More than 350 Community Members, Business Leaders, and Elected Officials Come Together to Mark this Milestone
Boulder County, Colorado, April 7, 2022
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are coming under attack from state legislatures across the country with at least 238 anti-LGBTQ pieces of legislation introduced so far in 2022. While LGBTQ people in Colorado are not currently facing this onslaught, challenges remain. Out Boulder County is marking the beginning of what will be a major milestone in their efforts to help members of the LGBTQ community meet those challenges by hosting the grand opening of their Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3340 Mitchell Ln., Boulder, 80301.
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“The opening of the Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains opens infinite possibilities for the LGBTQ community in Boulder and beyond. It is the culmination of years of effort by community members and leaders,” said Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County. “This grand opening and the increased programming and services that will be housed in the Center shows LGBTQ people that Out Boulder County has their backs and will stand with them.”
Out Boulder County started with a group of volunteers without an office or staff working to support their community. After nearly 30 years, the organization and community finally has a space that reflects their vitality and strength. The 9,505 square foot building will serve Boulder County and beyond as the primary location for community activities, as well as Out Boulder County’s administrative offices. The Center is a response to growing community needs and will accommodate rapidly expanding programming and services, continued community engagement efforts, and the organization’s growing staff.
Governor Jared Polis, Congressman Joe Neguse, Scott Beard, advisory board member of the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber, and John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, will be speaking. Many other elected officials and candidates are planning to attend. Representatives from One Colorado and other community organizations will also be in attendance.
“We are deeply grateful to Governor Polis, the other elected officials, and business and community leaders who are attending the grand opening to show their support of Out Boulder County and LGBTQ people,” said Bryn Long, President of the Board of Directors of Out Boulder County. “The Equality Center of the Rocky Mountains will allow us to grow our current programs and services as well as create new ones to meet the evolving needs of the community. This is a major milestone for Out Boulder County and the LGBTQ communities in Boulder County and surrounding areas.”