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June is...

Pride Month
It's sobering that this year’s Pride Month starts at a time of such political upheaval in our country. And yet, it’s a full-circle reminder of continued struggle for liberation of all people.
COVID-19 had already forced many Pride events online, and protests around the killing of George Floyd and countless other Black lives – including Tony McDade – have taken center stage just as Pride Month begins.
As we amplify Black voices and lives, we must also acknowledge their intersections with the LGBTQ experience. It’s necessary to address the impact of relationship violence on the LGBTQ community, particularly around higher rates of relationship violence and barriers to support in Black queer communities. And we need to raise the profiles of these activists working on the issues directly affecting their communities  – and let them lead. 


The Center on Colfax: the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community
Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce: champions the success of economic impact of the LGBTQ+ business community by promoting, connecting, and advancing common interests 
InterPride: an international volunteer organization that organizes and works to put on Pride events all over the world
Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse: increases communities' ability to support the self-determiniation and safety of bisexual, trangender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: an organization dedicated to connecting like-minded women to confront ageism, share mutual interests and experience the joy of playing and working together

Coalition Updates

Lydia Waligorski
Public Policy Director

Public Policy Team Update

Nearly 40 percent of Colorado workers lack access to paid sick time, and must choose between going to work sick 
to keep a job, or
staying home to recover. Not only does this deny basic human dignity, it creates a wider public health issue by exposing other workers to infection.  
SB 205 will require employers to offer earned sick time to their employees, and include safe time for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors so that they can better plan for their physical safety and long term financial stability. 
The pandemic is showing us now more than ever why EVERYONE should have access to paid sick and safe time. Call your state legislators and ask them to support SB 205.
Liz Stuewe
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

ACRTI Modules 1 & 2 with Live Q&A
June 25, 10-11 a.m.
Register today!

Watch the recorded videos of Accessible, Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) principles - Modules 1 and 2, and bring your questions for Liz and Brandy!
Before the Q&A, watch the following videos: 
Module 1: Thinking about Trauma in the Context Of DV and SA Advocacy: An Integrated Approach 
Module 2: Understanding the Impact of Trauma
July Brown Bag webinar: noon, July 14
Topic: Promising Practices for Parent-Child Advocacy
Register today
Advocates will explore innovative and promising practices for parent-child advocacy in domestic violence programs, and application skills and techniques of intervention that honor non-abusive parents and promote parent-child relationships. 

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
June 9, 10 a.m.: Using Inclusive and Culturally Reponsive Language When Gathering Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Presented by the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse. 
June 9, noon: Project Partnership - Leaning on Our Collective Strengths. Presented by the Alliance of Local Service Organizations. 
June 11, 10 a.m.: Enhanced Meaningful Acess and Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors in the Tie of COVID-19. Presented by the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice. 
June 23, 11:30 a.m.: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors with Disabilties. Presented by the National Housing and Community Development Law Project. 
June 23, noon: Responding to Domestic Violence-Related Homicides Within Your Community. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. 

Resources and Other News

Webinar: Urgent Mobile Crisis Vans: How to Set One Up In COVID-19
In 2019, Black Women’s Blueprint launched a mobile healing program called Sistas Van, a.trauma-informed, survivor-centered mobile healing unit that centers the needs of Black women and femmes to fill the need for sexual and reproductive health services.
Black Women's Blueprint is offering a two-part webinar to share the story of Sistas Van and provide the blueprint to launch mobile healing or crisis vans. 
This webinar is comprised of two sessions: REGISTER HERE FOR TWO PART SERIES.
Part 1: Thursday, June 4, 10 am-11:30am MT
Part 2: Thursday June 11, 10-11:30am MT
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