DENVER, CO—The Center on Colfax is joining forces with Rocky Mountain Public Media to develop programming celebrating the LGBTQ community in honor of Denver PrideFest. As part of the partnership, Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPM) will broadcast a variety of content on its statewide channels including a one-hour television special, a selection of performers from the PrideFest virtual mainstage, segments featuring community members and user-generated stories from residents across the state.
“Having Rocky Mountain Public Media support us in our effort to celebrate the heritage and culture of the LGBTQ community will allow us to reach more people at a critical time,” said Joe Foster, The Center’s Vice President of Development and Communication. “We are excited to have a new avenue to share our stories.”
Limits on public gatherings due to COVID-19 have forced The Center to move this year’s Denver PrideFest activities online. Through its participation in the virtual celebration, Rocky Mountain Public Media hopes to mitigate the loss of an in-person celebration. The one-hour television special, Together We Rise, will showcase the LGBTQ community’s resilience in the face of challenges. Hosted by Denver PrideFest emcee DeMarcio Slaughter andNikki Swarn, a host for the radio station, The Drop 303, the program will feature performances from local artists, stories of triumph from the LGBTQ community and interviews with LGBTQ advocates about what Pride means to them. The program will premiere on June 20,2020 at 6 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS, The Drop (89.3FM and 89.7 FM) and Rocky Mountain PBS’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/rockymtnpbs)
“We believe, now more than ever that RMPM needs to bea platform for all. Together We Riseis a celebration for the LGBTQIA community and especially recognizing this time for LGTBQIA persons of color, as we work towards an equitable and inclusive space for all,” said Amanda Mountain, CEO and President of Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPM).
Together we Rise will be re-broadcast several time in the week following Pridefest. For a full schedulestarting Friday, June 5, visit www.rmpbs.org/pride. Rocky MountainPublic media will also run PrideFest-focused digital stories on its website in the week prior to the event, with a webpage dedicated to featuring user-generated stories from residents in rural and traditionally underserved communities.
“It is important that we also continue to recognize the struggle that persons of color within the LGBTQAI+ community face. It is crucial that we, as Coloradoans and a nation, face up to our biases and begin the work of true dialogue and communication,” said Swarn, (aka Amerykah Jones), who serves as Content/Program Director and Midday Host of The Drop.
PrideFest is The Center’s largest fundraiser, providing over $1 million in support to help the organization servemore than 57,000 people annually with programs for LGBTQ+ youth, seniors, Colorado’s transgender community, and training and legal programs. The Center hopes to raise $100,000 through its virtual celebration, about 10 percent of the annual revenue the event generates.
For more information about Denver PrideFest visit: denverpride.org
About The Center on Colfax
The Center on Colfax opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBTQ community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today the Center is focused on fulfilling its mission –to engage, empower, enrich and advance the gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender community of Colorado–by ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. The Center currently operates on an annual budget of $2.3 million, employs 20 staff members and utilizes more than 500 community volunteers to serve more than 52,000 people each year.
About Rocky Mountain Public Media
Rocky Mountain Public Media is Colorado’s largest statewide, member-supported, multimedia organization and the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP. Rocky Mountain Public Media has more than 90,000 members representing every county in Colorado and reaches 98 percent of the state’s citizens through television, radio and digital platforms. A non-commercial media organization by and for the people of Colorado, RMPM creates high-quality local and multimedia content through Regional Innovation Centers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Pueblo. RMPBS, started in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station, is now a statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). In its 35th year, KUVO JAZZ broadcasts jazz, blues, and a lineup of locally produced diverse music programs. Launching in 2019, THE DROP, the People’s Station for R&B and Hip Hop, was voted the best new radio station by Westword in April 2020.