June is known for being Pride Month, and Denver has one of the biggest Pride parades in our country. Colorado also has the first openly gay Governor! None of this is hard to believe in 2019; however, if you think of where Colorado was in the 90’s it’s kind of hard to guess. In 1992 Colorado was labeled as the hate state after passing Amendment 2 that forbid homosexuals and bisexuals as a protected class. Our state has made a massive transition in my lifetime. 

When I was much younger, I didn’t understand what being gay meant and why some people are and why others are not. I thought it was a choice that people made and they still had their rights, but only if they choose to be in a heterosexual relationship. I was the farthest from the truth as one could be. I didn’t understand how important human rights are until I fell in love and how our country treated my relationship in our past. 

I didn’t even know until someone pointed out to me that my future interracial marriage was illegal until 1967. At that time the Supreme Court deemed an anti-miscegenation law was unconstitutional. Crazy to think that my future marriage has only been legal for about 50 years. I can’t even imagine how I would feel if I couldn’t marry someone I loved. My heart hurts for the ones who’s didn’t have that right until the last few years. 

After learning this, I looked back on my own life, the actions I have taken, things I am proud of and actions I could have done better. One of those points of pride is saying I graduated from the same high school as Daniel Ramos, who is the Executive Director at One Colorado. I know he is one of the best people that has come from Sterling and should be a point of pride for everyone who calls Sterling home.

 When I was on school board, I do regret not doing more for LGBTQ students. Some nights I do have nightmares about how mean kids can be to each other, especially when it’s something they don’t understand.  I was in a position to help out, and I feel like I could have done more, and that is something I think about and live with.

Being a straight man and a supporter of all human rights isn’t a hard thing anymore, in fact, if you’re not a supporter, you are going to have a harder time in life. The world is becoming more accepting but don’t get me wrong we still have a long way to go. If somehow you even disagree with me then T Swift has a new song for you, or if you are more of a Garth Brooks fan, I hope you enjoyed the rainbow rainbow at his last concert in Denver. 

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