About the Project

The Colorado LGBTQ History Project was established to collect and preserve oral histories from those who lived it, archive these histories and make them available to the public, and actively educate the community on LGBTQ history.

If you have questions about this project or would like to get involved, please contact David Duffield at history@lgbtqcolorado.org.

Project Services
  • Oral History: Oral histories are digital recordings of the lives and stories of LGBTQ Coloradans. They are a great way to add your voice to history. Oral histories take about 2 - 3 hours, can be done at The Center or any public space like a library, in home, or even via phone.
  • Document Archiving: Getting our material culture into public institutions like libraries and museums is especially important. Our volunteers take documents and other written records, inventory them, and help turn them over to public institutions.
  • Education: Volunteers provide outreach to colleges, some schools, and share our research with the public during community events.
  • Networking: Building networks of volunteers, narrators, donors, speakers, educators, and benefactors is the heart of the history project. Establishing community partnerships allows us to ensure that the knowledge and supports are in place to preserve Colorado’s LGBTQ history for tomorrow’s generations.

Stonewall 50

June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, three nights of rioting at an historic gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village that is widely viewed as a turning point in the modern fight for LGBTQ civil rights. The Center on Colfax is marking this important historic anniversary with a series of free exhibits and events exploring this history and impact of that historic night long ago. 

Stonewall 50 - LGBTQ History Project

Oral History

Delve into these digital recordings, firsthand stories about the lives of LGBTQ people in Colorado. Additional recordings can be found in the Oral History archive.

Sue Anne Michaels: Oral History
Alice "Cookie" Barron: Oral History
Bill Olson: Oral History
Bob Janowski: Oral History
Oral History Spotlight:

Bearing Witness Project

HIV/AIDS hit Colorado in 1982 and by 2015, more than 5,000 people had died from the disease, while 11,000 currently live with it. This project aims to gather their stories. In partnership with the Colorado AIDS Project (CAP), we gather oral histories, help with document collections, and provide educational outreach.

If your life has been impacted by HIV/AIDS, we want to hear your story. Please email David Duffield at history@lgbtqcolorado.org.

Research & Resources

View articles, news clippings, and correspondence related to Colorado’s LGBTQ history, plus learn more about The Center on Colfax's founding in the Unity Archives and find additional resources for exploring LGBTQ history.

Walking Audio Tour: LGBTQ History in Denver

The Center on Colfax has developed a walking audio tour in partnership with AARP Colorado. Learn about Denver's rich LGBTQ history while touring the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Historical Photographs

View historical photographs that capture our rich and diverse history.