Out Boulder  

For the week of November 16, 2011


In this issue..
OUT and ABOUT in Boulder County
A message from Pat Bruns, FUMC
Community Spotlight: Bent Lens
5th Annual Wine Tasting!
Out Boulder Happy Hour
TRANSForming Art Contest
Andrea Gibson
Requiem for Roadkill
MLK Writing Contest
FORGE Surveys
Raise Your Voice for Health Care
People Engaged in Raiding Leaders
Community Calendar
Pride House Holiday & Office Hours

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    Out Boulder is excited to share this message from Pat Bruns, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church      


First United Methodist Church of Boulder is a courageous faith community dedicated to diversity, inclusiveness, social justice, spiritual nourishment through many approaches, meaningful artistic experience and unconditional love. LGBTQA persons are at the core of our church leadership and the center of our love for all.

Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, First United Methodist Church is a vibrant church family that truly loves God by loving others.  We affirm that the most profound life changing realities are characterized by words like these: kindness, acceptance, justice, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, generosity and love.

We believe there are many people in Boulder County who seek a community that walks with them in their search for meaning and purpose in life, a place that calls out and celebrates their talents and abilities, a place where questions are welcomed, not stifled.  People want a community where they can learn, grow, worship and serve without strings attached or hidden agendas.  We all long for those places where we can be ourselves and be in relationship with a caring and compassionate community.  

If this sounds different from what you expect a church to be, I ask you to Rethink Church.  We are respectful of traditions that ground us and add meaning to our lives; at the same time we remain open to contemporary calls to understanding, social justice and spiritual expression.

We worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday and offer many different opportunities for smaller group interactions and growth throughout the week.  You will be welcome.  Come see for yourself.

Our website is  www.fumcboulder.org and you can reach me at [email protected].   Call on me any time.

Pat Bruns
First United Methodist Church of Boulder



Bent Lens Cinema, Boulder, Out Boulder  

This week, Out Boulder turns up the theater lights on Bent Lens Cinema, our sister organization who is all about "Bringing the Best of Queer Cinema to Boulder County".  Bent Lens Cinema is an all-volunteer organization dedicated in equal parts to LGBTQ visibility through film and community building.  Unlike traditional film festivals, they program films throughout the year with a special annual documentary film weekend called Queer Realities.  Programs are often followed by the Bent Salon where viewers can socialize and make new friends while enjoying delicious treats.  Bent Lens makes an effort to make sure all films are affordable and works with other organizations to program films addressing specific issues and concerns within our community.  Not just for the city of Boulder, Bent Lens strives to reach our community throughout the county. 

Bent Lens Cinema welcomes its new chair, Dan Julio and bids a hearty thanks to Gus Spheeris for his many years of dedicated service as chair.  Gus remains with Bent Lens Cinema working tirelessly behind the scenes to find the best films and fund-raise.

Bent Lens Cinema may be found at  http://www.bentlens.org.  There you can find information about current and upcoming programs, volunteer, make suggestions and sign up for the mailing list.  Bent Lens is currently in the middle of a film series "Bent Lens at the Boe" which includes Friday's double feature in honor of Trans Awareness Week with "Tomboy" and "Strella". Bent Lens Cinema also has an upcoming program on January 7, 2012 and Queer Realities during the weekend of February 25-27.

5th Annual Wine Tasting! - November 19 

Wine TastingOur 5th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser will be THIS Saturday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. so mark your calendars! If you are interested in attending, let Aicila know! Great food, delisicous wines, and wonderful company all in support of the important work of Out Boulder. Suggested donation: $75.

We also would love the help of two volunteers from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. to assist with set up, to fill wine glasses, keep food refreshed, and help clean up. You can also participate in the tasting if you wish! Please contact Aicila if you can help.   

November Happy Hour at Hapa Sushi, our Happy Home Base!

If this Happy Hour is sneaking up on you, trust me you are not the only one!

For November's Happy Hour we return to Hapa Sushi, a place we know and love.  It's the perfect place to hang out with all your Out Boulder friends, and together get ready for the upcoming Holiday Madness.   

It's also a great chance to meet new people to invite to your upcoming holiday parties.  It's a win win! 

See you tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 14th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Hapa.

  Happy hour specials, and yummy nibbles always available.



Winners of TRANSForming Art Contest Announced!    


Congratulations to the winners of the TRANSForming Art Contest that were announced at Sunday evening's Kick-off to TAW potluck! The entries were voted on attendees at the potluck. The winners received a variety of donations by local merchants including Fox Theatre, Breadworks, Rueben's Burger Bistro, and Rebecca's Apothecary. The exhibit that includes all entries in the contest will be on display at the Pride House through December 14 so if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out!   


First Place - c.d. ortiz-oldham




White skin, Brown heart


Female body, Boy soul


Childlike smile, Jaded quintessence


Lover, Fighter


Gay, Straight, Everything-in-Betweener


Spiritual, Non-Believer


Fiercely unique, Painfully ordinary


Passionately Apathetic.



Two Spirits, One Body


Sacred, yet Meaningless


Fitting everywhere, Belonging nowhere


Everything, Nothing


Never existing in black, white or Technicolor


Only gray.


Never home, Always visiting


Concrete Contradiction.




-c.d. ortiz-oldham



c.d. poem taw 



2nd Place - Julia Perry


Julia Perry TAW


3rd Place - Amy Karcher 


Amy Portraits  






 As you begin to create your strategy for which parties and gatherings you will be making you appearance in this coming winter, please take a moment and pencil in our upcoming Out Boulder Community gatherings.


Out Boulder Holiday Party!    This year we will gather in Longmont, at Martini's Bistro.  You definitely want to attend this one, not much else to say except, be there Wed., Dec. 14th  5:00PM.  


December Happy Hour.  Bitter Bar, the place to not be seen, is our host for December.   Wed., December 21st 5:00PM.   Take the door through the back alley...    

Trans Awareness Week is Happening NOW!   


TAW Trans Awareness Week Out Boulder  


The remaining activities during TAW include the following:


Weds 11/16: Trans & Genderqueer Support Group @ the Pridehouse, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Thur 11/17: Dr. Estrada: "Two Spirit & Transgender Film & Activism: From Fred Martinez Jr. to Angie Zapata" @ CU Norlin Library's British & Irish Studies Room, 3:30 - 5 p.m.


Fri 11/18: Bent Lens Cinema @ the Dairy Center: 6:30 p.m. Tomboy & 8:30p.m. Strella


Sun 11/20: Gender Identity Center's Candlelight Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32rd. Ave, in Golden, 7 p.m. Interested in driving or taking part in a carpool to this event? Contact: Hillary Anna Montague-Asp.   


Events are collaborations between Out Boulder, CU GLBTQ Resource Center, CU Center for Multicultural Affairs, Bent Lens Cinema, TransAct!, Gender Identity Center 

For more information about these events, please visit:


 AARF Fundraiser with Andrea Gibson - December 14    

 andrea gibson

An American Rainbow Foundation is hosting a fund raiser dinner Wednesday, December 14th at the Boulder Outlook Hotel in Boulder, CO. and needs your help to make it happen. As you know, AARF plans to launch an event titled "A Rainbow Across America" to show unity in America and to fund our dream of a network of sustainable organic farms that will provide food, help and hope to thousands in the GLBTQ and allied community.   To achieve this goal, AARF is hosting a series of fund-raising events over the next year. The first of these will be a dinner at the Boulder Outlook. Dinner entertainment will be provided by Giddyup Kitty, a high-energy all-female bluegrass band from the Boulder area. After dinner will be a performance by Andrea Gibson, winner of the 2008 Women's World Poetry Slam and Pushcart Prize-nominated author of the DIY Poetry Book of the Year, "Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns". Gibson has been showcased on Free Speech T.V., The B.B.C., Air America, C-SPAN, N.P.R., and was featured in the documentary Slam Planet.

Tickets to the dinner are $95 each and include dinner with wine service. Help AARF realize the American Dream of unity, prosperity, health and happiness for all people. Buy your tickets in advance by calling Sheri at (720) 378-2939 or going to  www.brownpapertickets.com, or donate by going to www.americanrainbow.org  and clicking "donate" in the lower right-hand section of the page. To arrange group discounts, please email our business manager, Greg, at [email protected] , 720-224-2783.

Location: Boulder Outlook Hotel 800 28th St. Boulder, CO 80303
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
RSVP Required

More info: http://outboulder.org/content/aarf-fundraiser-dinner-andrea-gibson

Requiem for Roadkill: A Sound Circle Solstice Concert -  

December 9 - 11      


Sound Circle's Solstice concerts feature a nontraditional mix of genres and colors, offering audiences an alternative to the holiday-based musical events of the season. The title work, Requiem for Roadkill, is a multi-movement soundscape created by Sound Circle. The entire concert is a meditation on being human, in the context of our increasingly fast pace of life. Tickets availablet at brownpapertickets.com/event/211612 or Boulder Body Wear. Performances on Fri-Sat, Dec 9-10 at 7:00 pm; Sun Dec. 11 at 5:00 pm.

Costs are $20 GA, $15 sr/child. For more info contact 303-473-4525 or [email protected]


 MLK Writing Contest - Deadline: December 9 


martin luther king writing contest

We are three students from Fairview, Boulder, and New Vista High Schools. We are members of the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) for the City of Boulder. Each year our responsibility is to give out grants and plan youth related activities and events. One of our focuses is engaging youth in Boulder's annual Martin Luther King (MLK) day march and rally, Monday, January 16, 2012.

We are writing you to let you know about our MLK writing contest for middle and high school students. We were inspired by Dr. King's quote, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the entire staircase". For us, this means that although our community faces many overwhelming challenges around equity and inclusiveness, taking the first step is the only way things get better.
Winners and runners up will get a chance to read their pieces on MLK day. Additionally, first place winners will receive a $100 gift card. Judges will pick winners from both middle and high school, who speak English fluently and who are learning English. 


We encourage you to tell students you know in the City of Boulder about the contest and urge them to participate! Writing pieces should be submitted by December 9th, 2011.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Alice Swett at  [email protected]or by phone at (303)-441-4349.

Surveys for Trans People and Loved Ones &
 Therapists and Sexual Assault Providers 

forge forward trans study in boulder 
FORGE has selected Boulder as one of four sites nationwide in a program with a financial grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. The other locations in the study are Boston, Iowa City, and the stat of Maine. The theme of the project is "Building Stronger Relationships Between Sexual Assault Service Providers and Transgender Survivors."


A brief synopsis, from FORGE: "With support from the Office of Victims for Crime (OVC), FORGE -- a national transgender organization specializing in sexual violence -- is offering a unique opportunity for sexual assault service providers and transgender community members to work together to:


* Evaluate what barriers in your community might be keeping transgender survivors from accessing services;


* Cross-train on local transgender and sexual violence resources and issues;


* Select key barriers identified by participants;


* Create an action plan to begin addressing barriers; and


* Assess success and determine what, if any, additional monitoring, support, or work will be done.


When the project is completed, sometime next year, the hope is to provide guidelines for both providers of services and victims of sexual violence and assault. Although the narrow focus is on transgender victims, a group especially prone to suffering sexual violence in silence, the outcome should be guidelines that will apply to all victims of sexual violence and the breaching of barriers to all victims. 



Two surveys are available for your input:


1.) Trans people and loved ones:


Your voice makes a difference:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trans-barriers 
By taking this survey, you will improve the way mainstream providers work with trans+ people and loved ones.  This survey has been approved by the Morehouse School of Medicine Institutional Review Board.


For more information about the survey and project, go to: http://forge-forward.org/wp-content/docs/trans-barriers-survey-coverletter.pdf   (You can also download a postcard to share with your friends and groups at:  http://forge-forward.org/wp-content/docs/trans-survey-postcard.pdf)

2.) Therapists & Sexual Assault Providers:


Your experience makes a difference:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trans-training-needs


Answering this survey will help FORGE develop more effective training and technical assistance strategies for DV/SA agencies to better serve transgender survivors.  This survey has been approved by the Morehouse School of Medicine Institutional Review Board.


Encourage EVERYONE in your agency to take the survey.  All voices are valuable and welcomed.


For more information about the survey and project, go to:  http://forge-forward.org/wp-content/docs/SA-agencies-survey-coverletter.pdf   (You can also download a postcard to share with your colleagues at: http://forge-forward.org/wp-content/docs/agency-survey-postcard.pdf )

Thank you for your participation!  

Raise Your Voice: Help Us Make Health Care Work Better for All of Us - November 16  

Health insurance is expensive and it is covering less and less of the care Coloradans need. The good news is Colorado is creating an online marketplace to let consumers shop around for insurance. The goal of the marketplace is to increase affordability, access, and coverage. To make sure it does:


We need your input!


We are hosting a local forum to get feedback from residents of Boulder.  If it doesn't work for us, it won't work.  Come raise your voice and ensure this new marketplace works! 


Where:  First United Methodist Church, Mead Room (basement), 1421 Spruce Street. 

When: Wed, November 16th at 6pm.


RSVP at www.copirg.org/RSVP 


Brought to you by: Out Boulder and the CoPIRG Foundation (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy - a coalition of non-profits who have fought for years to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.


For more information contact:

Danny Katz - CoPIRG Director

Phone - 303 -573-7474 ex 303

Email -  [email protected]  


People Engaged in Raising Leaders -
Starts January 24       



People Engaged in Raising Leaders focus is to empower our diverse communities to get more involved in civic engagement, more specifically boards and commissions.


Our 8-week training program increases knowledge of the inner workings of boards and commissions, in addition to providing training in fiduciary, fundraising/philanthropy, intercultural conflict, cultural/effective communication, board training, and more!


Participants must register for this course!!!

For more info, contact: 
Perla Delgado
Community Action Programs


Community Calendar           



That's not all! Check out these other upcoming events in our community: 


11/20: And every Sunday, run with Frontrunners @ 9:15 a.m.
11/20: Bent Lens Cinema presents "Toast" at the Dairy Center
11/23: Gay Men's Figure Drawing Group
11/25: Transyouth Education & Support
11/27: Bent Lens Cinema presents "Mary Lou" at the Dairy Center
11/30: Trans and Genderqueer Support Group 


Pride House Office Hours & Holiday Hours            

Out Boulder LogoThe Pride House office will be closed November 24-25 & December 26-30. 


The following are the Pride House's regular office hours. If you need to visit us outside of these hours please contact [email protected] for an appointment. Hope to see you soon!  


M, T, F - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

W - 12 - 4 p.m.

Th or Weekends - by appointment 


Some of the events, views and opinions expressed in the eNewsletter are solely those of their authors and/or organizations, and do not necessarily reflect an endorsement by Out Boulder. We encourage you to contact the event sponsor for more information.