June Program: House Speaker Ferrandino To Speak on Fatherhood

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June 5th 7:30 PM in the Community Hall at the CHUN mansion

We are delighted to announce a special program for June, the month of Father’s Day. Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and also a new father, will share with us his experience of parenthood.

Mark and his husband Greg Wertsch have been together for over 13 years, having met in Washington, DC. They were married in Wisconsin, Greg’s home state, in 2006. Last year they entered into a civil union here in the state of Colorado. (Mark was a prime sponsor of the Colorado Civil Unions Act passed in 2013.)

 After taking foster-parent orientation classes with the Denver Department of Human Services, Mark and Greg adopted their beautiful daughter, Lila Augusta Ferrandino, nearly two years ago, although the adoption did not become official until August 28, 2013. Currently, the three of them re-side in Denver’s Baker neighborhood with their dog, Dagny.

 Speaker Ferrandino has been instrumental in shaping Colorado and Denver politics for the past decade. He served as co-chair of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats and as treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party from 2005 through 2007. In 2007 he was named Colorado Young Democrat of the Year for his work on behalf of the party and Democratic candidates across the state. That same year he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. For the 2013 session Mark was elected by his peers to become Colorado’s first openly gay Speaker of the House.

 The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 104. All will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. for the program.

May Program: 2014 PFLAG Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Please Join PFLAG for our May Program:

 2014 PFLAG Denver Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony

7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:30 p.m.

in the Community Hall at the CHUN mansion,  

1290 Williams Street Denver

Please join us as we present the four recipients of this year’s PFLAG  scholarships. Come meet the four students who were chosen for scholarships, and hear their goals and aspirations as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Please have a look at the May newsletter to see more information about the scholarship program and this year’s awardees. 

A dessert reception will follow.

 From 6:30 to 7:30 our support groups will meet. The New Families Group will meet in room 104. All will gather at 7:30 for the program in the Community Hall

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Márquez To Speak

 Monica MàrquezWe are delighted to announce that our speaker for the April 3 meeting will be Monica Márquez, the first openly gay justice of Colorado’s Supreme Court. She will speak of her personal and professional journey.

A native of Austin, Texas, Justice Márquez grew up in Grand Junction, CO, and graduated as valedictorian from Grand Junction High School in 1987. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, then served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a volunteer inner-city school teacher and community organizer in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. In 1997 she graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as editor of the Yale Law Journal and co-coordinator of the Latino Law Students Association.

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