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Making History One Signature at a Time (Panel Discussion)

November 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Panel to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Boulder’s LGB Rights Law

Ever wonder how Boulder got its “Gay Rights” law? November 3, 2017 marks 30 years since the inclusion of sexual orientation into Boulder’s equal protection ordinance. Please celebrate with us!

In 1987, a small group of young, fierce, and dedicated lesbians and friends formed Boulder’s Equal Protection Coalition (EPC) to challenge the belief that Boulder wasn’t ready for equality—and won!!

Working against the odds, they petitioned for signatures, placed a measure on the November 1987 ballot, educated and successfully campaigned to protect Boulder City Residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The passage of this ordinance set in motion a chain of legal victories and setbacks (including Colorado’s dreaded Amendment #2) which eventually landed in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996, where the fight for LGB equality again triumphed.

To find out how it all started, celebrate how far we’ve come, and empower yourself for the tough work ahead, please join us at one or both of the events below.

Friday, November 3 • 7 to 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Making History One Signature at a Time
featuring Kat Morgan, Casey Gardner, Sue Larson and Marcia Munson
Moderated by Ellen Orleans

Four of the initiators of this measure will discuss how they began and led the campaign, the unexpected obstacles they faced, the supporters who joined the cause, and where our victory took us next. Audience questions and remembrances welcome.

On November 3, 1987 Boulder made history. The victory margin was slim, but the impact and meaning was far-reaching. This was the first time in our country that the VOTERS decided to support LGB rights without the measure being placed on the ballot by elected officials.

Wild Sage Cohousing Community House
1650 Zamia Avenue in north Boulder

The Wild Sage Community House is wheelchair accessible and offers accessible off-street parking. All other visitors must park use street parking. The neighborhood is also served by the SKIP and 204 bus lines. See RTD-Denver.com for bus schedules.
We also encourage you to carpool or bike!

Parking can be tight, so leave extra time or take the SKIP!

Please contact Ellen with any accessibility related questions.

NOTE: The reason this event doesn’t say “LGBT” is because the law only protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Too many times, the descriptor “LGBT” is used when it doesn’t actually include or protect transfolx. We do not want to claim what isn’t accurate.


November 3, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Wild Sage Common House
1650 Zamia Ave
Boulder, CO 80304 United States
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