Colorado Springs Pride Center



Colorado Springs Pride Center

[CLOSED JANUARY 2015]

Today Colorado Springs has a thriving GLBT community. With several organizations, and incredible activists, the GLBT community is making advancements despite the conservative atmosphere. We are making progress on a city-wide nondiscrimination ordinance which includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and we're continually working to educate the community-at-large through press and other activities.

Indicators of progress include the Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival, and Colorado Springs PrideFest (started in 1991) which attracts approximately 10,000 participants each year, including more than 100 business and organization supporters. In addition, LGBT parents have been making major progress in the school systems, as have LGBT students, and the Springs is home to one of the most active transgender resource and support groups, Peak Area Gender Expressions.

Though there have been set-backs, the GLBT community continues making headway, and ultimately, we have come a long way. Many people say they feel comfortable being "out" in Colorado Springs, and more and more people are living their lives openly. In general, when asked about the climate, we at the Center are proud to say we have a great community, although the politics continue to be a little rough.

For those who do experience discrimination, the Center provides advocacy services, and continues to work towards greater systemic change so that one day the "turmoil" will be completely behind us. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to get connected with community so that you can enjoy the many wonderful LGBT people who call the Springs "home." Welcome to the Springs' lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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