On Tuesday, to celebrate the start of Boulder Pride Week, community members gathered at The Dairy Center to view a screening of "To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor."
The documentary follows the journey of octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice in the face of inequality. After the death of her spouse of 40 years, Windsor was forced to pay a massive estate tax bill due to the federal government denying benefits to same-sex couples.
She made the bold move to sue the government and came out victorious.
"Last night's event was wonderful," said Juan Moreno, OutBoulder County's development and special events manager, recounting the flick that spotlighted one woman's triumphant story over oppression. "Many left the theater with tears in their eyes."
While the preliminary film event was a sobering reminder of just how far the LGBTQ community has come, other events slated for the weekend plan to possess a vibe of jovial celebration with dance, song and plenty of untamed (jeweled and feathered) self-expression.
"I'm always focused on making sure the week turns out as best as it possibly can," said Moreno, who is particularly proud of the varied array of performers set to infuse PrideFest with their own brand of wit and artistry.
"The most rewarding aspect of working with this community and putting on this event is being able to get input back each year," said Moreno. "This year we have a huge focus on people of color within the LGBTQ community, with a very diverse lineup. It's very important to make sure we incorporate new pieces and that all communities feel represented."
Consider the follow rundown your guide to all things Pride!
Get your dance on at Boulder Pride Week's annual party, held at one of Boulder's most beloved speakeasies. Attendees that purchase the first 100 tickets online can scoop a complimentary mask at the door. As if free swag wasn't cool enough, those online ticketholders will also be entered to win one of two rooms at The Hotel Boulderado to stay in that night. Vertical Fusion will be spinning on the silks and Boulder Burlesque is sure to keep it spicy. International DJ Sinna-G, of Denver's Mix 100.3, will be providing the soundtrack — a head-nodding arsenal of electro, house and tribal beats; 7 p.m. today , License No. 1. , 2115 13th St., Boulder; $10-$12; burlesquerade.brownpapertickets.com
Local celebrated poet Andrea Gibson will entrance audiences with spoken word pieces that touch on gender, love and tragedy — all sure to leave 2the audience breathless. A word-weaver, with a captivating delivery, Gibson never shies away from reaching deep into their soul's depths and simultaneously stirs much thoughtful reflection within others; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; $22-$40; chautauqua.com
Drag Queen Storytime
Gather the kiddos and let them hear classic fables delivered with sass from Shirley Delta Blow, who is sure to outshine any Disney princess; 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette; free; host5.evanced.info/lafayette/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=30174
Big Gay 5K
In typical Boulder fashion, those celebrating Pride will have the opportunity to get their cardio in with this race benefitting Out Boulder in its mission to educate, advocate and provide services, programs and support for Boulder County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities; 10 a.m. Sunday, Intersection of Pearl and 10th streets; $30-$35; eventbrite.com/e/2018-big-gay-5k-boulder-registration-37499740734
If you're part of an LGBTQ-affirming organization, place of worship, volunteer group or allied group, here's the chance to get crafty, make a banner or sign and show support. Festive dress is strongly encouraged, so don't be afraid to don the most statement-making frock; 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd.; facebook.com/events/1998386917139003/
This main event is the grand finale of the week, where Boulder Central Park sizzles with live music, multiple vendors and photo booths to commemorate all the fun. Be sure to catch the musical acts that will deliver a multi-cultural soundscape sure to satisfy; 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Boulder Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd., Boulder; outboulder.org/pride2018
• 11:30 a.m. Cat Jerky
• 12:20 p.m. Mile High KINGdom
• 1 p.m. Drag performances by Bella C Le Cher, Arial Ari Staxx and Electra Dupri
• 1:20 p.m. Samba Colorado
• 2:15 p.m. The Ricardo Pena Band
• 3:25 p.m. Marcie Smith
• 4:15 CHEER Colorado
• 4:35 p.m. The New Family Recipe
• 5:30 p.m. Hey, Lady!
Kalene McCort: 303-473-1107, firstname.lastname@example.org.