Welcome to PFLAG Denver!
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has more than 368 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.
The Affordable Care Act offers important benefits and protections for the LGBT community here in Colorado. Clayton Scherf, our speaker for the March 6 meeting, will enlighten us on some of the beneficial aspects of the ACA.
Clayton is the Healthcare Enrollment Program Manager at the GLBT Community Center, and he currently manages several Healthcare Guides in various Assistance Sites around the state specifically targeting the GLBT population of Colorado.
Kathleen Sibelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, has commented, “The Affordable Care Act may represent the strongest foundation we have ever created to begin closing LGBT health disparities.”
Under the new healthcare law, it is illegal to deny any individual health insurance based on sexual orientation or gender status. Starting in 2014, insurers will not be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, including transgender people and people living with HIV/ AIDS. The new healthcare law will also make it easier for same-sex couples to find health insurance providers that cover domestic partners. This feature will also be available for small businesses seeking plans for their employees.
The New Families Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 in Room 104. The program will start in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m.
Steven Chavez, Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) will be our speaker on February 6. The CCRD strives to protect individuals from discrimination in employment, housing and at places of public accommodation through enforcement and outreach consistent with Colorado civil rights laws. A Colorado native, Steven attended West High School in Denver; he received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado.
Steven believes that education and outreach are vital to CCRD’s mission, and he has partnered with numerous community organizations in Colorado to advance civil rights, including Servicios De La Raza, the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs, and the Colorado Pay Equity Commission. He assists civic and governmental leaders in civil rights issues and continues to teach in legal and civic educational programs. Steve is also a trans rights advocate.
The New Families Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 in Room 104. The annual meeting, at which Board members are elected (see the article on page 2 of the February Newsletter), will start at 7:30 in the Community Room, program to follow.
The speaker for the January 2 program will be Daniel Ramos, Director of Organizing & Alliance Building at One Colorado. He will speak on the topic of the pathway to marriage equality in Colorado.
Daniel, who grew up in northeast Colorado, graduated from University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in sociology and Spanish. He was active in student government and was elected Student Body President in 2009. Prior to joining One Colorado, Daniel was an organizer involved with voter engagement, access to higher education for all, and immigration issues. In his current position Daniel leads One Colorado’s work to mobilize and educate the LGBT community around important issues. Please see More below about mobilizing for marriage equality.
The New Families Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 in Room 104. The program will be presented at 7:30 in the Community Room.
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