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PrideFest 2013 and a banner year for LGBT rights 

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In the realm of birthdays, anniversaries and other markers of passed time, the number 23 generally doesn't stand out. But as this community heads into the 23rd annual PrideFest this weekend, there's reason to believe it'll be one to remember.

The Colorado Springs Pride Center has labeled its 2013 celebration "Summer of Love," and it's fitting. In the first half of this year alone, Colorado has instituted civil unions for gay couples, and the nation has seen the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act; the demise of California's Proposition 8; and even the end of the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition against gay kids as members.

But you knew all that already. So in this issue, we've tried to commemorate Pride with some snippets that you maybe didn't know. For instance, why the Mormon Church has backed off in the fight against marriage equality (see here); how the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado is reinventing itself (see here); and what it feels like for one local leader to see a community evolve, even without the loved ones who would have so appreciated it (see here).

In Seven Days to Live, we also give some details about PrideFest itself, being held for the first time at America the Beautiful Park. If you go, keep in mind that there's also a big-time music festival going on in the area Saturday night. Which also is fitting, because for this year at least, there's reason to leave the blues under the bridge.

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