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This Week In Review
Five Things Schools Can Do
Houston Mayor Won't Back Down
2012 Pride Awards - Menu Update
Let's Reach 1 Million People
Dawn King - Blue Spruce Real Estate
Thank You Rod Uhrig
Find Yourself A Reverse Mentor
Homecoming Kiss for a Gay Marine
We Are Calling All Businesses
Anti-Gay "Gag Policy"
TG Group P.A.G.E
March 9 Women's & HIV Luncheon
Panda Paw Day Spa
Springs Nightlife

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Rod Uhrig
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Designated Driver of Colorado Springs

 Law Office of Michael J Duncan
Lay Office of Michael J Duncan

Neal The HandymanNeal the Handyman, Ltd.

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Center for Depth Psychotherapy, LLC

Dragonfly Counseling

Dara Hoffman LPC, The Bohemian Sanctuary

Firstplan Home Health Care

Jack Danielsen Skincare

Lion's Pride Framing

Matthew Crawford Designs

Network Carpenter

Optique de Mel

Sanders Accounting & Financial Services

Salon Seven

Swan Law  Funeral Directors

The Muscle Shop

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Wild Prairie Enterprises
Zeisler & Associates, PC

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This Week In Review 

A quick review of this week's activities at Colorado Springs Pride

Monday 02-27 thru Friday 03-02
Colorado Springs Pride - A Week In Review


It truly amazes me just how many things the staff and volunteers do here at Colorado Springs Pride each week.  Take a look at just a few of the things accomplished this Week in Review.  



More nominations roll in for this year's 2012 Pride Awards.

J. Adrian Stanley for Media Champion  

Manitou Springs City Council Government Official of The Year   

Colorado Springs Bacchus for Organization of the Year 

United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire for Organization of the Year     


Added more calls made to our Community Spotlight project.  Macaroni Grill on Tenderfoot Hill love the LGBT community.  


Finalized the menu for the 2012 Pride Awards!  Boursin and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast looks SO GOOD!  Yum!   


Adding 10 more nominations for the 2012 Pride Awards.  Voting will begin Monday instead of Friday today.  While this has been very busy week for nominations.


Had a fantastic "After-Hours" Pride Chamber networking meeting with our many business partners.  Word on the street is that Ken with Swan Law Funeral Directors will be hosting next month's meeting and is bringing his famous fried chicken!   


Colorado Springs PrideFest now being a weekend full of activities, some folks need overnight accommodations.  Completed negotiations for official hotels


Made a huge pot of meatballs for meatball subs.  Just part of what is being served tonight at our First Friday event - The Newlywed Game.   


I want to say again and again, thank you to our staff, our extremely dedicated volunteers, partners and Board of Directors, we could not Connect, Support and Empower the LGBT community  without each and every one of you.  T.G.I.F




Charles Irwin
Executive Director

Hot Topics 

Recent Local & National News Topics That Have an Effect on the GLBT Community

Five Things Schools Can Do To Make Queer Youth Feel Safer
From Inside Out Youth Services

Youth get bullied for many reasons whether it is because you look different, sound different, or act different; we want schools to be safe for every youth.

For every 1 Queer youth being bullied there are 4 straight youth being bullied based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender expression.

At Inside/Out there are number of youth reporting bullying is taking place at their school. Sometimes the harassment is so horrific they transfer to a new school hoping things would be different. What is disheartening is that sometimes anti-gay verbal remarks or gestures are not made from other students but from the adult faculty.

There are 5 things schools can do to make Queer youth feel safer in their school.

The first one is to update their anti-bullying policy to be compliant with anti-bullying law HB 1254 introduced last year which enumerates personal characteristics often targeted by bullying such as race religion sex disability sexual orientation and gender identity.

The second is for teachers to intervene when a queer youth is being bullied. A lot of feedback we receive from teachers are that they do not intervene because they are afraid of the "push back" from parents and others in the community. However, know that you can intervene and that the law is on your side to do so. To teachers who already doing this thank you!

Third is supporting the establishment of a Gay Straight Alliance. This gives the youth the support they need to connect with other youth going through similar issues. I had a friend, he identifies as straight, and his parents were getting a divorce because his mom was in love with another woman. Although he identified as straight he was now going through a queer issue and didn't know where to receive the support on how to tell the rest of our friends. GSA supported him.

The fourth is ensure students know where to get information and support on Queer issues. Tell your friends about Inside Out and supportive teachers.

That last suggestion is to introduce curriculum on LGBT people in history or issues. I encourage teachers to post a safe zone poster on your wall, or to celebrate and acknowledge LGBT history month.

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Houston Mayor Won't Back Down From Marriage Stance
Pride Center  
Houston Mayor Annise Parker said this week she believes President Barack Obama "needs to evolve a little bit faster" on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples, and that she supports an effort to include marriage equality in the Democratic platform.

Meanwhile, Parker rejected a local pastor's call for her to resign over her increasingly public stance on marriage. "I do my duty to uphold the state Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. I swore an oath to that. I take that oath very seriously, but I have my First Amendment rights to free speech. We all have the right to do that and I'm sorry [he doesn't] understand the Constitution," Parker said. The Huffington Post - Gay Voices  -

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Pride Center News  

What's new, what's changed, all kinds of information about Pride & the Pride Center 

2012 Pride Awards - Menu Update


We finalized the menu for the evening.  YUM!


Antlers Mile High Salad - Field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and shredded carrots served with ranch or balsamic vinaigrette


Entrees (Pick One)

Boursin and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast -or-
Flat Iron Steak -or-
Vegetable Wellington


Dessert - Carrot Cake


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You Tube Pick Of The Week  

Special You Tube Videos Suggested By Lunch Break Readers, Donors, Staff, etc.  

Let's Reach 1 Million People
LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY is an LGBT equality movement comprised of members from all walks of life & various & diverse sexual orientation & gender identities, in addition to our family, friends, & allies..

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Event Details for Colorado Springs and Nearby Cities   -    Add Your Event 

Family VOLLEYBALL Starts In June
Pride Center

June 3rd through August 19th


Get tanned n, Play Volley Ball Friends.

We will meet Every Sunday at Bear Creek Park.


We will meet at 3:30-5:30 PM


Help your team Win, The Volley Ball team will be focused on the GLBT community, BUT all of our in between and straight friends are of course welcome. There will be two teams. We will play for a total of ten Sundays.


Location : Bear Creek Dog Park 21st Street & Rio Grande Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Contact : Juan Flores  719.304.9130


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Business Voice

Information about local Colorado Springs LGBT supportive businesses.We support them because they support us. 

Dawn King - Blue Spruce Real Estate

422 E. Vermijo
Colorado Springs CO 80903
(719) 447-5662

Blue Spruce Real Estate is a locally-owned and operated real estate company. Dawn King, licensed real estate agent, has been practicing real estate in and around Colorado Springs since 2005. She is professional, experienced, and knowledgeable with regard to both residential and commercial properties. 


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Community Voices

Opinions expressed herein are those of the author.  Lunch Break, PPGLCC and the Colorado Springs Pride Center do not necessarily subscribe to or agree with any expressed opinion.

Thank You Rod Uhrig,
Donate Now 03-02-12

Here is a special Thank You Shout Out to Rod one of our monthly donors! Many think we are funded by grants and government contracts. With the exception of one Gill Foundation grant, everything else comes from you the individual. In fact most of our budget comes from individuals. So again, Thank you again for investing in the equality of LGBT people in Colorado Springs.


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52 Week-by-Week Resolutions  

Here's our list of gradual, fun and doable changes, one for each week of 2012, that may just add up to some big changes in your year-and life.(From

Find Yourself A Reverse Mentor

There are some things the younger generation knows that you don't. Some examples: how to wakeboard, how to find a King Krule video and what the heck emoji are. Buddy up with a savvy person at least 10 years younger and learn a few skills that might just come in useful for your career, your online social life and your ability to relate to 52 percent of the planet.

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PIC Of The Week 

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Pride Center

LGBT Report Card

Civil & Social Equality Progress (or not)

Community Spotlight Project
Pride Center UPDATED 02-27-12

It is time again for us to update the list of businesses in Colorado Springs that we the Colorado Springs Pride organization have called with three very important questions. (Seen Below). Every couple weeks we update the spreadsheet seen below and we re-sort to make it easier for you to find a specific business. As you can see we have just began to call all of the "M" restaurants and here are a couple highlights.

Macaroni Grill on Tenderfoot Hill answered Yes, Yes, Yes and "Loves the LGBT Community"

Mandarin Chef Express at 1831 Briargate Blvd. answered No Comment, No Comment and No Comment

McDonald's Most said YES, 1575 Space Center Drive Hung up on us and 434 Garden of The Gods Rd. Too Busy To Answer

Moon Star 2 Chinese Restaurant at 5873 Palmer Park Blvd. Hung up on us

In a few weeks we will have completed all of the restaurants and will then move into the retail shopping category. Be sure to let us know if you have any good or not so good experiences with Colorado Springs businesses. We hope you support those that support us!

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MN School Board Removes District's Anti-Gay "Gag Policy"
Pride Center The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:

After more than 17 years of upholding policies designed to stigmatize LGBT students, Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district has taken an important step in promoting a safer, more inclusive learning environment for all its students.

On Monday night, the school board voted to eliminate the district's notorious Sexual Orientation Curriculum "neutrality" policy, which explicitly banned homosexuality from being "taught/addressed as a normal, valid lifestyle."

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Pride Center Groups
Social Groups, Support Groups, Donor Groups and so much more 

TG Group P.A.G.E.
Peak Area Gender Expressions

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
7:00 - 9:00pm
Colorado Springs Pride Center

Connect with Southern Colorado's Transgender Resource, Support & Activism Group

Connect with the group directly by emailing

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Military News
News From Local Colorado Springs and the Military

A Homecoming Kiss for a Gay Marine
Posted February 27th, 2012 by Evan Hurst

Love looks like what it looks like, and it is beautiful. Sgt. Brandon Morgan kisses his partner Dalan Wells upon arriving home in Hawai'i.

Here's what Sgt. Morgan had to say about their picture going viral:

"To everyone who has responded in a positive way, my partner and I want to say thank you. Dalan, the giant in the photo, can't believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. We didn't do this to get famous, or something like that. We did this cause after 3 deployments and four years knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt. As for the haters, let em quote Kat Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate. We are the happiest we have ever been and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in was a homecoming. If the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn't care...then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation, thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don't just accept requests so if your request was because of this post, message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi."



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Local Organizations

News From Local Colorado Springs and Nearby City Organizations - Add Your Event 

March 9 Women's & HIV Luncheon
Pride Center
On Friday, March 9, the day before "National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day," S-CAP (Southern Colorado AIDS Project) will bring further attention to the need for education and testing by hosting a luncheon at the Antlers Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring nationally- acclaimed speaker Jane Fowler.

Named as one of the 100 most powerful, influential and inspirational women working in the HIV/AIDS field in America today, she has been a featured guest on such prime time programs as 20/20, NBC Nightly News and CNN, and in print publications like Good Housekeeping and People magazine.

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PrideFest News

PrideFest honors the culture and heritage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Latest Vendor Signed Up For PrideFest 22
Colorado Springs Gay Chamber Panda Paw Day Spa

Please welcome Panda Paw Day Spa  (Massage, nails, facial, detox) to the 22nd Annual Colorado Springs PrideFest. They will be in Space 21 on Saturday & Sunday July 21st and 22nd, 2012. Visit them and thank them for supporting the local LGBT community!


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Springs Nightlife

Everything from nightclubs, discoth�ques, bars, live music, concert, cabaret, small theatres, small cinemas, shows, and sometimes restaurants.

Bubbles Nightclub! Bubbles Night Club

2 Dance Floors with 2 DJ's spinning the hottest in town until 4am!


FREE Cover before 9pm
$5 Cover for 21+ & $10 for Ages 18-20


Bubbles Nightclub
Colorado Springs, CO

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The Script Bar and Grill
The Script - Click To Enlarge Image

2510 E Bijou Street
Colorado Springs CO 80909

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World Arena / Pikes Peak Center 
World Arena and Pikes Peak Center


When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 7:30 PM
(Doors open 6:30 PM) - Pikes Peak Center
Ticket Info: Tickets on sale now!

RAIN, the acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand! They look like them and they sound just like them!  "The next best thing to seeing The Beatles," raves the Denver Post.  

All the music and vocals are performed totally live!  RAIN covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN  is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. "A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia...Boomer Heaven!" raves The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own The Beatles, they triumph!" cheers the Boston Herald.  "An adoring Valentine to The Beatles," declares the Washington Post. 

Sing along with your family and friends to such favorites as "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Come Together" and "Can't Buy Me Love," and relive Beatlemania from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road!

Group Discounted Prices:
$50.25 - Orchestra and Mezzanine (reg. $55.50)
$41.25 - Balcony rows A - H (reg. $45.50)
$30.00 - Balcony rows J - M (reg. $33.00)

* Deadline to purchase discounted tickets is March 14, 2012 *

Call Whitney as Ask For Pride Center Discount 

Whitney Gonzalez
Group Sales Manager
World Arena and Pikes Peak Center
3185 Venetucci Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 477-2116  Fax (719) 477-2199


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Pride Center Monthly Donor 

Colorado Springs Pride
2508 E Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Pride Center Walk In Hours
Monday - Friday 10AM - 5PM


(719) 471-4429 

Colorado Springs Pride - Connecting, Supporting & Empowering the LGBT Community through "The Pride Center", "PrideFest" & the "Pride Chamber". 

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