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Re: “Queer phoenix

The mission and goal of the Colorado Springs Queer Collective is to appeal to the most marginalized of groups. We hope to be a catch all human services based organization and community center where no one will fall through the cracks.

I understand that 50% of those infected with HIV are over the age of 50. I understand that elder are at greater risk for isolation, depression and economic insecurity. The issues that surround the aging and elder LGBTQ population is very much on the radar for the Colorado Springs Queer Collective.

We hope to expand and bring a SAGE program and elder programing to Colorado Springs region. It's We are also looking to see if there is a need for housing, much like in Philadelphia we are inspired by the John C Anderson Apartments. The John C. Anderson apartments a six-story building that opened recently in Center City here and caters to low-income seniors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community. Many were pioneers of the gay rights movement. Part of our needs assessment is trying to gauge if there is a need for this with in Colorado Springs.

If there is an issue or area you are concerned that you feel we are not addressing I urge to email us, comment or volunteer with our organization.

Thank you

Elizabeth Clair
Co-Director Colorado Springs Queer Collective

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Posted by Elizabeth Toni Clair on 04/29/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Queer phoenix

Thanks for saying what I said on Facebook Ed. The plain fact is the previous Pride Center had financial issues because they angered older LGBT people (all races, all genders) who have expendable income to fund non-profits. We are happy to share our money for programs for youth and transgendered and people of color and anyone else who needs it, but that doesn't mean we'll support an organization that appears to be oblivious and not interested in paying attention to the issues facing an aging LGBT population.

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Posted by Bryan Williams on 04/29/2015 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Queer phoenix

Agreed, Ed Sanders. Also, the aging population of Queer folks is increasing. These individuals are 'out' and proud, and will not go back into the closet! Providing services to this demographic is vitally important, and they should not be overlooked as board members, or supporters.

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Posted by Chris Robertson on 04/29/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Queer phoenix

I applaud these efforts to bring the community together, but don't think that using the catch phrase "older white men" is very helpful if you are trying to bring people together. Otherwise you are turning off a big donor sector in white older men.

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Posted by Ed Sanders on 04/29/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “PAC attack

We already know where the money came from to elect the 3 Councilmen and the support for John Suthers...big development! Namely Nor'Wood, and probably others; and what THEY expect in return. Shouldn't we be concentrated on fixing what we already have rather than urban sprawl and a new stadium that we don't need? We need to fix our roads first and foremost! And where is the extra water going to come from to sustain more and more households?

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Posted by Marilyn Bomash on 04/29/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “To be frank...

"That man, who was grateful to be able to pay for what he needed," paid a total of $225 for three measly streetlights, whereas for $200 he could have turned on all the city's streetlights, filled the potholes, hired more police, etc. However, saving that $25 and funding all of the city's needs, constitute "a blank check for an agenda he has no voice in!"

I suppose that man is also grateful that his neighbors can enjoy the benefits of having those streetlights turned on at night without having to contribute a single red cent out of their own pocketbooks.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/26/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “To be frank...

"that's a mentality you have to overcome"

And that right there, that one word, overcome, sets the problem in sharp relief. Jan brags about the success of a compromise on the streetlights on the one hand but then shows that she doesn't really approve of compromise with her next phrase.

The adversarial win\lose paradigm inherent in the progressive mindset (ref. the gay agenda) is antithetical to good government.

That man, who was grateful, (remember gratitude?) to be able to pay for what he needed and not forced by votes to write a blank check for an agenda he has no voice in, represents the mindset of a culture that is burned out on institution and needs some ability to micro-manage its own destiny.

It may be maddening, it may really piss off those who wish to use us for their skyscrapers and stadiums but the key to the current electorate is painfully slow direct democracy and release of control until trust in local government is built one citizen at a time.

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Posted by Jonpain on 04/25/2015 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Clearing the air

Hey Nicole, do some research. Drake does run on natural gas.

Posted by Dave Stuntz on 04/24/2015 at 4:20 PM

Re: “To be frank...

Adrian's comment to Martin, "Some people feel ... Like City for Champions .... Here you had powerful people who owned ...etc " hits the bulls eye. The goal of City Leaders and URA property owners - primarily Jenkins - is to build skyscrapers for the 5% of the population who can afford to lease/buy condos and office space with an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. It's hoped by the downtown business owners that the 5% will walk a few blocks to Tejon and spend mega dollars at their restaurants and retail stores. The downtown business owners are deluded. The 5% - including Jenkins - now live in the Broadmoor area and they aren't likely to relocate to downtown, no matter how many penthouses are built.

For Jenkins and City Leaders to accomplish their skyscraper goal they need an anchor. They want to build a stadium but - and here's their problem - they don't want to pay the $200M themselves. So they've concocted the TIF scheme to build a stadium using OUR sales tax revenue without asking OUR permission to do so and despite OUR disapproval and opposition to squandering revenue that should only be spent on necessary items, like paving the streets.

Thanks, Adrian, for making this observation, to which Martin replied, "Maybe I'm naïve". No, Martin is not naïve. She's favors building a stadium. And, as she also says, she favors raising taxes so that there's money available to pave the streets, water the parks, and the other things that city govt is supposed to do. We don't need more taxes to grow city govt. Don't build the stadium and instead use the $200M to pave the streets.

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Posted by curious on 04/24/2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “To be frank...

Jan, I honor your service to our community, your dedication for all of these years giving your time, talents and abilities representing your fellow citizens in the face of bigotry, small-mindedness and continual controversy.

I for the life of me can't figure out how we get people to run for an office that offers such a a bevy of fantastic perks, and $6,250 a year for the pleasure but I am deeply appreciative of your efforts.

Our rides together supporting the Bike to Work Day Breakfast events on the tandem have been highlights of my time here in Colorado Springs, getting the chance to share with you the beauty and possibility of our community together during the ride, even for the short morning hour was a always good for my heart and soul.

Looking forward to seeing the impact you will make in many other ways in the upcoming years, thank you for you being you.

Your tandem pilot,


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Posted by Allen Beauchamp on 04/23/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “To be frank...

Good riddance to another socialist. Don't let the door hit you on the @$$ on your way out!

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Posted by _Mac_ on 04/23/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Radio dazed

Gave this a listen the other day. If you like Sunday morning public service radio you'll love it. I did not.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 04/22/2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “To be frank...

Thank you, Jan!

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Posted by TruB on 04/22/2015 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Stop and go

The parking garage should be considered part of the museum.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 04/21/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “The vision thing

Voting in this "village" is such a conundrum. The recycled old farts that continue to dominate municipal government are just repulsive to me. Suthers is nothing but another Republican crown prince. But in all honesty I have to admit, Makepeace is another "recycled" political figure from the past. Be that as it is, she has my vote. She may technically be a blast from the past, but she is progressive, inclusive and represents the future. Suthers is a place holder, like Lamborn who will placate the right wing and mire this community in more inertia.

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Posted by Kay Jones-Hutchins on 04/18/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Pedal pushers

Looks like the PPACG document I read was old. The new one does discuss protected bike lanes. Sorry! :-/

Posted by dp72 on 04/16/2015 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Pedal pushers

I read the entire PPACG document. I think most of its priorities are spot on regarding linking broken routes, but I still saw no mention of protected bike lanes in the roadways. Colorado Springs Urban Intervention is the only group that is mentioning this method of promoting bike travel. Bike paths are important getting you to commercial areas, but once there, people get nervous on a bike lanes sandwiched between moving traffic and parked cars. If you dont feel comfortable riding a bike lane with your kids, then its going to deter most recreational riders.…

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Posted by dp72 on 04/16/2015 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Surreality show

WHO in Govt Watch paid $65K to get Collins off the city council? Is it known WHO are the members of Govt Watch? It's likely that Jenkins and Anschutz are 2 of the WHOs. How about asking these 2 City Leaders if they paid all or some of the $65K?. Is John Suthers, one of the City Leaders, also one of the WHOs?

As for Laugeson filing a complaint with the Denver Police Dept alleging Bruce assaulted her, my amateur legal advice is for Bruce to file a complaint with the Denver Police Dept against Laugeson alleging harassment.

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Posted by curious on 04/15/2015 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Surreality show

there's something that I would like "Colorado Springs Government Watch" to look into.
Over the coming years,
Colorado Springs City Council seems to have promised to spend $ 1 Million to rebuild the Summit House atop Pikes Peak.
But I think that property belongs to a private party. It used to be the Hill family, who also used to own Seven Falls, and maybe the Cog Railway.
Please check if it is private property,
and if it is,
then explain why the City is giving them money.

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Posted by Brian Scott on 04/15/2015 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Ban on conversion therapy dies in Colorado

I spent my teens and 20's desperately involved in "conversion therapy." I was a true believer. At 31, I had a girlfriend...but there I was, taking the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and thinking the unthinkable. I just didn't see a way out. My truth was abominable to the Church and shameful to my family should they ever find out... While it's often called "reparative therapy," it almost destroyed me. Bryan Christopher (Author, Hiding from Myself)

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Posted by Bryan Christopher on 04/15/2015 at 8:37 AM

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