educate themselves and work toward a more inclusive future in which all parts of a person's identity are honored.

*all external speakers will be given an honorarium to thank them for their time

When: June 23 (12-1pm)

Where: Online via Zoom

Who: All State Employees are welcome to join! It’s FREE!

Brought to you by: The Colorado State Equity Alliance with gratitude to Amanda Robinson (CDHS), Ersaleen Hope (CDOT), Sarah Hernandez (OIT) and CDLE ‘s EDI Committee

CDPHE: Educate to Celebrate

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Gender and Sexuality Alliance Employee Resource Group (GSA) invites state employees to celebrate PRIDE with The Center on Colfax, a community center for LGBTQ+ Coloradans. Facilitated by Johnny Humphrey, The Center’s Director of Inclusivity Services, recorded training sessions will include:

LGBTQ+ Basics - Recording now available here

This training covers basic terminology and identities, the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, and explores best practices for engagement and support. Topics include supporting people who are coming out, an overview of LGBTQ+ history, and being an ally.

Bystander Intervention - Recording now available here

You may already be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, but are you comfortable stepping up if you see a member of that community facing discrimination or harassment? Take that extra step and learn how to support your LGBTQ+ coworkers by taking part in the Bystander Intervention training. The course provides effective strategies for identifying when a conflict is occurring and ways to safely intervene. Participants will discuss a variety of intervention strategies and learn to apply them to different scenarios.

Celebrate Around the State