PrideFest: A History of Denver’s Gay Pride Celebration


The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Colorado (today The Center) was founded in 1976. The first salaried employee, Phil Nash, began as a volunteer before serving as coordinator from 1977 to 1980. Nash shot this photography of Denver’s 1981 parade.

Although no designated landmark pays tribute to Denver’s gay and lesbian history, the annual PrideFest celebration has anchored the community since June 1974. The event’s evolution in Denver reflects social and political changes affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community through the decades. Not only does PrideFest serve as a time for members and friends of the GLBT community to connect, have fun, demonstrate gay pride, and show support for gay rights; it also commemorates a pivotal moment in gay rights history, the Stonewall Riots. Continue reading “PrideFest: A History of Denver’s Gay Pride Celebration”