As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an […]

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If you’re looking for something unsmoky, non-hot and FREE to do tonight, don’t miss How to Survive A Plauge, an amazing documentary about the Act Up movement’s struggles to get the Reagan and Bush administrations to fund AIDS research screening at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the CC Campus tonight […]

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Colorado is now the 8th state in the country to allow civil unions for same sex couples. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, or TLDEF is filing a complaint with the Colorado Division of Civil Rights against Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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A bill to revamp sex education classes for Colorado students has initially passed the house after a rigorous debate. The measure aims to make instruction more culturally sensitive and add information on homosexuality. But opponents say it would take away the rights of parents. Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military will extend some benefits to same-sex partners. KUNC’s Grace Hood has more on what the move will mean for the 26-thousand men and women serving at Fort Carson.

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A bill to allow civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado cleared the Democratic controlled senate today with little fanfare. Unlike last year, the measure’s passage is all but certain. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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After an emotional debate, a bill to allow civil unions initially passed the state senate today. The vote was largely divided along party lines. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State senators will debate a bill to allow civil unions for gay and lesbian couples tomorrow. The measure is expected to easily pass the Democratic controlled legislature and be signed into law, but as Bente Birkeland reports, the main sponsor says he’s taking a different approach this year.

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A measure to give Colorado gay couples many of the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples cleared its first committee at the state capitol on yesterday. After being at the center of a political storm last year, the bill passed easily on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state […]

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A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado gets its first hearing at the capitol tomorrow. The measure’s passage is certain, but a large crowd is still expected to testify before lawmakers. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Advocate, a national LGBTQ politics and culture magazine, released it’s annual “Gayest Cities in America” list this week, and you’ll be surprised to know that Colorado Springs clocked in at #13 (besting Denver by nearly 10 spots, and only barely trailing Oakland and Minneapolis). The rankings are supposedly based on criteria […]

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During last month’s general election, Americans voted into office more gay and lesbian lawmakers than ever before. And in states like Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado, gay and lesbian officials will hold some of the highest positions of power. Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at what’s driving the change.

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Civil unions supporters in Colorado won big during last week’s election, successfully targeting and ousting three Republican lawmakers over their opposition to civil unions. And as Bente Birkeland reports, many in the GOP feel the issue contributed to their losses.

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It’s not every day that a local professor gets named to the research advisory board of a foundation created by, arguably, the biggest pop star in the world. Such is life for CJ Pascoe, assistant professor of sociology at Colorado College.

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A statewide gay rights advocacy group is trying to use the failure of a civil unions measure last legislative session to flip control at the Colorado statehouse. Republican house leaders blocked the bill from receiving a vote on the house floor, which forced a special session. Bente (BEN tuh) Birkeland has more from the […]

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Time is running out for residents living in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area to take advantage of a flood insurance waiting-period waiver…Pueblo City Council is set to consider extending city benefits to same-sex domestic partnerships, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.

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The effort to revive a stalled civil unions bill has run out of steam at the Colorado Capitol. The measure died last night in a Republican-controlled House committee. The 5 to 4 party line vote came on the first day of a special legislative session called to deal with civil unions and several other stalled […]

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On the final day of the state’s legislative session, Governor John Hickenlooper called for a special session to address civil unions. The decision came a day after Republican leaders in the house filibustered the civil unions bill and killed at least two dozen other measures along with it. Bente Birkeland has more from the […]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions…and, about 50 Air Force personnel and two C-130 cargo planes have left Peterson Air Force Base for a four-month deployment.

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A bill that would have allowed civil unions in Colorado failed in the Republican controlled house late last night despite having enough GOP votes to pass. It happened after a dramatic fallout on the chamber floor, when Republicans recessed the house for several hours as Democrats were trying to call up the bill. Bente […]

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A civil unions bill cleared the House Appropriations committee 7-6, with Republican Representative Cheri Gerou of Evergreen voting with Democrats. Several amendments to the bill were also approved in committee, including exemptions to social workers, mental health professionals, and on religious grounds. The bill now moves on to the full House, where it needs […]

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As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids […]

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June 29, 2016 | KQED · Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · At least 239 people were injured in the attack on Europe’s third-busiest airport. The attacks were carried out by three suicide bombers armed with guns and explosives, authorities say.
 

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June 29, 2016 | NPR · What separates good preschool from bad? A new report maps out some key answers by studying successful programs.
 

Arts & Life

June 29, 2016 | NPR · It’s not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese’s new novel The Big SheepL Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese’s knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.
 

June 28, 2016 | NPR · It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it’s his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
 

June 28, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
 

Music

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June 28, 2016 | NPR · Banning Eyre reviews two albums from artists who are reinventing classic sounds from Puerto Rico: iLe’s iLevitable and Miramar’s Dedication to Sylvia Rexach.
 

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June 28, 2016 | FolkAlley · Hear the rising young Appalachian singer-songwriter perform live from the Adirondack Mountains.
 

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June 28, 2016 | NPR · In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.
 

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