Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Award Winners Announced

During the 35th Anniversary Gala, The Center will present awards to three honorees for their exceptional contributions to the LGBT community. Those receiving awards are:

Courtney Gray – Roy G. Wood Volunteer Service Award

Courtney Gray was enthusiastically chosen for the Roy Wood Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding commitment to and enduring work for Transgender Programs at The Center, including her long-time service as Co-Chair of the Transgender Community Advisory Committee, organization of the 2011 transgender job fair, support groups, speakers bureau and other trans programs. Courtney has been a volunteer at The Center, with Denver PrideFest and Transgender Programs for more than 3 years; her enduring work and persistent dedication will have a profound and lasting effect on The Center and the LGBT community well into the future.

Courtney Gray is currently Co-Chair of the Transgender Community Advisory Committee The Center. In this role, she orchestrates and moderates support groups, manages a speakers bureau, and plans community events. In May 2011, Courtney planned and implemented the state’s first transgender job fair, attracting five employers and serving 65 attendees, making Denver the first non-coastal city to host such an event.

In addition to her work at The Center, Courtney is a well-known and respected instructor and speaker. She teaches courses at Arapahoe Community College Policy Academy, training law enforcement professionals on how to address the unique needs of the transgender population. Courtney has also taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Red Rocks Community College, and Metro State Community College.

Courtney grew up in Colorado and has lived in the state for 35 years. She lives with her wife, Rachel, and their dog, Ginger, in Arvada.

Michael Brewer – Phil Nash Community Activism Award

The Center is proud to present Michael Brewer with the Phil Nash Community Activism Award. His commitment to The Center as an employee, leader, donor and advocate has truly made a difference in the organization and helped it survive, grow, and thrive. Additionally, his persistent, strategic, exceptional and long-term work on behalf of our entire LGBT community in Colorado has been transformative and enduring, and we are excited to take the opportunity to honor Michael and his often-times behind-the-scenes advocacy.

Mike has worked in Colorado's non-profit sector since coming to the state in 1995. He was the first executive director of the Western Colorado AIDS Project. He moved to Denver to attend law school at the University of Denver, which he attended as a Chancellor Scholar and from which he graduated with the Faculty Prize for highest grade point average in his class. After graduating, Mike served as legal director of the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP). When CLIP merged with The Center, he became The Center's public policy director. He also served for six months as The Center's Interim Executive Director. Mike's community involvement has included service as a member of Mayor Wellington Webb's GLBT advisory committee, chair of Denver's GLBT Commission, vice president of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association, and chair of the board of the ACLU of Colorado. He is the recipient of Equal Rights Colorado's Community Activist Award, the Colorado GLBT Bar Association's Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award, Colorado Stonewall Democrats' Community Builder Award, and Colorado Human Rights Campaign's Paul Hunter Award.

MillerCoors – Outstanding Corporate Partner

We are proud to present the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award to MillerCoors, a steadfast contributor to The Center for almost a decade. Over the years their public backing and financial assistance has been critical to the growth of Center programs that serve thousands in our community.

In 1978 Coors was one of the first major companies in the United States to adopt a nondiscrimination policy based on sexual orientation. In 1993 employees founded the Lesbian and Gay Employee Resource (LAGER), their workplace support and equality organization that is still one of the strongest LGBT workplace groups in Colorado. And in 1995 Coors was the first major brewery in the nation to extend domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Their dedication to LGBT workplace equality is so strong that they’ve earned a 100 percent score on the HRC corporate equality index since 2004. MillerCoors also has an explicit non-discrimination policy in place that covers transgender employees and participated as a recruiting employer at The Center’s Transgender Job Fair this May.

A publicly held company, MillerCoors is clear in its communications and actions that it represents policies and practices that are a part of bringing us closer to full equality.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Center's 35th Anniversary Gala

The Center's 35th Anniversary Gala will be a celebration you won't want to miss. Get out your calendar now and circle Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Hosted every five years, The Center's anniversary celebrations are the stuff of local legends. This year is all about the classy, so we'll be partying in one of Denver's most fabulous event spaces, Infinity Park.

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