For over three decades, the LGBTQ community in Denver has produced what has become one of the nation’s largest Pride celebrations.
The two-day event presented a variety of family events, entertainment, food and the massive parade last Sunday. It was estimated that over 300,000 people supported and celebrated the Denver event.
Along with generous supporters of the 2011 Pride event, The Center, is a community station offering a variety of resources for the LGBTQ community and the presenting organization of the annual event.
"Denver PrideFest 2011 was an amazing success," said The Center's Executive Director Carlos Martínez. "The Center has been working for LGBT rights and equality for 35 years and one of the best tools we have to normalize and create visibility of LGBT people to the community at large, while providing community with an opportunity."
As the parent of a gay child, my heart was filled with tremendous love and support as I attended this year’s Pride Celebration. I felt truly blessed to experience this gracious energy.
With daily news of anti-gay views and comments, it is sometimes difficult to stay focused on the positive side of humanity. It’s challenging to maintain calm when someone declares my child is less than or not an equal individual in society. No one has the right to judge anyone. Let me say that again, no one has the right to judge anyone.
Parents have the sole responsibility to love their child, teach them love for others and most of all themselves. I have come across so many stories and experiences where families basically expel their LGBTQ children from their family, due to their lack of courage to support their child versus caring what others think.
I feel a strong responsibility to remind parents that their child is a precious gift and
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