LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. Today, LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, attracting millions of participants around the world.

I hope everyone had some wonderful experiences during this Month of LGBTQ Pride! This year I was able to celebrate some wonderful events, moments, and milestones. For the first time rainbows were painted on the crosswalks in Boulder and the first Pride flag flew in the downtown as the City Council Celebrated the beginning of the month. 

Christopher & Mardi Moore

I was able to attend the 15th Annual Garden Party that was attended by the first openly gay Governor Jerad Polis and the First Gentleman Marlon Reis. 
I had the chance to participate in the Denver Pride Parade.

I was able to march most of the parade with the Grand Marshal Mardi Moore (Executive Director of Out Boulder County), and then finish the parade with the Denver Mayor Hancock and one of my nephews on Father’s Day. 

Christopher & Mayor Hancock

And in my own town of Broomfield, they finally had a proclamation declaring June as LGBTQ+ Month in the City & County of Broomfield. We had our first official LGBTQ event, ever. And I’ll be part of the leadership of the new Broomfield Chapter of PFLAG. 

I was able to participate in the Visibility Parade in the Longmont Pride with my daughters. 

Pride for me has always been about visibility, dignity, and the chance for many to be their authentic selves. To be out and celebratory in all of their wondrous glory and to feel strength and pride. I hope your Pride was wonderful.