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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20184min873

Two Capitol Democrats with a history of blazing trails for LGBTQ equality are among the recipients of One Colorado Education Fund's annual Ally Awards, the advocacy organization announced this week. Gov. John Hickenlooper is one of three All Award winners, and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, a Denver Democrat, is slated to receive One Colorado's Lifetime Achievement Award at an Aug. 25 gala in Denver.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 12, 20173min783

If you’ve got healthcare issues, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne wants to hear about them. The state’s chief operating officer and a candidate succeed John Hickenlooper as governor is planning a series of “health care town halls” Thursday through Saturday with stops in nine locations across the state.

The first is Thursday evening in Denver, and on Friday Lynne plans to hold town halls in Lamar, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. On Saturday she is in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Silverthorne. She wraps up in Fort Collins and Greeley next Sunday.

Besides access to healthcare, Lynne, a Democrat, will talk and listen about affordability of insurance, the state’s health exchange and Medicaid. Lynne was a Denver-based healthcare executive with Kaiser Permanente when Hickenlooper picked her to be his second-in-command last year, where Joe Garcia stepped down to work for a higher-education organization.

“Together, Gov, Hickenlooper and I have fought to save the Affordable Care Act,” Lynne said in a statement. “It’s not perfect, but we shouldn’t ignore its substantial successes: especially in Colorado. The ACA has allowed the number of uninsured Coloradans to be cut in half and more than half a million Coloradans received coverage through the Affordable Care Act.”

Her campaign noted that the deadline to enroll and obtain financial help for insurance from Colorado’s health exchange is Dec. 15.

“I know that people have a lot of questions and concerns about their health care regardless of how it’s provided, and I want to listen to them, direct them to the right sources for information, and let them know what our plans are for reducing costs and improving care,” Lynne stated.

Space is limited, so those who plan to attend should RSVP by clicking here.

Here is the scheduled:

Thursday

  • Denver, 6 p.m.
    Clinica Tepeyac, 5075 Lincoln St.

Friday

  • Lamar, 10 a.m.
    Lamar City Library, 102 E. Parmenter St.
  • Pueblo, 1 p.m.
    Pueblo Library, Rawlings Branch: 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Bret Kelly Room
  • Colorado Springs, 3:30 p.m.
    Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Saturday

  • Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m.
    522 Lincoln Ave, 3rd Floor, Routt County Commissioners’ Hearing Room
  • Glenwood Springs, 1 p.m.
    Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave.
  • Silverthorne, 3:15 p.m.
    Summit County Library, North Branch, 651 Center Circle, Blue River Room

Sunday

  • Fort Collins, 12:30 p.m.
    Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St., Community Room
  • Greeley, 2 p.m.
    University of Northern Colorado, 2045 10th Ave., Room Spruce A

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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 30, 20174min310

Pat Steadman, the former state senator and public citizen extraordinaire, was honored with a lifetime achievement award last weekend at One Colorado Education Fund’s annual Ally Awards, which honors those who have worked for the rights and good of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families were:

Term limits kept Steadman from running again last year. He’s the CEO of Behavioral Healthcare in Denver, but his resume reads like scroll of achievements on behalf of Coloradans.

An influential member of the General Assembly respected by both parties, Steadman was a member of the Joint Budget Committee. But before he was done, he helped rewrite the state’s liquor laws to eventually allow beer and wine in more grocery stores while helping protect and compensate liquor stores already in business nearby when the laws changed.

In 2013, after two years of trying, Steadman led the charge to pass legislation authorizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

He was honored by President Obama at the White House that year when he was presented the Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award.

He earned his bonafides in public policy more than two decades ago fighting to overturn Colorado’s Amendment 2, the citizen-passed constitutional amendment that banned state and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Another One Colorado honoree Saturday night worked alongside Steadman in that fight.

Jean Dubofsky, the first woman to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court in 1979 before returning to private practice, was then lead attorney in the Romer v. Evans case that led the high court to toss out Amendment 2.

The case happened at a pivotal time, she told Sarah Kuta of the Boulder Daily Camera last year.

“All of a sudden people just started understanding that, ‘Oh yeah, this is not a mortal danger, this is not a threat, these are the people who’ve already been around me all the time,'” Dubofsky recalled. “That’s the reason I think all of the change since Romer v. Evans moved so fast. I had no idea that things would move that quickly, but it’s really, to my way of thinking, just been terrific.”

One Colorado also honored Kaiser Permanente for being a health care industry leader in removing insurance plan exclusions for transgender people, as well as improving experiences for LGBTQ patients.

The civil rights law firm Rathod Mohamedbhai was honored for working on the relationship between the Muslim and LGBTQ communities, as well as representing Jessie Hernandez, the lesbian teen shot by Denver police as she fled in a stolen car in 2015.