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Our city’s relationship with the LGBTQ community has been tumultuous at best. We went from having the largest queer space in the Western states, Hide and Seek, to being labeled the nexus of the “hate state” with the passage of Amendment 2; from being the first city in Colorado to implement p…

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The Educating Children of Color Summit, an annual conference for students, parents and educators that focuses on best practices and equity and provides scholarship opportunities to students, will be held online this year due to COVID-19. Described by Harrison School District 2 Superintendent…

There are some people you wish would just stay out of the news, but unfortunately our local nightmare is far from over. In December, national LGBTQ news outlet Pink News published an article about our own hometown homophobe Gordon Klingenschmitt.

Dec. 1 was a rare day of unbridled joy for the transgender community as we collectively welcomed a new brother into the fold. Elliot Page, star of Juno, The Umbrella Academy and roller derby drama Whip It, announced to the world that he is trans, and would now be using he/they pronouns.

One of my favorite things about being a transgender journalist is writing the same story every six months while cisgender people pack mud in their ears and scream, “What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails! What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everyt…

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As someone with generalized anxiety disorder, I’m prone to catastrophizing. It’s easy to imagine worst-case scenarios and fall into a black hole of worry over them, seemingly at random. So on Election Day, my anxiety went into overdrive. Not only did I imagine worst-case scenarios, I watched…

Even with Halloween (objectively the best holiday) on the horizon, it’s tough to find reason to smile. This year looks vastly different from last, or any year before. No parties, no hordes of adorable trick-or-treaters knocking down the door, and even the Emma Crawford Coffin Races have been…

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Colorado Springs is one of 10 cities across the country to receive mural installations as part of Facebook’s “Voting Is Voice” campaign, part of the platform’s broader initiative to support voting in the 2020 election. In a June 16 op-ed for USA Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “I …

On Aug. 24 Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he would be resigning from Liberty University, the Virginia-based, evangelical Christian school his televangelist father founded, after a former Miami pool attendant confirmed that he’d had an extramarital relationship with Falwell’s wife, and that…

Preparing to go back to school has never been so controversial. Some universities haven’t opened their campuses at all after closing two months early this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those that are opening face backlash and valid concern from students, staff and parents alike. 

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On July 1, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to modify the 2016 Equal Access Rule, which required “all HUD funded housing services to be provided without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to the agency’s news re…

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While covering local protests against police brutality, I’ve seen for myself the violence that has sparked these demonstrations across the country. The people who have been gassed, sprayed, beaten and arrested are experiencing firsthand what the Black community has been trying to tell us for…

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Each year, hundreds of youths from all over the Pikes Peak region and beyond anticipate Inside Out Youth Services’ Queer Prom. The event’s inclusive environment and incredibly fun atmosphere create a safe, welcoming experience where LGBTQ youth can feel free to be their authentic selves whil…

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The widespread outbreak of COVID-19 has forced the nation to adopt strict social distancing guidelines, which have effectively shuttered bars and coffee shops and forced the cancellation of events. Nevertheless, on April 9, Keep Colorado Springs Queer hosted its monthly queer open mic — online.

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I had been out as transgender, publicly, for about six months before a guy hit on me at a bar. Dealing with unwanted advances from men is one of those things most cisgender women (who were assigned female at birth) unfortunately learn before adolescence. As a trans woman, I had to figure it …

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Being single in Colorado Springs can be a bit tricky. Add being queer to the equation, and it’s a nightmare. And it’s not just me who thinks so. Dating as a queer person is so rough, even the straights know about it.

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In 2019, advocates of LGBTQ rights in Colorado celebrated some successes. After years of failed attempts to pass two important bills, a receptive (i.e., Democrat-controlled) Legislature passed both of them all the way to the governor’s desk.

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I am friends with more witches today in 2020 than I ever could have imagined as a child. It tends to come with the territory when you’re a part of the LGBTQ community. At any given queer gathering, you’re almost certain to find at least one person who is into some form of “witchcraft” — astr…

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When I tell someone I prefer to be referred to with they/them pronouns (rather than he/him or she/her, the most common singular pronouns), the conversation always goes one of two ways: The first reaction is normally positive and enthusiastic — either this person has an understanding of prono…