"I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end."

                                               -Alice Paul

Breaking The Sound Barrier: The Women’s Music Movement 1970s through 1990s

January 15 - April 30, 2020
Free Exhibit at The Center

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, opportunities for women in the music industry were the exception rather than the rule. If being a woman musician meant few opportunities in the music business, being an out lesbian meant getting cut out of the equation completely.

Women’s music was created as an alternative to the male-dominated music industry: musicians, engineers, cover artists, producers and distributors. Although not all women associated with the movement were lesbian or bisexual, lesbians were the driving force behind it, devoted to cultivating a separate creative space that encouraged women’s autonomy. This special exhibit from the Stonewall National Museum & Archives explores the rich history of the women’s music movement.

This exhibition is presented with generous support from Wells Fargo Bank, as a partnership between The Center on Colfax, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers and Stonewall National Museum & Archives.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 15  | 
5:30-7:30 PM
Free Event

Featuring a special live performance by Take Note! From the Denver Women’s Chorus

Take Note! is the small a cappella ensemble of the Denver Women's Chorus, a multi-generational chorus of LGBTQ+ singers and allies. Their upcoming concert, Make Them Hear You, is dedicated to voting rights and will take place on January 24th and 25th at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. 

100 Years of Women’s Activism

May 1 - August 31, 2020
Free Exhibit at The Center

From Jane Addams to Leslie Herod and Brianna Titone, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women have been creating change in our communities by speaking out and engaging in political and social activism. Our exhibit will honor women leaders from the Suffragettes through today’s elected officials. The Center’s Colorado LGBTQ History Project will research biographies of notable lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who helped shape the political discussion about women’s issues for the past century. Artists will creatively portray these leaders in a free exhibit at The Center.

Denver PrideFest Centerpiece Artwork

June 20 & 21, Civic Center Park

Denver PrideFest will continue creating an original art installation at the annual festival. The 2020 installation will celebrate the anniversary of the women’s vote and continue the theme of honoring women leaders who are shaping the LGBTQ community.

El Dia de los Muertos – Honoring Our Mothers

September 1 - November 3, 2020

The Center celebrates the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead by creating altars honoring our LGBTQ ancestors. In 2020, in addition to traditional altars honoring lost community members, people who have passed from HIV/AIDS, and transgender community members, we will create a special altar honoring the mothers of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Community members will help create retablos and offerings honoring leaders who helped build today’s LGBTQ community.

Transcending Gender: Bodies & Lives

November 4 - January 2021

LGBT people have faced a long history of shared systematic oppression by gender and sexual norms. This exhibit examines ways that gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation intersect. As gender expression, sexual identity and a sense of community are very important faces of LGBT culture, the exploration of our similarities and differences can teach us how to support one another so that we may live our lives truly, freely and safely. The LGBT community is united by the shared value of everyone’s right to a genuine expression of self. This exhibit will travel from the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. The exhibit is organized in cooperation with Denver’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony.

This exhibition is presented with generous support from Wells Fargo Bank, as a partnership between The Center on Colfax, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers and Stonewall National Museum & Archives.