Forty-four years ago, The Center on Colfax was founded in response to police harassment and violence directed at Denver’s LGBTQ+ community. The Center will not remain silent in the face of the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis among countless others. We stand in solidarity with all community members who are victimized by violence, notably the hundreds of Black and African American transgender women who are victims of anti-trans violence each year. We mourn with the family and community of George Floyd and all families and communities affected by racially-charged violence
Over the last four decades our organization has worked to educate local police departments to improve the interactions with all intersections of our LGBTQ+ community members. We believe it to be our responsibility to continue this work of interrupting prejudice from those we look to for protection. As an organization dedicated to civil rights and fair treatment of everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, or religion, we call for law enforcement agencies to condemn this violence and develop transparent measures to hold their officers accountable.
As a community Center, even as we are apart for a while, we hope to continue to serve as a system of support for all members of our community. Please know that we see you and we are advocating for you.