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Thursday, April 23,2015

Queering the classroom

Colorado educators and advocates team up to help bring queer literature into education

By Caitlin Rockett
A group of educators at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a oneof-a-kind event — perhaps the first of its kind in the world. On Saturday, April 25, the Queer Young Adult Literature Conference will bring together educators, middle and high school students, college students, university staff and faculty, and community members to learn more about young adult literature featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning themes and characters.
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Thursday, April 9,2015

The anatomy of a woman

‘The Vagina Monologues’ isn’t about genitals

By Caitlin Rockett
Nearly 20 years ago, a woman from New York City decided the world needed to talk about vaginas. Since 1996, Eve Ensler’s celebrated play The Vagina Monologues has made its way around the globe, inviting audiences to laugh, weep, seethe and rejoice at the real stories of women — from the bliss of sexual awakenings to the embarrassment of trips to the gynecologist to the terror of sexual assault.
Thursday, April 2,2015

In the market for something new

The Boulder County Farmers’ Markets bring new events and programming

By Caitlin Rockett
You know spring is in full swing when the farmers’ market opens, which Boulder County’s will do in both its Boulder and Longmont locations this Saturday, April 4. And this year, along with the local foods you expect at the farmers’ market, both Boulder County markets are bringing new events and new programming to local shoppers.
Thursday, March 26,2015

The magic of Kesem

CU Boulder students lead the second year of Camp Kesem, a summer program that supports children through a parent’s cancer

By Caitlin Rockett
When Al Visconti was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2004, his son was only 4 weeks old. Intense chemotherapy followed, as well as debates about whether the affected leg would need to be amputated. Surgery saved the leg, but the chemo continued. For nine months, Vicsonti would come home from the doctor connected to a pump that delivered drugs for five days straight. He endured this every three weeks for the entire nine months.
Thursday, March 12,2015

Out of the shadows

Older LGBTQ adults lived most of their lives in the closet, but a Boulder County project leads the way in helping this community come into the light

By Caitlin Rockett
Gwen Goodwin was just shy of 53 when she decided it was time to come out of the closet — born in a man’s body, she says she could no longer live “the half and half life.” So she went to her boss at the Colorado Department of Human Services, expecting to be told to pack up and leave, but instead her confession was received with compassion.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Boulder to Belize

A Nederland teacher helps students make a big difference in a small country

By Caitlin Rockett
In 1986, a 26-year-old woman from Colorado made her way to Los Angeles to march to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the mounting danger of nuclear proliferation — the Great Peace March took nine months, 3,700 miles and a lot of dedication. As one might imagine, the experience made an indelible impression on young Lori Graff (now Lori Kinczel), from the message she was spreading to the mental and physical endurance it took to get to Washington D.C. But the march was fated to do more than simply stir Kinczel’s political ideologies and try her fortitude — she made a friend that would, nearly 30 years later, help Kinczel show her students at Nederland Middle/Senior High School how they could make a big difference in the lives of children in the small Central American country of Belize.
Thursday, February 26,2015

From the cove to the globe

Boulder’s Oceanic Preservation Society broadens its call to action with ‘Racing Extinction’

By Caitlin Rockett
Hidden cameras, undercover reconnaissance, international travel — the folks at the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society are at it again, following up their 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove with more high-risk, covert campaigns, stunning camerawork and an even bigger call to action in Racing Extinction. In this new, ambitious endeavor, director Louie Psihoyos tackles the role humans play in advancing what is shaping up to be the world’s sixth mass extinction — an annihilation scientists say could lead to the loss of 50 percent of the world’s species in the next 100 years.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Throw down your preconceived notions

Jake Schepps challenges the banjo’s place in music

By Caitlin Rockett
If the banjo was an actor in today’s movie industry, it would be suffering from a severe case of typecasting, relentlessly placed in the role of Appalachian hillbilly instrument, a medium suited only for bluegrass, country and folk music.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Building a culture of health

In the wake of an Ebola epidemic, a Colorado native leads a nonprofit as they help build permanent medical services in Sierra Leone

By Caitlin Rockett
Growing up in Pueblo, Colo., with a single mother, Eric Talbert never thought he’d go to college, let alone direct a nonprofit organization providing medical care to civilian victims of war. But, as Talbert says, life had other plans for him. “It’s been a wild ride, as they say,” Talbert says. The Colorado native is the executive director for EMERGENCY USA, the American component of a global network of NGOs that bring high-quality, free medical and surgical assistance to war victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Sudan. In the wake of the Ebola crisis — in which Sierra Leone has suffered the worst of any country — EMERGENCY USA has opened two clinics in Sierra Leone dedicated to treating patients with Ebola, many who have survived the virus.
Thursday, February 12,2015

A queer kind of love

LGBTQ dating in one of America’s ‘queerest’ cities

By Caitlin Rockett
“I think that visibility is the hardest thing in the Boulder community as far as dating goes,” says Sara Connell, the trans and youth coordinator for Out Boulder, a nonprofit organization that has been serving Boulder County’s LGBTQ community since 1994.